Posts By Ginny Washburne

About Ginny Washburne

I’m excited to join Discovery Education as a Director for the DEN Community. Prior to joining Discovery I spent 6 1/2 years at SMART Technologies and 4 years as a middle school social studies teacher and HS cross country/track coach. I look forward to connecting with and learning from each of you!

  1. SOS: Half The Picture

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Half The Picture PDF Version Background: In essence, the active processing theory rests on a principle of “use it or lose it” (Kaufeldt, 2010). This means that students must be actively involved in what […]

  2. SOS: Read All About It

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Read All About It PDF Version Background Summarization is restating the main ideas of a text with as few words as possible. Summarizing can be written, spoken or acted out through drama, music, in […]

  3. SOS: XO Let’s Go!

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. ***This strategy has been modified from DEN STAR Terra-Lee Gratton. You can find her resource HERE. *** XO Let’s Go PDF Version Background “I’m ‘X,’ You’re ‘O’…Let’s Go” is a paired, verbal fluency, instructional […]

  4. Attention Austin Area Educators!

    Attention educators in the Austin, TX area! Discovery Education will be hosting an exclusive event on Monday, December 16th from 6:15-7:45 pm at the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin and we would love for you and your team to join! This event will provide an exclusive opportunity for Texas educators, administrators, community members and students to […]

  5. SOS: Four Corners

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.   Four Corners PDF Version Background The four corners teaching strategy is a cooperative teaching and learning strategy that empowers students to take part in group activities. It is a helpful strategy to use […]

  6. SOS: PMI

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. PMI PDF Version Background Trying to come to a decision isn’t always easy, especially when there is no clear answer. PMI is an effective brainstorming strategy that can be used to weigh the pros […]

  7. SOS: Sound Check!

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Sound Check PDF Version Background When students are learning new information, it is important to engage their senses. Video leverages both visual and auditory senses, but if students are not asked to do something […]

  8. SOS: Connect The Dots

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Connect The Dots PDF Version Background It’s easy to get caught up in the race to ensure that the curriculum is “covered” by the end of the year. This does not guarantee that the […]

  9. SOS: Who Are You?

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Who Are You? PDF Version Background If we want students to focus on learning, we must first make sure they feel safe and secure. “Before students will turn their attention to cognitive learning (the […]

  10. SOS: 25 Things You Didn’t Know

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. 25 Things You Didn’t Know About… PDF Version Background Open just about any entertainment magazine and you will inevitably find a page that shares “25 Things You Didn’t Know About” a certain celebrity. They […]

  11. SOS: Tweet, Tweet!

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Tweet, Tweet! PDF Version  Background Many educators use Twitter to as a way to build their Professional Learning Network (PLN) and share what they are doing in the classroom. Twitter is a social media […]

  12. SOS: PechaKucha

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. PechaKucha PDF Version  20 x 20  Background PechaKucha is a presentation format that was developed by architects in Tokyo in 2003. The idea behind this presentation style is to show 20 images, each for […]

  13. SOS: Fakebook

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Fakebook PDF Version Background According to a 2010 study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average 8-18 year old spends 7.5 hours interacting with media each day. If we want to engage students, […]

  14. SOS: Jigsaw

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Jigsaw PDF Version Background Jigsaw is a well known cooperative learning strategy that empowers students from a “home” group to focus on one aspect of a topic. “Just as in a jigsaw puzzle, each […]

  15. SOS: On This Day

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. On This Day PDF Version Background Teachers use many different strategies to engage students as soon as they enter the classroom. A bell ringer is a short activity that can be completed while you […]

  16. SOS: Puppet Pictures

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Puppet Pictures PDF Version Background Using puppets to learn new vocabulary is a fun and creative way for students to connect with the new terms as they use it in their own words. By […]

  17. SOS: Myth Bustin!

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    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Myth Bustin PDF Version  Background MythBusters, a popular show on the Discovery Channel, tests popular myths in order to confirm or bust them. This strategy takes the idea of myth busting and applies it […]

  18. Stop Waiting To Exhale (My Thoughts On Inspiration)

    I posted my thoughts on inspiration (below) on my personal blog, but thought I would share it here as well. Many of you are headed to DENSI, or planning on watching some of the engaging presentations via Livestream. There is no doubt you will walk away inspired. But will you also take the time to […]

  19. Celebrating Teacher Leaders- Meet Wake County

    Wake County Public Schools in Raleigh, North Carolina has recently partnered with Discovery Education to employ a system for change called Teacher Leader Corps, a continuous improvement model that puts teachers and teaching at the forefront of the district wide change.  This model of collective and sustained learning will help to build the professional capital […]

  20. SOS: Snowball Fight!

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    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.   Snowball Fight PDF Version BACKGROUND Showing videos in class is a great way to engage students and bring learning to life. But often times, watching a video becomes a passive learning experience. In […]

  21. SOS: Twenty Questions

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    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Twenty Questions PDF Version BACKGROUND The game “20 Questions” is a widely known game that helps to encourage questioning and deductive reasoning. “The act of questioning actually has a physiological impact on the human […]