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Passion Projects Are Personal Investments

Recently, I was in another Voxer group chat that really pushed my thinking. The premise went something like this: When you’re interacting with other educators on your team, your staff, Read more…


Collegiality > Congeniality

Hey, Friends! I’ve had the absolute pleasure of learning more about professional learning communities (PLC) from a variety of sources over the years. I think the direct correlation between a Read more…


How Do You Archive?

Hello, Friends! With all the things that happen, it’s easy to forget a few precious moments. If you’re an educator who “makes a thousand decisions a day,” then there’s a Read more…


Podcasts for Professional Learning

Hello, Friends! There’s nothing better than a great conversation with educators! For me, nearly every walk, run, workout, or commute is another opportunity to hear a great podcast. Almost like Read more…


Zooming In On the Virtual Conference

Hats off to the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) Board on a great learning experience all around! Hey, Friends. I just got out of my third virtual conference Read more…


Article Review–Part I: Ed tech’s failure during the pandemic, and what comes after

Blogger’s Note: Friends! This Phi Delta Kappan Journal article: “Ed tech’s failure during the pandemic, and what comes after” by Justin Reich really pushed my thinking. I’m choosing a few Read more…


The Interview of a Lifetime

About ten years into my career, I was nominated for a major award in my district. Several other educators were also nominated, and I knew that the candidate field was Read more…


Judging the Science Fair

Recently, I was invited to be a science fair judge. I could barely say thank you before asking about the very important details, you know… like criteria for judging, rubrics, Read more…


Alone Together Reflection: Deep–Then Wide

Upon entering another staff meeting, online space, or professional development session later in the 2020-2021 school year, no one says a word. Complete silence. Silence to think and process. Silence Read more…


My #OneWord2021: Connect

Dear Friends, My one word declaration didn’t go so well this year. I guess, after all the things learned and experienced in 2020, I just didn’t have it in me Read more…


#31daysofjoy

_____ brings me joy. _____ is how I spread joy to others. _____ is how I’m inspiring joy in the world. Have you ever stopped to recognize what brings you Read more…


The Irreplaceable Conference

I hate this part. I can’t stand it. Everything inside me cries out against it. I just want to hang on, hang out, and hang around for a few more Read more…


Pomp In Circumstance

On May 4, 2012, I rode with my girlfriend and her parents to Greenville, North Carolina, to watch her graduation. She was in our district‘s first Masters in School Administration Read more…


Scrambling New Year’s Resolutions

The last few days of the calendar year can be an interesting time. For me, it’s a soul-searching space where the past 365 days and the next year intersect. There’s Read more…


#30daysofgratitude

Thank you. Have you ever stopped to name the people, things, and circumstances in your life for which you are truly grateful? Not only is expressing gratitude a very positive Read more…