Steve Dembo in his thirty days of blogging suggest that we say thanks to those people who have inspired us and helped us. As I read this I was immediately struck that this could turn into a long list as I have many people to thank for their help and encouragement over the past few years. I then realized that what I really needed to do was to credit no one individual but my entire PLN.
How do you thank a network?
Over the past few years, my network has grown in leaps and bounds. I now know people all over the world, people who have helped me, guided me, answered my questions but, most importantly, urged me to continue to learn and grow as a person and a professional. This week, well today actually, I once again marched to the gym to begin, again, my workouts for the umpteenth time. I shared this with my PLN and all I received was encouragement and congratulations. When I was looking for a link last week, there were several people who came through and added it to my request. When I check in to see what others are doing, I am reminded that I am not on a lonely quest but am surrounded by like-minded people who are trying to make a difference in this world in the lives of students. It is this group that shares what they know and what they have with whomever asks. They are willing to help and advise, offer a suggestion and a prayer, send words of encouragement and reminders that life will have times of struggle.
My PLN is a necessity
This network of individuals that I call my PLN is necessary for my growth and development as a professional. As an administrator, I get honest feedback from these people, most who are teachers. This is important in my growth and development as an administrator as I try to be cognizant of how things might be viewed by teachers in my building. Because most of these people are teachers, it also provides me with a sense of how they view what is going on in education and how they would like to see things progress and change.
To all my PLN, thanks for all you do and all the help you give me!