Sunday, May 31, 2009

Professional development meme 2009

On Clif's notes is a great professional development meme. Having not had much time to participate in memes, I have let them slide by. This however, I can do. I think most set goals, but there is nothing like doing so in public and with a time limit. So here goes:


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

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

My Goals

  1. Podcast more lectures for students. I really wish to have many topics available for this next year.
  2. Finish all the blog posts still in edit form (14 and counting) and set some kind of schedule for blogging regularly.
  3. Finish several items on my to do list which includes and is not limited to: reading of at least one great professional development book per month (including this one I will use in a book study with others), looking at state standards and essential questions, and determining a better flow of content to not be isolated subjects...
I do have other goals...finish a few hobbies that were neglected, reaffirm my connection with nature and exercise...

I tag:

Claire Thompson
Candace Shively
Jack Hassard
Nelly Cardinale

Tags: pdmeme09


  1. Louise,
    I think this is a meme I can get behind; thanks for the tag! It is definitely a good idea to set some goals for the summer--it goes by so fast. I'll have a think on this and post soon.

  2. Great idea, and my first venture into a meme as well (except for some pseudo-memes on Facebook). My biggest challenge is that my current job no longer shifts to a different schedule in summer. I miss the cyclical nature of my 27 years as a teacher and 16+ as a student, especially the "fresh start" late each summer. But I can give this a shot... even if me list must be less ambitious as I work to help OTHER teachers achieve PLN and PD goals over the summer.

  3. Uh-oh....I'll re-look at this once I survive the next two weeks. We're winding up and I'm waaaaay behind.

    (Also, you comments button is acting odd on this end--I'm using Firefox on Ubuntu/unix.)


  4. Ne'er mind, I figured out the problem--my end, not yours.

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