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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

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What is Beauty? #SOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW8BDgLpZkI I'm not even sure where I came across this video, but it's something I've shown in class a couple of times and have my students write about.  What the videographer has done is created a "social experiment" where she's... Continue Reading →

The Best Students (and Teachers) in the World

I've told people I wouldn't be that person who talked about cancer a whole lot, and this post, along with the previous two, will have it mentioned in it. #oops But, this is much more a celebration than another cancer... Continue Reading →

A Simple Thank You Note

We've taught our daughters that thank you notes are a must.  Do they always get them written? Not at all.  Do I get them written? Nope, I'm just as guilty as my daughters. Time and effort are required, and sometimes... Continue Reading →

My Happy Friday Thought – October 3

I really had to struggle with this today.  This has not been a good week for me personally or professionally and the positive vibe that I've worked on to create is in danger of crumbling.  My kids are going every which... Continue Reading →

My Friday Happy Thought

Yup, I'm going to hold myself to this one.  My class is 30 of the more talkative kids I've ever come across.  The tsunami of paperwork that both these kids and the district is creating has me a bit overwhelmed,... Continue Reading →

And Now, Something Completely Different

Monday's post was a bit of bummer to write. Today, something completely different! 🙂 We've struggled mightily with figuring out the ELA section of the Common Core like most have.  It's very broad, not overly specific, and just hard to wrap my... Continue Reading →

We Need To Be More To Each Other

I've always had the opportunity to work in small schools.  I grew up going to a small school as did my wife and my kids currently attend a somewhat small school.  In all the states that I've taught in (Minnesota,... Continue Reading →

Inspiration Comes From Crazy Places

"I love that you always inspire me to keep going " Wow, that comment was left after a recent blog post and it just threw me for a loop.  Me?  Inspiring?  Naw, couldn't be me.  I'm just, well, normal.  How... Continue Reading →

Keeping Positive? That’s Always The Challenge

As I reflect on myself over the last year, I'm not that positive of a person, but am a work in progress.  There's always something: kids, wife, house, kids, car, heifers, weeds, kids - you get the idea!   However,... Continue Reading →

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