If you weren’t aware, October is Connected Educators Month (#ce13). What have you done lately to actively build your PLN (professional learning network)? In any good multiplayer games, guilds (teams) are formed to help you advance in game play and achieve long term goals (some of which would be impossible to do on your own). As educators we have to connect to advance our skills, learn from each other, and to do what’s best for our students.
Should you join a guild or grind it out on your own?
Eventually this became ridiculously boring and time consuming and I wasn’t getting anywhere. I was stuck.
When I first started playing World of Warcraft (WoW(, I would do things on my own. I didn’t need anybody. I would complete quests and level up. It was great. Then I started getting these quest strings that kept leading me to instances that could only be completed if you went in as a group. I still refused to group up, so I just started grinding in challenging zones, killing as many mobs as I could to continue gaining XP (experience points) so I could level up. Eventually this became ridiculously boring and time consuming and I wasn’t getting anywhere. I was stuck.
Total n00b! My character before learning I needed a guild. Look how lonely he is.
I gave in and put my name in the queue to join a random group to enter and complete the instance, Ragefire Chasm. Having not worked in a group before and not knowing my role in the group. I quickly drew mobs (monsters) to me and died quickly causing the rest of my group to fail. Well rolling with a random group is not going to work. I need to make connections. In WoW, there are people just lined up willing to help you all you need to do is reach out and connect.
I realized if I was going to grow as a player I needed to reach out and join a group. In game these are called guilds. So I started to interact with other players in the game, I learned from them and they helped me higher level quests. Eventually, they invited me to join their guild. As mentors they showed me how I was supposed to play in an instance. My role was a damage dealer. I had to stay away from the main action and cast spells and hurl fire bolts from afar. I was successfully able to complete instances, complete my goals, and level up after that.
Does any of this sound familiar?
That’s a hefty goal and you can’t do that by yourself.
Well unless you’ve played MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role playing games) probably not. Okay substitute all the game play and speak with your role as and educator. Imagine trying to get through the first few years of teaching on your own. It doesn’t happen you have to connect. The guild that you build is your PLC/PLN. Your ultimate goal: teaching your students what they need in order to be the best that they can be. That’s a hefty goal and you can’t do that by yourself.
So tonight’s #levelupED chat (9pm EST) will be about building your guild (PLN) and why being a connected educator is vital.
If you haven’t yet, please visit our guild page to join, contribute and provide feedback.
Build your guild and level up for an EPIC WIN!
Build your Guild?
Quest objective: Bring a friend to #levelupED chat tonight, introduce yourself and your friend.
Rewards: Get a shout out in a future blog post.