Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Professional Development Meme 2009

I saw this post on Clif Mim’s blog Clif Notes on Education and Technology labeled: Professional Development Meme 2009 and thought it would be great to put my plans in writing, which might help me actually achieve what I hope to do.


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

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

1. Record and publish at least 3 podcasts.
2. Update my wiki with new resources (to be used in the 2 grad classes that I'm teaching this summer)
3. Present at the Upstate Technology Conference in Greenville, SC

I Tag…

Anyone who is interesting in putting down in writing what they hope to accomplish this summer.

Original image: 'Close up of The Thinker' by: Todd Martin


AtlTeacher said...

Good stuff! I just clicked on your wiki and it's a good resource. It'll help me as I decide which tech tools to use for next school year. What will your conference presentation be about? I've posted a similar challenge on my blog

M-Dawg said...

Great goals!

I would like to know how to do a Podcast too.

This summer is a professional development summer for me.

I am attending a Using Essex History grant seminar for five days (they picked 25 Essex County History teachers)in July. They are paying us a $1000 stipend, three grad credits, and 45PDP's.

In August, I'm also attending a workshop at Harvard on the History and impact of Oil for five days. Should be interesting.

Keep us posted on how you make out on your goals. :=)

loonyhiker said...

@AtlTeacher You have great goals too! I left a comment.

loonyhiker said...

@M-Dawg I have been using Audacity and Gcast for my podcasts. I will have an episode up today (one down, two to go). You have some great PD scheduled!

Clif Mims said...

Thanks for participating in the 2009 Professional Development Meme, Pat. We all look forward to hearing about your success after Labor Day.

Clif Mims said...


Please feel free to join in on the pdmeme09, too. :)