DEN Community Member of the Week: Chelsea Murray

Chelsea is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Lamar CISD, Texas. She has been using Discovery Education for about 9 years. She shared “Discovery Education truly changed the way my classroom worked. Before I became an Instructional Technology Specialist only 3 months ago, I was a Biology teacher. The biggest impact DE made in my teaching was allowing me to differentiate at the touch of a button. I was able to truly customize my course for all of my different learners. This, in turn, impacted my students by helping each one learn at his or her own pace and within each student’s preferred learning style. DE has so much to offer for everyone!

pic2When you’re not working where are we most likely to find you?

You will probably find me outside with my chickens, bees, or in the garden. I love tending to my one acre “farm.” This is the best time of year for it, too. The bees are enjoying the sunshine, the garden is ready to be planted, and the chickens are almost old enough to start laying.

What is your most memorable experience with the DEN?
Attending the last Siemens STEM Institute!!  What an incredible experience!!  I’m pretty sure I still talk about it daily. This was the number one “grower” of my PLN, and boy did it grow! I have teachers I can reach out to (and I have) all across the United States!

What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?
Pair a Discovery Education video with a strategy called Incredible Shrinking Notes!  Teaching students how to summarize and get down to the meat and bones of a topic is so important. The smaller and smaller pieces of paper are such a great visual to help students write less, not smaller!

Why did you become a teacher?STEM Institute 3

I believe teaching, for me, was inherent. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. I set up school for my baby dolls and even dressed up like a teacher on career day in elementary school. It was always my answer for “what do you want to be when you grown up?”

How do you start your day?
I hug my dog. He’s always so happy to see me in the morning, so we have our morning snuggle, then it’s time for coffee!

What sites do you visit daily or weekly to assist in your teaching practice?

STEM Institute 1What are you reading or something on your to-read list?

I’m currently reading Unbroken.

What brings you joy?
My husband and my dog.

How can others connect with you?



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