The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all


September 2013

Ok, Who’s Opening My Head Up To Others??

Apparently, my brain is seeping my thoughts around, because it seems like every blog post I've read lately talks about exactly what I've been thinking. I've deleted three different topics as this last blog just struck me right between the... Continue Reading →

Keeping My Positive Pants On

My last title was "Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm" and this one could just as well have been "Things That Make You Go 'Doh!'"  I swear, we cannot see beyond the nose on our face with some of the... Continue Reading →

Things that make you go hmmmmmm   As a child of the 80's, it always pops up in my head, especially when we are talking about educational kinds of things. * Testing * Common Core * Testing * Over crowded classrooms * Lack of teacher... Continue Reading →

I can’t get enough of this

I'm not going to write a whole lot about this video that was tweeted out last Friday other then I've watched it four times and each time, I get something new from it.   I had my students watch it... Continue Reading →

“How to Stay Motivated on the Deck of the Titanic”

First, a shout out to Norm Bossio and his book, How to Stay Motivated on the Deck of the Titanic.  Norm spoke to us during a week long Master's program retreat four years ago, and my friend purchased the book for... Continue Reading →

Something Has Changed

I've got a student in my classroom who, when I heard that I'd be looping with this, was the first one on my mind.  Every year, you go through your class and think "darnit, if I would have just tried... Continue Reading →

Just Being Random

A fine Saturday morning to the six people who read this!  I've been up since 5:30 A.M. on a Saturday not because I want to, no, my daughter has swim practice at 7:00.  We've made the 35 minute drive, I've... Continue Reading →

Stay True to What’s Right In Your Life

I've been working too hard. Gee, you are teacher, get over yourself some might say, but I have been.  The campout that I talked about in the previous post has occupied much of my waking time (and some of my... Continue Reading →

Camping – Sixth Grade Style

Sometimes you just miss something and don't even now how much you miss it until it's gone. This is true of sixth grade. Now, that's not to say I've not enjoyed teaching fifth grade and all that went with that,... Continue Reading →

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