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I Wonder……. #SOL17

I wonder........ I wonder if the Cubs will win another World Series in my lifetime (that's an upgrade from "Will they win a World Series?" - always trying to find the positive!) I wonder why awful things happen to good... Continue Reading →

Music Says What Words Cannot

Thankfully, this isn't a livestreamed blog post. We may need to take a couple of commercial breaks for tissues! I came from a vocal music program in Dunkerton, that was stellar. Our teacher, Marsha Nichols, was about 5'3" and was "that" teacher,... 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 →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 13 – Brave

Today's word: brave. This weekend was a whirlwind of activity, topped off with a snow day. Blah. But, that's not the point of today's blog. Saturday, we drove to Forest City, Iowa, a two hour drive to watch our youngest... Continue Reading →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 9 – Try Hard

  Hello and welcome to Day Nine of our Challenge! Hope this finds you well, full of awesome ideas on how to make the world a better place, on how to help kids find their full potential, or at least... Continue Reading →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 8 – Music

As a teacher, I shamelessly beg and borrow many ideas that I use in class. (Random note: I just had a student ask me, "Can I write about The Hangover?"   "Well, probably not as it's not school appropriate."   "Awwww!!"... Continue Reading →

Fine Arts – Why Not? #SOL17

First, I'd like to encourage all seven you read this blog regularly to consider the Slice of Life Challenge. Those who participate will blog for 31 days straight and comment on three other bloggers, each one of those days as well. It's... Continue Reading →

One More 2016 Post – #SOL

I know, I know, just enough of the 2016. But this is one that just can't let go. January 1, my wife and I got up, skipped church, and watch "CBS Sunday Morning" (a favorite past time if we are... 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 →

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