Monday, June 14, 2010

Tool #2 PLN

I beleive the philosophy of the personal learning network is grand. I totally agree with the notion that we must collaborate with one another to address problems and build on ideas in teaching. New learning must provide reflection on the process of learning so that we can support the needs of our students. I am excited to become a part of this new journey in collaboration.

I added 6 blogs to my page:
Cool Cat Teacher
Always Learning
MWE Purple Martins
A Chat with Mary

A few points from the comments on the Always Learning blog I found interesting were
I totally agree that sitting around talking with fellow teachers and learning from those discussions is the highlight of workshops. That interactive discussion where we are allowed to share ideas and experiences in very valuable and more fun.

I also agree that in the age of technology if you do not "use it, you lose it". There have been many times when I am so gung ho about what I have learned in a technology workshop and then gone back to reality: paperwork, my kids, lesson planning, etc that I feel the wind has been taken out of my sail. It must take a strong commitment to yourself to use the tools immediately in the classroom. It will be hard to do but well worth it.


  1. Hi, Amy! I hope you find ways to easily integrate some of these tools into your classroom this fall! I really interested in The Help! Thanks for the recommendation.

    Ps. Where is your avatar?

  2. I totally agree with you Amy, about use it or lose it and "back to the world of paperwork". The key point is making the time to use it and finding interesting topics and subjects to be passionate about and therefore, WANT to blog about it. I do wish I had a classroom that allowed me to do this with kids, but I think I can still find it useful in my "community of learners".

  3. I also hope that we are able to find time to incorporate these wonderful ideas and tools into our classroom. I feel that by creating blogs and integrating the different tools, it may be easier to share new information across grade levels and with other teams through out the district.

  4. I agree! This is a great way to share information with others. As the year gets busy and we are spread so thin, it would be a great idea to create "committee blogs". Don't you think? I can see the literacy team really putting it to good use.

  5. I echo many of the sentiments already posted. It has taken such a big time investment just to get started, but to actually make blogging a part of one's routine will take commitment. Like Jill said it means finding a subject where our passion naturally draws us in that direction.

  6. This really is a great way to share ideas and experiences with peers. I believe this is a wonderful opportunity!