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“I can’t always be positive, but I can have faith.” #SOL18

I sat down a number of times yesterday and just drew a blank on what to write for my Slice of Life Tuesday blog. I'm back to "this is simplistic" compared to other blogs I've read lately. The words aren't... Continue Reading →

The Page is Turning #SOL18

We've had three weeks of crazy, chasing our tail, oh my goodness I'm tired stuff go on. County fair? #check Moving other daughter in Ames? #check Iowa Irish Fest? #check Iowa State Fair? #check There's one last check off to... Continue Reading →

5 Random Things – #SOL18

I've gone a while without writing, so today, I present an assortment of random observations about the world around me. Some good, some not so good, most just random stuff I've thought about or seen over the last couple of... Continue Reading →

Be the Change #SOL

"Be the change you wish to the see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi  Good afternoon, happy people! I thought about this quote as I walked into the hallway this morning to greet students as they walked in after a... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Time

Time. I wish I had more. #saideveryteacherever I say that, but I'm the king of frittering away time. I feel like my adult A.D.D. it always in charge because there are always more jobs than the amount of time that... Continue Reading →

I Know All Five Secrets Now! #SOL

Finally, I know the secrets! 🙂 Ok, so six months ago, I wrote about the book, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, by John Izzo, Ph.D. At that point, I'd only read through two of the secrets: be... Continue Reading →

“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 →

Finding Joy in the Little Things

My past month: lost a week of preparations due to two separate trips to the state fair. moved our oldest to college. lost a friend to college another person who's been in the family circle for years has been given a... Continue Reading →

In-Take Conferences #SOL

I can admit when I'm wrong. And it takes a real man to be able to do so. 🙂 (I'm hoping my wife reads this demonstration of admitting of my being wrong.) Last year, when we were told that part... Continue Reading →

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