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“Teaching” Expectations #SOL

This summer, a few of us attended some professional development titled "The Well-Managed Classroom". #snoozealert I won't lie, I was not impressed by the title or by the fact that I was going to this class. My classroom is well... Continue Reading →

I’m On a Boat – #EdcampSurfIA

If you know the song On a Boat, by Lonely Island, you'll know why I cannot post the video for this (and if you look up the video, the language is NFWS). However, I cannot get that song out of my head!... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Musings #SOL

I actually started this yesterday, but got distracted by something glittery, so here I am! 🙂 First, I had a pretty good pity post for myself last week, and I just wanted to thank those who took the time to... Continue Reading →

The End of an Era #SOL6

Tonight was the end of an era. Our daughter, Gabrielle, made the choice as a third grader to join the local swim team instead of playing softball. Tonight, she saw the water for the last time as a competitor. She missed... Continue Reading →

Taking Part in a World Premiere!

Last night, I had the opportunity to take part in a world premiere, the debut of a new piece of music called "Lifelong Joy". A while back, I had a chance to pick up my tuba and play again after 26... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 11 – Struggling

When our slicing gets done, this is where my "Friday Thoughts" would go. I did that last week and the title got a bit long! 🙂 Well, after 10 days straight of blogging, I hit a "blah" wall of watching... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 9 -Fine Arts Geeks

Growing up, I was this odd combination of a fine arts geek in a jock's body. I played football for two years, basketball for two years, ran track for a year, and generally kept myself in fairly good shape. The... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 1 – An Introduction

Good afternoon from a snowy, blustery Northeast Iowa! For my six readers, this will be a bit of a review, but for those who are new to this blog, it's all new learning! My name is Darin, and I'm currently a... Continue Reading →

Professional Development Done Different

On Monday, we had a professional development day that was just a little different. We did something very similar to this last year as well, and I'm hoping that we continue to do this in the future. For me, as... Continue Reading →

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