Welcome to Slaughterhouse Four!

Thank you Kurt Vonnegut!

The shape of the Snow White Story

Snow white starts off as a princess with a stepmother. Gets chased out of the castle by a huntsman contracted to kill her. Finds a cottage in the woods, where she makes seven new friends. Eats poisoned apple and dies. Kissed by a… Continue reading

Hatchet Jack Gets an Idea!

Today is a big day! We have bunkhouse assignments and we are busy working on our bunkhouse name and gettin all situated! How exciting! I love this time of the year! I am like all unicorned out!
I even had an idea for an assignment. There I was, staring at… Continue reading


Letter Home: Week #1

Dear Barney and Bubbles,
Mommy is fine, and misses you so much. Make sure that you keep that nasty pet sitter in line, that the litter gets changed and that you get half a can of Star Kist Chunk Lite tuna on Tuesdays, like we always have. If this doesn’t… Continue reading


Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!… Continue reading

Odd Connections – Historical and Technological

Back in March I wrote about how geeky my family is, after we visited Parson Weems’ house. For teachinghistory.org I thought more about what it means as a teacher to visit historical location such as this one.
The best part of this story is that I sent off the post… Continue reading

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Diving into the DS106 Pool and Camping Magic Macguffin Style – Part 1

Already having my own domain and website, as well as nearly all of the requisite social media accounts, completing Week 1 of DS106 – Camp Magic Macguffin was a pretty easy thing to start. The bulk of the first … Continue reading →… Continue reading


My Grandfather: A Family Legend

While I have more than enough already to do, this week I decided to dust off the old Fritzwinkle.com and jump into this summer’s version of DS106, Camp Magic Macguffin. Since I have been doing a lot of research and … Continue reading →… Continue reading


Getting Acquainted

I’m finally getting accustomed here at Camp Magic MacGuffin.
My first week, despite a few bumps in the road like getting completely turned around as I tried to maneuver my way through setting everything up, has been pretty neat. Though I already had a family-friendly Twitter account, I’m glad to… Continue reading

More About Thinking

Thinking about thinking has been a mild passion of mine for the past couple of years. It began when I had the opportunity to learn about Derek Cabrera’s work with the Patterns of Thinking. I’ve written about it before and continue to think about it in planning and teaching.
One… Continue reading

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Retention Pains

One of the pluses of teaching in the upper grades, as I did for ten years, is that retention is not an issue you face. The only time I ever considered retaining a student was a sweet boy who had not had glasses for many years and, we realized in… Continue reading