Professional Development Meme 2009
I saw this Meme on Karen Chichester’s blog and thought that it would be a good way for me to organize my own plans for the summer. So here goes…
Summer can be a great time for professional development. It is an opportunity to learn more about a topic, read a particular work or the works of a particular author, beef up an existing unit of instruction, advance one’s technical skills, work on that advanced degree or certification, pick up a new hobby, and finish many of the other items on our ever-growing To Do Lists. Let’s make Summer 2009 a time when we actually get to accomplish a few of those things and enjoy the thrill of marking them off our lists.
NOTE: You do NOT have to wait to be tagged to participate in this meme.
- Pick 1-3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
- For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/07/09).
- Post the above directions along with your 1-3 goals on your blog.
- Title your post Professional Development Meme 2009 and link back/trackback to http://clifmims.com/blog/archives/2447.
- Use the following tag/ keyword/ category on your post: pdmeme09.
- Tag 5-8 others to participate in the meme.
- Achieve your goals and “develop professionally.”
- Commit to sharing your results on your blog during early or mid-September.
- Rework my class websites (here and here) so that they better compliment one another, allow for a deeper understanding of class content, and create more opportunities for collaboration both in and beyond my school. Look to the Maine Holocaust Education Network as an example of what can be done.
- Learn more about Google Apps for Education and VoiceThread.
- Connect with other educators…
- Read (at the very least) Outliers, Reinventing Project-Based Learning, Grown Up Digital, The Global Achievement Gap, and Disrupting Class.
In my spare time, I also plan to add links to the various pages on this blog, annotate the bookmarks I’ve saved via Delicious and Diigo, and redesign my freshman social studies course in order to make more connections with the other teachers on my team.
What are the chances of adding an extra couple of weeks to this summer so I can actually make it to the end of this list?