The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all



#SOL16 – Day 22 – Gardening Time!

Growing up, we always had a giant garden. It was never anything with specialty items in it, but wow, rows of tomatoes, sweet corn, green beans, and many of the traditional veggies would be seen out there.  My dad was... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 21 – That Teacher

Yup, I'm that teacher. The kids know, if they have their phones out doing something they've not asked to do, I'll take that phone away.  But, not only will I take it, but they can expect their phones to be... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 20 – Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Ok, I'll stop with the basketball after today.  Maybe. 🙂 I'm an Iowa Hawkeye fan, so having them win an NCAA game on a last second shot Friday night, meant I could watch them on network TV this afternoon. We... Continue Reading →

SOL#16 – Day 19 – Basketball Junkies Unite

It's been a great day to be a basketball junkie. Today, I got to watching Kansas pommel the University of Connecticut and my San Antoino Spurs continue their undefeated season at home, while making batch after batch of popcorn. Not... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 18 – Panic and Wonder by 8:00 A.M.

I'm not even sure this would be considered a paradox, but here's what happened this morning: Our daughter is a senior in high school, and one of the things she's looked forward to is the trip math and science seniors take... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 17 – Dealing With The Madness

Yes, I have NCAA brackets. Four of them. I'm a sad, sad person. 😉 To be honest, the madness has subsided considerable from my youth. Then I would pour over USA Today's special NCAA section, looking for any clue that... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 16 – I Know Two Secrets Out of Five

I'm a book collector. Each time that I head into a book store, I cannot help purchasing something. The bookshelf in our bedroom is full of books about any number of topics: fiction, non-fiction, old picture books, and notebooks of... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 15 – Brave Questions – Alaska

Today's slice comes from the book, The Brave Question Payoff, by Dr. Alan Zimmerman. I had the opportunity to see Dr. Zimmerman speak during a January PD day, and if you have the chance, find a way to see him.  You... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 14 – The Wisdom of Former Students

This morning, as I got to school early, and did a quick look through my Facebook feed and came across this gem from a former student: Three Lessons from the Happiest Girl in the World For a little background, the... Continue Reading →

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