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My Professional Learning Posts

As I try to wrap my mind around what I believe about Professional Learning I am still learning and exploring big ideas.
Professional Development Insecurity

Our most fragile learners in school often face the day wondering where their next meal is coming from, how will they feed themselves to get through to the next day; we might see a shade of that same fragility in our teacher professional development system.

Most Exciting Professional Development...

When Atlanta slipped into national news for not being prepared for #SnowJam14 it was instantly looking for redemption. A rematch was granted by Mother Nature Valentine's week in the form of an even bigger winter storm. Tuesday through Friday schools were cancelled in advance; it was a good call.

You Need A Start-of-Year Game Plan

Three steps every teacher must take this year! Professional Development Playbook : what do you want to do for your career this season? Proactively organize your own professional development this year. As a teacher, evaluate what you want to learn and investigate where to learn it.

What if there isn't one right way?

Lately I have been in search of the one way to do things. Not necessarily related items, but the common question people are asking is how to do these things. As in, what are the exact steps to follow?

Closer to True Professional Learning for Educators - What do you Think?

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! I hope the gift cards are freely flowing and the homemade treats are fingerprint free. As a nice "treat" in my Inbox today there was a nice post from An Estuary that reassures me our profession is moving in the right direction.

Working from Home Today? Choose your own Professional Learning Adventure!

But when it does - watch out can happen! Like what you say? Well, a work-from-home professional learning day for my county for instance. I love the feeling of knowing you are a trusted professional, maybe that can become less of a novelty in the future. As teachers how could we encourage that?

Why are you going back to school?

because the summer is over " is not a deep enough answer? There are many jobs in any school district, but the vast majority of employees are in the classroom with students. If the last time classroom personnel made a decision to show up was right after college we might want to check in with everyone again.

Where are you on the Learning Continuum?

I recently had the opportunity to attend a virtual school summer professional learning conference. Since I am not an online teacher I was excited about learning more about online teaching and how it compared or contrasted to face-to-face teaching. Two assumptions I had to deal with immediately?

MOOC Reflection - I finally finished one!

I have long suspected there was something in MOOCs for me; I am glad I was finally satisfied that was a good hunch! After many false starts, in varied platforms... I am pleased to share that I have actually finished a MOOC! I finished the Coursera course: K-12 Blended & Online Learning conducted by Kennesaw State University.

Top 13 Things I Tweeted about in 2013

Reflective much? I had the opportunity over a nice long holiday to look back at what I published via Twitter. Because I am nearing 5K tweets and I tie my twitter account heavily to my job I feel like it is a great time to look back at my top tweets, categorize them, and wax philosophically about what they mean to me.