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#SOL17 Challenge – Day 26 – Smile

As I've been reading my student blogs (there are SO MANY of them), I've been coming back to Breanna's work and this one in particular. She writes about how we see the reasons to cry all around us, yet, we... 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 →

My Happy Thought: A Literacy Challenge

It's been a while since I've felt like writing one of these.  I won't belabor the difficult school year I've had, but after a while, finding a happy thought to write about became a struggle. Last weekend, I spend some... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought: My Daughters’ Passions

I've been lax in keeping up with my writing lately.  It's a combination of no weekends free, a flood of paper work, not feeling well, and just a general sense of yuck. However, I'm writing today about my daughters because... Continue Reading →

Happy Thoughts – Inspirations

A fine good Friday morning to all of you! Last night, I had the privilege of watching my oldest daughter get inducted into the National Honor Society, something that she is extremely proud of.  One of the requirements, write a... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought – Thursday’s Learning

Darin, you can't talk about yesterday, you have to keep moving forward, remember?? 🙂 Yesterday was a tremendous day of learning for me professionally, and it had me jacked up to be at school today.  First, I spend the day... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought: Keeping on Through February

My students and I discussed this Wednesday after I came back from being good to a good sub report.  I was pleased with the report and wanted to share why.  February is the hardest month of the school year in... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought: Being Just a Teacher

Bear with me on this one, it's not starting out the way you'd expect, but I promise the happy ending! 🙂 I've written about this before, there's been a lot of change going on.  A. Lot. Iowa has created a... Continue Reading →

My Happy Thought: Celebrations

Some days, you just write positive because it's what will make you feel better about the day.  Today is one of those days. We don't celebrate enough, period.  We don't celebrate birthdays (oh, I'm too old).  We don't celebrate our... Continue Reading →

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