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Apr 13 2011

Attitude Reflects Leadership, Captain

Most spring days involve a few good events, some pretty average experiences and, of course, a fair share of frustrations, warnings and “Stop throwing things out the window!” For the most part, I close my day with an adequate sense of fulfillment and hit the light switches to end another measured compartment of shared time…

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Mar 31 2011

Changing of Seasons

The snow is melting and the red breasts of the robins come in and out of view through my living room window. A twilight cruise out to Sinte Gleska University will sound the alarms of the prairie dogs, now digging again. Slow drives through the streets of teacher housing or south side Antelope pass you…

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Feb 25 2011


My students often struggle with the fact that my class doesn’t have very many answers. In free writing responses or during class discussion, I’ll often remind them: “There is no right or wrong answer here,” they look at me like I’m nuts each time, “there’s no equation to solve or date to remember – I…

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Feb 07 2011

Telling Our Story

Last spring and over the summer, a good portion of my blog was dedicated to a project called: What It Takes To Begin. The project was essentially a chance for the teachers we live and work with to share their stories. Based on the idea – this past October, we gathered for a dinner and…

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Jan 31 2011

Failing Well

This year at the One Act Play Regional Competition, we didn’t fare as well as we did last year. Actually, we did pretty badly: 5th out of 6 schools competing. I remember telling myself early that morning before I cranked the bus to pick up the shivering actors: simply taking the kids out to compete…

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I taught 10th Grade English on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota between 2009 and 2011. Currently blogging at

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