The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

#SOL18 – Day 19 – Sorry

I thought I could do it. I thought I could get a blog in during days of 17 hours in a bus, days beginning with a 5:35 wake up call and ending with a chaperone's meeting at 10:30. I thought... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 14 – A Song

Hello from the middle of Illinois on a bus! We started from our high school school about 2:30 and drove to Mount Morris, Illinois, the hometown of our choir director. My wife and I are again, in the middle of... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 12 – 24

24 years ago: Church of England ordains 1st 33 women priests Ace of Base's "The Sign" was the #1 song on the Billboard Top 40 My wife and I were married on this day, 24 years ago. I've felt old... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 10 – Royalty

My daughter, the Iowa Brown Swiss Princess!

#SOL18 – Day 9 – Little Things

Some days it only takes little things to make a day go forward or sideways. As I paid attention in my surroundings here's a few things I noticed: Relationships matter. Our 8th grade team is dynamic and outstanding at bringing... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 8 – Balance

Like last year, my slices will be daily things, but I'll also be taking from Mike Krzyzewski's book titled,¬†Beyond Basketball: Coach K's Keywords for Success. Today's word is balance, so I noticed the things around me that dealt with balance.... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 7 – Be Encouraged

#beencouraged A number of years ago, I was our church's laity member to our state conference. During one of those conferences, the bishop at the time purchases wrist band for all in attendance with a simple message: Be Encouraged. While... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 6 – Will We Ever Get Ahead?

Yesterday, we reviewed our retirement savings plan. #yikes My earning power could easily be frozen by a total contract rewrite, courtesy of our collective bargaining being stripped away. #willweevergetahead We do the right things. We save. We don't splurge on... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 5 – Snow Day Challenge

We have another snow day. #insertrandomcursewordshere Our district, from one end to another, is approximately 30 miles wide, and really encompasses all of what I see as typical here in Iowa. On one end, pretty wide open flat area, the... Continue Reading →

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