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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

#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 →

#SOL15 – Day 15 – A Random, A Recap, A Review, and a Question

First, I've read a few Harry Potter slices (bless you, Potterheads), so a few facts for you. According to Pottermore, I belong to Ravenclaw (I'm a teacher, I have to be quirky at times!). My Patronus is a weasel, a... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 14 – Nails on a Chalkboard

I've been a pretty good boy these last 13 days. My blogs, for the most part, have been upbeat, positive, and that's how I'm trying to keep myself. #nottoday Yesterday, my love of middle school was deep and wide like the... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 13 – Guest Teaching

Just to be clear, I love teaching middle school. I love the crappy attitudes that really say "I need you", I love the smell of body odor and Axe in the morning, I love the quirky "I need to find... Continue Reading →

SOL#19 – Day 12 – 25 Years

Look at these fresh faces kids, starting their lives out together, 25 years ago today. We'd dated from April of our freshman year in the college (1990), and in February of 1993, got engaged. My mother in law was NOT... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 11 – Slow Down!

This weekend was a trying one for many reasons. First, our daughter brings a truck load of drama where ever she goes. I love her dearly because she's got a big heart, a big voice, and is capable of so much, but... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 10 – Spotify

Now, I'm a guy who likes to physically "have" his music, whether I'm purchasing a CD (yes, I know, I'm 80 and like my cds) or purchasing a digital copy, I like to know that the music is "mine". If... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 9 – A Princess No More

I just posted this on my Facebook page: While her reign has ended, her name is etched forever as Iowa Brown Swiss Princess! Last night, our daughter's reign as princess came to an end. It's a bittersweet ending, because up until... Continue Reading →

SOL#19 – Day 8 – A Quick Post

After 5 days of school, an hour drive for a Brown Swiss banquet, a quick run through the barn to look at the animals being sold tomorrow, and an hour ride home, I'm tired and cranky. However, I leave you... Continue Reading →

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