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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

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August 2012

Growing up

My little girl is growing up. Last night I took my daughter to a swim meet, driving her there because she does not actually attend the school where she swims.  We got a smaller school which does not have the opportunity,... Continue Reading →

Ever wonder why?

Why? How many times have we heard this question from students, parents, co-workers, our own kids.  A three letter word that can hit like a ton of bricks, causing considerable anxiety and stress. Why? I've asked myself this question a... Continue Reading →

Another first day

Well, my streak of 21 days with a view was broken last night, so it's time to start a new one! I love that fact that my writing can make an impact, no matter how small.  It's intimidating and empowering... Continue Reading →

Nerves

Nerves.   Unfortunately  I am a nervous person by nature.   You'd never know it by watching me as I am also very laid back, but as my stomach and sweat glands can tell you, that is not totally the... Continue Reading →

Teaching people or content

What are we: teachers of students or content?  Is there a difference?  Can there be a happy medium there between the two?   Yesterday, across my twitter feed came just a brief exchange between two educators, and the focus of... Continue Reading →

The Olympics

One thing that I love about the Olympics, the inspiration that it brings to others! I've seen tweet after tweet about "I want to...." or "Wow, that Olympian has inspired me to.....".  How cool is this, the power that those... Continue Reading →

Gearing Up for Another Year

It's time. Oh how those words hold power in our language.  When said together, they can bring utter joy, soulful heart ache, or a multitude of other emotions. To a teacher, those to words, spoken in early August mean one thing: It's... Continue Reading →

Someday….

That's one dangerous word in my title: someday.   As July rolled through, I heard that word in my mind a lot: "I'll get to that someday", "someday I should get that picked up", "we should go off and visit... Continue Reading →

The Power of Negative Attitudes

How many blogs do you see people writing about puppy dogs, rainbows, unicorns, and all of them and Tinkerbell live with a positive attitude? Bah!  Finally, the chance to be a curmudgeon has offered itself up, and I'm grabbing on with both... Continue Reading →

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