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cschneider

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The PLN’s that I participate in include Blogs, ATPE’s professional learning resources like this book circle, weekly newsletters and podcasts from numerous health and wellness communities, Facebook and Pinterest.  However, I’m currently not in the classroom, so Facebook is more of a personal one.  The past couple of years, I’ve really increased my knowledge about the human body (especially gut health), genetic engineering of crops, sustainable farming, eating “clean” foods, detoxing the body, homeopathy, fermenting, etc through online blogs, podcasts, video documentaries, and research reports.  This is a wonderful community of scientists, doctors, and health experts sharing their knowledge of treating the root cause of the rapidly rising autoimmune diseases our country is facing, especially our children.  There are so many children now with ADHD, autism, diabetes and food intolerances/allergies that teachers/nurses/principals have to be educated on how to care for these students while at school. One of the PLNs Sheninger discusses, Ning, would be good for me to try.  Sometimes I tend to lurk instead of getting involved with chatting or sharing.

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I participate in several PLN's.  I would include this book circle as a PLN, as well as the other professional development opportunities available on the website.  I'm not living in Texas anymore, so I don't go to any ATPE workshops in person.  I am currently taking my Wilson Reading certification course, and I'm hoping to get certified over the next couple years, so I have been visiting Wilson forums and talking with other people about the certification.  

I've never been part of a real-life PLN because my teaching experience is limited, but I would love to have more opportunities to share with teachers once I have my own classroom.  I do a lot of academics at home with my kids, so I am always looking online for different activities and projects for them to do.
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I have participated in this book circle for several years.  That’s one PLN.  When I was teaching, I would count the grade level meetings as a PLN of sorts – lots of sharing of ideas and advice in that room.  But now that I’m not teaching, this book circle is pretty much it.  I do other online training – mostly online conferences, but those aren’t two way communication.    If I ever go back to teaching full time, I would want and need to be part of a PLN, hopefully involving local teachers.  While I’m not teaching though, being more heavily involved requires time that I do not currently have.  

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I currently do not participate in any PLNs, but I can see how it would be beneficial to get ideas from other teachers teaching similar topics at a similar level.  This forum is like a PLN and I guess the closest I get to one.  I'll have to see if I can find an online group of college instructors to connect with and get ideas.  

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This book circle is probably the closest I’ve gotten to a true PLN, both from the ideas in the books and the discussions of other participants.  I especially found many good ideas in the last few chapters of this book. I could really benefit from PLNs with instructors for my trade at other centers, but the logistics would be difficult.  Nonetheless, I will suggest it to my superiors and see if we can find a platform to start sharing ideas and resources for our curriculum.  There were tools in Appendix B and C to set up collaboration that I could use for PLNs with other instructors, as well as for students.  I’m looking into collaborating with other centers using Web 2.0 and videoconferencing where we could jointly have students create business plans or some other activity.  Thank you again for introducing us to tools that will enhance our ability to serve our students.

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Do you participate in a Professional Learning Network (PLN)? If yes, describe what you do and how it benefits you.
If not, describe how you would like to implement a PLN to benefit you as an educator.

Since I have been working at home teaching English as a second language, the company I work for provides online support conferences with other teachers on a weekly basis. This kind of support is tremendous in my opinion, because when you work at home you are on your own. Moreover, in the city that I live, other teachers that work for the same company have organized a group where coaching is provided for the teacher. In my opinion this is a PLN, it gives me hope that my job will only get better and better.
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Do you participate in a Professional Learning Network (PLN)? If yes, describe what you do and how it benefits you.
If not, describe how you would like to implement a PLN to benefit you as an educator.



I do participate in PLN with my team mates on grade level, on the members of other grade level teams, our instructional coaches, and many other people who have specific knowledge. This collaboration piece is important because it helps all of us to continue to grow as constant learners and as professionals. We all have something to share with others, we must all the time to connect with those around us by both sharing what we know and listening to what others have to contribute as well. This way, everyone benefits.

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I have been an avid fan/user of Pinterest for many years.  It is a useful tool for developing creative ideas to use in art classes, in particular.  There is no end to the lesson plans that can be developed from the simple crafts that can be made by even elementary students.  Also, at the beginning of each school year, every teacher such search "classroom decor" for great ideas on organizing your classroom and adding color and interest to your environment.  I couldn't teach without it!
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Yes, I do participate in a Professional Learning Network (PLN) like Pinterest. I post ideas that i find and correspond with other teachers in what works for them. I just started a Smore account and I use it as a newsletter to give the parents and students electronic updates. I plan on see what other educators are designing and implementing by using Smore.



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Do you participate in a Professional Learning Network (PLN)? If yes, describe what you do and how it benefits you.
If not, describe how you would like to implement a PLN to benefit you as an educator. 

Pinterest is the PLN I use the most. I can find all sorts of learning activities that are fairly inexpensive and easy to make for my PreK 4 class. I really like how new ideas, that are of interest to me, are pins on my board. It saves me a lot of time. As a working mom of two young boys it is sometimes hard make time to come up with new innovative ideas to implement in the classroom.

I also participate in a Groupme chat group with my co-workers at school. We exchange ideas and help each other with whatever the other needs. I never feel like I am alone.  I can always count on someone to help me find the solution to my problem or question. [smile] 


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I have really enjoyed this PLN this summer.  It has been beneficial to keep my mind working on education when I am not bogged down with the school year!
I also enjoy TCU's Institute of Child Development/TBRI YouTube videos.  There is information for educators in the classroom which I can go back, review and implement.
Pinterest is awesome if that counts!

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