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#SOLC21 – Day 26 – It’s My Own Fault

It is truly my fault. #thatswhatshesaid Seriously. You're a child. However, there are days where my problems that happen in my classroom are my own. When the song Happy (by Pharrell Williams) was popular back in 2014, I would play... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: A Needed Smile

The last few posts have been pretty heavy. I've been told by someone close to me, I'm sounding jaded (which I am) and that if I have 10 years left in the profession I love (which I do) I need... Continue Reading →

#SOLC19 Day 4: Who Picks You Up At The Airport?

What in the world are you talking about? That's the look a couple of my classes gave me when I showed them this title, and with good reason. They can't drive! 🙂 #thatisnotfunnyMrJohnston Anyway, I had a good topic in mind... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: The Art of Noticing

Do we notice people around us? Really notice? #walkingbymakingnoeyecontact In late August, my sixth graders and I watched a TedTalk by Angela Maiers titled You Matter. I've seen this TedTalk with various classes and always pull a little something new from... Continue Reading →

Plot Twist: This Wasn’t My First Topic #SOL

I'd planned to write about how I'm tired of being flexible. But I can write about that anytime time, because I'm going to continue to frustrated with being tied into a pretzel by 17,000 schedule changes and ever changing expectations.... Continue Reading →

#SOL18 – Day 19 – Sorry

I thought I could do it. I thought I could get a blog in during days of 17 hours in a bus, days beginning with a 5:35 wake up call and ending with a chaperone's meeting at 10:30. I thought... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – It’s Only a Diet Coke

As we did our Whole 30 plan, Diet Coke was my cheat. I held strong on the sweets, the bread, the pasta, THE CHEESE (who goes cold turkey on cheese??), but the Diet Coke was my weekend cheat. Friday nights,... Continue Reading →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 26 – Smile

As I've been reading my student blogs (there are SO MANY of them), I've been coming back to Breanna's work and this one in particular. She writes about how we see the reasons to cry all around us, yet, we... Continue Reading →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 24 – Happy

Nothing much today but happy. Happy to see my oldest daughter. Happy to see my youngest daughter struggle with this college decision. She's been pretty hell bent on a certain college (#goHawkeyes), but got a great pitch recently from Iowa... Continue Reading →

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