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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

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Darin Johnston

Just a guy from Iowa, who's suddenly found himself at a place in life he never expected to be 20 years ago! I live on an acreage with my wife, two daughters, two dogs, seven cats, chickens, two cows, and quarter acre garden. Find me at my blog: Life of a Conflicted Teacher https://iowaconflictedteacher.com/

Noticing #SOL19

Here I am, in our local repair shop, typing this on my phone because my data is all used up, making my phone a big paper weight. #profanity But, my phone is a "new to me" phone (I'm a cheap... Continue Reading →

Sunday Salutations: “The Awesome Sixth Grade Team”

Today was our last day of school for the year. Teachers had the day to shut their rooms down, get checked out, and just enjoy the fact that we've survived a very difficult year. I spend the year getting to know... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: An Accomplishment Worth Noting

Good morning my soggy, rain drenched, storm weary friends! We are getting hammered with repeated storms, not as bad as our friends further south, but apparently there was a pretty good hail storm last night! My garden is about three... Continue Reading →

Perspective – #SOL19

I've been thinking a lot about perspective. Glass half full, half empty kinds of things. Watching my father struggle with his back surgery, it makes things both come into focus and become blurry at the same time. The nonsense going... Continue Reading →

A blog from the past: We Are On A Special Kind of Team

I've been looking back at my writing. Some of it's drivel, but some of it hits messages that I try to talk to my students about in class. This one is five years old (damn) but the message is one... Continue Reading →

Weary #SOL19

I'm weary. Yes, I'm a teacher, and this is that time of year where it's all we can do to keep our own sanity and that of our students. I'm trying to cut Diet Coke out of my diet as... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – The Emotion of Waiting

This was meant for my weekly post to the Two Writing Teachers "Slice of Life" post on Tuesday, but, as you'll read, life got in the way! 🙂 I cannot express enough how much I enjoy the above mentioned site. If... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – An Afternoon To Celebrate Us

Today was one of our "Leader in Me" trips. In the past, these were called "Tigerhawk Reward" trips, trips to celebrate the good things done during school. They gave students a bit of a break and gave teachers a chance... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday to Me #SOL19

Yup, my birthday lands on Slice of Life Day, so I have to write. #whateverdude This will be a short one because as I started writing it, it quickly became a huge vent on why my attitude has been in the... Continue Reading →

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