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A Step In The Right Direction #SOL21

I received an email that I would have loved to have written about today. It spoke to me on a very personal level and I'll probably write about it the coming days. But not today. Today, we learned that Derek... Continue Reading →

#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 →

#SOLC21 – Day 19 – Good Dog News

I am trying to be positive, I am. I had my cranky girls in my homeroom do so some good work this morning. I was feeling going about my next hour class until I had a student tell me to... Continue Reading →

#SOLC21 – Day 5 – “I’d love to argue with you later”

First, happy birthday to my brother. He's in Mexico right, so I'm not sure my text got him, but I hoping he's enjoying his birthday in the sun. Second, yesterday, I wrote about consistency, and today, during our #FinishHardFriday video... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: And She Cried, Part 3

PLEASE NOTE: This was written in December, so a lot has happened since then. However, the meaning and emotion of the writing is eternal. I hope it speaks you in February the way it spoke to me right after that... Continue Reading →

The Slice of Life Live or Yikes, They’ll See My Face #SOL21

So, Stacey invited me to be part of a Slice of Life Facebook Live event, talking about the March Challenge coming up. The invitation email, like the organization, was very professional and I know she and Betsy put a ton... Continue Reading →

A Tiny Ray of Sunshine #SOL20

I'm tired. I get home and grading papers just seems like too much. I get home and it's difficult to sit down in front of the TV, let alone think about school. Mask, no mask, obnoxious behavior, not feeling a... Continue Reading →

Read The Room #SOL20

I love that I can tell the stories for teachers who can't for whatever reason. It is empowering for them, just seeing their stories out there. For me, it's empowering as well, knowing my blog is being used for good... Continue Reading →

Is The Fight Worth It? #SOL20

“The moment we stop fighting for each other, that’s the moment we lose our humanity.” - Dr. Adrian Helmsly If you know that quote, I am dang impressed and will bow down to your movie knowledge. For the rest of... Continue Reading →

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