One of the greatest parts of the DEN is the networking that has happened through the years. This past weekend 10 of my fellow DEN stars came into Chicago and we all hung out, ate, chatted, shared, giggled, learned and played. It was an awesome weekend that was, in many ways, a mini DENSI. They came from PA, CA, MO, KS (well Kansas City) and MI. Amazing, right?
If you haven’t gone to a DENSI (Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute, you are missing out! I don’t know if I’ll be on the magical list that shows up later this month, but it is the BEST professional development ever. It is designed for people like me–ADD with little tolerance for people treating me like an idiot. I love to learn and try and play and please respect me as I do so…and Discovery does. It is a week where I learn everywhere I go, whether it is through the sessions offered or the social gatherings during the day and especially at night where we share, learn and grow together. It is an amazing experience and we created a mini DENSI last weekend.
I think what amazes me the most is that this group of people does not contain your average people. They are all brilliant in their own way, but are also curious, intent on learning and growing and love to laugh. They are open and quick to share and without judgment about tech skills. It is a great combination and they are marvelous people to whom I feel a connection and closeness I treasure.
So thanks. Thanks to Traci, Genny, Katie, Jan, Peg, Emma, Wendy, Gena, Margie, and Amy in no particular order! Thanks to the DEN and Porter and Lance for introducing me to these amazing educators, energizing my teaching and reminding me that there are people like me! I love you all and appreciate everything you do for me!