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3 Must-Haves for Any Professional Learning Experience

His joy was contagious. I could feel his enthusiasm. I wanted to know more. “I just loved it so much! I just want to take a week off just to Read more…


Getting It Right–Part IV: Circle Back

Getting it wrong is a dead end… unless… Working to get it right is a you-turn. Have you ever made a mistake? Have you ever said something you wanted to Read more…


Top 5 #HamstraHighlights of 2021

Hey, Friends. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t do it this year. Instead of curating all my blogs with the most hits and the exciting impressions to boost my brand and Read more…


My #OneWord2022

Hey, Friends. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t do it this year. I’m exhausted. With so much happening in 2020-2021, I just needed to take a few moments for me. Instead Read more…


The Bad Model

Over the years, I’ve tried so hard to find the perfect hands-on opportunities to bring the learning to life for students and teachers alike. I didn’t just want to be Read more…


My Top 10 Places of Peace

I’ll never forget this conversation I was having with a colleague a few months ago. Given these unique times of 2020-2021, our friendly banter grew into a little more. We Read more…


Formatives for the Win

Formative opportunities are intentionally lower-cased to be lower-stakes. SUMMATIVE assessment is upper-cased because IT’S FOR A GRADE! Several formative opportunities precede one summative assessment. Inferring formative quantity might authenticate summative Read more…


The Best Card

Last week, I went to the store to pick out a card for my wife. While scanning the shelves, I was taken aback by the overwhelming selection, the analytical shoppers Read more…


Getting It Right–Part III: Missing Information

It’s not your fault. In that moment, in that context, and with all the information you had at the time? You did the best you could. You made the right Read more…


Getting It Right–Part II: Growing Perspective

It may be one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, yet to me, it’s a grand gift that keeps on giving. Like reading the same book at different Read more…


Getting It Right–Part I: Food for Thought

I can’t believe that this actually happened. It was just lunch. After all my reading, researching, and reflecting on best practices, here was daring leadership right in front of my Read more…


#TwoGolds

It’s a first! Twice? I never thought I would see this in any sport–let alone the Olympics. Check it out: Such a medals-winning moment! Yet, it would not go unnoticed, Read more…


TOXIC?

Nearly by definition, educators are a passionate people. Indeed, the work is sacred. Getting it right might require unique character, values, and skills. I’m thoroughly thinking through more… perceptions as Read more…


7 Norms of Collaboration: Paraphrase

Hello, Friends! Since shifting into my new role, I find myself wanting even more time to process and reflect. I haven’t blogged or posted as much lately. However, I can’t Read more…


A Legacy That Matters: Part III

Perhaps, one of the best things to know is when it’s your time to retire, move on, or change. And then to embrace it wholeheartedly. Maybe shelter-in-place gave me a Read more…


Collegiality > Congeniality: Examples in Action

Hey, Friends! I’m still researching this whole concept. In a series of posts here and here so far, I’ve been loosely comparing collegiality to congeniality. To say the least, it’s Read more…