Posts By Tim Childers

  1. DEN Gone Country – Some Parting Thoughts

    This past weekend 35 educators descended on Nashville for Discovery’s DEN Gone Country mini-institute.  In spite of the fact that there was a Titan’s game on Sunday, A Taylor Swift concert Friday and Saturday nights at the arena, the Nashville Symphony playing on Saturday night, a brand new food festival going on Saturday, and a […]

  2. A Day of Remembrance

    It has been 32 years ago that my father passed away.  I remember that morning like it was yesterday.  Some days I find myself reliving it like a movie playing in my head. We owned a family business in Wynne, AR.  My parents had recently purchased a second building to expand, and over the winter […]

  3. DENChat #13 – Has It Been That Many Already?

    Last Thursday the DEN jumped back onto Twitter for our 13th #DENChat discussion.  Lisa Parisi once again led the chat centered around the question of Language in the Classroom. How do you speak to your students?  How do you help them learn to communicate politely? As always, the chat seemed to last only about 10 […]

  4. DEN Gone Country Mini-Institute Announced


    Yes, it has been a long time coming, but the TN Leadership Council can now (finally!) announce our “DEN Gone Country” Mini-Institute!  You will want to read this article in its entirety to see exactly what is happening and how to apply. Nashville is not only the home, but the capitol of Country Music.  Music […]

  5. Eleven #DENChats and Counting

    Last week was our 11th #DENChat, and Paula Naugle did a fantastic job leading us through a discussion of our own summer professional development plans.  Sometimes we spend so much time training others and pouring ourselves into other teachers, we often forget that we also need a time to relax, reflect, and recharge. You can […]

  6. #DENChat Focuses on STEM Resources

    Last Thursday, Tim Childers, moderated #DENChat focusing on STEM resources and philosophies.  As with previous discussions, there were a multitude of great websites, activities, and thought-provoking questions from those who joined the chat. STEM goes far beyond the idea of, “Oh, I added a science activity to my social studies lesson,” or, “We’re going to […]

  7. Three Stages of Technology

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really an expert when it comes to technology.  I’m more of a student.  I study it a lot.  I read about it.  I work at it.  At best, like my photography, I’m a hobbyist.  But over the years I’ve come to the realization that we may […]

  8. To Flip or Not To Flip

    Last week on #DENChat, Lisa Parisi and Elaine Plybon took on both sides of the Flipped Classroom debate as they led the discussion on Twitter. Flipping the classroom is a method of instruction that involves teachers creating short snippets of instruction on video (usually 5 to 15 minutes) and posting them online for students to […]

  9. #DENChat Number 7

    Last Thursday, dozens of educators met on Twitter to discuss favorite lesson plans, unit plans, and activities with Cate Beck.  The conversations in #DENChat are always fast-paced and informative, and this session was no different. You can find the archive for our 7th installment of #DENChat at this link.  (Thanks, Lisa Parisi!) This Thursday, April […]

  10. More Updates on the Knoxville Virtual Conference

    We’re getting close now!  This Saturday, April 20th, is the Spring Virtual Conference for Discovery.  There are lots of great Live Stream feeds planned for the day.  And, there are also dozens of local events being hosted across the country as educators come together to share their knowledge and experience and learn together.  Knoxville is […]

  11. #DENChat 6 Is Archived

    Did you miss our 6th installment of #DENChat?  I know I did.  Work got in the way.  And then the weather.  And, well, I couldn’t get online for the chat.  Every week I hear from someone who, like me last week, didn’t make it.  That’s why there is an archive. These are important conversations among […]

  12. Spring VirtCon: Important Announcement for TN

    We are one week away from one of the most exciting and productive professional development events available to teachers each year: The DEN Spring Virtual Conference!  Sessions will be broadcast all day over LiveStream.  In addition, there are dozens of locations across the US where teachers are gathering together to watch all or part of […]

  13. #DENChat Number 5 is Archived!

    Wow! It seems like just a month ago we started the whole #DENChat ball rolling!  Our fifth weekly chat is in the books.  Kelly Hines did a great job offering questions related to Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). In the chat you will find information about how teachers are gathering members for their PLN, how they […]

  14. #DENChat 4 Archived

    Last Thursday the DEN once again met on Twitter at 8 PM ET for #DENChat Number Four!   Paula Naugle led us in a discussion of how teachers are connecting their classrooms.  The ways this is being done are nearly as many as their are DEN members! Looking through the archive put together by Lisa […]

  15. Universal Learning Design #DENChat

    Last week, Lisa Parisi hosted our fourth #DENChat centered on the question of Universal Learning Design (UDL).  Several participants (myself included) had heard of UDL, but was unfamiliar with how it plays out in the classroom.  As a result, the conversation was truly a professional development experience. And that’s a good summation of all our […]

  16. Spring VirtCon in Knoxville!

    Discovery’s Spring Virtual Conference is an all-day, online, professional development opportunity that goes, literally, around the world for educators to drop in and participate together from wherever they are at the time.  It is just one more way Discovery has met the needs of teachers who long for interaction with others that “get them.” BUT, […]

  17. #DENChat Tonight!

    This evening, March 21st, will be our 4th #DENChat.  If you havent’ participated in one of these events yet, you have truly missed out!  But, you can still reach the archives here, here and here.  Tonight’s chat starts at 8 PM ET on Twitter. Tonight we will discuss the question, “What does a UDL classroom […]

  18. The Beauty of PBL

    Problem Based Learning, or PBL, is gaining ground with great momentum across the country as more and more states, districts, and local schools turn to various Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives.  And yet, some teachers appear to know very little about it.  While there is no way to give it a proper look-see […]

  19. New #DENChat Coming This Thursday!

    The first two weeks of #DENChat have been phenomenal.  The discussion is on target with tweets whizzing by at nearly the speed of thought.  If you haven’t joined us yet, or have been hesitant about participating in the conversation, here are a few things to think about: Its ok to “lurk” in the conversation.  Sit […]

  20. Did You See This Funny Video of You?

    I love Twitter.  No, I’m not a power user.  Some days I’m a lurker.  Some days I’m a re-tweeter.  Some days I’m a link sharer.  And some days I actually write something.  Not profound, mind you, but something from my thoughts. I like Twitter for a number of reasons.  First, its quick.  There are no […]