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#SOL19 – Come To Jesus Meeting

"Ok, ladies and gentlemen, we need to talk." This is how I started each class today. Not a big deal, but my goodness, we needed to talk. #shhhhhItalkyoulisten We've had this slow slide of positive behaviors and a slow rise in... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – A Week Off

I've not written in a week. #sowhat For some, that's not a big deal. For some, it's nothing to worry about. I'm worried. Why? Because I need to write. I need to outlet. I need the words on the page. I... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 31 – A Reflection of Writing

Well, we did, didn't we!?! 31 days of writing. 31 days of noticing the little things. 31 days of noticing emotions. 31 days of being in the moment. #31daysofcomplainingfrommystudents As I looked back at the past three years of "Day 31"... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 27 – A Writing Routine

What the heck is a writing routine? #askingforafriend I don't have one, thus, I'm writing about it. Makes sense in my mind, but whatever. The last few slices, I've scraped by, just getting my blog and commenting done before the cut... 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 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 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 →

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