Last year, we launched our own district-wide Professional Learning Network, or PLN, and we look forward to growing it this year. There has never been a better time to become a connected educator! Still looking for a reason? Here are at least 26! Check out the ABCs of PLNs.
B...blogs from educators. You will learn so much from reading educator blogs. Who knows? You may even be inspired to write your own blog.
C...collaboration. Collaborating with others is fun. While we are strong on our own, we are always better together. Having an active PLN makes collaborating with colleagues and other classrooms easier.
D...dialogue. You'll love exchanging in dynamic and lively dialogues with your colleagues.
E...experiences. Share your experiences, success stories, and flops with others. You will learn and grow, no matter what.
F...friendships will develop from your professional connections. Meeting members of your PLN face-to-face can be fun!
G...growth. You will grow so much as an educator and help others to grow as you contribute to the profession in new and exciting ways. What can be better?
H...helpful. Your PLN will jump to your rescue!
I...inspiration & ideas are everywhere! Prepare to be inspired and inspire others.
J...Jump right in! We're just about halfway through the alphabet! How many more reasons do you really need?
K...K-12 educators. There is truly something for everyone!
L...life-long learning. A PLN embodies life-long learning.
M...manage your connections. The connections you make will be amazing!
N...network. You can network and connect with others using a variety of social media tools including Twitter, blogs, Facebook, Voxer, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc...
O...open-minded. Your PLN keeps you open-minded and ready to try new ideas out in your classroom, department, or school.
P...personalized experience. The beauty of having a PLN is that you personalize it to fit your needs.
Q...quick and real time. Information is freely exchanged back and forth. If you are looking for resources or ideas, your PLN will quickly respond and come to your aid.
R...reflect. You will constantly reflect on your own experiences
S...sharing abundantly. Connected educators willingly and selflessly share their experiences, ideas, knowledge, and passion with others for the betterment of the profession.
T...Twitter is a treasure trove for teachers! There are so many educational hashtags to follow and thousands of amazing educators who freely share with others. Don't forget to check out our weekly Twitter chat on Wednesday nights at 8 PM EST-- #cmsk12chat.
U...unlimited possibilities. Anything is possible when you are a connected educator.
V...voice. Having a PLN can help you find your voice as an educator.
W...wonder & wisdom. There is so much to learn. Being connected allows you to access anything at your fingertips.
X... eXpand your circle. Having a PLN will suddenly make our large district seem a whole lot smaller.
Y...your best go-to source for all things teaching and learning. You will rely on your PLN for advice, ideas, and much needed inspiration throughout the year.
Z...zest & zeal for teaching. It's hard NOT to be excited about being an educator when you are surrounded by a group of such passionate educators.
We look forward to connecting with you this year!
What are some other reasons for connecting with a PLN? Comment below!