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#SOLC20 – Day 31 – Ummm, What Just Happened Here?

This is to be a celebratory post, the end of 31 straight day of writing!! #goodjob #nicelydone #wowthatisgreat However, on March 15th, that celebration was muted and our lives changed, changed forever by something that is not alive, or at... Continue Reading →

#SOLC20 – Day 8 – Finding Happy

Today was a day about finding the happy going into next week. Since Christmas, our class has been different: rude, disrespectful to each other, to us, and other teachers, apathetic, and just plain ornery. Now, this certainly is not the... Continue Reading →

#SOLC20 – Day 4 – Music Heals the Soul

This morning, as I was getting my Twitter fix for the day, I came across this gem from @lizzy_ng:  I’m at school 2 hours after the bell blasting Pearl Jam and doing sub plans. You feel me? #RockonYoungGun I love... Continue Reading →

#SOLC20 – Day 3 – #LiveLikeLine

I have never been a volleyball fan. Ever. Not in high school. Not in college. Ever. My volleyball players would always come to the first couple of days of basketball under conditioned and complain about the running (cross country runners... Continue Reading →

My One Little Word: Renew #SOL20 #OLW

Good morning and Happy New Year! Yes, the year is well on its way and already World War III has been trending, but I wish you the most joyous of years. It may seem lame, but what the heck? I'd... Continue Reading →

Courage #SOL19

Three slices of courage I want to write about today: My oldest daughter is one of the most courageous people I know. In her 8th grade year, she went to Iowa State for a conference that dealt with women in... Continue Reading →

Thank you! A State Fair wrap-up #SOL19

Last Saturday, we finished what may be our last Iowa State Fair experience. There was tension between the groups we'd stalled with for the last three years. My daughter was a cranky about many things. My wife was half a... Continue Reading →

A blog from the past: We Are On A Special Kind of Team

I've been looking back at my writing. Some of it's drivel, but some of it hits messages that I try to talk to my students about in class. This one is five years old (damn) but the message is one... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – An Afternoon To Celebrate Us

Today was one of our "Leader in Me" trips. In the past, these were called "Tigerhawk Reward" trips, trips to celebrate the good things done during school. They gave students a bit of a break and gave teachers a chance... Continue Reading →

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Angela Prendergast

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