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Sawadee kha PLN, and fellow COETAILers!

It is so exciting to be joining another cohort of learners excited to grow as professionals and educators. Although, as I mentioned before starting COETAIL 1, it is always difficult for me to get back into the swing of things and encourage myself to continue nurturing my PLN. As teachers, the beginning of the year is quite busy (and I decided to pursue my Master’s degree too). This becomes a lot to do all at once. It’s hard work, but once I get back in the swing of things- it will all be worth it.

So, what is my definition of personalized learning?

It’s personal.

Personalized learning is the abilitiy to learn anything you choose at your own pace, your own level, and in your own environment with the goal of expanding your collaborative community and nurturing your skills, interests, needs, and aspirations.

In relation to my personal influences… I struggle the most with the personal part of my PLN. (I know, that is the whole point). I hold myself to a certain standard by comparing my personal learning to others. I know I shouldn’t do this, but the little creature on my shoulder still tells me that I am not always doing enough with my PLN. There are so many options out there. It could be edX, Twitter, Facebook Groups, YouTube, Pinterest, Slack, Blogging, Email, Skype or Flickr – there is always more to check or learn from or add too. It could be not Tweeting enough, being a consumer more often than a creator or collaborator… I too often tell myself that I need to be doing more – which in turn makes me feel like what I am doing is not good enough.

So moving forward, my goal for COETAIL 2 is to allow this journey to be lead by me. Because that is the point, isn’t it? It’s my personalized learning journey and it will turn out however I make/let it. I am in the driver’s seat and I have control.

As a professional, I do not have too many influences relating to my PLN. My school doesn’t require (or encourage) use of social media relating to the school. In regards to learning, they give us about $300 a year for PD. This allows us to go to a training somewhere in the Asia-Pacific region but often causes us to spend money of our own as well. In my role as the Technology Coach, I have somewhat taken on a responsibility to encourage others to develop their PLNs. This year all of our teachers will become Google Level 1 Certified and our administrator is having us join a book study and an inquiry group. It will be interesting to see what technology is used in these groups.

With that said and some goals set…

Here we go *again*!