Author Archives: Zulma Whiteford

Do you have a quirky classroom?

Do you have a quirky classroom?

New York Times best-selling author Sir Ken Robinson says, “Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them; they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.” Are you creating the circumstances for your students to be creative

Keeping your Resolutions

Have you made resolutions for the New Year?  How are you doing on keeping them? Many people make New Year’s resolutions that don’t even last the month of January. This week on DENvice, Dr. Alison Schleede, a DEN Star from North Carolina, will help us with tips and tricks on how to keep our resolutions

Hour of Code

As educators, we strive to help our students understand the world around them. This week, during Computer Science Education Week, Code.org is sponsoring an Hour of Code where students will gain a basic understanding of the underlying software that drives our modern world.  Through STEM education, the development of critical thinking skills and hands-on programs

Change!

My school is adopting the Discovery Techbook this year. I am responsible for the implementation of the Science and Social Studies components. As all of you know, this is a significant change in the way content is delivered to students. Along with change comes anxiety, especially with long-time teachers who might not be comfortable with

Teacher Wellness

My graduate school professor always quoted Stephen Covey from his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “You have to sharpen the saw.” As educators, we often forget the importance of taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The daily demands of teaching, preparing lesson plans, reviewing curriculum, managing the classroom, testing

Spreading the DEN Love!

As I was returning home from the Discovery Education Common Core Academy today, I received a phone call from the coordinator of the Chittenden County Homeless Shelter in Vermont to thank our group for supplying them with the lunch bags to feed their clients.  The clients loved the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips and

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