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It's not just for me, it's for my students.

Jessica Anderson

How Serious Will You Be About ‘Professional Development’ in 2014?

As mentioned in Mr. Abud's prompt, getting serious about your own professional development starts with setting goals. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on my goals for 2014. Check them out! I feel they are challenging enough that they will help me grow, but not so challenging that I won't be able to accomplish them.

The thing you need to know about me is goals have always driven me. For instance in college, I would make lists just to cross things off my list (raise your hand if you've done this). It was like winning a million bucks when I got to cross off one of those babies! After college I vowed I'd get a job in a one-room school house, check. And ironically, after I told myself that I could have a second baby after I finished my master's degree, one month after completing my degree I was pregnant.  Yes, I get serious about my goals and I try hard to accomplish them.

The above question asks if I plan to get serious about my professional development this year? The thing is I've been serious about professional development since the start. Sure it's only been seven years, but professional development has really always been about my love of learning new things and taking them back and implementing them in my classroom.  I don't mind stepping outside the box, trying something new, and possibly even failing as I do it.  Professional development is just that a way to professionally grow for the better of yourself and students.

This year I'm taking development to the extreme. I "professionally develop" every day of the week. How does that happen you may ask? Twitter. Yes, twitter is currently my go-to for professional develop. The thing is, it's free. I can connect with people all over the world that have amazing ideas to share and I can search and engage in topic areas I am excited about and think will help my students the most. It's been one of the best professional decisions I've made in the last seven years.

So yes, I plan to take this job seriously, share what I've learned, and power through each day with energy, excitement, and a love of learning.  In order to stay passionate, it's what I have to do. It's not just for me, it's for my students.