When I first heard the acronym 'PLC' a few years ago, I hadn't a clue what it meant. Yes, I'm the first to raise my hand and say I don't know what something means. Playing dumb comes easy to some of us.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!


Justin Nacarato said...

I consider you as part of my PLC as an ECE student and will continue to as I get a job in the fall! :)

Miss Night said...

Thanks so much for mentioning #kinderchat. We are so glad to have you on board! Anyone who wants to know more about it can check out the blog (it is a work in progress) at http://kinderchat-kinderchat.blogspot.com/. Hope to see some LAMHR readers on Monday night! Our topic is Playtime.

Sara said...

I have a lot of these bookmarked, too!
But, YOURS in the one that started it all...
I was handing over my copy of "Have You Filled a Bucket Today" so she could use it :), and said something like "Well, I found it on this blog that I read. But, it's kind of more than just a blog..."
I felt like I could go on and on.
I have a few blogs that I follow, and I don't "know" the people behind them...but ,I am thankful that you allow us "in"...

Deborah said...

I didn't know what PLC was until just reading your post! I love our PLC and it is a pleasure to have made friends I value like you:)

John T. Spencer said...

Thanks for the kind words. I always enjoy your blog!

~A said...

Thank you for being a part of my PLC!

Sneaker Teacher said...

Thanks for the shout out! I always enjoy reading your posts too :0)