The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all


June 2013

A Family Vacation

As I'm riding back from Chicago using public transit, surrounded by a huge amount of people who'd just been to a gay pride parade. After hearing at least 8 different languages spoke on our way to Willis Tower (which will... Continue Reading →

Sometimes, It Just Feels Right

I've been a full time teacher for 17 years.  Good grief, does that make me old yet? And no, if you are one of the five people who read this, you can't answer that question! 🙂   I've been 14... Continue Reading →

Teacher’s Write 2013

I'm not a writer. If you've read this blog for any period of time, you can certainly attest to that.  However, one of the reasons that I do continue to write is Teacher's Write Virtual Writing Camp.  This was started... Continue Reading →

Two Years into My Social Media Experiment

Two years ago, our superintendent issued a challenge to our staff: get out and try social media, especially take a look at Twitter. To take a step back, I'd tried social media, I had my Facebook page and thought, "Twitter??... Continue Reading →

Technology Integration Conference – Day 2

Yesterday was the second day of our conference (found at #TIC13).  Sometimes I felt as though I was tweeting too much during this conference, but as I'll write, I wanted to tell the story of what I was learning.  There's... Continue Reading →

Technology Integration Conference – Day 1

Coming from a district that is not wealthy by any means, the idea of a tech conference is one that's become less and less a reality.  However, through our area education agency, the Technology Integration Conference has been born.  This... Continue Reading →

Constant Connectivity

This last weekend my daughters both showed their Brown Swiss heifers at a local four county fair. It's a very laid back event, something that was good because we'd all been fairly stressed about things going on. From the garden... Continue Reading →

A Threshhold for Change

If you've following this blog over the last 18 months, you'll know I've written a lot about change happening. If it wasn't my job going from being cut and back to myself being employed to whole grade sharing, single section... Continue Reading →

They Mirror Each Other

These last few days, I've been our church's laity member to the state Annual Conference.  What does that mean you might ask? Well, I get to come to Des Moines, spend three days at the convention center, and listen to... Continue Reading →

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