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#SOLC21 – Day 31 – Get Off My Lawn (Not Really, But Still)

I see all these slicing posts that are all celebratory and happy and "I made it", so the crusty, grumpy post is needed. #getoffmylawn First and foremost, it's not that grumpy. A writing streak like this takes time and effort... Continue Reading →

#SOLC21 – Day 30 – Lack of Empathy

Our sixth grade team typically meets at the end of the hallway after our second hour and after school to decompress, regroup, or just say "WTH" to each other. Today, it was the lack of empathy. We have students who... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: And She Cried, Part 3

PLEASE NOTE: This was written in December, so a lot has happened since then. However, the meaning and emotion of the writing is eternal. I hope it speaks you in February the way it spoke to me right after that... Continue Reading →

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 →

Fairs – Covid Style #SOL20

Hello blog (and those who read it)! Long time, no words, which is sad because I've had SO MANY words to say since I last wrote. The problem is, many of them have not been appropriate, thus my blog has... Continue Reading →

Don’t Ask Me About School #SOL20

This last weekend, we did three dairy shows in three days. #WTFman I know, it was A LOT of work, especially with heat indices over 100 degrees and three hours of sleep per night. I'm sure I've written about this... Continue Reading →

Head in the Sand #SOL20

I've decided that the "head in the sand" way of looking at life is the one for me. Why you might ask? #andIamgladyoudid This is the life for me because otherwise, it's very possible I'll send my computer through the... Continue Reading →

“Don’t Put Too Much Work Into This” #SOL20

Welp, I could talk about Betsy Devos and her "not a matter of if" statement today. I could take about President Trump and how he's going to "put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools", #WTH Nope,... Continue Reading →

Friday thoughts: Currently…..

This is a favorite type of blog from the Slice of Life bloggers. It's quick, simple, yet it forces you to refocus on those things that are happening in your life, right now. I'll probably go into more detail than... Continue Reading →

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