Day one of DENSI2012 is over, it was great and I met some funny, dedicated teachers. After spilling baby oil in my computer, a 4 hour layover I arrived in Bozeman and then the real fun began.
For those of you new to the DENSI phenomenon, the Discovery Educators Network holds a week long Professional Development Summer Institute. This year DENSI2012 takes place from July 21-26, 2012 at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.
They choose 125 STARs from all of their applications and I was one of the chosen few. Yay me!!! During our time we have the chance to meet other STARS from all over the country (and beyond) and spend a week meeting, collaborating and working with them.
What did I have to do to be accepted? Create a 60 second or less video that explains why I wanted to attend DENSI2012. Lodging and meals is covered by the Discovery Educator Network. We have ‘missions’ and assignments to be created and shared during our time together.
Now back at the ranch….
We used these trading cards in a “Find Someone” activity created to have us get to talk to one another as we get them autographed. We were asked to bring a souvenir from home and these were put in bags with DEN Star cards and randomly distributed.
After eating my first bison burger and getting a signature from Kathy Schrock, I talked to 7 other Stars as I got signatures.
It was a fun way to meet and greet. There were many over-eager, over-achievers who got all of their cards signed (yes, I am in that crowd) who were reprimanded and reminded by Porter Palmer that the activity was to spend QUALITY time with other Stars and not to get as many signatures in an evening as possible. oops
After dinner we watched a presentation from, Reed Timmer, a tornado chaser. He has done lots of work with Discovery Education and lovvvvvves what he does. He showed us tons of footage of he and his crew filming tornadoes and risking life and limb.
After watching Reed, we had a group meeting with our small Learning Groups. I think that we are going to have to ‘do, make, create, present’ something.
I am tired and it was a lonnng day. A long day but one with new experiences and I know that tomorrow will be filled with even more.