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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 →

Friday Thoughts: The Finger

#gotchaagain You thought middle finger and thought it was something awful! Bad readers! 🙂 I'm not sure what brought this memory back, but it's kind of a fun one that I wanted to share. We went to Disney World ten... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 6 – Will We Ever Get Ahead?

Yesterday, we reviewed our retirement savings plan. #yikes My earning power could easily be frozen by a total contract rewrite, courtesy of our collective bargaining being stripped away. #willweevergetahead We do the right things. We save. We don't splurge on... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – Sometimes, You Just Can’t

First, happy Friday! 🙂 Now, this week has been an absolutely horrid week. It's May, the temperature is warm up, the birds are singing, plants growing, and a middle schooler's mind turns to thoughts of summer, no school, and mischief.... Continue Reading →

Someday…..

Someday, I wish I was more organized. Someday, I wish that I was more intelligent. Someday, I wish my classroom would just feel like home. Someday, I wish I was a better husband and father. Someday, I wish I was... Continue Reading →

Too Many Highs and Lows

Good morning blog! Long time no see, again! I've just taken a bit of a break from writing just because I'm not feeling the urge to purge. Ha! A funny rhyme! 🙂 That urge has returned, though after the last... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 25 – The Struggle is Real

Some days, the struggle is real. We have the day off for Good Friday, so I've been moving fairly slow. I've gotten to bed late the last few nights, and really felt it last night, so I slept in. Our... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 5 – Iowa City

Five days, five blogs, a new record of sorts! Thank you all for the thoughtful comments. They are appreciated! 🙂 Imagine a place where you can peel off your teacher skin, your "have to be good because I'm a member... Continue Reading →

Is Blogging Overrated?

It's that time of the year where teachers are hitting that first wall.  Thanksgiving is past, the kids are wired because of the holiday season in full swing, and stuff is starting to pile up around us with both professional... Continue Reading →

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Angela Prendergast

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