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I am still alive...I am still teaching...I am still moving, mostly forward.

I've really been struggling to keep up with things, mainly extra-curriculars (as a sponsor, or my own hobbies!) while at the same time being wholly present in my classroom as we're reviewing for end of course tests. I have a list of blog post ideas that haven't materialized...maybe some day soon.

Just wanted to say that I'm still here.

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