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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 →

Getting Through #SOL21

Yesterday, I had a to-do list that was quite long. PIck up a lawn mower tire. Buy a pair of pants. Find a piece so I could project my phone. There were ten things on that list. I got four... Continue Reading →

#Dailypositive #SOL21

I'm not a positive person by nature. During the 2008 financial crash, I went down a pretty big rabbit hole with peak oil and monetary crashes and a host of other things. As I watch our country move over 28... Continue Reading →

The Rhythm of Life #SOL21

This was a blog that was meant to be written on Sunday. #WTF I agree. June seems pretty seamless in just getting on and writing. Even with vacation, sitting down and writing didn't seem like work. July has been a... Continue Reading →

“We Are All Luke Skywalker #SOL21

#ummmwhat Last year, I purchased a book from First Book titled, The Legends of Luke Skywalker, by Ken Liu. Total side note, if you've not all ready heard of First Book and are in the education field, have your own... Continue Reading →

Walking the Trails #SOL21

Paul Revere and the North Church On our trip, we "bumped" into Paul and the Old North Church. During our first day in town, we visited and toured his home, then went around the corner and damn. #what History. In... Continue Reading →

A New Country, But At What Cost? #SOL

This is a tough one to write because I have no answers. We traveled around Boston the last week, seeing the sights, reading the stories, and learning more about the Revolutionary War. As we were walking on the Battle Road... Continue Reading →

So Now What? #SOL21

So, now what? I've check out for the year. Grades are done. Room in clean(ish). So, now what? I tweeted out that I'm guardedly optimistic about next year, yet, there will be the residual idiocy that will be on education... 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 →

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