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Friday Thoughts: So This Happened…..

Yes, it's Saturday morning. Sue me! 🙂 Sometimes, sleep is more important! Last Friday, we said our final good-byes to a co-worker, a colleague, and a friend. It was a cold, bitter, ugly day that I won't relive again, but... Continue Reading →

A Follow up – Appreciation

This will be a quick blog because it's the end of the year, my students are stressed, I'm stressed, my daughter is flying to Germany tomorrow (which adds more stress), and grades are due in a week. #ack However, I... Continue Reading →

Disappointment – #SOL

My blogs have been a bit down as of late. I'll need to work on that this summer, because the title pretty much gives this away. We'll work backwards from today to last Fridayish with the disappointments: This one is... Continue Reading →

Move-In Day and More Positives #SOL

At first, I was going to write a blog about the end of the year, the stress, the crankiness, and the flood of "you can do it", or "finish strong", or some other positive mumbo-jumbo. I'm tired, and no amount... Continue Reading →

The Art of Giving and a Favor #sol17

Dr. Zimmerman's Tuesday Tips are something I always look forward to. Many of his emails are used in class as we've got a challenging group with our 8th grade. This week's tips are titled, "Giving and Taking - 5 Keys... Continue Reading →

“Why can’t we just read?” #SOL

That's been the mantra of my eighth graders the last couple of days during reading/language arts class. We started The Light in the Forest and the first time we did a little writing activity, the cry went up: Why can't we just... Continue Reading →

Too Many Highs and Lows

Good morning blog! Long time no see, again! I've just taken a bit of a break from writing just because I'm not feeling the urge to purge. Ha! A funny rhyme! 🙂 That urge has returned, though after the last... Continue Reading →

The Last Blog Post of 2015

As I wrote the title, it gave me the "first present of Christmas" vibe, from The Polar Express. It's hard to believe that 2015 is over in 12 hours. Looking back on this blog, the volume of writing continues to go... 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 →

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