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Sunday Salutations: “The Awesome Sixth Grade Team”

Today was our last day of school for the year. Teachers had the day to shut their rooms down, get checked out, and just enjoy the fact that we've survived a very difficult year. I spend the year getting to know... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: An Accomplishment Worth Noting

Good morning my soggy, rain drenched, storm weary friends! We are getting hammered with repeated storms, not as bad as our friends further south, but apparently there was a pretty good hail storm last night! My garden is about three... Continue Reading →

Perspective – #SOL19

I've been thinking a lot about perspective. Glass half full, half empty kinds of things. Watching my father struggle with his back surgery, it makes things both come into focus and become blurry at the same time. The nonsense going... Continue Reading →

Weary #SOL19

I'm weary. Yes, I'm a teacher, and this is that time of year where it's all we can do to keep our own sanity and that of our students. I'm trying to cut Diet Coke out of my diet as... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – An Afternoon To Celebrate Us

Today was one of our "Leader in Me" trips. In the past, these were called "Tigerhawk Reward" trips, trips to celebrate the good things done during school. They gave students a bit of a break and gave teachers a chance... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – A Week Off

I've not written in a week. #sowhat For some, that's not a big deal. For some, it's nothing to worry about. I'm worried. Why? Because I need to write. I need to outlet. I need the words on the page. I... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Noticing Joy

Welp, we aren't challenged to write every day, but I'm still noticing things around me   #wheresmydangnotebook Today, it's happiness, because I need a jolt of that right now. So, what I've noticed recently: First and foremost, the Iowa Hawkeye Women's... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 29 – A Writing Routine: Part Deux

First, yesterday, my blog got viewed by someone from Nepal. One of the reasons I love WordPress is that I can not only see how many views something has, but where (relatively) they are from. Nepal?? Seriously?? How cool is... 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 →

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