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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

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February 2015

My Happy Thought – Thursday’s Learning

Darin, you can't talk about yesterday, you have to keep moving forward, remember?? 🙂 Yesterday was a tremendous day of learning for me professionally, and it had me jacked up to be at school today.  First, I spend the day... Continue Reading →

Winning Cures All That Ails You or Does It?

Last Sunday, we took a team of girls to a local basketball tournament.  It was put on by a former player, a girl who was on the first sixth grade team that I coached here at this school.  That team... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought: Keeping on Through February

My students and I discussed this Wednesday after I came back from being good to a good sub report.  I was pleased with the report and wanted to share why.  February is the hardest month of the school year in... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought: Being Just a Teacher

Bear with me on this one, it's not starting out the way you'd expect, but I promise the happy ending! 🙂 I've written about this before, there's been a lot of change going on.  A. Lot. Iowa has created a... Continue Reading →

#EdcampIowa From My LIving Room

I had ever intention of attending EdCampIowa this year.  There was a session taking place in Iowa City so we had free room and board with my wife's aunt and uncle, my kids would be spoiled, and all would be... Continue Reading →

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