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#SOL19 – Day 14 – Nails on a Chalkboard

I've been a pretty good boy these last 13 days. My blogs, for the most part, have been upbeat, positive, and that's how I'm trying to keep myself. #nottoday Yesterday, my love of middle school was deep and wide like the... Continue Reading →

#SOL19 – Day 10 – Spotify

Now, I'm a guy who likes to physically "have" his music, whether I'm purchasing a CD (yes, I know, I'm 80 and like my cds) or purchasing a digital copy, I like to know that the music is "mine". If... Continue Reading →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 30 – #MOedchat

As I write this, I'm participating in one of my favorite Twitter chats: #moedchat My online presence started with a challenge from a former superintendent to try social media over the summer and see what we thought. She was very... Continue Reading →

#SOL17 Challenge – Day 19 – Technology

Word for today: Technology. My wife introduced me to a Macintosh computer way back in 1989 (much to her chagrin). As time as gone on, I've moved from Macintosh, iMac (orange was awesome), to MacBook, along with an iPhone and... Continue Reading →

The Value of a Picture

Today, I spied one of my students on her phone in the hallway. While we aren't the "kids should never have a phone out ever" kind of school, in the hallway of the middle school isn't allowed and the students... Continue Reading →

Letting Go #SOL

I've got 5,081 followers on Twitter. How that number ever came to be, I have no idea. I'm simply a guy, trying to do the best he can in a job he's not always very good at. Nothing more, nothing... Continue Reading →

Some Favorite Blogs I Read

Good morning! Happy Friday! Happy End of Sepetember! Today, my energy level has bottomed out. My wife is out of town, and my youngest daughter goes and hides in her room, so I was left to my own devices last... Continue Reading →

My #NotAtISTE15 Experience

I've mentioned ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, before in a couple of blogs, more for following their hashtag than anything else.  I cannot believe though that I've not mentioned the #notatISTE hashtag, something that I will remedy... Continue Reading →

Meet Them Where They Are At

For my "regular" (all 5) readers, this post is written in response to what I'm seeing and hearing at the Iowa United Methodist Annual Conference.  Much of what I write here will be based in what I believe in education as... Continue Reading →

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