Interestingly enough, two of my colleagues and I are about to give a presentation on this very topic at our state Foreign Language Teacher Association’s annual conference!
My PLN, Langchat, is the sole reason I am where I am today. Before Langchat, I was done with teaching. I was burned-out, exhausted, uninspired…it was a truly desperate situation. I know a lot of people say that, but I was seriously building up my plans for an at-home children’s clothing and hairbow workshop. I was that serious.
Then one day, in an ACTFL daily newsletter email, I saw something about searching for #authres or #langchat on Twitter. “How bizarre,” I remember thinking. A few months later, when my curiosity still had not gone away, I checked it out. WOW! was I amazed!
I am forever grateful to all of the wonderful moderators and participators of Langchat for helping me grow, to see that there really is relevant and meaningful professional development out there for Spanish teachers, and for instilling in my the desire and ability to learn and continue to try to be better than I am today and everyday.
Thank you Langchat!!!