Archive for July, 2013

My DEN Summer Institute Reflection………

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

So what was DENsi for me? 1400 miles, 150 educators, 10 days, revisiting old friends making new ones, singing the “Sound of Music” soundtrack at the Von Trapp Family Lodge, 3 cones of Ben & Jerry, Shelburne Museum, a Lake Monster baseball game, grant-writing sessions, 3-hour cruise on Lake Champlain, visit to Urgent Care, 14 unconferences attended, 9 professional sessions, 4 keynotes, a costume party, the Harlem Shake, the DENmazing Race, 2 overnight airport stays, and the most amazing, mind-blowing professional development that I have ever experienced.

In a nutshell- I spent the last 10 days with some of the greatest educational minds in North America. We collaborated and decided it’s not about what we teach- it’s about how we deliver and how they (the students) respond. Real-world connections=real-world application!

I want to teach in an environment where the only politics we hear about are taught in our social studies classes. They surely do not need to be driving our classrooms. I’ve been on the mountain-top and would rather just stay up there if everyone is okay with that. ‪#‎missingdensi2013 As I unpack the memories and learning in my mind- I will share as I teach it!

Walking Your Talk in Vermont

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

It has been made extremely clear to me that we must WALK our TALK when it comes to education. So far at the Discovery Education Summer Institute- I have observed many educators living up to what they believe in. I have also noticed that passion is abundant here and there are NO political lines drawn in the sand. We are here because we have our eye on the prize- and that prize is making a difference in the lives of our students. We heard today that the jobs that our students will have in 10 years have not been invented yet. What a huge responsibility that has put on all of our shoulders. If we are not walking our talk and working towards that end- our students will fail miserably. I have been convicted and inspired in Vermont. I am determined to continue walking my talk. It is so important for all of us to bring our beliefs to life…of moving beyond words to practice what you preach. More to come in Vermont!