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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

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January 2013

The Art of Being Flexible

As a teacher and coach, being flexible is simply a bi-product of what I do.  Schedule changes? Sure!  Testing time? Bring it on.  Your family is going on vacation?  Take some pictures, do a little math, and have a great... Continue Reading →

Change Is Here

Well, we've talked about it, wrote about, talked some more about it, fought about it, but it is done. That "it" would be our whole grade sharing agreement that was voted through last night in both districts.  Our district voted... Continue Reading →

My Students Are Different

A couple of weeks ago, I watched a PBS Frontline video called  "Poor Kids" at the recommendation of my wife, a professional development specialist and former Head Start teacher. This show focuses on four families (one from Iowa) and how... Continue Reading →

This Will Hurt For A While

As I've mentioned before, not only am I a fifth grade teacher, but I'm a jr. high girls basketball coach as well.  A glutton for punishment for certain, but I love the sport and love being a teacher somewhere else... Continue Reading →

Beat up

Today, is a PLC day.  We have created a schedule where every other Wednesday kids get out at 2:00 and we move into our PLC groups for two hours of planning, collaborating, and general chumminess that goes on with these group.  I'll... Continue Reading →

“Do you come out here every weekend???”

I need to thank the two parents who gave me that quote for the inspiration for this 100th blog entry!  Who knew I had so many words in me, just dying to get out! Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Resolutions

Wait, you say, it's January 4! Aren't you a little late??  Well, keeping with what makes me unique, I'm a couple of days late.  You'll see this addressed later, I promise!   I've seen people try to keep their personal... Continue Reading →

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