Here’s an idea, PLP!

Digital tools finalHere’s a link to a course syllabus I did while taking Sheryl’s course – Connect with NETS!

I hope you find it worthwhile! I would love to talk about it and I am open to teaching any other topics you have in mind! Thank you for your time and interest!



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“It’s the Connections”, People!

We are always asking our students, “What did you learn?” For me, my Powerful Learning Practice experiences (eCourses and year-long Connected Educator Experience) taught me that it’s the people we meet, connect with and grow with that makes all the difference. The how doesn’t matter. We can meet face to face or online using different apps like Skype, Twitter, Google Hangouts, email, etc. What does matter is the human factor. No longer do we just have access to the great ideas of our¬† colleagues next door to our classroom but we can reach out anywhere, anytime to tap into and collectively add wisdom and knowledge to our teaching practice.

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the PLPNetwork’s ADVIS (Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools) Teams culminating event showcasing member school’s Action Research Projects on May 14. Delaware County Christian School was this event. The presenting schools:

I am a member of Team One and the St. Gregory the Great Global Goddesses in Virginia Beach, VA. I live in Philadelphia, PA, and, as this event was being held nearby, I was eager to participate in a live event. (We are presenting our Action Research project virtually in June.)

The minute I walked in, I was greeted warmly by the DCCS staff and invited to sit with them at their table. Anticipation filled the room. Untold hours had been spent by each team to create their Action Research project. Each team had questioned, wondered and created a plan to address the needs of their particular school.

In the morning, each team presented their projects. We had an opportunity to ask questions and to learn from them. The afternoon was used to create a collaborative action plan starting with each participant choosing topics that they felt were important for student learning. Sharing theses topics, the group narrowed them down to the top five. Then, each team, starting first with the barriers to effecting change and coming up with a positive plan of action. These plans will be shared in the PLP community space.

I had promised my Global Goddesses partners that I would “tweet” about the day so they could participate virtually. I collected those tweets with Storify and am sharing them here with you.

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Going Forward You Need to Look Back!

reflectionThere are some things you just know you need to do! An opportunity arose for me to enroll in the Powerful Learning Practice’s Connected Coaching eCourse with Lani Ritter Hall and Amy Musone. I seized the moment! The Connected Coaching eCourse is all about trust, building from the strengths you already possess and being willing to look at what’s “messy” so that you’re able to achieve your goals – whatever they might be.

I was most interested in becoming a better listener, asking not only the right questions but better questions and fine tuning my skills as one who empowers others and brings out the best in them – just like Hellman’s on a sandwich. I have made progress but it’s a process much like Design Thinking and Action Research. You plan, act, reflect and plan some more! You can always get better at whatever it is you love to do!

This was the right place and the right time for me! I learned a lot about myself and I met many others whose stories were rich with experiences, expertise and a willingness to share and learn as well. I made friends as well as colleagues!

You see, Marilee Adams (2004, pp 7-8) writes that “A world of questions is a world of possibility. [The spirit of inquiry] opens our minds, connects us to each other, and shakes outmoded paradigms. [It invites] exploration, discovery, innovation, and cooperation…We have only to ask the right questions to begin”.

So, I created this GoAnimate to reflect some of my questioning skills. As I move forward towards new and/or different goals and my own ‘world of possibility’, I can look back on this eCourse, our Coaches Lani and Amy, and members of the class as being a very important part of my wayfinding!


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