Learning in the opening was a bit challenging for me at first, but I did enjoy the help from Emily and my peers. It was encouraging to have help during the process, and not just at the end of the planning. The hardest part is feeling like your information/ideas are not quite ready, but you have to let them go. It is nice to be entering them into a supportive community, and that helped me get through the process. Although I did not want to join more social media, I did enjoy Twitter, especially the live chat. I already was on facebook, and I do like the GSC page. I think Facebook is easier to use, and is more straightforward to find information on. I enjoyed reading others posts on Twitter and Facebook in relation to our class. I really do enjoy blogging. I think it is nice to have something to be able to look back on and note any changes and growth. It is a time where you take each week to reflect, or just discuss what is on your mind. I don’t think we take enough- or any- time to do that. I will continue to blog through my education at GSC and hopefully beyond. I didn’t always find myself having something amazing I wanted to say, but there was always something small that I thought of.
I believe that social media is a great tool, and we can always find help and resources on there. I do believe, however, my school and my teachers are another great tool. When I first think of PLN, I think of the people in my smaller bubble. I go to the teachers of my students, but I do need to remember that social media, the web, and books can be my guide as well. In that sense, I do need to continue to build on my own PLN.
This class brought a new wealth of knowledge into my teaching career. There are noticeable changes between unit 1 and unit 2. I believe I have grown as an educator in many ways. My students/ peers/ SP/ and this course have taught me so much, and I am thankful I moved to a new grade level to experience so much more.