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Thank You


I find myself thankful for much this holiday. I am thankful for my lovely wife Sherry and her support. I am thankful for my two beautiful children Finn and Arya. I am thankful for my…

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Maybe It’s Down a Different Path: Project 180, Day 48


I will hit the target if I… …engage in the creative process, have fun, and grow as a writer.   “We are writers.” We say this every day in 211. Forty-some days ago, in a…

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Communication Clears the Cluttered Path: Project 180 Guest Post


Anything worth having doesn’t come easy.  Yes, this is a phrase I’ve lived by for a while, but the past few months it has truly stood the test of time as we’ve ventured down the…

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A Better Recipe: Project 180, Day 40


Forty days in and I am feeling great about how things are going. Told my wife last night, as I was making dinner, that I felt like I needed to pinch myself after another great…

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Stop: Project 180, Day 38


“Syrieididntgetachancetofinishmyessayourwifiwasdownand…and…” “Whoa, Abby. Slow down, chica. Sounds like you are stressing about this class. Thought we talked about this?” I responded, nodding at the back table where we ‘put down the glass’ last week.  “No…

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Might As Well Jump: Project 180 Guest Post


Am I doing the right thing for my students? Can I even do this? This was happening. There was nothing else to do but jump in.   One month in and I can’t believe October…

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The Fog is Starting to Clear: Project 180 Guest Post


Am I really doing what is best for my students?  Am I being transparent enough?  Do they realize the importance of what we do every day in class?     Wow!  I can’t believe I’ve…

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Meet the Parents: Project 180, Day 5


Trail Talk “If you are not a little confused or overwhelmed at this point, then I am concerned. This is entirely different from what you are accustomed to; as I said, it’s a new language….

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The Choices We Make


New clothes. Reunions with friends after summer’s separation. Anxious energy belying the sleepy tiredness of a schedule interrupted. A new hope for a new year. No zeros in the grade book. No referrals in their…

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Strangers Among Us: Project 180, Day 3


  “I hope you discover the value of community and the power of empathy. Though our learning journeys are unique, we all travel similar paths. When we come to realize that through our similar trails…

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