The Life of a Conflicted Teacher

Working hard to make sense of it all

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 →

Friday Thoughts – Language and Inspiration

Last year, my both of my daughters were offered the opportunity to travel with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music, a group of Iowa vocal and instrumentalĀ students who travel to Europe every two years. My oldest daughter took that invitationĀ and ran... 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 →

Friday Thoughts: Time

Time. I wish I had more. #saideveryteacherever I say that, but I'm the king of frittering away time. I feel like my adult A.D.D. it always in charge because there are always more jobs than the amount of time that... Continue Reading →

This Is Why I Enjoy Teaching Here #SOL

I'm a day late on the "Slice of Life" Tuesday challenge from Two Writing Teachers, but that's ok because it seems like I've been off for a while now on a lot of things. Yesterday, yesterday was an awful day.... 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 →

Homecoming Super Friends

How could you not want to come to work with a group like this?? Our eighth grade team decked out for our "Super Hero Day" for Homecoming 2016. This is why we love what we do and we do what... Continue Reading →

I Know All Five Secrets Now! #SOL

Finally, I know the secrets!šŸ™‚ Ok, so six months ago, I wrote about the book,Ā The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, by John Izzo, Ph.D. At that point, I'd only read through two of the secrets: be... Continue Reading →

Reflections From a Cubs Game

  This last Friday, I had the chance to travel to a Chicago Cubs game with my father, my brother, and my nephew. It was something that was very rare for me, a spontaneous moment where I put something before... Continue Reading →

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