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Category: NCSSE 2-Instructional Leadership

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…


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…


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…


Implications of Microteaching

The good news is that there are so many amazing learning experiences happening every day. The bad news is that you’ll most likely never get to see them, or about 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…


Same Tool, Different Function: Part I

There’s a lot out there. Especially for teachers doing all the things, trying to stay abreast of current research, tools, and pedagogy–it’s a lot. There’s no shortage of new technologies, 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…


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…


Top 5 #HamstraHighlights of 2020

As another calendar year comes to a close, I just wanted to say: Thank you. I see you. I hear you. I value you. You matter. Your thoughts, perspective, and 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…