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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

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February 2017

Fine Arts – Why Not? #SOL17

First, I'd like to encourage all seven you read this blog regularly to consider the Slice of Life Challenge. Those who participate will blog for 31 days straight and comment on three other bloggers, each one of those days as well. It's... Continue Reading →

The Art of Giving and a Favor #sol17

Dr. Zimmerman's Tuesday Tips are something I always look forward to. Many of his emails are used in class as we've got a challenging group with our 8th grade. This week's tips are titled, "Giving and Taking - 5 Keys... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: “The Worth is in the Act.”

A week ago, I finished a book titled, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin. It was a long, hard read for me, because much of what they talking about in this book, I would... Continue Reading →

But Will We Remember?

47 - 53 21 - 29 Girls basketball scores? Ha! I wish. Today, the Iowa Legislature decided to take a page out of the Scott Walker Handbook and gut the collective bargaining code in Iowa known as Chapter 20. I've got... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to “Jill” #SOL17

  I've seen some great "open letters" in the last few months from Iowans, whether it was from a UNI professor blowing up some alternative facts laid out there by Republicans, or teacher's letter to Senator Grassley about why Betsy DeVos... Continue Reading →

I’m stuck and I’m tired. #SOL17

Darin Johnston‏@AnIowaTeacher Between #BetsyDeVos & the panel voting to approve her, #ialegis looking at a 1.1% funding for #iaedfuture, & now the SCOTUS pick, I'm tired. This was my tweet on January 31. Today, February 7, my Iowa Senators, Charles... Continue Reading →

Our Tournament Experience

I tried to post this on Facebook, but it just got too long, so I'll write here and post the link there! 🙂 This weekend was the fifth tournament that a small team of seventh and eighth graders has played... Continue Reading →

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