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Friday Thoughts: One Little Word in Action

Last Tuesday, our governor gave her "state of the state" address here in Iowa. It was a dumpster fire of rhetoric, right-wing talking points, and insults. I am biased, but however, I'm being pushed further and further left because my... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts : Players Behaving Badly

https://twitter.com/BarstoolUIowa/status/1466176716410347528?s=20 A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about parents behaving badly, how it changes the dynamics on a team, all that fun stuff. That same week, I was greeted by the above video: Players Behaving Badly. First, I was... Continue Reading →

#100: A Surprise #SOL21

I've been a coach at our school for 21 years (I think). #youareold Hush. For the first few years, I was both the 7th and 8th grade girls basketball coach. Practices would be with both teams, working together, and games... Continue Reading →

When Parents Behave Badly #SOL21

Boy, if that title isn't clickbait, I don't know what is?? #suckerforagoodtitle So, I'll need to temper this a bit because I do have people in my community who read this nonsense *waves to everyone* and I have people who... Continue Reading →

Sometimes, They Come Through #SOL21

We've been weathering a basketball season that has not been the one I would have expected. There's one post player who is 6'4", another who is 5'11" , and one of my point guards is 5'10". The adage is that... Continue Reading →

Oh Dear

Yesterday and today, I'm in Des Moines for the 2021 Iowa Council for Social Studies Annual Conference. Last year, like the rest of the world, it was held virtually and I got some valuable information from the sessions that I... Continue Reading →

I am……#SOL21

Today, it's early and my attitude is shot all ready. So, we'll do a little mind dump here, getting me back on track! Right? RIGHT? #yeahsurewhateveryousaydude *sigh* Even my hashtags are sarcastic! 🙂 Anyway, I am: happy that last night,... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Being a Creator, Not a Consumer

This year, due to budgetary constraints, we've been asked to pick up the classes of our retired colleagues. #ouch Yeah, not a whole lot of fun for us, but yet, the silver lining (or so I thought) was teaching a... Continue Reading →

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 →

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