Author Archives: Jannita

It’s a Balancing Act

It’s a Balancing Act

For many of you it’s been 3 months since you have returned to school. The leaves have changed, the temperatures have dropped, precipitation in different forms has started to fall, students have completed several chapters of study, and countless papers have been reviewed and graded.  How are your energy levels? I took a nice hike

Let’s Run Away….

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine…a warm moist breeze, the sound of gurgling natural springs, the songs of tropical birds and every possible shade of green in the  lush landscape.  Does such a haven actually exist?!?  It does. Rancho Margot rests on 400 acres in the Costa Rica rainforest.  Though the scenery and

Hey Mom and Dad, What’s For Dinner?

I am sure at this time of the day, this phrase is being echoed through the homes of  thousands of kids.  Parents are in a dilemma… with a shortage of time and money, how does one make dinner (or any meal) healthy and something they will actually eat? Discovery Education and the Healthy Weight Commitment

Kangaroos, Koalas, and Kids

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am spending time thinking about the moments in my life for which I am most thankful.  I cannot express enough gratitude to Discovery Student Adventures  for allowing me to take a trip to Australia with 3 DEN Stars (Jennifer Jensen, CarolAnne McGuire, and Ken Shelton) and 12 of

Fishing for Some Great Resources?!?

Look no further!  Explore the Blue, brought to in partnership with Discovery Education and the Take Me Fishing Campaign, have a tackle box full of resources for you to lure learning in your class! Lesson Plans: I am in love with their cross curricular connections! Check these ones out: Physical Education: Go Fish Tag! Language

Who’s Your 1 in 100?

Mine is DJ. November is National Epilepsy Awareness month.  Did you know that 1 in 100 American’s suffer from Epilepsy? So who is your 1 in 100? Many of us have heard of epilepsy and we “think” we know what to do or what happens when an individual has a seizure… but what you may

A Road Side Emergency with a Cash Prize!

They were surprised when I shared with them that according to studies, they were considered worse drivers than the elderly.  I was surprised when I polled them, that 90% knew of a teenage that had driven under the influence. I think my family was most excited about this project.  I was the most fearful.  I

Still on My Bucket List!

Discovery has given me the privilege of flying around the world, but can you guess which destination is only a few hours from my house and still on my bucket list?!? Is a chasm 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide Below Yavapai point is 2,400 feet above sea level, about 4,500 feet

She Changed the World… You Can Too with Siemen’s WCCTWC!

Do you and your students love a challenge?!?  Here’s two for you… 1) Read and see if you can figure out who is the world changer described below.  Post your guess in the comment section.  We’ll send a gift to the first person to get it right. 2) What does WCCTWC mean?  Find out the