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Celebrating and Debating Founding Father’s Day!

Celebrating and Debating Founding Father’s Day!

Did you know that Ben Franklin’s currency printing firm thwarted counterfeiters by spelling “Pennsylvania” incorrectly and on purpose? How about that the famous signatures at the bottom of the Declaration of Independence were actually kept secret for many months after the public reveal for fear of the signers’ safety? Or that many of the Founders

Creating and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Culture (Part 1)

As we all continue to enter into the “hum” of the school year, it is imperative to also begin the reflection process about what has worked and what has not in terms of our classroom culture. Starting a new marking period is a great time to review classroom expectations, try new things with and solicit ideas

Another Community Story

I’m often reminded that I have one of the best jobs in the world. Getting to work with districts around the world, I continue to value and appreciate the high quality of people who have dedicated themselves to helping young people. Being able to spend time with these people, hear their stories, encourage them and

LEGO Bricks-Creative Fun for all Ages

From an early age, LEGO bricks provide a foundation for creative building and engineering skills. Children of all ages enjoy the many different possibilities that LEGO brings. As a brand new 8th Grade homeroom teacher, I wanted to bring the option of LEGO bricks to my student’s unstructured time, but space became a limitation with

Belk Service Learning Challenge – Want to go to ISTE for FREE?

Each teacher with 3 or more video submissions could win a free trip to ISTE! Belk, ISTE, and Discovery Education have upped the ante this year.  Any teacher that submits at least 3 student videos will be entered to win a free trip to ISTE in Philadelphia this summer. What do you have to do? Encourage students in grades

Event of the Week: November 11, 2014

This week’s event is from Cheryl Verla de Lofgren in Baltimore City Public Schools, MD. As part of professional development days, teachers from across subjects meet to share best practices in their field. Cheryl shared how she supported the ESOL department in their work providing strategies to target ELL students needs in mainstream classrooms.   “Since

Engaging the reluctant teacher on DENvice

Are you planning a professional development session and wondering how to engage reluctant teachers? Join Wisconsin DEN Star Rachel Yurk as she shares with us her creative ways to meet that reluctant teacher during professional development. Join the conversation this week on DENvice

The Belk Service Learning Challenge Is Back and Bigger Than Ever

  The Belk Service Learning Challenge is Now Open for Entries Submit a Video Today! Join Belk, Discovery Education and the International Society for Technology in Education as they celebrate another year of service learning with the Belk Service Learning Challenge! The Challenge invites student teams in grades 6-8—with the guidance of an educator—to identify an issue in their

STEM Fun on DENvice!

STEM education encourages curiosity, exploration, discovery, higher-level thinking, logical reasoning, collaboration and problem solving, both inside and outside the classroom. This week on DENvice join Idaho LC Member and DEN Star, Second Grade teacher, Digital Integration Coach and STEM Superstar Kim Miller. Kim will guide us through a STEM-filled week with resources, ideas and discussions

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