DEN Fit’s New Year’s Challenge

December 28th, 2014

It is that time of year again!  Time to make those New Year resolutions!  If getting fit is one
of your resolutions, please read on!

The challenge to is to complete more than 10,000 steps/day for 21 days in any 4 week period between January 1, 2015 and February 28, 2015.

The DEN Fit’s New Year’s Challenge is supported by Together Counts. You can learn more about Together Counts, a partnership from Discovery Education providing resources for home and at school to promote health and active lifestyles, by going to

Register by competing this form Upon registering, you will receive a follow-up email with an invitation to join our Facebook group. Information in this survey will only be used for sending awards and prizes.

Log your activity each day. We will share a separate form in late January with all registered participants.

What will you get?
Up to 100 educators will receive a NutriCrystal Wireless Nutrition Scale (retails for $99.95) courtesy of Together Counts and all participants will receive a certificate of completion.  Plus, you will be on your way to forming healthy habits for a great new year!

How Do You Promote Wellness?

November 19th, 2013

How do you promote wellness in your classroom?  How about in your own life?  As I read this article about the Moscow subway, I thought about how that could work in the classroom.  In what ways could you encourage students to choose an activity?

In my own life, how could this apply?  What would the exchange rate be?

  • cookie = 10 squats
  • potato chips = 5 sit-ups
  • soda = 20 jumping jacks

Would this prevent you from having the snack?  Think of creative ways to improve your wellness.  Share your ideas, thoughts, and successes on twitter.  Be sure to include use #DENFit.


Are you #DENFit?

November 7th, 2013

It is that time of year!  We are thinking about all the things we are thankful for, thinking about the holidays, and thinking about others!  As educators, we serve others all the time!  To remain healthy, we need to think about ourselves!

During the DEN Summer Institute, we have DENFit activities.  I am always inspired during that week to get up early and do something active!  This year we had runners, walkers, yoga sessions, and even hula hooping!  My goal as I left the Summer Institute was to stick with it!  And I did continue even after I returned home, then life got in the way!  The work days got longer, the responsibilities grew greater, and my time for me diminished!

Now as I move in to November, the more I feel drained and exhausted at the end of the day.  I realize I need to take some time for myself!  It can be a 20 minute walk, a bike ride, a run, or an exercise class.  Doing this a few times a week makes a tremendous difference and helps me to be energized and focused.

I want to encourage you to take some time for yourself!  Commit to something just three days a week.  Post your workouts and accomplishments on Twitter and include #DENFit.  Encourage a friend to join you!  By doing this, you will feel better and be able to give yourself the gift of being #DENFit!

Learning, DENSI Style!

August 31st, 2013

The Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute is an amazing event.  I returned from Burlington, VT, the site of DENSI2013, five days ago, and I am still sorting out my thoughts of all I learned, and catching up on some sleep.  While the planned sessions take place from 8-5, the learning continues all day, and I didn’t want to miss a minute.

My mornings began with the DENSI Fit Club.  I was joined by many educators who wanted to get in some exercise to begin the long days of learning.  My fellow Fitters were the reason I woke up so early.  I am so thankful for Kate, who taught me how to workout with a hula hoop.  Karen, Lea Anne, Kyle, and Steve helped me chart the course for our culminating event, a DENSI Fit Club 5K.

After breakfast, the learning began.  I attended Selena’s session on Evernote and learned all the ways it could be used in a classroom.  Connie and DENnis taught me how to use green screen with an iPad.  Kelly helped us connect to other teachers.  Dave and Dave shared a lot of iPad apps for education and Tim educated us on ways to take and edit photos on an iOS device.  Tracy taught me about Pecha kucha and Dean added to it with Pecha Flickr.  Steve shared just a few of the things he did write about.  I am excited to read the book!  This list could go on.

The evening activities were just as educational.  Working with Kelly, Jake, and Pete, I learned that I didn’t know how to work their GPS system in our DENmazing Race.  And, I might mention, we did finish 3rd.  Porter and Dean had us play music trivia, remembering the awesome songs that represent North America and pulling tv show theme songs from the recesses of my memory.  Hall allowed us to try out his google glass, which was really cool!!

The best part of the DEN Summer Institute is connections I made with other educators from around North America.  It didn’t matter where we were, we continually discussed education and how we can make it better.  Whether hunting Champ, the Lake Monster, milking cows at Shelburne Farms, dancing to “Gangnam Style,” or donning a costume representing our home, student learning was at the center of our conversations.  The educators I met are inspiring, and DENSI allowed me to learn more than I can express in this blog post.

Dean put it best in his closing when he shared five rules.  In this, he told us to be silly and laugh everyday.  This week definitely allowed us to laugh, a lot!  My favorite rule is to show gratitude.  So, I want to end with my thanks.

I am thankful for the opportunity that Discovery Education gave us.  I was able to connect with educators that I have only seen virtually, through blogs, webinars, and tweets.  A really big thanks to my road trip crew, Kelly, Kate, and Judy.  The journey was so much fun.  I cannot say thank you enough times to the Discovery Educator Network team!  Porter, Lance, Steve, Kyle, Jannita, Dean, Chad, and Hall created an event that allowed us to connect and be celebrated for being educators.  I am so grateful for being given the opportunity to learn from these amazing educators.  Thank you to all my new friends!