Holy COW! This semester has seriously FLOWN by. I can’t believe I am headed to my LAST class EVER today!
How did I contribute to our class and the learning of others? Let me tell ya! 🙂
Before my ECMP355 class, building my PLN seemed like something that was so far away and so hard to do. It was awesome to have the opportunity to start it during a class with the guidance of experts. Although I feel like I have a good start on my PLN, I also know that it is something that I will be working on forever.
MY TWITTER JOURNEY:
At the beginning, I was quite hesitant to use twitter. I had created an account previously, but never used it.. which led to me eventually forgetting my password and then maxing out my login attempt. I decided to just make a new account, and made it as @MissTStork which is strictly for Educational purposes.
I found myself just simply retweeting education articles and my peers tweets. But, I eventually got the hang of it and soon began to quote tweets, create my own and link my blog into them. I quickly expanded my followers to other professionals such as school administrators and classroom teachers. It showed me how easy it is to collaborate online and 1, 000, 000 minds are better than just my own! I also had the opportunity to partake in a few different Twitter chats – something I honestly had no clue about until I was in the middle of one!
Twitter became something that I started using for my personal use as well. I didn’t stray too far from Educational blogs since my name implies that I am a teacher, but I used it to help me enrich my PLP experience.
MY BLOGGING JOURNEY
Oh, blogging. How my feelings have grown for you.
I first created my blog during my pre-internship and used it as a tool to reflect on. I really didn’t enjoy it at the beginning. I think mostly because I was felt into it without much instruction. We used our blogs again last year and had the chance to really get walked through them – HOW HELPFUL!! I started to enjoy it more, but didn’t do a whole lot of it.
This year I have really come to enjoy blogging. I will admit, I don’t love having to blog about certain prompts, but I really enjoy it when it comes to my personal interests. I have truly seen the benefits of blogging and understand more how beneficial it come be when it comes to collaborating, building your PLN and connecting with others.
Many of my classmates generously commented on my posts throughout the semester. I really appreciated this because having conversations and hearing peoples opinions really helps me to learn.
I even had the New Fairfield principal comment on one of my blog posts! That’s the power of tweeting your blogs! 🙂
I had the privilege of reading and interacting with my peers on their blogs as well. Although we had the same prompts, it’s always interesting to see which direction people take with their posts. I learned so much and appreciated reading through everyones posts.
In the end, I found this course to really help me expand my mind when it comes to collaborating and building my PLN. I feel so grateful to have such amazing peers that helped me through this class. Thank you to everyone who has played a role in building my PLN!
Good luck to everyone in your future endeavours! I wish you all the best in your teaching careers and hope to run into you sometime to catch up!