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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 →

#SOL19 – Day 31 – A Reflection of Writing

Well, we did, didn't we!?! 31 days of writing. 31 days of noticing the little things. 31 days of noticing emotions. 31 days of being in the moment. #31daysofcomplainingfrommystudents As I looked back at the past three years of "Day 31"... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 29 – A Writing Routine: Part Deux

First, yesterday, my blog got viewed by someone from Nepal. One of the reasons I love WordPress is that I can not only see how many views something has, but where (relatively) they are from. Nepal?? Seriously?? How cool is... 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 22 – #FightforIowa

    \   Today, was a "family fun day" as my wife called it or as my students said, "You are playing hookie!" #whatever In whichever lens you look at this through (I had to explain to my students... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 9 – A Princess No More

I just posted this on my Facebook page: While her reign has ended, her name is etched forever as Iowa Brown Swiss Princess! Last night, our daughter's reign as princess came to an end. It's a bittersweet ending, because up until... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 7 – My Introduction

As I'm featured on the Two Writing Teachers on today's "Call for Slices" for Day 7 (*little boy scream*), I figured today is as good as any to the introduction that SHOULD have happened on Day 1. #getwiththeprogram I am:... Continue Reading →

#SOLC19 – Day 6 – My Creative Wife

First, Spotify! Who knew? I knew I was old, but dang?? I'm listening to "one hit wonders" with "House Music 2019" saved to listen to later on. Good grief! If you've got a playlist, I'd love to listen to it! Mine... Continue Reading →

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