DENSI Reflections

“Do a happy dance. Yes. Right now. Experience pure joy. You did it! You got accepted to the DEN Summer Institute. That’s a big deal!” Quoted from my acceptance letter from late March, this was just a peek into what was in store for my summer. Fast forward to July – DENSI 2014 – Nashville, […]

DENSI2014 – Reflections

          Wow! I am still recovering mentally and physically from DENSI2104. Lack of sleep and too many great ideas swimming in my head to sleep, as well as thinking I could run the DENmazing Race have taken their toll. So much to process and I feel a bit ADD in trying. […]

Summer Series: Week 8 — MUSIC

It is amazing what you can find in your Discovery Education account. At least, I’m amazed this week. With tens of thousands of pieces of digital media, it’s impossible to know every one, but for this week, I found some very cool music resources. Take a look at this week’s Summer Series Board: Music to […]

No Words….

My husband asked me “how was my trip”? when I got home. I opened my mouth to speak and nothing came out. Now I know that this may surprise some people but I was speechless. I couldn’t put into words how I felt. I just said, “Good”. You would think that 11 days of friendships, […]

DENSI2014 Maker Faire

The first DEN Maker Faire was a huge success. A big thank you goes to Kristy Vincent for all of her planning. A great number of DEN STARS brought many amazing and different craft/maker projects to share. There were MANY highlights. Here are just a few –                 […]

Transdisciplinary STEM lessons

Last week I had the pleasure or attending the DEN Summer Institute in Nashville Tennessee. This was my first DEN Summer Institute and I really enjoyed meeting the talented, energetic and passionate members of the DEN who are constantly working to improve their effectiveness as educators and leaders. During the Unconference sessions I participated in […]


I just attended the most incredible professional development of my life!  Walking through the airport on the way home to Raleigh, NC, I did not want to take off my name tag as I did not want the experience to end.  But having been home one day, I realize that it is not over as […]

Do you know your oceans?

  This is a straightforward map for the younger grades.  Map the Oceans and Continents allows you to drag and drop the labels (on the bottom) to the right place on the maps.  This would work well as a station or on an interactive board. You can see the complete post here from TeachersFirst.