After a wonderful day of family and giving thanks for the blessings bestowed on us, I wanted to also thank all of you in the DEN for this privilege of being able to serve the best educators anywhere. As I travel our beautiful state, I have seen so many creative and exciting classrooms and teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty. Please know that all of us at Discovery are always happy to serve you.
In these next few weeks when everything seems so busy, take some time for yourself, your students, your family and your friends. It’s all about relationships, not the things. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned that kept me sane in that crazy time from Thanksgiving to Christmas is to stay focused on the curriculum. I know that sounds so dull, but you can make it just a little more special than normal with short video segments. Integrating digital video really does help your stick with your curriculum, yet make your lesson so much more powerful. And what’s with this M generation? As soon as you put a video segment on, they get quiet. The research shows that the average amount of time spent by 8-18 years olds in this M generation (Media generation) watching prerecorded media is almost four hours a day. Let’s tap into their high interest level to enhance their understanding and retention and to motivate them to want to know more.
If you need any ideas for the next few weeks, don’t hestitate to check the discussion boards on the DEN site or even start your own discussion thread! Be sure to check the Implementation blog because they always have great ideas for integrating digital media in your classroom. Don’t hestitate to ask for ideas/help/support particularly in these next few weeks. That’s what we are here for!