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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

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October 2016

What is Beauty? #SOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW8BDgLpZkI I'm not even sure where I came across this video, but it's something I've shown in class a couple of times and have my students write about.  What the videographer has done is created a "social experiment" where she's... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – #WhyIWrite

Yesterday was National Writing Day, and, of course, we changed our plans a bit yesterday to reflect that. I had my students do a Kid Blog about this topic, giving their blog the above mentioned hashtag. Here's a small sample... Continue Reading →

The Value of a Picture

Today, I spied one of my students on her phone in the hallway. While we aren't the "kids should never have a phone out ever" kind of school, in the hallway of the middle school isn't allowed and the students... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – Language and Inspiration

Last year, my both of my daughters were offered the opportunity to travel with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music, a group of Iowa vocal and instrumental students who travel to Europe every two years. My oldest daughter took that invitation and ran... Continue Reading →

Letting Go #SOL

I've got 5,081 followers on Twitter. How that number ever came to be, I have no idea. I'm simply a guy, trying to do the best he can in a job he's not always very good at. Nothing more, nothing... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Time

Time. I wish I had more. #saideveryteacherever I say that, but I'm the king of frittering away time. I feel like my adult A.D.D. it always in charge because there are always more jobs than the amount of time that... Continue Reading →

This Is Why I Enjoy Teaching Here #SOL

I'm a day late on the "Slice of Life" Tuesday challenge from Two Writing Teachers, but that's ok because it seems like I've been off for a while now on a lot of things. Yesterday, yesterday was an awful day.... Continue Reading →

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