Thursday, March 17, 2016

identities {sol 3.17.16}

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I go by many names: Michelle, Shel, Ms. Brezek, Friendy, Sponge. Until social media, people always knew me from meeting me in real life (IRL). But these days, sometimes people know me (or I know them) via their online presence, not from face-to-face interactions.

Today I was sitting in a common area of school working alone in the quiet, when one of the iCoaches in our district, Todd came by. He was looking for a place to work with some kids and was asking about the particular space I was in. A short time into the conversation, he asked, "What's your name again?"

Over the past few months we've run into each other a few times - in the hallways or in a planning meeting. I told him, "I'm Michelle Brezek, I'm the Literacy Coach here."

"Oh yeah, your name came up in one of our last meetings...."

I interrupted, "Oh, maybe for blogging? My blogging club and I and the third and fifth graders are working on the Slice of Life - I write at BigTime Literacy?"

"Oooohhhhhhhh!" (The lightbulbs were going off at this point!) "You're @bigtimeliteracy. Right!"

It's just funny how these days you might know someone via Twitter or Instagram only, and even though they work in your district, maybe you haven't met them face-to-face. A similar thing happened to me about a month ago with Angela, a fifth grade teacher. All the bloggers from my district were meeting up to plan and I asked for names of people I didn't recognize. As soon as she said Angela, I got all excited and interrupted, "@missgdoesfifth?" We all laughed and she nodded, yep.

I so treasure my PLN, and even more awesome is when I get to meet the same people IRL!


  1. I feel lucky to know you IRL and my PLN!

  2. It is truly awesome to meet someone from our PLN in person! It's kind of like a "rock star" moment.

  3. I love the idea of meeting the people I read. What a fun time!

  4. I love the idea of meeting the people I read. What a fun time!

  5. Meeting PLN friends in real life is the best!!! I've been lucky to meet a few "famous teachers" (my husband always makes fun of me for saying that) from my PLN at conferences, and it's always so cool to talk to be able to say, "Oh remember, we talk on that Twitter chat!" or "I know you from blogging!" :-)

  6. This is so funny! Made me giggle! :) It is so fun to meet people you only know through blogs, etc. Sometimes I feel like I'm meeting a celebrity. :)


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