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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

A Complaint, then The Week That Was…#SOL18

First, the complaint. Our students get out on Thursday, good for them! I've been flooded with late work being turned in because, starting in April, we said "do it now or in summer school". Our summer school list was released... Continue Reading →

“No One Cares You Are Tired”

Well then, that was rude! πŸ˜€ This year, while the students have been superb, their underlying behaviors (drugs, self-harm, drinking, etc.) have caused sleepless nights, as have behaviors our legislature, those in charge of bargaining, and my own family! So... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Smile, It Makes Your Mouth (and others) Happy

This is a favorite slogan of mine for several reasons, none of them dealing with Twizzlers (which are disgusting IMO). Last night, I stopped to get a tank of gas and a gallon of chocolate milk, and as I waited... Continue Reading →

Iowans: Where Do Your Priorities Lie? #SOL18

β€œDon't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.” - Joe Biden, said during comments made on John McCain's policies during the 2008 presidential campaign It's been a long time since I've... Continue Reading →

Keeping the Classroom Positive #SOL18

Yesterday, I got an out of the blue email from a former player wishing me a happy birthday. I was a bit shocked, because seriously, how would she know? Then I remembered, during our band trip she'd mentioned she has... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday to Me

It's my birthday. #ugh I'm 47. #doubleugh My grade partner sent out this AWFUL picture of me in my homecoming costume as a reminder to the 7th and 8th graders. #howmanyughscanIhave Yet, it's a good day. I found one of... Continue Reading →

Struggling #SOL17

#Istruggle I struggle with my weight. I feel the stress oozing through my pores, and know that I'll medicate it with food. I am the poster child for stress eating, the sweeter the better. I struggle with watching my 8th... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – A Positive Force

I've got another blogs half way done about teachers in Iowa and the Iowa Legislature, but I figured I push a little positive energy out into the world today. Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the Young Writers'... Continue Reading →

What I’ll Miss #SOL

I've been on a bit of a hiatus since the Slice of Life Challenge. My writing mojo, while primed after March, just fizzled with the onslaught of school and family, with the difficulties that each offer. We'll try to return... Continue Reading →

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