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A Tiny Ray of Sunshine #SOL20

I'm tired. I get home and grading papers just seems like too much. I get home and it's difficult to sit down in front of the TV, let alone think about school. Mask, no mask, obnoxious behavior, not feeling a... Continue Reading →

The Joy of the Mile

Today, my sixth grade homeroom is running the mile during PE and they are NOT happy about it. #itmademesmile I went out to my truck to grab my mid-morning snack and there they were, running around the track, some looking... 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 →

Three Big Rocks #SOL20

During our Leader in Me lesson, Habit 3, Put First Things First, asks us to just that, to put first those things in our lives that are super important. There a video out there of Steven Covey with a volunteer... Continue Reading →

Thursday Thinking: A Season in Review

Our 8th grade girls basketball season finished up in December and I'm not quite sure how I feel about this fact. This is the first year in four years, and the second in 15 years that I won't be coach... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Wanderings: The End of July?

Why hello there my blogging community, long time, no write! #sitdownandgetwordsonthescreen It's not that I don't have things to write about, but my brain just seems scrambled right now, and it seems that putting together a coherent statement, let alone... Continue Reading →

Perspective – #SOL19

I've been thinking a lot about perspective. Glass half full, half empty kinds of things. Watching my father struggle with his back surgery, it makes things both come into focus and become blurry at the same time. The nonsense going... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Come To Jesus Meeting

"Ok, ladies and gentlemen, we need to talk." This is how I started each class today. Not a big deal, but my goodness, we needed to talk. #shhhhhItalkyoulisten We've had this slow slide of positive behaviors and a slow rise in... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 14 – Nails on a Chalkboard

I've been a pretty good boy these last 13 days. My blogs, for the most part, have been upbeat, positive, and that's how I'm trying to keep myself. #nottoday Yesterday, my love of middle school was deep and wide like the... Continue Reading →

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