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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

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In-Take Conferences #SOL

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

Education, Italy, and Foo Fighters

I've had a couple of people comment that they've clicked into my blog because of the titles, just seeing how in the world I'd tie things together with a goofy title like that! ¬†I'd guess this would be no different!... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought – Too Many to Mention

Why hello there readers and fellow bloggers! ¬†It's been exactly one month since my last post. ¬†Yikes! I've spent about all that time trying to feel better. ¬†I've missed school due to illness, workshop, and personal days. I've watched basketball,... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought: Friday

First, sorry I missed last week. It was home, sicker than I've been in years. My fever topped out at 103.4 and I was having clear conversations in my sleep (says my daughter who was home sick with me). ¬†I... Continue Reading →

Why I Teach

I've kind of taken a week off from soical media - very few Tweets, a post or two on Instagram, a few Facebook posts and likes, but otherwise, I've tried to disconnect myself. ¬†I've needed to gather my thoughts about... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought – Iowa City

Iowa City is a happy place for my family. ¬†I sound like my¬†students with their¬†writing, but it's true. ¬†It's always been a fun place for us to visit, ever since my wife and I started dating. ¬†Her aunt and uncle... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought – Black Friday shopping

Today is "Black Friday" a day, as one blogger put it, "the American version of¬†The Hunger Games¬†but with sale items instead of food." ¬†Seems about right. ¬†The thankfulness of yesterday turns into the commercialized¬†feeding frenzy of today. So, our plan... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought – Whole Grade Sharing

Now wait just a dang second.... isn't whole grade sharing the bane of small school existence? ¬†It's this a death sentence for independent districts, getting swallowed up, creating larger, less personal learning spaces? In some cases, yup. This is my... Continue Reading →

It Takes Time, But We’ll Get There

Tonight, we tried our first "Literacy Open House", similar to a open house we had last year with math. ¬†All of our elementary teachers worked on some kind of literacy topic, preparing a 15 minute presentation that would hold three... Continue Reading →

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