The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all


February 2014

Follow Fridays

I can't lie, I do love Fridays.  I love the excitement of students who have plans and come into the room jacked up for their trip or party or whatever it is.  Teachers enjoy Fridays as well just simply because... Continue Reading →

Wrapping February Up

As I'll not have school tomorrow due to Parent-Teacher conference Tuesday and tonight, here are some take aways from the month that was: Winter stinks: I know, I know.  I live in Northeast Iowa I should be used to this... Continue Reading →

Being Positive is the Easy Part

I'm not naturally a positive person, but as a teacher, it kind of grows on you.  I send my co-workers texts about how awesome they are (and they are), I smile at my students an awful lot (ouch my face... Continue Reading →

We Need To Be More To Each Other

I've always had the opportunity to work in small schools.  I grew up going to a small school as did my wife and my kids currently attend a somewhat small school.  In all the states that I've taught in (Minnesota,... Continue Reading →

Learning On The Drive

I'm currently three classes away from my reading endorsement from Viterbo University out of LaCrosse, WI.  The reason that I was drawn to Viterbo many years ago was that they'd offered classes in our area.  I've got my Master's of... Continue Reading →

I’d Make a Terrible Varsity Coach

I've spent a fair amount of time in the gym this past basketball season and I've come to the follow conclusion: I'd make a terrible varsity coach. That's not to say that I won't do it someday, I love coaching.... Continue Reading →

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