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#SOLC21 – Day 5 – “I’d love to argue with you later”

First, happy birthday to my brother. He's in Mexico right, so I'm not sure my text got him, but I hoping he's enjoying his birthday in the sun. Second, yesterday, I wrote about consistency, and today, during our #FinishHardFriday video... Continue Reading →

#SOLC21 – Day 3 – Music For the Soul

There are days where I truly wonder, why do I leave my room? I'm an introvert trapped in an extrovert's job and somedays, it's just painful to get out and be social. And that's not to say that I don't... Continue Reading →

“What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” #SOL21

First, welcome to Iowa, where the beer is colder in garage than it is in the fridge. Actually, if I had beer in the garage, they would have exploded all over the place by now! As I drove to work... Continue Reading →

“Schools should be palaces” #SOL21 #iaedchat #iaedfutre

First, random thought for the day. I love house/dance/remix podcasts. While it a cliche, I love the big producers as well. I'm listening to episode # 718 of Clublife by Tiesto. It is thumping in my room and I'm loving... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: “What We Take For Granted”

Damn. Just damn. Not 5 minutes ago, I had a former sixth grader come to me and say, "Mr. Johnston, would you like to do an experiment with me?" #distrustsensesactivate Now, this girl is NOT one I'd distrust by any... Continue Reading →

One Little Word Revised #SOL21

Happy New Year Slice of Lifers (and everyone else who reads this hot mess!). I hope this beginning week of 2021 has been especially sweet for you. Who knew at this point last year that we'd be in the pickle... Continue Reading →

My One Little Word: Clarity #OLW2021

This blog won't be very long as I really want to get this done on January 1. My life, in my humble opinion, is a mess of distractions and "SQUIRREL" moments. I feel like I get going on something, then,... Continue Reading →

Holiday Break #SOL20

First, happy *insert your celebrations or lack there of* break. I've been a teacher since 1994 and, like most of the educators who follow this blog, I've never felt I needed a break like I do this year. We've started... Continue Reading →

The Suckatude of Covid #SOL20

This is a curmudgeonly slice of life, so reader take heed. Covid-19. 2020. If I could take my Time-Turner (we'll see how many nerds read this) and go back, I'd put a stop to Covid and make 2020 something worth... Continue Reading →

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