professional development meme 2009

I’ve been tagged by Tracy Rosen; thanks Tracy! This meme recently appeared on Clif’s Notes.


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.
  • Develop a plan for introducing blogging into my Travel Literature course this fall.
  • Develop a new course! Preparation for College English – I’ll be teaching it for the first time, and so must spend the summer refreshing my TESL skills. In particular, I need to put together a plan for keeping lessons both content-heavy and fun. Suggestions welcome.
  • My Tags

    Maggie McDonnell

    Prone to Laughter

    When In Cairo

    Line 46

    Mister Teacher

    Clay Burell

    Mr Teacher

    So You Want To Teach?


    9 thoughts on “professional development meme 2009

    1. I just introduced blogging to my grad class (Nature of Learning Disabilities) and they really seem to like it. Hope your class does too.


    2. Hi Siobhan,
      We received our book club group lists this morning and we will both be in the same conversation group – I’m looking forward to reading the book with you!



    3. I’m looking forward to the book discussion as well. Did you participate in the book club last summer? I’m hoping this will help me get over some of my digital stage fright issues.


    4. Chartzell:
      I wasn’t a part of last summer’s book club; it’s new to me, and I’m excited! I love online discussion.


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