1. Send out a Doodle for easy scheduling.
2. Receive Doodle responses and confirm date/time that works for four educators in four different states in two time zones.
3. Wait a week or so.
4. Sign into Google and click on hangout.
5. Invite friends.
6. Wait for Jackie, who when she finally connects calls herself “the 90 year old collaborator” although she is the youngest of the group by close to a decade.
7. Catch up. Chat. Plan. Collaborate on this blog for a good three hours on a Saturday morning.
We shared struggles and successes. We laughed. And we planned how we can write and share and learn and grow — a lot of it right here at Three Teachers Talk.
This, my friends, is the Modern Professional Learning Community.
Not long ago I read Live From Small Town America: Teachers Who Blog to Stay in Touch.
Well, I can tell you — it’s not just teachers in small towns.
Erika in NYC and me in Dallas both make the nation’s Top 10 for largest cities. (Of course, I am in a suburb north of Dallas but still..)
Educators are making connections all over the world. Blogging, Twitter chats, Facebook Groups, and more. And most of the educators who make these connections will tell you that the professional development they engage in online gives them more engagement, more information, more ideas, more solutions than most of what they receive on their home campuses.
If you are reading this blog, you already know this.
So, I am wondering: How do we get more of our colleagues to engage in online PD? How do we change the model of PD in our schools to reflect the kind of sharing and growth we experience online?
Maybe most importantly, how can we model the kind of collaborative work we do online for our own professional growth for our students, so they can do it, too? Is that even possible?
©Amy Rasmussen, 2011 – 2015