Tomorrow my son and I leave for our yearly trek to Lake Almanor, CA. For my son Skyler it is a non-stop play fest with seven of his best buddies, they ride bikes, scooters, play in the lake, build sand castles, run, jump, laugh, repeat... For me, I get to meet with my first PLN - 5 friends/teachers (now moms) who once worked together (over 11 year ago) in a small northern California school district. We carpooled together, student taught together, attended conferences together, attended or were in each others weddings, got pregnant together, lost pregnancies together, went through divorces together, have always been there for each other. Now, we make sure that once a year we get ourselves and our children together.
Because we are passionate educators we do spend a lot of time talking shop, we need to catch up on each others "school year" and then share resources, reflect on our practices, discuss our various school situations and problem solve together. It is a face to face professional learning network. We know that when we are together and pouring out our educator souls, it is possible that we get the "bullshit" card thrown out for a reality check and we embrace and welcome that. Although we only see each other once a year, it is like we see each other frequently and we are transported back to the time when we all worked, taught, and learned together. I am privileged to spend a week of my year with these incredible educators, moms, and women.
So, with our impending gathering, I have been thinking of an interesting pondering... what are the key educational resources and/or innovations I HAVE TO share with my girlies? It is a daunting question (and I would love input on this!) So, I began thinking, if I were giving them a short list of resources what would I share?