STEAM Makers Fair for Teachers

Last night I attended a teacher event at the North Carolina Museum of Art. This is the second such event I have attended at the museum and they never disappoint! This one was focused on the connection of visual arts with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and offered hands-on stations where teachers could explore […]

Siemens STEM Academy

What an amazing week! I have met amazing people, learned new strategies, and also realized that what I’m doing in my classroom is just what I need to be doing. While there is still so much I can improve upon and incorporate, it feels good to know that a lot of what goes on in […]


As I prepare for “New Teacher Orientation” I realized that I had not submitted my #becauseoftheden video to Katy Stanevitz. I started creating the actual slide show  during breakfast on the last day of #DENSI2014 and finished it up at the airport. When I got home I created the video BUT never uploaded it! I’ve sat […]

First Week Blurrr

I survived my first week of my eighteenth year teaching.  Each year I marvel at the amount of effort that we as teachers put into  starting up a year.  Last week seems like a blurr to me now, but my heart stirs inside of me.  I love seeing the the faces of my new and […]

Professional Resources!

While searching for more resources to use during my Science planning, my Instructional Coach let me borrow a great book with tons of ideas!! Learning and Assessing Science Process Skills, fifth edition by Richard Rezba, Constance Sprague, Jacqueline McDonnough, and Juanita Matkins. It reads/feels like a college textbook, but the activities that are in there for […]

#DENbdays – August 2014

August #DENbdays The DEN (Discovery Educator Network) would like to send best wishes to our DEN stars that are celebrating birthdays this month. During August let’s send some #DENLove to these DENfriends.         Happy #DENbday wishes to: August 2nd – Alan Brown, NC, @ab31706 August 9th – Shannon Mulqueen, CT, @smulqueen August […]

Reflections and Aspirations

I left #DENSI2014 nearly two weeks ago. And while I have been ruminating regarding my reflections, my life has taken a sharp turn to the left with regard to family commitments and activities. So I’ve had to postpone the gushing (except on Facebook and to any person who asks me, “How was Nashville?”) and the […]

Summer Series: Week 9 — PHYSICS

  Been practicing your dives this summer? How about roller coasters… any trips to the amusement park? Been stuck at home, bouncing superballs all day or playing with a yo-yo? Well, this is your week. The Summer Series: Physics board is considering the laws of physics using amazing and funny video clips and special “make” […]

DENSI 2014 reflection

Alright, I’ve been home from DENSI 2014 for a week now.  I’ll be honest, I have spent most of that week decompressing from DENSI at the beach, hanging out with friends and reading trashy beach novels.  But I’ve also spent a good part of that time reflecting on my time spent with my new DEN […]