I, too, have joined the ranks of the faithful PLN supporters; the ones that proclaim all of the amazing things that have happened to us because of our connection with others whether we choose to call it a PLN or simply a community. And yet, today I was reminded of just how big of an effect my PLN, or whatever you want to call it, has had on my everyday life.
In the last 2 days, my PLN has helped me with:
- Convincing my principal that less homework = more learning. Thank you to @Nunavut_teacher for sending out articles that I was able to pass on to my principal. No meeting needed, the research spoke for itself.
- Share Everyday Math Resources with my school from another tweet.
- Create a Google Map for the Global Read Aloud Project as prompted by the wonderful Laura Fleming.
- Strengthen my argument for limiting grading in the classroom through conversations with @MrMacnology and @Joe_Bower.
- Purchase 8 Flip Camera’s for the price of 4 thanks to a link sent out a long time ago on Twitter (if it was by you – thank you!)
- Work out again – thanks to the fantastic people involved in #temt, now I don’t want to be lazy.
- Promise 500 people that I follow that I would get them a free IPad – thanks Twitter hacks.
This does not mean that I couldn’t have figured this all out on my own, but the point is that I did not have to. My PLN did all the legwork for me and in turn I tried to help them out.
So thanks PLN, every day you make my life a little easier; my students (and husband) are grateful.