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Friday Thoughts: And She Cried, Part 3

PLEASE NOTE: This was written in December, so a lot has happened since then. However, the meaning and emotion of the writing is eternal. I hope it speaks you in February the way it spoke to me right after that... Continue Reading →

Big Rocks, Again!

We've reached that point in our school year where we talk about Habit 3 of our 7 Habits, Putting First Things First. Inside if this habit, we talk about the "big rocks" in our lives. #ummmmwhatisthat If this is new... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: “What We Take For Granted”

Damn. Just damn. Not 5 minutes ago, I had a former sixth grader come to me and say, "Mr. Johnston, would you like to do an experiment with me?" #distrustsensesactivate Now, this girl is NOT one I'd distrust by any... Continue Reading →

My One Little Word: Clarity #OLW2021

This blog won't be very long as I really want to get this done on January 1. My life, in my humble opinion, is a mess of distractions and "SQUIRREL" moments. I feel like I get going on something, then,... Continue Reading →

Those Little Things

It's all about the little things in life. #dangstraight A student brought in a set of masks for our class today, made by his grandmother. I was sitting down to email this student's mother to get an address to write... Continue Reading →

The Playing Field Project #SOL20

I know people who do amazing things. A few years ago (was it that long ago) that wrote about a former student named Kara and her writing. She's continued to write and has put out some pretty amazing stories on... Continue Reading →

School Would Be Better If…..

For a Leader in Me lesson, I'm having the kids write about the title of this blog. I thought, "What the heck," and am writing about it too. I'm also putting this up on my projector so they can see.... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Keep Learning, Always

First, happy Friday. Celebrate you've make it another week in this crazy time! We need to find the time to keep our spirits up, so good on you for getting up. and making it happen! Today, I struggled with what... Continue Reading →

The Joy of the Mile

Today, my sixth grade homeroom is running the mile during PE and they are NOT happy about it. #itmademesmile I went out to my truck to grab my mid-morning snack and there they were, running around the track, some looking... Continue Reading →

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