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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

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July 2013

150 Posts Later, What Have I Learned?

Wow, as I got ready to write, I noticed that I was at post 150.   Good grief.   150 times I've sat down at this computer and started writing something?  Wow.  How many other times have I sat down,... Continue Reading →

Brown Swiss in Education

  This is how my last week was spent, following my daughters and their animals around, making sure everyone was clipped, clean, and taken care of.  I pulled my first all nighter since college, but this time it was in... Continue Reading →

My #edcamphome Experience or Sometimes Plans Just Don’t Work Out

I had full intentions of attending #edcamphome a joint effort of David Theriault (@davidtedu), Karl Lindgren-Streicher (@LS_Karl), Kelly Kermode (@coachk), and Shawn White (@swpax).  The idea was just that, create an EdCamp that was totally online, one where schmucks like me who... Continue Reading →

My trip to the “student side”

Last week I took a class on improving oral fluency as part of my read endorsement. They were the nicest three days of the summer and I was stuck in a closed room with the AC running constantly. On top... Continue Reading →

You Know You Are An Old Teacher When…

I'm 42 years old, have grey hair, fight daily my expanding waistline, and have teenaged daughters. Any number of those things might qualify me as old, but I had another "goodness you are old" event happen tonight: a former student... Continue Reading →

What am I doing?

Do you ever get that feeling that everyone else is doing these awesome things in their classroom and your students are lucky to walk out of your room not having dropped back a couple of years?   Yup, right there... Continue Reading →

No, I was NOT at ISTE!

No, I was not at ISTE. I was some place better: my house! Yes, some of you are rolling your eyes thinking "come now, Darin really" but it's true. To be quite honest, before this year, I really never knew... Continue Reading →

The Unintended Power of Social Media

As vacations go, this one has been pretty cool so far. We've been able to get to the Field Museum, Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Willis (Sears) Tower, and take out first water taxi in Chicago. We've traveled to St. Louis... Continue Reading →

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