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Friday Thoughts: Believe in the Best

A fine good morning (or afternoon or evening, depending on your time zone). Today, I'm all out of sorts. First, I forgot to schedule pictures for our club team. Not that it was a huge deal, but "all the other... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: The World Needs More…..

It's the 28th of December, and I'm starting to think about school. Not much yet, but it's creeping back into my consciousness. Lessons, assessments, ranking, grading, professional development, all the while wondering, is this the right thing for my students?... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: A Butt Chewing and Reflection

Hello my blog! Just a little lapse to deal with students are a frantically trying to turn my hair gray and trying to get me sick (many many students out sick in 6th grade). Empty nesting, it's not for the... Continue Reading →

Black Friday Random Thoughts…..

It's Black Friday and I'm in a bit of a food coma. My wife made pumpkin pie for our family because otherwise, we'd have not gotten in, and I'm ready to finish it off. However, I've pulled my head OUT... Continue Reading →

Friday thoughts: “Show Me Your Friends……

......and I'll show you your future." This quote is attributed to many different people, but in it's true with each person. #youbecomelikethosewithwhomyourun As we work through our 7 Habits in Leader in Me, it's apparent that students need to start... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Why Coach Youth Basketball?

We are into our season with a tournament last Saturday (surprisingly well played), a game Tuesday (a meh kind of game), and last night (a "have you played before" kind of game). The above is said with a great deal... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: The Art of Noticing

Do we notice people around us? Really notice? #walkingbymakingnoeyecontact In late August, my sixth graders and I watched a TedTalk by Angela Maiers titled You Matter. I've seen this TedTalk with various classes and always pull a little something new from... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Class Precepts

If you are a fan of the book, Wonder, then you know about class precepts. Mr. Browne would post one of these rules to live by each month and the students would discuss it, trying to gain their own meaning from the... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Finding Character in an Unexpected Place

My head is just full of stuff to write about: our travels to the World Dairy Expo, the behavior of my class, great conversation with a Twitter friend, but this seems to float to the top. I've been very, VERY... Continue Reading →

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