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Happiness!

Have a great week! Mike

Impressed

I had a great opportunity to hang out with some amazing educators at an NEA conference in Chicago last weekend.  We gathered to be...

The Best Story of the Summer!

As the summer fades into the distant past, just one teacher story needs to be shared in the first post of the new school year. me: Why...

The Summer Goal

Well, as the first week of summer begins, the last goal of the past summer is finally complete. You might remember, a bathroom project...

This is the end.....

So another year and another last week on the horizon! Just cannot believe how fast they go. With that in mind, I wanted to wish you a...

How does this count?

At the end of the school year, many educators are stressed about their evaluation.  For many years so was I and I have spent a lot of...

Ride the Wave

Nothing is more interesting or exciting than the end of a school year.  There is such a wave of energy stemming from so many emotions,...

Are you an anchor or a sail?

We all have to face the question of why? Why do we have to do this? Why do we have to that? Why is it important? Why, why, why, why? ...

What’s the magic word?

ATTITUDE? Here is the situation: It is Friday!  Should I chaperon the prom?  It has been a long week.  I could really use the time at...

Who is your toughest critic?

Evaluation time was always a stressful time of the school year.  It was tough to put things into a fair perspective.  At times, I was...

Failure or timing?

Want to introduce you to a new concept that has made life, personal and professional, easier in many regards. I used to get really down...

Stronger or Longer?

The first several years of teaching are always taxing.  Joyful, rewarding, satisfying, and stimulating too; but, great teachers certainly...

Can you escape risk?

So for several years in the beginning my career, I worked very diligently to minimize my vulnerability by avoiding risk. NOTE: I still...

Highest form of service is.....

It was great to participate at the Michigan Council for Social Studies annual conference last weekend.  Holland, Michigan was a beautiful...

What is in your lost and found?

50 hits this week and many thoughts have been racing through my mind.  I am exactly where I want to be in this adventure called life. ...

Create or Disintegrate

Did you ever ask yourself what keeps a teacher fresh over the years? Do you notice some colleagues that still rock it out 20 or 30 years...