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According to our Dan Losota, “the usefulness of the PLE concept comes into play when people evaluate how they obtain, store, think about and share information.” Redoing my PLE allowed me to reflect on my the process of creating it the first time compared to the process of creating it the second. I am much more aware of the different avenues that I collect information from because I have been paying attention to it all semester. Being able to identify where I collect and share my information is a valuable reflection piece as I continue to grow and develop as a teacher and as an individual. I have taught U.S. history for the last five years at the Kodiak High School and I have yet to teach it exactly the same way.

My first year of teaching my head was barely above water. I spent a lot more time lecturing and reading material with the students than I do now. Now my lessons are activity based. We still read and I still lecture, but for much shorter intervals than when I first started. This is because I am using the same process but in a different context. The resource I am collecting feedback from my students each time I teach a lesson in any of my classes. I know if it is going positively or negatively based on their feedback. From there I usually reflect on what went wrong to make adjustments before the next classes lesson, if my adjustments don’t work and the issue persists or I need help I share it with my colleagues before I reflect on how to change the lesson for next year. This process has allowed me to improve my lessons each year. I also have become more comfortable discussing issues with my colleagues, they provide me with valuable feedback as well as share ideas on what they are doing in their classes. 

Dan LoSota shared different tips on how to include a PLE in the classroom. Another idea that I thought would work well in my classes with my students to introduce the topic was having students create a class PLE together. This will allow them to brainstorm ideas as well as discuss the different aspects of how a PLE is formed and connects together! 

Here is my new visual representation of my PLE that I redid. This time I decided to make my visual circular to represent how I collect, share and reflect on information on a daily basis in both my personal and professional life. The one thing I really enjoyed about creating my PLE was taking the time to think about all of the different avenues that I receive information and learn in my life. The information that I am collecting, sharing and reflecting on in my personal life is different, but the process is the same. This process is necessary I believe to continue to grow as an individual and as a teacher. I think the second time creating the PLE made it easier to identify more ways in which I receive information. 


LaSota, D. (2018, September 04). Personal Learning Environments. Retrieved September 24, 2018, from https://iteachu.uaf.edu/personal-learning-environments/

D. (2011, November 5). Rhizomatic Learning – Why we teach? Retrieved September 24, 2018, from      http://davecormier.com/edblog/2011/11/05/rhizomatic-learning-why-learn/

One Comment

  • Sean Holland

    Erika, I’m glad the process of reflection has proved useful to you. While it was not necessary to recreate your visualization here at the end of the semester, I appreciate it. Have you considered creating your visualization in a more physical manner, as a sketch or drawing? I find that doing it in a graphic program on a PC or mobile device can be artificially limiting. If you ever have a chance to draw your PLE again, try that!

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