The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all


May 2012

An End of the Month Thank you!

This one will be a little off topic for me in that it's not educationally based at all. Well, maybe a little, but later.   I just wanted to say thank you to all who have read, Tweeted, commented, or... Continue Reading →

The Second to the Last Day

I was doing my Michael Jackson imitation this morning (whoo hoo!!) and my oldest daughter gives me this "are you kidding me" look and asks me why I'm so wound up. My reply: "It's the second to the last day... Continue Reading →

Friday thoughts

It's the last Friday of the school year, a day to be celebrated!  We will come back next Tuesday and Wednesday then be "done".   Like most teachers, that idea of "done" is one that drives me crazy.  My brother... Continue Reading →

Me, a blogger??

I'm not a writer, that's my wife.   I feel very much like my students each time I have a thought or idea, that I'm not a writer.  My wife has written for three different news papers, has written and... Continue Reading →

Just Keep Swimming

Yes, I love Finding Nemo! My kids are of the age where "those" movies don't hold as much stock, but I love pulling that movie out and watching it.  Great characters, awesome quotes (my youngest daughter still gives me  "Fin! Noggen!... Continue Reading →

Fifth grade and The Case of the Mystery Skype

Hmmm, sounds to me like a Scooby-Doo epsoide where Scooby and Shaggy get in trouble again! 🙂 Actually, our class and a class from Wisconsin (taught by the amazing @marykreul) participated in our classes first Mystery Skype last Thursday. What... Continue Reading →

Change when change isn’t easy

I have four cows.   To many of you, you might think "ok, so what?"  Cows are totally new to me.  When I grew up, we lived on a 5 acre little place, and we had a petting zoo of... Continue Reading →

Not another end of the year post

Nope, not one here! 🙂   Actually, my mind is wandering to next year.  We have had great termoil here, with much trimming due to budget, and in all of it, our hallway continues to work hard. However, we've all... Continue Reading →

Friday thoughts

Fridays are always a tough day for me. We spend a whole week looking forward to today, wanting it to show up, willing each day to move through, then what? Friday.  I just get the feeling Friday shows up with... Continue Reading →

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