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#SOL19 – Day 24 – Spring Might Be Springing

First this, the Iowa Hawkeye Women's Basketball Team is heading to the Sweet 16! The men's team almost (damn that word) pulled off the biggest comeback in tournament history, coming from 25 points down to push Tennessee to overtime before... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 23 – And the Beat Goes On

Like I said yesterday, we are in Iowa City to watch the Iowa Women's Basketball team play two games, which is a pretty cool thing. We are also down here to drop off our daughter at Iowa. Right now, we... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 22 – #FightforIowa

    \   Today, was a "family fun day" as my wife called it or as my students said, "You are playing hookie!" #whatever In whichever lens you look at this through (I had to explain to my students... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 21 – Just Follow the Directions

As I reflect on the Slice of Life, I reflect on the student part too. The last three years, I had my students, 8th graders at the time, join up and share their slices. I offer carrots from them, allowing... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 20 – Iowa SD30: A Big Inappropriate Finger Gesture

I'll bet for some of you, the title got you to click through! #titlesmatterkids While I wish I could say you've been "Rick Rolled" (Gotcha! If you don't know what this is, you are too old or too young.), this is actually... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 19 – Watching Panic

Yesterday, I got my state retirement statement in the mail, and it showed I have worked at my job for 19.5 years. #damn I remember the interview well as I had two that were around 90 miles away from each other.... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 18 – Band Aids and Community

"Fine, I'll read the dang post." That's what I told myself last night as I read another slice about band-aids and story telling. #whatsthefussGus When reading something that has struck a nerve, I tend to read the comments first. They range... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 17 – The Empty Nest is Crowded

Friday night, spring break at college descended on our home as the fledglings returned. Now, our oldest came home for a couple days, and is currently on her way to Branson with her boyfriend. Our youngest is home until Friday,... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 16 – A Betsy DeVos Visit

No, she didn't come to our school. No, she didn't come to our area. No, she didn't meet with ANY teachers. No, she didn't talk to ANY parents. No, she talked with "advocates" (ie: lobbyists) about her "Education Freedom initiative"  (ie: vouchers). I'm not... Continue Reading →

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