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Friday Thoughts: Being a Creator, Not a Consumer

This year, due to budgetary constraints, we've been asked to pick up the classes of our retired colleagues. #ouch Yeah, not a whole lot of fun for us, but yet, the silver lining (or so I thought) was teaching a... Continue Reading →

Monday Writing Discovered #SOL21

Three years ago, I was asked to move from 8th grade language arts down to 6th grader social studies. I'm not sure if it's was a demotion or "where do we put him now" move, but it was something that... Continue Reading →

Sunday Salutations: Melancholy Celebrations

This weekend has been an odd one and it's Sunday night. The last two days, we've gone to our first graduation parties of a former students. It's fun to go and celebrate this accomplishment with them. When they walk out... Continue Reading →

“Be A Good Human” #SOL21

#seriously #whyisthisathing I ask the same question daily. One of our sixth grade teachers has a t-shirt that says something about this and we've all pretty much made this our mantra for finishing out the year. Why you might ask?... Continue Reading →

Gearing Up

15 days. #what 15 days of school left in a year that's saw much more grey hair plus the weight lost in the spring packed back on. #Ohdear Yes, as we said in church today: "This year has been....challenging." Challenging... Continue Reading →

Big Rocks (Goals for the week)

Note: This was posting to our classroom Kid Blog page, but I thought it good to post here too. Holds me accountable for what I need to do this week! 🙂 I was not successful with my Big Rocks from... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: 50 #WTF

Yes, today is my birthday. And yes, today I turn 50. #WTF With age comes wisdom and that sense of "I really don't care what you think," attitude, so there's that. But how in the world did it come to... Continue Reading →

I Heard Sniffling….

Ok, I didn't really hear sniffling. #whatareyoutalkingabout I blogged on April 1 (I think) and I've not done a new one until today. 11 days of no writing, no thinking about writing, no words on a page, no words in... Continue Reading →

#SOLC21 – Day 25 – The Minecraft Guy

Who knew playing Minecraft would be a good thing?? 🙂 I had someone reach out to me, remembering that I am a "Minecraft player". First off, how the heck did they know? blame my daughters. When I got hooked a... Continue Reading →

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