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The Art of Gratitude #SOL21

NOTE: This was to be published for Two Writing Teacher's Slice of Life weekly writing on Tuesday. Go check out some awesome teacher writers who have posted amazing things! 🙂 Last March, when school was shut down, my wife and... Continue Reading →

#SOLC21 – Day 13 – The Pandemic is Over (Not Really)

Yesterday was our anniversary, Number 27, and we celebrated with a drive through dinner, and going to bed early. My wife got her second Covid shot, so was tired and her arm hurt, but didn't seem to have any other... 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 →

One Little Word Revised #SOL21

Happy New Year Slice of Lifers (and everyone else who reads this hot mess!). I hope this beginning week of 2021 has been especially sweet for you. Who knew at this point last year that we'd be in the pickle... Continue Reading →

Holiday Break #SOL20

First, happy *insert your celebrations or lack there of* break. I've been a teacher since 1994 and, like most of the educators who follow this blog, I've never felt I needed a break like I do this year. We've started... Continue Reading →

“I Don’t Read The Comments” #SOL20

Hello there, my blog! It's been quite a while since I sat down to just write. I peaked back, and I've not posted in almost over two weeks since my last writing. It's not as if I don't have things... Continue Reading →

“Don’t Put Too Much Work Into This” #SOL20

Welp, I could talk about Betsy Devos and her "not a matter of if" statement today. I could take about President Trump and how he's going to "put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools", #WTH Nope,... Continue Reading →

The Cure: Love #SOL20

"The truth - that love is the ultimate and highest goal that man can aspire."          - Victor Frankl, Man's Search For Meaning I read Victor Frankl's book years ago as part of my master's program. Reading... Continue Reading →

Friday Thoughts: Trust

Today in class, we had a real life experience with trust. #uhoh We have impulsive boys. I know, shocking, right (we also have impulsive girls, so let it be🙂)? As with almost every year, I look at my class list,... Continue Reading →

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