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#SOL19 – Day 31 – A Reflection of Writing

Well, we did, didn't we!?! 31 days of writing. 31 days of noticing the little things. 31 days of noticing emotions. 31 days of being in the moment. #31daysofcomplainingfrommystudents As I looked back at the past three years of "Day 31"... 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 →

Alls Quiet, So It’s Time to Reflect #SOL18

Note: This was started in July as we were making sure our animals stayed clean for the up coming 4-H fair. It felt like the to time finish it out.   As I write this, it's 12:45 in the morning,... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – Christmas Wishes for My Students

Schools in our area have been in the news and not for the right reasons. Drug possession, taking and sending pictures that are entirely inappropriate, harassment, all in front of our districts and even on the regional TV news. It... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – #WhyIWrite

Yesterday was National Writing Day, and, of course, we changed our plans a bit yesterday to reflect that. I had my students do a Kid Blog about this topic, giving their blog the above mentioned hashtag. Here's a small sample... Continue Reading →

I Know All Five Secrets Now! #SOL

Finally, I know the secrets! 🙂 Ok, so six months ago, I wrote about the book, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, by John Izzo, Ph.D. At that point, I'd only read through two of the secrets: be... Continue Reading →

Reflections From a Cubs Game

  This last Friday, I had the chance to travel to a Chicago Cubs game with my father, my brother, and my nephew. It was something that was very rare for me, a spontaneous moment where I put something before... Continue Reading →

“I Like Big Butts….” #SOL

Ha ha ha ha!! I got you to click in, didn't I?? 🙂  Somedays, it's all about the hook!a This is a picture taken from a dairy show we were at a couple of weekends ago, the last show of our season. This... Continue Reading →

“Teaching” Expectations #SOL

This summer, a few of us attended some professional development titled "The Well-Managed Classroom". #snoozealert I won't lie, I was not impressed by the title or by the fact that I was going to this class. My classroom is well... Continue Reading →

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