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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

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Friday Thoughts: “What We Take For Granted”

Damn. Just damn. Not 5 minutes ago, I had a former sixth grader come to me and say, "Mr. Johnston, would you like to do an experiment with me?" #distrustsensesactivate Now, this girl is NOT one I'd distrust by any... Continue Reading →

Just Breathe #SOL18

Well, I've missed my last two Friday blogs, not for lack of trying, but for lack of energy. Last week, I was in bed at 8:30, and it's been 9:30 for a while now. I don't have a TV show... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 19 – Sorry

I thought I could do it. I thought I could get a blog in during days of 17 hours in a bus, days beginning with a 5:35 wake up call and ending with a chaperone's meeting at 10:30. I thought... Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Day 2018

Today is Valentine's Day, a day of love, chocolate, and sappy, syrupy cards. #meh The problem is I'm a sappy, syrupy kind of guy, as both my wife and daughters will attest to. I enjoy the giving part of Valentine's... Continue Reading →

It Takes One Moment #SOL17

It's been a tough couple of weeks to get myself up and ready for tomorrow. My wife's loss of two uncles, trips all over the countryside, and work time lost for various reasons. My recent Facebook post said: Irritated. Nothing... Continue Reading →

Friday Thought – Persistence and Discipline

Somedays, the stars just align for our discussions. We have what's called out our "Kid of Character" award each month. We recognized those students who do the right thing, who work through hard times. Our principal talked with us about... Continue Reading →

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