In 2010 @thenerdyteacher asked if I would be interested in starting a collaborative online magazine with him. Of course I said yes! Project PLN was born. The passion behind Project PLN was to reach out to the education network and give everyone a voice. Nick and I can be rather prolific and enjoy keeping a blog and keeping up a constant chatter on Twitter, but that isn’t for everyone. We knew that there was this whole section of our PLN that had incredible ideas, amazing insight into education, but it wasn’t being shared widely. Project PLN was our attempt to provide a place for all of those voices to be heard. We wanted to help bring our PLN together, to introduce new voices and to solidify relationships.
N-1 is a concept that I read about on Seth’s Blog. Seth says:
N-1. There are tons of things on your to do list, in your portfolio, on your desk. They clamor for attention and so perhaps you compromise things to get them all done. What would happen if you did one fewer thing? What if leaving that off the agenda allowed you to do a world-class job on the rest? What if you repeated N-1 thinking until you found a breakthrough?
I am a perfectionist with a pinch of OCD thrown in for good measure. When I do something I go at it full speed ahead 110%. The problem is lately, I can’t give 110% to everything that I would like to because I am always adding one more thing (N+1). These things are good things, they are worthy things, important things. I feel that way about each one of them or I wouldn’t have taken them on in the first place. But lately I am finding that I am giving each less than what they deserve and not feeling a sense of accomplishment in any of them as a result. I think this is a common feeling among teachers. We always tend to be functioning in the N+1 model. We give everything the best we’ve got and often feel stretched too thin.
After two years Nick and I are in new places. We have LOVED Project PLN, even when we were at our busiest. Over the last two years schools have been started, families expanded, new job titles added, speaking engagements, the list goes on and on. It is time for us to employ N-1. This is a difficult concept for us. We are project adders…not project eliminators. And yet, Project PLN’s time is coming to an end. It has accomplished the purpose that we set out for it. It connected our PLN when it needed to be connected. With the increased use of social media and blogs, we aren’t seeing the need for it that we once did. It is time for us to let go of one so that we have room for others. Both Nick and I are sad to see Project PLN end. It has kept us working together month after month. It has given us a reason to plan after school Skype sessions. It has been FUN. It is our hope that in letting Project PLN go, we will have room for the next BIG thing that we can work on together. (Stay tuned, we are always dreaming up crazy great ideas together!)
I suspect that this isn’t really an end, that it will be a beginning. Now we have ourselves freed up for the next dream.
Thank you to all of you who supported us in Project PLN. Thank you for contributing, for sharing yourself with us. We hope that this will be multiplied in new ways. Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, our blogs. Keep sharing your good ideas because YOU are an inspiration and YOU matter!