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#SOL19 – Day 25 – What Can I Do To Add Value?

Tonight, a group of community members met for the first time to discuss our district's jump into "The Leader in Me" program, and discuss the book by the same name. For those who don't know it's a spin off of... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 24 – Spring Might Be Springing

First this, the Iowa Hawkeye Women's Basketball Team is heading to the Sweet 16! The men's team almost (damn that word) pulled off the biggest comeback in tournament history, coming from 25 points down to push Tennessee to overtime before... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 21 – Just Follow the Directions

As I reflect on the Slice of Life, I reflect on the student part too. The last three years, I had my students, 8th graders at the time, join up and share their slices. I offer carrots from them, allowing... 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 16 – A Betsy DeVos Visit

No, she didn't come to our school. No, she didn't come to our area. No, she didn't meet with ANY teachers. No, she didn't talk to ANY parents. No, she talked with "advocates" (ie: lobbyists) about her "Education Freedom initiative"  (ie: vouchers). I'm not... 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 →

It’s a Random Day #SOL19

Well, it's Tuesday, Slice of Life day. The problem is, this blog was started on Friday. #Wheredidmymojogo I read somewhere that to make your blog better, you have to blog every day. Well, if I can keep this Tuesday -... Continue Reading →

I Just Can’t Quit #SOL19

I threw this down on Facebook on Sunday night about my basketball team. We played our last three games of the season on Saturday, and it was hard to say goodbye to this season and this team. It's been a roller coaster, but... Continue Reading →

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