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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

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A “Get Off My Lawn” Moment

I'm 48, relatively healthy, with a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters. Yet, I'm feeling old. Again. #Youarenotoldyouarewellaged Ugh! I've felt old and out of touch the last few days for numerous reasons, but last night, this just jumped out... Continue Reading →

Looking Back to Look Forward #SOL18

First, Iowa Irish Fest was an awesome experience! Gaelic Storm never fails to amaze me on the show they put on. Being we've seen them for 8 years now, they run some of the same material, but they play with... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts – It’s a Balancing Act

I got to school early in a foul mood. We've been fighting lately and I left the house just mad at the world (but in my wife's "new" car, so life's not all that bad). As I drove in, I... Continue Reading →

In-Take Conferences #SOL

I can admit when I'm wrong. And it takes a real man to be able to do so. 🙂 (I'm hoping my wife reads this demonstration of admitting of my being wrong.) Last year, when we were told that part... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Post #300

Three hundred blogs posts. That's a lot of writing, a lot of words, a lot of hot air for sure! I've written about poop, technology, teaching, family, highs, lows, and many other things in between. What am I most proud... Continue Reading →

They Have to Know You Care

Today,  I had practice at 6:30 AM, school starting at 8:15 AM, and parent/teacher conferences that run until 7:00 PM. I was up at 4:45 this morning to bake cinnamon rolls (I cheat with these and use frozen ones), to... Continue Reading →

A Simple Thank You Note

We've taught our daughters that thank you notes are a must.  Do they always get them written? Not at all.  Do I get them written? Nope, I'm just as guilty as my daughters. Time and effort are required, and sometimes... Continue Reading →

Why I Teach

I've kind of taken a week off from soical media - very few Tweets, a post or two on Instagram, a few Facebook posts and likes, but otherwise, I've tried to disconnect myself.  I've needed to gather my thoughts about... Continue Reading →

Happy Thought – November 7

I didn't get my post up yesterday because I was with my family on our first college visit. That made me feel very old, very quickly watching all this teens and early 20somethings running around, having the times of their... Continue Reading →

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