Moments of Joy in the Classroom

I teach third grade.  A question I ask from time to time is this: Have we experienced joyful learning this week?¹ That was the question that sparked a 5 minute wildfire of joy in my classroom this week.   Picture it:   45 minutes left in the day.  Students doing independent work, scattered across the room... Continue Reading →

Times Gone By

They say it’s the little things and I think that’s true.  Fumbling for the light switch on my way into the kitchen.  This is our time.  Us time. “Habits are a firm foundation for relationships.”  –Ryan Craker I think that’s true.  I’ve seen it in these moments, small moments.  They build and build and the... Continue Reading →

Day 22, reflection

Sometimes I'm excited but I wonder When it's day twenty-two of this That feeling of "oh, I can't" Is this what my students feel the day they drag their feet? I understand, I understand. I understand. --thanks to and the slice of life challenge--

List Day: Five Favorite Podcasts

Today I thought I’d share a list of favorite podcasts.  This prompted me to think; what are the most common characteristics of podcasts I enjoy?  Multiple hosts: Podcasts with a conversational flow and banter. Humor: They aren’t all “comedy” podcasts, but funny moments are appreciated. Timely: I have always enjoyed keeping up on current events.... Continue Reading →

Marie Kondo-ing the Social Internet

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about ways I’d leave the social internet.  This remains a distinct possibility. As a radical stopgap measure, I decided to Marie Kondo my newsfeed.  In case you are somehow unaware of this 2019 phenomenon…actually, I’ll spare you the mansplaination. As I’ve asked “does it bring me joy?” I’ve... Continue Reading →

42 Years of Sundays

--Thanks to and the Slice of Life Challenge for the 31 day writing challenge-- Nod to Clare Landrigan for reminding me of the idea of using right/left/center alignment to contrast or show time moving! And she did it with a screen capture which I also borrowed, because making the alignment look the way you... Continue Reading →

Headful of Ideas

Do you ever have that Saturday morning moment of clarity?  The one where ideas start flooding into your head?  Today was that day for me.  It started about 5 minutes into my morning workout and continued while I did all the things in the workout.  So, afterward, I jotted and prioritized and listed and discussed. ... Continue Reading →

The Nosy Neighbor

My wife teases me, because I’m a "nosy neighborhood busy-body."  I prefer to think of myself as a dog-walking man who notices things.   “The people in the gray house on the middle of the block got a new motorcycle!”“Young couple with a poodle did some nice front landscaping.”“The Garske’s replaced their landscape timber with bricks;... Continue Reading →

Greater Than or Less Than [>,<,=]

Last Thursday I was at a conference with amazing friends, old and new.  We were sharing, celebrating, commiserating and learning together.  This Thursday, I will oversee a 75 minute language arts test on behalf of the state. Last Thursday > This Thursday But…. Last Thursday I woke up and headed to a 75 minute Starbucks... Continue Reading →

Grabbing a Bite to Eat

Last summer we had the big western vacation.  After an intentionally slow start, we headed to the (very busy) west entrance to Yellowstone.  We were just 5 miles from the entrance when traffic stopped and crawled. No worries.  It's all good.     After over an hour, we were getting closer.  All good, no worries! I see... Continue Reading →

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