T+L Reflections

T+L went by so fast, it’s hard to believe it’s over!   Alas, we’re all back home and hopefully recovered enough from the whirlwind week in Denver that I’m hoping some of you have had a chance to reflect on what you learned at T+L.   

I think the biggest takeaway for me, aside from my new found interest in Digital Storytelling (I can’t wait to use Premier Elements, iMovie and Audacity again!) is further confirmation that the Discovery Educator Network is about the power that comes from collaboration.  Looking around the room Thursday morning, I was overwhelmed by hearing all of our teachers discuss how they planned to work together after the conference — whether by exchanging materials, sharing ideas, or even flying to each others states to observe a classroom visit, it was clear that we had formed a community.  I have always been proud to call myself a teacher, but never moreso than being in the company of dedicated and inspired educators as we had at NECC in June and at T+L last week.

For our teachers who attended T+L last week, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the conference.  RJ provided some very eloquent feedback on her experiences in the Pennsylvania blog –I’d love to hear from more of you on what you thought of the week and what you are taking away from the experience


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  1. Danielle Abernethy said:

    First, thank you Discovery for this wonderful opportunity! I don’t think I can put into words what I took away, but the excitement is there. I got in to Sumter, SC and in bed around 2 AM on Friday morning and was up and ready to go by 5:30 AM to share the enthusiasm. I totally rewrote my lesson plan on the plane for the middle school class I was working with that day. We are now working on creating a digital story based on what I learned in the workshop with Bernajean Porter. New friendships were also added to my list of things that I took away. I really enjoy meeting new people, and the ones that were with the Discovery Educator Network were a thrill to meet. All the talents and contributions to the field of education were grand! The conference itself was right on target and was timely. I found some great things to share with my district and to implement in classes.

    Thanks once again for this wonderful opportunity!

  2. Brian Talmadge said:

    Hey there!

    I just wanted to drop a line and give a big/blog thanks for such a nice educational experience! T+ L was a wonderful whirlwind of information to get caught up in. When it was all over I could not be more pleased with what I walked away with. I have a greater insight into the DEN and the people behind this amazing program. After years of teacher programs that have come and gone, this was a breath of fresh air. I met people that were passionate about education and it was easy to see how much they cared about enriching our instructional programs. I also left feeling valued as a teacher… there is no greater honor to give another person respect… and after T+L I felt honored. Thanks DEN!

    And on a side note… I just want to give a big hello to all my new teacher friends from around the country! I hope your return to your neck of the woods was an easy one and I look forward to talking with all of you soon! Denver would not have been the same with out you! Take care!

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