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#SOL17 Challenge – Day 16 – Wandering

My word for today: Wandering. I came across one of my favorite quotes comes from a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien for the Lord of the Rings. It says, "not all who wander are lost," and it's one that's stuck with... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: School Climate, It Matters

Happy first Friday of September everyone! I've seen Facebook and Instagram posts about fall, pumpkin spice, and the lot. Meh. It's September 2, let's all take a deep breath, get a little oxygen to our respective brains, and not wish away... Continue Reading →

Too Many Highs and Lows

Good morning blog! Long time no see, again! I've just taken a bit of a break from writing just because I'm not feeling the urge to purge. Ha! A funny rhyme! 🙂 That urge has returned, though after the last... Continue Reading →

Friday Musings – Fear and Hope Together?

I fear the world my daughters are walking into. Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, Orlando, so many others that I don't know or remember, and now Dallas...... My daughters are preparing to walk into a world of fear and hatred, a world... Continue Reading →

#SOL16 – Day 5 – Iowa City

Five days, five blogs, a new record of sorts! Thank you all for the thoughtful comments. They are appreciated! 🙂 Imagine a place where you can peel off your teacher skin, your "have to be good because I'm a member... Continue Reading →

Can You Give Too Much?

It's been a few weeks since I've carved out the time to write.  My mind if teeming with ideas, both positive and not so much, but this is one that's just presented itself to me today. A little background, last... Continue Reading →

“There is Beauty in the World”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qX7ZsxD3Ik   I dropped Macy Gray in there because my last blog was a bit funky.  Ok, it was a lot funky.  I was cranky, tired, and more than a little scared as to what I saw as I looked... Continue Reading →

So How Do I Recover?

There have been a couple of posts on teacher burnout one from Matthew Bell (@Matt4Newport) titled "Everyone's Fire Goes Out (But It Doesn't Have To)" and Edutopia (@edutopia) titled "End of the Year Burnout: How to Finish the Marathon in... Continue Reading →

Post #200 or What Got Me Here in the First Place

200th post?  Seriously?  But I'm not the writer! 🙂  These milestone posts kind of get me because each one comes and it's a great reflection on why it is I put myself out there like this. True, 200 posts for... Continue Reading →

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