Friday, June 12, 2009

Professional Development Meme 2009


Summer can be a great time for professional development. It is an opportunity to learn more about a topic, read a particular work or the works of a particular author, beef up an existing unit of instruction, advance one’s technical skills, work on that advanced degree or certification, pick up a new hobby, and finish many of the other items on our ever-growing To Do Lists. Let’s make Summer 2009 a time when we actually get to accomplish a few of those things and enjoy the thrill of marking them off our lists.

The Rules:

NOTE: You do NOT have to wait to be tagged to participate in this meme.

*Pick 1-3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
* For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/07/09).
* Post the above directions along with your 1-3 goals on your blog.
* Title your post Professional Development Meme 2009 and link back/trackback to
* Use the following tag/ keyword/ category on your post: pdmeme09.
* Tag 5-8 others to participate in the meme.
* Achieve your goals and “develop professionally.”
* Commit to sharing your results on your blog during early or mid-September.

My Goals

  • Read the book Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham and participate in the book club conversation around it over at Dangerously Irrelevant. My hope is this activity will help me get over some of my digital stagefright issues.
  • Become proficient in Outlook and general office organization skills. (We just switched over to this software at work and there is a LOT of anxiety about it)
  • Teach more people about Web 2.0 and help them get over 'digital stagefright'.
  • While not professional, it is personal and it helps me focus on the professional....train for and finish the triathlon in August.
  • My Tags - for those of you without your own can put your goals in my comments if you would like.




    Melissa Seifman

    Tech Ed in Central Ohio



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    2. Also - personally, train for the Pi Miler 5K and participate in another 5K this year. (PS I really like your running music, thanks for sharing!)

    3. 1) Finish Master Teacher by September
      2) Incorporate Math Machines into my curriculum to make it more relevant and exciting!
      3) Reorganize my groupwise files as that system will be removed.