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Fun Fact Friday: The “Sinkhole” River

Did you know that there’s a river in Portugal that appears to have a sinkhole in it, or as some have jokingly described it, “a portal to the center of the Earth”? It’s true! Well….at least it’s partially true. You can see it for yourself below! As you can see it’s a visual marvel, but

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Creating and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Culture (Part 1)

As we all continue to decompress from our most recent school year, many of us are thinking of ways in which we can improve the culture of our classrooms. Being a Content Specialist (“Department Chair”) for five years, I had the opportunity to observe dozens of teachers and hundreds of lessons. On one hand, I have

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DENSI 2016 – Sessions, Day 2

(This post was co-written by Diane Lefebvre and Shelby Bailey.) I don’t know about everyone else, but today was a mix of overwhelming and excitement for the start of our third day here at DENSI. Overwhelming because there is so much to learn and so little time to get it all in and absorbed. Excitement

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DENSI 2016 Day 2 – Sessions begin!

This post was written by Diane Lefebvre. The day kicked off with a bang as everyone gathered in the great room where an enormous dance line erupted around the tables lead by none other than the joyful Rita Mortensen to the tune of “I’ve Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. What a fantastic

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A Very Special SOS for #DENSI2016

The theme for this year’s DEN Summer Institute (DENSI) is JOY.  So what better way to celebrate our theme than with a special instructional strategy as part of our SOS series.  You can download the JOY SOS here. A very special thank you to Susan Bowdoin (@sbowdoin) who made this SOS even more useful and

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DENSI 2016 Day 2 – The Outing

On this beautiful Monday morning, about 150 educators from around the globe descended upon Chicago for the annual DENSI group outing. This trip consisted of a visit to The Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium, both within a short walk from one another on the banks of Lake Michigan. At The Field Museum, attendees had a

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Welcome to DENSI 2016!

This post was co-written by Wisconsin DEN Star Rachel Yurk. Greetings! This year’s Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute kicked off with a bang, thanks to Steve Dembo and his Star Wars troupe. Prior to the opening BBQ meal, attendees had the chance to connect with each other through gift giving and conversation. What a great

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Discovery Education in Action: ShaBranda Faison

Name: ShaBranda Faison Role: 8th grade Science Teacher School: Southeast Guilford Middle School School District: Guilford County Schools, NC Subjects/Grades Taught: Science, Grade 8 Degree/Certificates: BS in Biology with a minor in Forensic Science; MS in Instructional Design & Technology; Current Ed.D. student in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Development Background: I have been teaching since 2007,

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