OK, so if you follow my other blog then this video should look familiar from my last post. It's Adam Grant's TED Talk about gratitude, teacher burnout, and why you should always wear a dark suit.
Soooo....how does this connect to student PLNs? Two things came to mind:
1. Grant talks about connecting with alumni. Social media makes that much easier than in the past. My thought is to contact former students -- particularly those who have continued with the language -- and invite them to contribute to the #parlons Twitter hashtag. It gives students another dimension to their PLN, extra support when they are struggling, and perhaps inspiration to continue in the language.
2. I love the idea of gratitude. I think it's something that doesn't necessarily come naturally to teens, and I think, particularly in a "professional" capacity, that it is a skill we should develop in our students. To that end, I propose incorporating #jvvr (je voudrais vous remercier) into #parlons. I am not entirely comfortable with using #FF, because students suggesting follows is a little bit too far outside of my comfort zone, and I like the direct "thank you" of #jvvr. I do like the idea of designating one day a week for this, perhaps Friday for the sake of consistency.
What do you think?