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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/

A Win, but Not #SOL19

We've been playing terrible basketball in our first four games. I pride myself and our teams on playing good, solid defense. We've not done that, allow teams to score around 35 points per game. In the last three years, I've... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: 5 Things That Have Brought Me Joy

Good morning to my 20 readers (yes, my mom talked a few of her geriatric friends into signing up via email), long time no write. I've read a lot about how joy is being lost in today's world. As we... Continue Reading →

“I Don’t Care!” #SOL19

Note: This was to be done at the BEGINNING of November. I've been struggle to write even though my mind is cluttered with stuff to get out. Please excuse my lack of commitment and enjoy today's blog! 🙂 First, Happy... Continue Reading →

Honor Society Pledge – #SOL19

Last night, I got to see an awesome group of former students be inducted into the National Honor Society by another awesome group of former students. I've not seen many of these students since they stepped out of my classroom,... Continue Reading →

Making a Difference #SOL19

On a good day, I feel like an average teacher. I've battled a lot of self-doubt this year with my ability to make a difference with students. I just don't feel that connection with this class that I have in the... Continue Reading →

A “Get Off My Lawn” Moment

I'm 48, relatively healthy, with a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters. Yet, I'm feeling old. Again. #Youarenotoldyouarewellaged Ugh! I've felt old and out of touch the last few days for numerous reasons, but last night, this just jumped out... Continue Reading →

Parenting: It’s Hard Work #SOL19

We are in the process of watching our two adult children (they would either nod their heads or roll their eyes at this statement) grow into responsible adults. Our oldest has enough money saved from internships that she could pay for... Continue Reading →

A Time for Calm: Part Deux #SOL19

On a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Calm.com here, talking about our beginning interaction with mindfulness and what I'm expecting going forward. #growingandlearning My principal is a logical man, and when given information in sensible manner, will listen, and... Continue Reading →

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My Sunday Night Casino Experience #SOL19

First, I'm not a gambler. I have a bit of a compulsive personality, so I know that dropping money in a slot machine or playing black jack just wouldn't be a good fit for me. So this isn't about me winning... Continue Reading →

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