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#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 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 →

Iowans: Where Do Your Priorities Lie? #SOL18

“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.” - Joe Biden, said during comments made on John McCain's policies during the 2008 presidential campaign It's been a long time since I've... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 10 – Royalty

My daughter, the Iowa Brown Swiss Princess!

Teachers, The Age of Iowa Nice Has Passed

First, happy Fourth of July (or July 5th since I didn't get this posted yesterday!) to my American readers.  To any readers from the England, sorry.  I did see an awesome meme of the Queen with that grumpy look on her... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to “Jill” #SOL17

  I've seen some great "open letters" in the last few months from Iowans, whether it was from a UNI professor blowing up some alternative facts laid out there by Republicans, or teacher's letter to Senator Grassley about why Betsy DeVos... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: PD From Far-Away #aea1kpec

Good morning and Happy Friday to you all.  I've discovered that after my wife leaves for work, a cup of coffee, a book, and a spot in my new addition (a four seasons sunroom) is spectacular! I've got the overhead... Continue Reading →

A Season of “Lasts”

I actually got this idea from Two Teachers Writing, and on it, they posted a simple chart about finding inspirations on what to write about.  I've struggled with writing lately as I just see a lot of my drafts being going... Continue Reading →

It’s Time to Organize #truecolors

A couple of weeks ago my superintendent, @duanewillhite, began following me.  It's a scary thing, have both of your bosses following you, but I've gained a new respect for both Mr. Whillhite and my principal, Mr. Gearhart (@nfvgearhart) as they... Continue Reading →

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