Archive for January, 2011

Den SciCon 2011 at EastConn in Willimantic, CT

Friday, January 21st, 2011

I am looking forward to meeting with other educators at the Den SciCon2011 being held in Willimantic, CT tomorrow morning. While it means getting up early and driving over an hour to get to the meeting place when I could just as easily attend by logging onto my laptop at my dining room table, I think it will be worth it to congregate with others and share in the excitement of the webinar sessions.
It promises to be clear and sunny tomorrow but very, very cold. My son went to UConn in nearby Storrs, CT, and I remember how much colder it was there than down in the New Haven area where I live. With Martin Luther King’s Birthday holiday on Monday, a “ice” day on Tuesday, a delayed opening on Wednesday, a full day on Thursday, and then another snow day today, it has been a crazy week. I don’t remember having this many days off in a 10-day period every before.
So, meeting and collaborating with other educators tomorrow should be a good thing, and it will be nice to generate excitement for returning to school on Monday with all kinds of new things to share.

Happy New Year to All

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Happy New Year’s Day, everyone!

It’s 1/1/11 – how neat is that! I hadn’t even realized the significance of this January 1st until someone tweeted it out.

We celebrated at the home of friends in New Jersey. The couple we visited were newly married when we all started teaching at a junior high school in CT way back in 1969. They stood up with me and my husband when we were married in 1973. We are still friends after all these years, although I am the only one of the 4 still in full-time teaching. The trip back to CT this afternoon was pretty smooth. Christmas vacation has nearly come to an end, and it’s time to get back into school mode. I had intended to do exploring on the Discover Education site this week, but I didn’t get a lot of free time, so I’ll use some of  my time this evening to scout around.

I joined Steve Dembo’s fitness challenge and hope to do well with that.

Finally, I’m looking forward to the 2nd Annual DEN SciCon scheduled for January 22, 2010. Last year the event was hosted at the CT Science Museum in Hartford, and participants, including myself, received free admission to the museum as well as the chance to network with others during the webcast. I wonder if there will be a physical meeting place this year. How fortunate we educators are to have such wonderful training available to us as part of our Discovery Streaming subscription. I am going to encourage my colleagues to tune in, even if only for one session.