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Thank you! A State Fair wrap-up #SOL19

Last Saturday, we finished what may be our last Iowa State Fair experience. There was tension between the groups we'd stalled with for the last three years. My daughter was a cranky about many things. My wife was half a... Continue Reading →

When Will We As a Profession Learn or A Tale of Two Teachers #SOL19

I've had this written down for a few days now. It's gotten into my craw and is festering until I get it written, so why not now? First, I've written about this twice, first in 2015 in a blog titled, A... Continue Reading →

Monday Muddlings – Charleston: Our Arrival

This begins in March, our 25th wedding anniversary, when we decide where we want to go. Over the years, we've gone to a variety of places (Niagra Falls, San Antonio, and New Orleans) with an anniversary band thrown in for good... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – The Emotion of Waiting

This was meant for my weekly post to the Two Writing Teachers "Slice of Life" post on Tuesday, but, as you'll read, life got in the way! 🙂 I cannot express enough how much I enjoy the above mentioned site. If... Continue Reading →

#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 →

#SOL19 – Day 30 – Just Another Day

Saturday. March 30th. Just another day. Familiar topics. Basketball. Teaching. Family. Today, we spent the day in my wife's classroom. We slept in, had a slow morning, and took off up to her classroom. Why her room? Supposedly, there was  ESPN... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 28 – With Friends Like This

Way back in the day, we had a third grade teacher who had a tarantula named Harry. Harry was a bright spider who figured out that if he jumped up against his the top of his cage, he could move... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 26 – A Grumpy Slice With A More Happy Ending

I had this really grouchy, ugly slice ready to go. It's been a terrible day from about the start of the school day to where we are right now. However, I read an article about Iowa men's basketball (go figure)... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 23 – And the Beat Goes On

Like I said yesterday, we are in Iowa City to watch the Iowa Women's Basketball team play two games, which is a pretty cool thing. We are also down here to drop off our daughter at Iowa. Right now, we... Continue Reading →

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