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We Keep Trying #SOL19

I've been playing my last blog back and forth in my head and the disappointment I felt. I've thought about the player involved, the situation, my team, all of it. Could I have done more? Better? Both? So, instead of... Continue Reading →

Rock On #SOL19

Today, was an unexpected ice day, with freezing drizzle in the area pretty much all day. I was getting into my truck as we got the text that said no school, so I was almost out the door. This is... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: The Art of Noticing

Do we notice people around us? Really notice? #walkingbymakingnoeyecontact In late August, my sixth graders and I watched a TedTalk by Angela Maiers titled You Matter. I've seen this TedTalk with various classes and always pull a little something new from... Continue Reading →

Plot Twist: This Wasn’t My First Topic #SOL

I'd planned to write about how I'm tired of being flexible. But I can write about that anytime time, because I'm going to continue to frustrated with being tied into a pretzel by 17,000 schedule changes and ever changing expectations.... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Class Precepts

If you are a fan of the book, Wonder, then you know about class precepts. Mr. Browne would post one of these rules to live by each month and the students would discuss it, trying to gain their own meaning from the... Continue Reading →

“Danger is Real, but Fear is a Choice.” #SOL18

A friend of mine has been involved in suicide awareness for many years because of a friend who took his life. Today, he posted this on his Facebook page: Yesterday, I was at a customer's office in Dike and the... Continue Reading →

Keeping the Classroom Positive #SOL18

Yesterday, I got an out of the blue email from a former player wishing me a happy birthday. I was a bit shocked, because seriously, how would she know? Then I remembered, during our band trip she'd mentioned she has... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 30 – Hope

One more post about Washington D.C. and I promise I'm done. I've been here three times: once a Boy Scout in 1985(ish), once we drove out with our 6 and 4 year old daughters. We camped for a night outside... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 21 – Life Pushes Forward

We spent part of our day on Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. I posted on my Facebook page about how I was humbled by the experience, because until you've seen the rows and rows of headstones, it's just a picture... Continue Reading →

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