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Connecting, Collaborating – building supportive, professional relationships on the net!

Today,  my Teacher Professional Leave  partner Jenni and I were invited to a Dr. Richard Elmore workshop on Instructional Rounds. This was absolutely fabulous and Jenni and I will post about the workshop in the Instructional Rounds ning soon, but it’s not why I’m writing this post. Today reaffirmed why I blog, ning and Twitter… and now Ultranet-ing. There is no doubt in my mind that these are great places to develop professional relationships. Someone said to me recently that you can’t build professional relationships on the net. I disagree!

Today Jenni and I were sitting having lunch with Dr. Richard Elmore (I’ll drop that one in) when we saw this principal. I was sure it was Mark Walker, a principal who has been a wonderful supporter of the Instructional Rounds ning. He saw us… and the connection was made. I was amazed by the instant familiarity Jenni and I had with Mark. Having read Mark’s blog, wiki and collaborated within the Instructional Rounds ning there was sense of already knowing him. It was great to meet up with Mark, and reaffirmed why I connect with educators in Australia and globally (many whom I will never meet), to share and collaborate with.

To Mark, it was great to finally meet you and we really appreciate your support!

Cheers Nina (and Jenni)

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Instructional Rounds-Best Teacher Practice-The e5 Instructional Model PLN – Ning: Take a look, join and discover with us what all this looks like in practice.

The ‘ning’ is up! Jenni and I spent a day of our Teacher Professional Leave (TPL) creating this ‘ning’. Teacher Professional Leave (TPL) through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria, Australia has given us the opportunity to explore best practice.

To record, share and work collaboratively with other educators we have started a ‘ning’. Today was ‘full on’ as we explored this platform. Working a ‘ning’ is new to us both, but we’ve done it and I would have to say we used our problem solving skills admirably. Lots still to learn, like how to edit a comment when you have a spelling (typo) staring you in the face – and sent to someone significant. I must say that our learning has been in an authentic arena and yes, I can spell arena.

We’ll be chatting to Jenny Luca to sort out a few issues, however, I’m posting this because we are excited and would like others to join. You can contribute or sit back and watch. Here is the link: Instructional Rounds- Best Teacher Practice- The e5 Instructional Model PLN ning. 

Support us here and join our ‘ning’. Be part of our journey and see what we can do together!

Cheers Nina

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