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Sunday Salutations: It Was A Good Day

"I got to say it was a good day." - Ice Cube Today was one of those days where things just felt right. We've struggled a little bit as of late, just with diet and motivation in getting exercise into... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Wanderings: The Power of the Smile

During our travels to the East Coast and back, I was struck by one surpisingly simple, but striking thing: 99% of the people who were in the service industry smiled. The smiled a lot! From the people we interacted with... Continue Reading →

#SOLC21 – Day 26 – It’s My Own Fault

It is truly my fault. #thatswhatshesaid Seriously. You're a child. However, there are days where my problems that happen in my classroom are my own. When the song Happy (by Pharrell Williams) was popular back in 2014, I would play... Continue Reading →

#SOLC21 – Day 19 – Good Dog News

I am trying to be positive, I am. I had my cranky girls in my homeroom do so some good work this morning. I was feeling going about my next hour class until I had a student tell me to... Continue Reading →

#SOLC21 – Day 9 – Looking Up

Saturday, we loaded the bikes up and went down to the Cedar Fall Bike Trail in Waterloo. It was a beautiful day and we thought, it's been above freezing for a few days, the trails will be clear. We were... Continue Reading →

Big Rocks, Again!

We've reached that point in our school year where we talk about Habit 3 of our 7 Habits, Putting First Things First. Inside if this habit, we talk about the "big rocks" in our lives. #ummmmwhatisthat If this is new... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: A Needed Smile

The last few posts have been pretty heavy. I've been told by someone close to me, I'm sounding jaded (which I am) and that if I have 10 years left in the profession I love (which I do) I need... Continue Reading →

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 →

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