Professional Development

Tagged by Blake, who needs "professional development" to compensate for the extra time he apparently has on his hands.

Summer can be a great time for professional development. It is an opportunity to learn more about a topic, read a particular work or the works of a particular author, beef up an existing unit of instruction, advance one’s technical skills, work on that advanced degree or certification, pick up a new hobby, and finish many of the other items on our ever-growing To Do Lists. Let’s make Summer 2008 a time when we actually get to accomplish a few of those things and enjoy the thrill of marking them off our lists.

The Rules

  1. Pick 3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
  2. For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/01/08).
  3. Post the above directions along with your 3 goals on your blog.
  4. Title your post Professional Development Meme and link back/trackback to
  5. Use the following tag/ keyword/ category on your post: pdmeme.
  6. Tag 5 others to participate in the meme.
  7. Achieve your goals and “develop professionally.”
  8. Commit to sharing your results on your blog during early or mid-September.

Then I’m supposed to give my “professional goals”:

  1. Finish work-travel and associated tasks in order to not have to travel for the rest of 2008, thereby adding more enjoyment to my "professional development"
  2. Work on technical writing curriculum, finish two of the courses/books before the end of this exercise
  3. Develop better writing habit at home for "future endeavors" as part of my two-years-left-on-the-three-year-plan plan, measuring by actual work done and words written – looking for 50,000 words by end of this exercise

Now tagging the first five people passing by my blog. You know who you are – leave a comment with a link back to your site and I’ll return the love.


3 thoughts on “Professional Development

  1. maryann says:

    just wanted to let you know…i read My Beautiful Idol
    loved the crab metaphors…very true.
    ending made me sort of blahish…perhaps i need to read again?

  2. Rick says:

    No – all good 🙂 – and I liked it for it’s realness. Ending for me felt like it was stretched out for length, so maybe that was it. Just that he had a story that resonated made it a good read for me.

  3. maryann says:

    i feel that there is a bit that i perhaps missed in the ending.
    perhaps reading it while on the beach wasnt the best location for concentrating.
    i will re-read the last 2or3 chapters…it was all dialogue but there was something in it…

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