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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

You Should Try Even If You Fail – #SOL17

Look at me, I wrote this last night (Thursday) and set up to post it today! #winning I'm watching a continual stream of these types of videos to keep my head above water right now. This class as given us... Continue Reading →

#SOL17 – I Wish My Student Knew. . .

I had this great idea of blog (The West Wing is always a great thing to write about), but one of my students wrote a blog titled "I wish my teacher knew....." and she aired some "difficulties" about school. Now,... Continue Reading →

Trust Broken

I didn't get my Friday blog written, and I was kind of bummed about it because I'd been on a pretty good roll as of late. However, it didn't happen, and that's a trust broken to myself, which kind of... Continue Reading →

You Have to Love What You Do #SOL17

  In class, we are reading, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and today, we read the section where Mary Logan sits down with her daughter, Cassie, and tells her that Mr. Barnett thinks whites are better than blacks. She tells... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – Thistles in my Garden

It's Friday, my foot hurts, there's dirt under my fingernails. I've been in the garden! 🙂 Actually, I got out into the garden yesterday. Rain was in the forecast today and tomorrow, so left school, came home, got the tiller... Continue Reading →

Don’t You Just Love It?

Today was exhausting. Today was exciting. Today was draining. Today was fulfilling. Today was "salty" (as the kids love to say). Today was a blast. Today was a day I dreaded. Today was a day I looked forward to. Today,... Continue Reading →

Be the Change #SOL

"Be the change you wish to the see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi  Good afternoon, happy people! I thought about this quote as I walked into the hallway this morning to greet students as they walked in after a... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: What Drives Us

Good morning and happy Friday! I hope today finds you ready to be at your best, yet, prepared for a weekend to relax, recharge, and enjoy life a little bit! My wife is "galavating" (goodness, what a fun word) around... Continue Reading →

What is Success?

A loaded question for sure. So, what is success? Is it an A in class? Is it an a best selling book? Is it a marriage that lasts the trials and tribulations of life? #yesthatissuccess I've read a lot about... Continue Reading →

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