Yesterday I attended a professional development workshop led by Steve Hagardon called Teacher 2.0. The PD focused on developing your (teachers’) Personal Web Presence and Personal Learning Network. It has inspired me to develop a more cohesive approach to my own PLN, as mine is currently quite ad hoc.
I have now finished my term of casual teaching in Darwin. It has been an interesting and extremely valuable experience. It has been refreshing, albeit exhausting, to remind myself of the everyday experiences of the clients I serve as an education officer. While I did not have a class of my own, or have much opportunity to participate in planning and assessment, I still found the chance to be immersed in the school environment worthwhile. This experience has reminded me of a number of things I already knew but was beginning to forget. It also shed light on from a different perspective. I’m glad I can return to my position as an Education Officer, and I will bring back some new ideas and a new resolve. I wanted to share some of the things I noticed, learnt, considered and have come to believe as a result of my experience. These are generalisations, but I think they still represent truths worth considering.