I summarize my worse learning experiences as top-down, externally mandated, out-of-context, irrelevant to me and little to no purpose events that I am expected to play a passive role.
When learning most resembles spam, it isn't likely to be of any good.
I initially struggled with identifying my best learning experience as a teacher because my first thoughts went to the conferences or conventions that I have attended... but I found that focusing on these events left me wanting.
My best professional development is a process that began when I unplugged myself from the top-down, mandated professional development matrix. It began when I became so disenfranchised with the education system that I began to question everything.
Because of social networking (which for me mostly includes blogging and twittering), I have been able to make time and place all but obsolete.
I am able to engage in two-way dialogue with educators from around the world and access information and research from the sources I trust without a third-party filter. Because I play an active role with this research and dialogue, I am able to engage intensely in reflecting upon my beliefs and practices.
No longer am I dependent on someone else to provide me with the motivation or resources to learn.
I am unplugged.
I own my learning.
Who owns yours?