Leadership Opportunity

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This summer I learned that teachers arrive in the classroom via many different paths and with many different personalities and abilities. This changed my outlook as an educator by causing me to focus on ways I might use my leadership position in our school to help other teachers improve their craft. This will open up many new possibilities for demonstrating… Read more »

Collaboration and a “Mastery Rubric”

If you endured reading one of my earlier posts then you know I do what I love at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy (VMCCA http://www.wcpss.net/vernonmalonecca). At VMCCA we work together as teachers to prepare exciting Project Based Learning (PBL) opportunities for our diverse student population. I worked on campus again today and enjoyed an experience that I would like… Read more »


My summer internship provided many experiences that will influence my classes at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy (http://www.wcpss.net/vernonmalonecca). I focus here on one specific experience because it will directly impact the way I use Project Based Learning (PBL) to teach. At Vernon Malone we use PBL to engage students in authentic learning, much like the experience I had at… Read more »

Takeaways And Then Some

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The most interesting moment during my internship with the ASSIST Center (https://assist.ncsu.edu/) occurred on our last day in the lab. We provided feedback on iterations of each team’s work during the course of the internship. However, the most exciting moment was seeing every team’s final products and presentations during the Symposium. Finding time to learn about the hardware and code… Read more »

Think and Do at N.C. State University

The ASSIST Center at N.C. State (https://assist.ncsu.edu/) did a marvelous job of making me feel welcome and providing much needed support. My gratitude to them, especially for showing me what I had considered science fiction is real right now. I am so proud my alma mater serves as home to the remarkable ASSIST Center and the talented individuals who walk… Read more »

Creative Silver Hawks Meeting the Challenge

My internship experience will benefit the Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) Center in at least two specific ways. An immediate but intangible benefit is the contribution I bring to the work of the entire group. My openness, active listening, engagement in all activities and enthusiasm might serve as a model for others in the program. The… Read more »

Walking in my students’ flip flops

The goal of my internship with the Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies Center at NC State is to use the engineering design process to develop new concepts in wearable devices that address a world health problem. Achieving this goal will require me to utilize 21st century skills, employ cross-curricular thinking, and adopt a cross-cultural approach. My first… Read more »