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The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

Yup, Lock It Down

I'd taken a bit of a hiatus from my blog just because I was struggling to get topics and just write meaningful things. No, every piece of writing has to be earth shattering, but I want if it's going to... Continue Reading →

Friday thoughts – Once Again, It’s About Relationships!

There are days where I cannot keep from being just flat out disappointed in our profession as a whole. Most days, I see the good in just about everything we do. We are doing good work with our standard. I... Continue Reading →

“Why can’t we just read?” #SOL

That's been the mantra of my eighth graders the last couple of days during reading/language arts class. We started The Light in the Forest and the first time we did a little writing activity, the cry went up: Why can't we just... Continue Reading →

Peace #SOL

This was my view driving home Monday afternoon. I was on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi, and it was just a stunning view. The problem is, the reason that I was able to see this sucked big time. Unfortunately,... Continue Reading →

Go Cubs Go! #flytheW #cubs #CubsWin #WorldSeries

I give you the World Champion Chicago Cubs:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NndM9JhLub4   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=26&v=VPB0UMVTlj8   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nApTGkLd2hs   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4LrTkWq9jU   70 Newspapers Announce Cubs World Series Win Cubs No Longer the "Loveable Losers"   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36nmi-34wQE&feature=youtu.be   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Yb3qCa7TQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9XtDyDUjIU   As I keep finding... Continue Reading →

Someday…..

Someday, I wish I was more organized. Someday, I wish that I was more intelligent. Someday, I wish my classroom would just feel like home. Someday, I wish I was a better husband and father. Someday, I wish I was... Continue Reading →

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 →

Friday Thoughts – #WhyIWrite

Yesterday was National Writing Day, and, of course, we changed our plans a bit yesterday to reflect that. I had my students do a Kid Blog about this topic, giving their blog the above mentioned hashtag. Here's a small sample... 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 →

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