Category Archives: Institute

Dissection Days

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The first thing that I had students dissect as a first year teacher was an owl pellet. Reflecting on my high school experience, I can’t recall dissecting anything – maybe an eye? I’m not sure. I remember as we dissected the owl pellet and found and sorted bones, it was just a small look into the owl’s life and diet…. Read more »

Root Beer, Rafting and Rooms

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“If you are the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” This quote has several variations, but it encompasses my philosophy to every situation. As a self-professed lifelong learner, I am the person who likes to wonder and ask questions like “why” or “how.” I firmly believe that there is something more to learn and that you… Read more »

Over the Mountains and Through the Woods

The rain in Cullowhee has been relentless. Despite the dreary weather, I am encouraged by the amazing educators surrounding me this week. Whenever I have a work function to attend, I am never sure if the experience will be educational and enlightening, or uncomfortable and even awkward. In many occupations and professions, there is a high level of competition where… Read more »