September calls

Sunshine and family time won out over blogging in the past weeks. I kept up with my 15 minutes a day. I read Twitter and Google reader. I thought about many things. I continued to think about building my PLN. Now that school has started again it is time to get back to it.

Last week I spent many hours preparing the library for students and planning for the months ahead. The last of the books returned in June have finally made their way back to their homes and we are ready to begin once more.

Today I saw three groups of students. We talked about how to care for our library and best of all about books. Everyone is excited to get in and pick books out. Students were asking to put holds on the books they had just heard about. I also had a slew of volunteers for this year’s library club. The only thing getting in the way is the new computer program so the library cards can be made.

I love to see the excitement in the kids eyes as they discover a book that speaks to them. That’s just one of the great things about my job. That’s one great reason for continuing to build my PLN.

Using blogs…

When I subscribed to Google reader and started following blogs in November of this year, I hadn’t even heard of a PLN. What I soon discovered was how much I enjoyed following blogs.

The fist blog I subscribed to was French Word a Day by Kristin Espinasse. I loved her idea of building a story or a reflection around a new word or expression and it helped me to use my French in a different way. From this starting point I added many others and am still building. Just finding something you are interested in is a good place to start.

The best tip I have is to take it slowly. Get right in the dirt and plant the seed but give it the time and care that it needs to grow naturally.

Catching up with Twitter

Today is the day. I am catching up with challenge #3. Thanks Kathleen for the post about Twitter. I am now following more people and have made some changes to my account. I always struggle with what to say about myself in the profile space. Should the information be about me personally, professionally or a combination of both? What is it I want people to know? I gave it a try and know it will be a work in progress.

Reading Twitter on a daily basis is not something I have done yet. I think it is good advice to make it a priority for the next month to figure out how to comment and better use it as a learning tool. Let’s see how it goes!

Another ending

Another ending. Another beginning.

It is a funny time of year. Students and teachers are excited about the end of another school year but there is also a touch of melancholy in the air. It is a good time to reflect on how I have grown professionally this year and what I hope to do once September rolls around once again.

It is a good time to play with the tools that will help build my PLN. Maybe by the end of the summer I will know more about Nings, Twitter and other web tools that I keep reading about but don’t often have the time to try out.

Summer gives us time to reflect, to play and to restore balance in our lives.