- I have significantly built my PLN through this COETAIL course.
- I now see opportunities and more possibilities in the connections I do make.
- I now have accounts on Linked In and Twitter in an effort to make more connections.
Here are some links I have accomplished:
- I have built on connections at my very own campus. As a result of my COETAIL experience, I have attended the Saturday Tech sessions offered by Pia Druggan; I have sought regular consultation with our Digital Literacy Coach, Jane Ross and our librarian, Sarah Pickles; I have been conversing with previous COETAIL graduates who work at my school such as Clair Wain and Allison Nave; and I have developed a sensitivity regarding how to build these connections when an opportunity arises.
- As mentioned before I have joined both Twitter and Linked In. As for Twitter, I am definitely a textbook lurker on this one. I am really enjoying reading what everyone is
sharing which is obvious by the 21 people I am following and who are following me 🙂 This is also a tool I have yet to maximize as you can see I have not yet tweeted. This is an area of growth for sure. While I am still in the process of building my connections on Linked In, I now have an account up and running so I can find past colleagues. This tool has opened the possibility of reconnecting. Linked In is widening my digital connections to now include schools and people beyond where I currently work.
- Another facet of building my PLN has been through the Harvard Making Thinking Visible course. This online course has immediately connected me with individuals and other school teams around the world. We have formed a virtual community of educators who are implementing Visible Thinking Routines and learning more about the benefits of making student thinking visible. Through this experience, I have posted responses and shared feedback with educators all over the world. I have also received feedback and support from our course coach.
- Matthew McGrady, a previous COETAIL graduate, commented on one of my posts: “I too am going to take the HGSE course. Perhaps we could connect around that a bit?” We were both interested in partnering up to explore how we are each using the Thinking Routines in our classes. As you can see we have exchanged a series of emails and have planned out a variety of visual prompts to have our students complete using See-Think-Wonder or Think-Puzzle-Explore. Our dialogue and shared enthusiasm has built another level of networking into my day, that both for my students and I look forward to.
- Another step I took was joining the 3-5 Teachers COETAIL group created by Jeff Utecht. I am hoping that that will take off as a place to share ideas, strategies, and growth.
So, as with the entire course, a clear reflection point of what I have accomplished and how I have grown comes to the surface. And then the next reflection point of “so, what comes next?” also unveils itself. I now know that I can be doing more to connect, to seek out, to build, to develop, to link with people and resources. I also know that I have to keep those efforts targeted and in balance to keep them helpful. I currently have a solid PLN base but my next moves need to be:
- Become active on Twitter and LinkedIn
- COETAIL: stay active in the 3-5 group and commenting on current blogs
- Continue to deepen existing connections
- Reach out to build new connections
I want to continue to do this and take it all in