Guest Blogger – Jillian Gay

I had the pleasure to meet STAR DEN member Jillian Gay on Tuesday at the Day of Discovery at the Peabody here in Orlando. She was ‘uber’ nice when asked if she would guest blog her experiences from Tuesday’s event. So in her words:

I’ve dedicated myself to staying focused on
anything buy school for this first month of summer, however, I jumped at the
invitation to a Day of Discovery at the Peabody in Orlando. The food alone was
worth it.

Lance kicked off the day with some stories from his
own teaching experiences, which helped me as a teacher see another example of
why Discovery Communications truly belongs in the education field. He also gave away a couple of DEN lab coats
which got everyone motivated to learnJ

We spent the morning between sessions that gave an
in-depth view of Discovery Education Science Connection, one of which was
presented by the program’s designer Robert Onsi. If you haven’t seen it, you’re really missing
out on the ability to give your students a serious multi-sensory learning
experience which is directly correlated to the state standards. The setting was one in which we were able to
ask specific questions about Science Connection and give our input. The afternoon was spent discovering
Discovery Education’s Think Link Assessment tool which can be used across the
curriculum to assess, score, and assemble student data, whereby making more
time for teachers to actually teach (novel ideaJ). 

Lance wrapped up the day with some cool tips for
classroom teachers to integrate technology (which included offering snacks to a
lion) and a closing activity that tested even the biggest brains. 

Between the uber yummy food, opportunity to
discover, cool prizes and the food a Day of Discovery was worth every second of
missed beach time. Thanks, DEN!

Thanks Jillian for agreeing to share your thoughts. One of the great things about the DEN is meeting new people. Little did I know before this week, we will be working no more than a couple of miles from each other! Our own little DEN area in Poinciana!



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  1. Diane Darling said:

    Sound like a really good meeting for science education. I am sorry I missed it. Would love to have a little more notice on events like this. Busy people keep busy schedules. Looking forward to the next one.

  2. Tom Turner said:


    I’m sure I can say it with high confidence that the second that I put the posting out about the event was on the same day it was sent to me. The whole event was put together in about a week and a half’s time. I don’t want to speak for the DEN, but I’m sorry for the short announcement/day of event timing.

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