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Friday Thoughts: The World Needs More…..

It's the 28th of December, and I'm starting to think about school. Not much yet, but it's creeping back into my consciousness. Lessons, assessments, ranking, grading, professional development, all the while wondering, is this the right thing for my students?... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Smile, It Makes Your Mouth (and others) Happy

This is a favorite slogan of mine for several reasons, none of them dealing with Twizzlers (which are disgusting IMO). Last night, I stopped to get a tank of gas and a gallon of chocolate milk, and as I waited... Continue Reading →

I Know All Five Secrets Now! #SOL

Finally, I know the secrets! ­čÖé Ok, so six months ago, I wrote about the book,┬áThe Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, by John Izzo, Ph.D. At that point, I'd only read through two of the secrets: be... Continue Reading →

Reflections From a Cubs Game

  This last Friday, I had the chance to travel to a Chicago Cubs game with my father, my brother, and my nephew. It was something that was very rare for me, a spontaneous moment where I put something before... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: School Climate, It Matters

Happy first Friday of┬áSeptember everyone! I've seen Facebook and Instagram posts about fall, pumpkin spice, and the lot. Meh. It's September 2, let's all take a deep breath, get a little oxygen to our respective brains, and not wish away... Continue Reading →

Finding Joy in the Little Things

My past month: lost a week of preparations due to two separate trips to the state fair. moved our oldest to college. lost a friend to college another┬áperson who's been in the family circle for years has been given a... Continue Reading →

I’m On a Boat – #EdcampSurfIA

If you know the song┬áOn a Boat, by┬áLonely Island, you'll know why I cannot post the video for this (and if you look up the video, the language is NFWS). However, I cannot get that song out of my head!... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Musings #SOL

I actually started this yesterday, but got distracted by something glittery, so here I am! ­čÖé First, I had a pretty good pity post for myself last week, and I just wanted to thank those who took the time to... Continue Reading →

Friday Musings – Fear and Hope Together?

I fear the world my daughters are walking into. Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, Orlando, so many others that I don't know or remember, and now Dallas...... My daughters are preparing to walk into a world of fear and hatred, a world... Continue Reading →

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