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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

“Fair”-ly Awful #SOL

This past weekend, we took three Brown Swiss heifers and a Brown Swiss cow to a small fair near us. This is the first time we've done a fair since our oldest daughter moved to college (she's in a coop program... Continue Reading →

“What’s Next?” #SOL

I'd planned on a p*ssed off last day of school blog, but a co-worker said, "Why dredge that up again?" So, in honor of Olaf (and his love of summer and warm hugs) I let it go. I'm taking class... Continue Reading →

A Follow up – Appreciation

This will be a quick blog because it's the end of the year, my students are stressed, I'm stressed, my daughter is flying to Germany tomorrow (which adds more stress), and grades are due in a week. #ack However, I... Continue Reading →

Disappointment – #SOL

My blogs have been a bit down as of late. I'll need to work on that this summer, because the title pretty much gives this away. We'll work backwards from today to last Fridayish with the disappointments: This one is... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – It’s a Balancing Act

I got to school early in a foul mood. We've been fighting lately and I left the house just mad at the world (but in my wife's "new" car, so life's not all that bad). As I drove in, I... Continue Reading →

Move-In Day and More Positives #SOL

At first, I was going to write a blog about the end of the year, the stress, the crankiness, and the flood of "you can do it", or "finish strong", or some other positive mumbo-jumbo. I'm tired, and no amount... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – Random Stuff

I woke up this morning to my daughter's phone going off at 5:45. A.M. Most Fridays, that would be quite all right with me, but today, I'm ready to fling it (and her) out the window. Last night, we made... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – Sometimes, You Just Can’t

First, happy Friday! 🙂 Now, this week has been an absolutely horrid week. It's May, the temperature is warm up, the birds are singing, plants growing, and a middle schooler's mind turns to thoughts of summer, no school, and mischief.... Continue Reading →

Alike – #SOL17

Today in class, we watch this video I discovered called "Alike" by Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Mendez. In it, a child and their father go through the steps of losing their "color" due to both work and school. The... Continue Reading →

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