Building a Powerful PLN

Powerful PLN’s

Looking to expand your learning network and find new opportunities for growth outside the walls of your school? If you are reading this, hopefully you are convinced that having a Personalized Learning Network (PLN) will allow you to grow as an educator and provide meaningful experiences for your learners.  If not, check out a previous blog, The Power of PLN’s, for some great reasons why you should get started. Great! Now that you understand the importance of being a connected educator we can dive into options for your PLN and tips for using it efficiently. Continue reading “Building a Powerful PLN”

MCL – Personalized Learning

Brief book review of Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning and my thoughts on keeping public schools relevant for another 100 years.

During the final stages of my masters program we were asked to complete a book study alongside working to complete our capstone project. At the time, I was annoyed by what seemed to be a sidebar task keeping me from focusing on the masterpiece that I would surely create for my capstone. That’s right, masterpiece. Like any good student, I began reading and reflecting weekly as required by the program. The book was an easy read, interesting enough, and the first week went by even though I was still mildly annoyed. The following weeks of reading were very surprising. A few weeks in, my priorities began to change and I became much more engaged in the book study, and much less worried about my masterpiece. Continue reading “MCL – Personalized Learning”

The looks on their faces…

As educators, the things that make it all worthwhile for us is the look on a learner’s face when they have that aha moment, that “I did it” moment, or that moment when they reach success after failure. These are the moments that we live for in the classrooms. These moments are validation that we are making a difference in the lives of our learners. However, I recently saw a look on a learner’s face that I had never seen before, a very positive look, a very powerful look. I wanted to share with you how it happened. Continue reading “The looks on their faces…”

The Power of PLN’s

…And Why You Should Build One

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I’ve heard a lot of different explanations for what a PLN is and even what it stands for. When I first learned about PLN’s they were referred to as Professional Learning Networks. Many individuals also set up learning networks for personal reasons and refer to them as Personal Learning Networks. The best translation that I have heard and that I feel is most relevant would be, Personalized Learning Network.[1] You will find out why below. A PLN is a network of resources that meet your specific learning needs and help you improve. It is how you are intentionally pursuing professional growth. Continue reading “The Power of PLN’s”