Author Archives: Hillyer

About Hillyer

I'm a passionate 7th grade science teacher looking to inspire others.

Hidden Figures: Why lighting other’s candles only brightens your flame!

This movie could not have better timing… minority women rocking it…  I love everything about this movie… but I love the support of women in this movie and it showing girls today that lighting a candle doesn’t diminish YOUR flame. … Continue reading

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Life Changing Professional Development, what positive PD are you doing to change your teaching?

There are moments in our lives when we know we are forever changed for the better. Not very often does a single experience transform a professional philosophy like this one has. I have had the privilege of witnessing the beauty … Continue reading

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A shocking surprise! 

Today’s lesson included everyone who wanted to try out the Van deGraaff. One student has many fears and anxiety. He wanted to try it, went back and forth teared up and all…. Finally I said, I’ll do it with you…. … Continue reading

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I want to #BeLikeBen

So it has been awhile since I blogged. I always want to make it meaningful… THURSDAY 11/12/15 This is my first NSTA Regional Convention! I’ve been to a few National Conventions but this is my first Regional. AND I’M HERE … Continue reading

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A Taste of Chicago #NSTA15 #coolscience

The Palmer House Hilton was spectacular. This is the lobby. The convention center was so big it took me 30 min to find one room I was meeting in! This is just one side of it. The city of Chicago … Continue reading

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Welcome Reception from NSTA’s President

Yes, I got myself invited to the President of NSTA’s Welcome Reception on the first night of the convention. Its how I roll. However I was fashionable late (real late) so the crowd had died down. It was more intimate … Continue reading

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Oh What A Night! ( and Day) #CoolScience

First full day in Chicago. DuPont and NSTA sponsored my trip. Everything is first class. This is the lobby and the steps lead up to the Welcome Breakfast from DuPont. I attended a workshop on science safety as I am … Continue reading

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Chicago 

I’m in mid air! Literally. Don’t know where I am except I see frozen water. And I’m in a plane.   I’m pretty excited, I have been sponsored by NSTA and DuPont to attend the National Science Teacher’s Convention … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up On Me

I have been affected by things students do and say. I have had many ups and downs of things that happened at school. I had many students with a less than optimum home life. But this was different. It is … Continue reading

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Fuel

I recently had an experience of a teacher’s lifetime. I got invited to my former students’ 20th high school reunion. It was a dream come true. I was able to see ‘my products’! Not many teachers get to see their … Continue reading

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