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#HamstraHighlights

My #OneWord2019: Marketing

“It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” Truer words were never spoken. As I reflect on my professional journey, a few observations immediately surface. There seems to be two sides of the coin: kids and content (and Read more…


Top 5 #HamstraHighlights of 2018

Reflection through blogging has been the best thing I’ve ever done in my career. To those who encouraged me to start my own professional portfolio, THANK YOU. Near and far, my network is strong. That doesn’t necessarily mean the quantity Read more…


Science: Facts vs Literacy

I don’t care who you are, space stuff is just plain cool. In recent years, NASA‘s spacecrafts have performed missions that were–and are–truly far out. It’s hard for my finite human mind to grasp the seemingly infinite expanses of the Read more…


I’m Google Certified. Does That Make Me a Good Teacher? Part I

Blogger’s Note: I’m responding to Bill Ferriter‘s post: “I’m Not Google Certified. Does That Make Me a Bad Teacher?” This is Part I in a mini-series of responses. Bill Ferriter is one of the most passionate, thought-provoking educators I’ve ever Read more…


A Legacy That Matters: Part II

I’m excited to have experienced a ton of professional learning in November. I’m still processing. But in the same month, life hasn’t come without some unexpected speed bumps, potholes, and detours to remind me of just how human the ride can Read more…


#HamstraHighlights Turns Two

Two years ago today, I launched #HamstraHighlights. Here’s why it means so much to me. This is where I read, write, research, reflect, interact, learn, and grow. I’m in charge of my entire professional portfolio, including why, how, and what Read more…


Leaves of Absence

It’s beautiful. Leaves grow, blossom, and change over time. For a moment, it is well with my soul. Then, at the right time, they fall. Gliding gracefully in a gentle, autumn breeze. Another leaf’s fall flight, another burden off the Read more…


My (Former) Misconceptions About the Racial Equity Institute

Racial Equity Institute. Just the name alone provokes thoughts, emotions, and reactions. Some years ago, a few friends invited me to attend the Racial Equity Institute (REI) workshop. As defined by racialequityinstitute.com: “This is a two-day long process — that Read more…


Of Hard Work and Sawdust

I couldn’t be exactly like someone else. No matter how hard I tried. And there was nothing I could do about it. I had to find my own talents, build on those strengths, and work hard to be the best Read more…


Reflection Space

Professional learning experiences aren’t singular, calendar events with products and finite finish lines–they’re starting lines to ongoing processes in our learning journey. I’ve experienced an incredible amount of personal and professional learning in the last ten days. Each experience has Read more…


If You Won the Lottery

If you won the lottery, would you go in to work tomorrow? This question strikes a chord in the heart of educators, but maybe for a variety of reasons. When the lottery gets big, like way up there in record-setting Read more…


Best. Advice. Ever. Part II

With whom are you surrounding yourself? Hopefully, you’re surrounding yourself with people who help you #becomebetter. A huge part of growing in your personal and professional walk is being open to listening to and hearing advice from others. Depending on Read more…


Best. Advice. Ever. Part I

With whom are you surrounding yourself? Hopefully, you’re surrounding yourself with people who help you #becomebetter. A huge part of growing in your personal and professional walk is being open to listening to and hearing advice from others. Depending on Read more…


Are We Sharing Resources Efficiently?

Teachers are working harder than ever. They’re doing more–with less–again. Many times, it feels like these circumstances are out of our control. Here’s something we can control. We can control how we’re helping each other as fellow educators in a Read more…


#GridSciNC

Teaching and learning science can be challenging. Let’s help each other! In a recent district meeting for elementary science teachers, several educators were discussing platforms and methods for sharing ideas on improving science instruction. While we were having fun populating Read more…


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