Last year, I wrote a list of six professional teaching goals I wanted to work on. With the new year coming soon, I thought it was fitting that I reflect on my progress this past year and think about what I would like to improve upon, and what I would like to further pursue for my professional development for 2011.
For me, 2010 was the Year of Exploration. I made new friends; learned how to sync my Diigo social bookmarking account to my blog; blogged a little bit and worked on my commenting skills through my friends’ class blogs and the #comment4kids hashtag. I played with several cloud and Web 2.0 tools; completed Shelly Terrell’s #30Goals Challenge; and followed along online as I attended my first live-stream teacher unconference (#NTCamp). I also found two new Twitter chats, which I greatly enjoyed participating in,— #NTChat and #SciChat.
There were also several exciting highlights in 2010: my graduate action research project on teacher technology integration made a splash this spring among the PLN-verse. It has been featured in Jerry Blumengarten’s Cybrary, the EDU PLN, and Learning Today. I finished my graduate program, acquired not only my master degree but also certification in Instructional Tech and two more license extensions. I was also honored to guest-blog two times for #EdChat, to act as guest-moderator for #NTChat, and also to act as co-moderator for #SciDo Collaborative. All three were previously nominated this winter for the Edublog Awards 2010!
One of my biggest achievements this year was finally setting up my digital portfolio. I had been working on it slowly, researching examples, adding to it and constantly revising it. It was a lot of fun working on it, and I hope that the portfolio and my growing digital footprint will help in securing a full-time tenure-track teaching position in 2011.
2011 Teaching Goals
Though I experienced a little burn-out and disillusionment about employment mid-fall, I am recharged and inspired by my colleagues to continue my efforts. Their support and joy for learning have reminded me why I do what I do: I love learning, I love teaching, and I truly am lucky to be where I am.
2011 will be a Year of Expansion. I’d like to take a more active role in my blogging, to provide more leadership support in the various PLN projects I have undertaken, and to put more of my ideas into action. I’d also like to travel and start attending more teacher conferences on my own budget. In March 2011, I’ll be attending my first conference, TeachMeetNJ! Maybe I will be able to finally meet some of my PLN face-to-face! I can’t wait for the new year and the new exciting challenges that await me.