Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Professional Development Meme 2009

I was reading about the meme on Louise Maine's blog and thought it sounded like a good one, and low and behold she had tagged me.  Well 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 http://clifmims.com/blog/archives/2447.

  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 Professional Development Goals

  1. Read 'Disrupting Class; How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns'

  2. Learn more about teaching using Moodle (my district is switching to Moodle in the fall and I will be responsible for teaching at least 4 courses using this Learning Management System)

  3. Prepare for the two professional development sessions I will be facilitating at the end of the summer

I'm really looking forward to summer break not only to accomplish the goals above, but more importantly to decompress and enjoy time with friends and family.

Now, I'm going to break rule #6 and not explicitly tag anyone.  If you are reading this, first off thanks!  Secondly, if you haven't been tagged already and think you'd like to participate, then consider yourself tagged ;-)


    1. [...] was indirectly tagged with this meme because I read Claire Thompson’s blog post on this subject and thought that putting my summertime pro-d aspirations down in a blog [...]

    2. Claire,
      Nice post. Hope you are enjoying your summer and getting some quality time off to think and reflect.

      This summer I am also working on some projects related to my science teaching and development. Because my wife is due any day now, I've been working at home getting caught up on some reading and also learning in depth iMovie and some other software.

      I will consider myself tagged and participate n this project. Have a great summer

    3. [...] who teach/learn from September to June! I was catching up with my Google Reader and thanks to Claire, thought I’d begin my summer posting by sharing my pro-d plans for the lazy days [...]

    4. @Kevin, I look forward to reading your post on this meme! Good luck with iMovie (I've been delving into that a little bit lately too) and all the best with your pending arrival ;-)

    5. I'm glad you are participating in the 2009 PDmeme. I look forward to reading about your successes in September.

    6. @Clif Thanks for starting this meme; I think a lot of people have been able to sink their teeth into it!

    7. [...] in the summer I read Disrupting Class, one of my summer PD goals.  The following are my scattered reflections on the [...]

    8. [...] too much of chain letters–but I felt that this one was worth my time  For the meme I wrote a post about three goals I would like to accomplish over the summer.  Below I’ll list the goals and [...]


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