Challenge: Build a PLN

“You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it” (Pirke Avot 2:21). This is apparently a Jewish saying about studying the Torah, but I think it applies well to the teacher’s calling. You are not expected to bring your students to complete knowledge – they will always need another teacher after you. But if you take up the calling of being a teacher, you are not free to desist from being the best teacher you can be. For that reason, let me challenge you to build a Personal Learning Network (PLN).

A PLN is a network of people that you draw on as you grow as a teacher. Your interactions can be one way (you read the other person’s books, articles etc.) or two way (you have conversations). A part of your PLN may be on-line (via Twitter, YouTube, Podcasts etc.) and a part of it may be face-to-face (colleagues, mentors, friends, conferences etc.).

What ever form it takes, my challenge to you is to make sure you have people that you are intentionally learning from. Below are a few resources if you don’t know where to start:

Video introduction – what is a PLN?

Step-by-step guide to building an online PLN

10 Tips re PLNs

Your school as a community of  practice?

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