This post was inspired by the lovely Burcu Akyol and her most recent blog post on NYR goals. While I am waiting for my family to get ready for our holiday tour of the Vegas strip, I thought it would be a great idea to brainstorm a list of my own.
2009 was a busy year, in which I proudly boast many life milestones. Graduated in May with my bachelor’s degree and NV teaching license; relocated to upstate NY and moved in with my sweetheart; embarked on an intensive 1-year master program; and jumped in on an additional certification program for educational technology. Also rediscovered the wonders of Twitter and #edchat, through which I have befriended so many kind and awe-inspiring educators, administrators and other like-minded, knowledge-hungry, and passionate people. Every day I learn something new!
*UPDATE*: For 2010, I have 6 particular goals, set to help me with my professional development.
*1. Explore options and slowly integrate paperless options in personal life and in classroom.
I can’t believe I forgot to add this particular goal! I wish I could say I was inspired to take on this goal because I was concerned about the trees, or even the size of my footprint, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Fact is, I had not realized how big of a pack rat I was until I had to sift through all the boxes in my garage, in preparation for my move a few months ago. There were horrendous piles of old notebooks and papers– some assignments dated back to elementary school! For 2010, I’d like to invest in a new laptop and a digital document feeder for scanning and PDF’ing my files. I also plan to explore Google Docs more fully, and figure out how to implement Web 2.0 tools for going paperless in the classroom.
2. Learn how to use social bookmarking apps more proficiently.
I have Delicious and Diigo accounts, which I mainly use as a storehouse for all the great links and articles shared on Twitter. Earlier this season, I attended a webinar on social bookmarking presented by Mary Beth Hertz, and I promptly realized I really was not utilizing the apps at their max potential! For 2010, I hope to learn how to use the networking part of these social bookmarking apps, and how to use it in the future with my students in the classroom.
3. Reflect and blog more often on educational issues.
I love reflecting on many issues, but was first daunted by the thought of publishing them on the blogosphere. I thought that my thoughts didn’t have weight as I am not yet teaching and do not have the classroom experience to back them up, compared to the veteran bloggers. My experience with #edchats, however, have shown me that we are all part of the learning community, and that we each have something special to offer.
4. Participate more often on #edchats, forums, and blogs.
I LOVE the open communication, the flow of thoughts, and the wonderful conversation I find everyday with the members of my PLN, Nings, and other networking communities. My goal is to be more supportive of my friends by leaving more comments, and participating in more challenges and blog series.
5. Use wikis or other Web 2.0 tools to publish artifacts for my digital portfolio.
In January, I should be receiving my NY license. That means I really have to work hard on creating a “brand name” and marketing myself to the school districts. Hopefully I’ll land a position when I graduate from the master program in a few months. I plan to take some serious time to update my portfolios by transferring them from paper to digital.
6. Attend more webinars on how-to tutorials and interesting topics for fun.
Well, let’s be real here: every day I spend learning is fun! In 2009, I attended two webinars and online conferences on social networking and social bookmarking. There are an abundance of wonderful new webinars scheduled in 2010 and I intend to attend as many of them as I feasibly can!
What are your professional goals for 2010?