Are you counting down the days until summer vacation? Â I mean, did I really need to ask that question?! I remember one of the hardest parts of transitioning from a teacher to an administrator was not getting to have that feeling of pure exhilaration and excitement going into summer break. Â Itâ€™s a time to recharge, reset, and perhaps sneak in a trip or two to the beach. Iâ€™m sure professional development and building your PLN is far from the front of your mind right now, but with the ease and accessibility of technology itâ€™s easier than ever to do so over the summer.
Here are 3 easy tips on how to both enjoy your VERY well-deserved summer break while at the same time continuing to build your PLN:
- Get on Twitter. June 30th is Social Media Day after all!
Twitter (See this TeachersFirst review) is a quick and easy way to build your professional learning network. The beauty is that you can post or not, engage or not, follow or not, you get my drift. What I love about Twitter is that it is a quick way to gather a fair amount of information. Â Additionally, it helps to keep me connected to issues and people that inspire me and make me a better professional. If youâ€™re feeling really daring, join a Twitter chatâ€”summer is the perfect time to do this! Insert shameless plug for our very own OK2Ask Twitter Chats here!
- Attend a free webinar.
Webinars are one of my favorite ways to further my education about a certain topic of interest. Â Usually around one hour in duration, webinars are a quick and easy way to expand your professional learning and networking. Â If you regularly check out offerings at a couple of sites, youâ€™re sure to find something that meets your needs and interests. Â Make sure to check out the vast offerings of OK2Ask (of course!)â€¦ there is something for everyone!
- Join a professional group.
The possibilities are endless. What are your professional passions? Ed tech? Your content area? Middle-level education? Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS)? Finding like-minded professionals and connecting with them can foster growth and open new possibilities. Sign up for their newsletters, engage in message boards, read blogs, find a new book. By joining a professional group, you will find that you will undoubtedly begin to refine your skills and instruction for the better.
I hope you found these tips both helpful and do-able as you begin to expand your professional learning network. Have a wonderful summer and take a little time to complete your â€œsummer assignmentâ€� and let me know how itâ€™s going!
Source: Social Learning