12 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections With Educators

“Since we cannot experience everything, other people’s experiences, and hence other people, become the surrogate for knowledge. ‘I store my knowledge in my friends’ is an axiom for collecting knowledge through collecting people (undated).” – Karen Stephenson

When we connect with other educators and develop Personal/ Professional/ Passionate Learning Networks (PLNs), we participate in collective, networked learning. We are able to gather resources, ideas, lesson plans, support and solutions to problems from educators worldwide. Learning with a community of educators makes us stronger educators and we need that strength to accomplish the great mission of being a teacher. Below, are some ideas on how to make meaningful connections with educators and build a strong support system before school begins. You can also connect with teachers worldwide by attending the EduPassions free online conference on Sept. 3, 2016. Over 20 speakers worldwide will inspire you. Win prizes, meet other participants, earn certificates, get badges, and leave with resources and ideas all from the comfort of your home. For more resources, check out this post I wrote for Noodle Education, How to Crowdsource Professional Development for Teachers.

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Challenge: Try one of these ideas to begin making meaningful connections with educators.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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