Thing 19: Online Learning

Online learning is something that I don’t think I will every really like. Do I learn the information? Most of the time. Do I make lasting relationships with colleagues in the class? Not usually. Do I procrastinate until the last minutel? Yep. I know this is the way it will be in the future but that doesn’t mean I have to like it!

When I got my library degree, I chose to take the majority of the classes on campus since I was local but a few of the classes were only available online so I had to take them that way. To this day, I will see many of my fellow on campus classmates at conferences and we will chat amiably and I keep in touch with many of these classmates through Facebook. I can’t say the same for the people I was with in an online class. Even as I type this, I notice that I don’t call them classmates but “people” — very generic. I am a people person and need face-to-face interaction. Online classes don’t provide this for me. Maybe it is my age but I really don’t like online classes and the way they are traditionally run. I’m really not sure why I keep signing up to take them, but I do.

My certification requires that I receive 175 professional development (PD) hours every 5 years. This will be an easy requirement to fulfill since I take many hours of PD every year through my district and local Boces. Like many, I find Conference Days to be a waste of my time since there is rarely a topic of interest or if there is, I am just as much an expert in the topic as the instructor. Our library department often meets on these days but we don’t usually use more than one time block so we are stuck attending a class that we really don’t need. The school district doesn’t ask for a personal learning plan but I like the idea of it.

My personal learning plan for 2014-15 is to learn more about:

  1. Twitter and why people think it is so great.
  2. how to get students to want to learn intrinsically.
  3. how to teach more effectively to students who come from poverty.
  4. how to provide enrichment to highly motivated learners.
  5. how to become a leader in a school when you are one of the newest faculty members.

I will continue to learn and read as much as I can to grow as a professional. The library has changed so much since I was a child and I need to keep up with all of the latest technology and trends. Lastly, I need to make sure my new principal understands how important my job is to the success of each and every student in my building!


This work by Mia MacMeekin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

via 27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does.


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