Author Archives: Tim Childers

DEN Gone Country – Some Parting Thoughts

DEN Gone Country – Some Parting Thoughts

This past weekend 35 educators descended on Nashville for Discovery’s DEN Gone Country mini-institute.  In spite of the fact that there was a Titan’s game on Sunday, A Taylor Swift concert Friday and Saturday nights at the arena, the Nashville Symphony playing on Saturday night, a brand new food festival going on Saturday, and a

A Day of Remembrance

It has been 32 years ago that my father passed away.  I remember that morning like it was yesterday.  Some days I find myself reliving it like a movie playing in my head. We owned a family business in Wynne, AR.  My parents had recently purchased a second building to expand, and over the winter

9 Days and 2 Spots Left for DEN Gone Country!

We are 9 days away from the awesomely fantastic DEN Gone Country Event!  We’ve been bumping our limit of 40 people for a couple of weeks now.  As 1 person had to drop out, another stepped in to take their place.  We understand.  Life happens. And no one knows more about life happening than teachers!

DENChat #13 – Has It Been That Many Already?

Last Thursday the DEN jumped back onto Twitter for our 13th #DENChat discussion.  Lisa Parisi once again led the chat centered around the question of Language in the Classroom. How do you speak to your students?  How do you help them learn to communicate politely? As always, the chat seemed to last only about 10

We’re Down to TWO for DEN Gone Country

At the moment, we have 38 attendees scheduled to attend DEN Gone Country in Nashville, TN from September 20 to 22.  That means we have room for TWO more!  Will it be you? If you can arrive on the afternoon of the 20th and leave on the afternoon of the 22nd, you should apply!  Hotel

First Round of DEN Gone Country Attendees Announced

UPDATE: New names announced!  A few spots remaining! Its that time: August 15.  The day many have been waiting for with their breath held while standing on their tippy toes!  Yes, it is the announcement of the first round of attendees for DEN Gone Country, a DEN Mini-Event in Nashville, TN, to be held from

DEN Gone Country Mini-Institute Announced

Yes, it has been a long time coming, but the TN Leadership Council can now (finally!) announce our “DEN Gone Country” Mini-Institute!  You will want to read this article in its entirety to see exactly what is happening and how to apply. Nashville is not only the home, but the capitol of Country Music.  Music

Eleven #DENChats and Counting

Last week was our 11th #DENChat, and Paula Naugle did a fantastic job leading us through a discussion of our own summer professional development plans.  Sometimes we spend so much time training others and pouring ourselves into other teachers, we often forget that we also need a time to relax, reflect, and recharge. You can

#DENChat Focuses on STEM Resources

Last Thursday, Tim Childers, moderated #DENChat focusing on STEM resources and philosophies.  As with previous discussions, there were a multitude of great websites, activities, and thought-provoking questions from those who joined the chat. STEM goes far beyond the idea of, “Oh, I added a science activity to my social studies lesson,” or, “We’re going to

Three Stages of Technology

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really an expert when it comes to technology.  I’m more of a student.  I study it a lot.  I read about it.  I work at it.  At best, like my photography, I’m a hobbyist.  But over the years I’ve come to the realization that we may