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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

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December 2014

This Parenting Thing Isn’t Easy

We've been blessed with two gorgeous, intelligent daughters. They are strong willed, know what they want, and will do great things with their lives for certain. But (you knew it was coming), sometimes, they make parenting difficult! Our oldest is... Continue Reading →

Why I Teach

I've kind of taken a week off from soical media - very few Tweets, a post or two on Instagram, a few Facebook posts and likes, but otherwise, I've tried to disconnect myself.  I've needed to gather my thoughts about... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought – Iowa City

Iowa City is a happy place for my family.  I sound like my students with their writing, but it's true.  It's always been a fun place for us to visit, ever since my wife and I started dating.  Her aunt and uncle... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought: Unexpected Nudges

Yeah, it's not Friday, I know.  Who knows, maybe there will be TWO of these things put out! 🙂 I had a blog started about being positive in the face of a lot of negative stuff.  It's been a hard... Continue Reading →

We Need To Leave Our Work At School

If you've come for the happy thought on Friday, that will not be today.   I blew up last night.  Lost my temper, lost my cool, and I'm not proud of it. My youngest daughter is a beautiful child.  She... Continue Reading →

Sometimes A Quiet Classroom Isn’t All Bad

I know: - "learning is messy." - "a quiet classroom isn't always learning." - "I know my class is engaged by the noise level." - Insert your own volume-based educational statement here. Heck, I've said some of those things out... Continue Reading →

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