"What does your PLN look like , and what does it do for your teaching?"
My #PLN is one of my favorite topics to discuss with just about anybody who will listen. Having this as a blogging topic? Are you kidding?! How long do I get, again? Oh, right, a paragraph. OK, just the facts, then.
My PLN is a collection of educators, authors, colleagues, and professionals from other fields. They are geographically spread out around the world. Some I follow regularly while others I pop in and out of their stream as the mood strikes. I follow leaders from many professions as well as peers because I think that it is important to listen to many voices. Some of my favorite "go-to's" for inspiration include regular writers for Forbes Magazine like @HenryHartDoss and leaders in our armed forces like @JohnEMichael, as well as edu-allstars like @E_Sheninger. However, the majority of my PLN is made up of those that I have gotten to know and collaborate with on a regular basis. They are a fantastic group of individuals who provide inspiration, who challenge me and stretch my thinking, who offer answers to questions both big and small. Most importantly, the connections that I have formed through my PLN have helped me to grow as an educator and administrator like no other learning experience has ever done. A key piece to the learning and growth that has been a direct result of this PLN that I have curated and nurtured over time is that it is constant. Unlike attending a conference that lasts a few hours or maybe a day or two, this is every day.
So what does my PLN look like? It is a broad, knowledgeable, supportive community of colleagues near and far all working towards the same goal as I am: to learn and share as much as possible and cheer on those they meet on the journey. How have I improved as an educator because of my PLN? I am more confident, more creative, and more willing to try something new. I am not perfect, I don't know everything, but I know my resources and I'm not afraid to use them!