In any event, when I started this online journey almost two years ago, my only intent was to reflect and document my experiences in the classroom. An amazing side effect has been the wonderful Professional Learning Community that has arisen from the network of folks from literally all over the world I've 'met' online.
In addition to support and laughter, I've brought countless ideas from others into the classroom. At this point, I can't imagine what my teaching would be like without the PLC I've come into. So here are just a few, in no particular order, (really, I hope I don't forget anyone) folks that have made an impact in one way or another.
- Deborah at Teach Preschool - Deborah has been a friend and provider of support and countless (I mean IMMEASURABLE) number of ideas. Her work in the preschool community is truly priceless and I'm grateful for her friendship and ideas.
- John at Learn Me Good - John makes me laugh. It's nice to read the reflections of other dudes too.
- Mrs. Mimi at It's Not All Flowers and Sausages - She's blunt, she's funny, and her blog was published into a book.
- Theresa at Substitue Teacher's Saga - Theresa is a gifted writer of young adult books. Her reflections on being a sub, her family, and writing have proven inspirational to me on many occasions.
- Susan at The Book Maven's Haven - Susan is a colleague who is widely considered THE literacy guru in our area. She probably knows everything about any book ever published for children. She's a wonderful resource and I love having lunch with her!
- John at Spencer's Scratch Pad - John always makes me think about education in a new way and I appreciate that.
- Sneaker Teacher - She has been a help from the start, with blogging and teaching. Her posts always make me smile.
- Roxanne at Books That Heal Kids - I've written about Roxanne many times. Her blog is priceless, 'nuff said.
- Mrs. Smythe at Vodka Mom - Funny kindergarten stories AND alcohol don't sound like a mix made in heaven... but they are. Mrs. Smythe makes me laugh out loud and she's a sweetheart too.
- Tom at I Want to Teach Forever - Tom is another male teacher who shares some amazing resources.
- My tweeps at #kinderchat on twitter - twitter is a new bag of tricks for me. The folks on #kinderchat have been helpful and just one more amazing place to go for tips and ideas. They 'meet' every Monday night for an hour long chat at 9 P.M. Eastern time... a little past my bedtime, but sometimes I make it for the first half.
- Teacher Lingo - an amazing resource for other teacher blogs.
- All the amazing folks on the Look at My Happy Rainbow facebook page - Wow. Some of the friends I've met and connections I've made on facebook are brilliant. The ideas shared on a daily basis never cease to baffle me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!