One of the amazing perks of being a teacher are professional learning communities. As a teacher, you are isolated from your colleagues during the day or busy weeks. Most of a teacher's day is spent in classroom or running in and out of the workroom. Making time for PLC's allow teachers to share ideas and concerns they have about their practice. Fortunately, my grade level meets informally several times through the week and formally once a week. In those meetings, our grade level team discusses many items. During our formal meets, we discuss a biweekly agenda sent by our principal. We prepared for events related to our grade level. During our informal meets, we plan schedules, interventions and discuss student data. As a team, we discuss new strategies or tech tricks that we are implementing. Since our grade level team has a range of teacher experiences, background and interests our PLC's focus on sharing strategies to improve our practice.
With the digital age there many ways to connect with educators around the globe. Connecting with teachers on twitter, google plus, pinterest, Google educator groups, blogs, and teacher sites are great sources for PLC's outside of your site. On twitter, teachers can follow hashtags or users to get latest strategies. You can join a conversation by following a hashtag. Check chat calendar to jump in on the conversation. Interested in a specific topic? Join a google plus collection or community. Want to lead or participate with local educators? Then Google Educator groups is for you. Lastly, pinterest helps you collect ideas, blogs, or sites in one central location. There are many perks to being a teacher but one of the best is having an awesome professional learning community whether it is a live one or a digital one.
Michelle Villasenor is an elementary teacher that focuses on educational technology and student-centered learning to promote love for learning.