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Your personal learning network, or PLN, is basically a network of relationships you’ve built and is made up of the people you go to for professional support. These are often other teachers, although they might be teachers of subjects other than English. They could be teachers you work with now, teachers you worked or trained with in the past, or teachers you’ve met only virtually. Your institutional director, departmental head, supervisor, or coordinator might also be in your network. Or perhaps you are part of a teachers’ association. We asked a teacher about their personal learning networks. Here’s what they said–
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This would refer to the people around you, the people you know, the people you are working around that you studied with, the people you attended a workshop with, the very people who are in your Facebook, and the people who are in your Whatsapp group. Now, I started off, my personal learning network started off with just three of us. I had two friends and the three of us would be walking along together in the marketing centre, wherever the workshops, we would always be walking together. Now what’s important about the three of us was, and still is, we have our discussions.
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And if I’m doing the presentation or I ever got to speak or just do any of the activities, or any of them did, we would just go back to each other and then we’d be speaking about what happened. ‘Now, I really don’t think you were right in doing this’. And then we sort of start developing each other from that. So don’t look too far. Start off with the very people around you, and then talk about what matters.

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Watch a teacher describing his personal learning network.
Personal learning network (PLN) – a network of people you go to for professional support.
This could include coworkers (who might be teachers of English or other subjects), ex-colleagues, your supervisor or boss, people you did a course or your initial teacher training with, teachers you know through the internet or local teachers association, etc. You might collaborate with them formally, through staff meetings for example, or informally, by asking them for help or discussing teaching ideas.
  • Who has helped you to develop as a teacher? How did they help you?
  • How do you collaborate with other teachers?
  • What type of people are in your PLN?
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