Why I Love (and Hate) Professional Conferences

I’m in the middle of a two-week stint of attendance and presentation at a pair of conference for professional education organizations.  I found myself growing eager for the rejuvenating experience that I often enjoy at these events.  Like most teachers, I come away with exciting lesson ideas and validation about the way I teach.  Being at these conferences is rewarding and energizing.

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What is the role of Professional Organizations in the PLN world?

I value interaction with my peers as an opportunity for professional growth, collaboration, and maintenance of my mental health.  Historically, these functions were accomplished by means of team, school, district, state, and national professional organizations.  I see the role of these traditional groups becoming more and more obsolete as Personal Learning Networks emerge as a powerful and efficient way to communicate.
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