The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all


February 2016

Some Days, I Just Don’t Get It

Today is Wednesday. In the past, we've called this "Writing Wednesday" because we spend so much of our time doing reading things, that I wanted a day specifically for students just to write. Not only to write, but to write... Continue Reading →


  This was our five minute activity: pick an emotion, title the blog with, then write about it. Here's mine. I am grumpy. What makes me grumpy? Lots of things: the smell of wet dogs, when my daughter leaves the... Continue Reading →

Professional Development Done Different

On Monday, we had a professional development day that was just a little different. We did something very similar to this last year as well, and I'm hoping that we continue to do this in the future. For me, as... Continue Reading →

Just another Edcamp blog: #edcampIowa

Saturday, Febuary 13, I finally had a chance to take part in the "largest" Edcamp in the country, #edcampIowa.  There were five locations around the state where 500+ teacher took their Saturday to go and learn in an environment tailored... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: I am a Minecraft dork!

As much as it pains me to say it, I've been converted! I've mocked my youngest daughter for her time spent in the Minecraft universe, "playing with blocks."  I've taunted my oldest daughter about using her boyfriend's account to build... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Don’t Quit

Don’t Quit Author Unknown When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,... Continue Reading →

“Should Teachers Be Writers?”

Over at Two Writing Teachers, they do a tremendous job of talking about ideas. Strategies, ideas, examples, and just good old fashioned writing, all of it helping us (me) to become better as we teach writing with our students. In a... Continue Reading →

My Caucus Experience 2016

As my Twitter handle might imply (@AnIowaTeacher), I am from Iowa. Last night, the eyes of the nation and many other countries fell on our little fly over state.  It was Caucus Night 2016! My wife and I have gone... Continue Reading →

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