Growing as a professional is key in any industry, but it seems to be a particular focus in education. Ask any teacher; they are engaged in countless hours of professional development, some good and some not so good. But outside of the classroom teacher experience, the opportunities for growth and development are not always so available – at least in person.
Thankfully the Interwebs provide a plethora of opportunities to connect and grow. Over the past year, I have become involved pretty heavily in the PLNs through ISTE. It’s so wonderful to hear so many different ideas and challenges that others are facing. This job can be isolating at times, especially if you are the only person in that role in your building or district like I am. Having a network of friends can really help ease that sense of isolation and provide support and encouragement.
This spring, the ISTE Tech Coaches PLN created Blogging Buddies. Technology coaches from around the world signed up and then we were grouped together in smaller groups. The goal is to hold one another accountable to blog more consistently, to have others engage with our words and our experiences, to learn from one another, to connect and grow, and to make some new professional contacts. You can read more about the project here.
I’m super excited to get started and be more consistent with my blogging. Sometimes I hit writer’s block or feel like I’m writing about the same thing over and over again. And often it just feels like one more thing rather than using it as a reflective space to grow and deepen my thinking. Having some accountability will help me with that. But more than that, I am anxious to learn from my new buddies and make some connections with others in another part of the world.
Happy summer, friends!