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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 →

And They Cried….and It Was Ok #SOL18

Smack me if you've heard this story before! 🙂 It would appear that this team is growing on me because here I am, writing my Slice of Live (late, again), talking about my basketball team. But then again, it's that... Continue Reading →

8th Grade Basketball 2018 #SOL18

I've been blessed of the last couple of years to have teams who have been gifted with some amazing talent, and their records have reflected this. Basketball has come easy to these girls and it shows. #twogreatseasons Walking into this... Continue Reading →

The Cub Way #SOL18

108 years. 2016 was a glorious year. I had cancer ripped from my body, a stroke did minimal damage to my brain, and the Cubs won the World Series! This last Christmas, I received the book, The Cub Way: The Zen... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Why Coach Youth Basketball?

We are into our season with a tournament last Saturday (surprisingly well played), a game Tuesday (a meh kind of game), and last night (a "have you played before" kind of game). The above is said with a great deal... Continue Reading →

If You Don’t Like Jack Black……#SOL18

.....this isn't a blog for you. I've never heard of Jack Black's comedic heavy metal group, Tenacious D, until a couple of weeks ago. #Iknowright I was bored and watching Facebook videos. I came across "Adults react and MEET Tenacious... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: The Art of Noticing

Do we notice people around us? Really notice? #walkingbymakingnoeyecontact In late August, my sixth graders and I watched a TedTalk by Angela Maiers titled You Matter. I've seen this TedTalk with various classes and always pull a little something new from... Continue Reading →

Plot Twist: This Wasn’t My First Topic #SOL

I'd planned to write about how I'm tired of being flexible. But I can write about that anytime time, because I'm going to continue to frustrated with being tied into a pretzel by 17,000 schedule changes and ever changing expectations.... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Class Precepts

If you are a fan of the book, Wonder, then you know about class precepts. Mr. Browne would post one of these rules to live by each month and the students would discuss it, trying to gain their own meaning from the... Continue Reading →

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