Fifth Grade Literacy Creed

mdcCareer Related, Mark D. Carlson

Fifth Grade Literacy Creed

I started a club in my 5th-grade literacy class with the purpose to incentivize my students to be more pro-active with their education and take it more seriously. The name chosen for it is the Wolverine Club. Although it is exclusive, it is not hard to become a member. The only requirement for entrance is to memorize and recite the … Read More

Mindset

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Mindset

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success On the cover of this book, there is a quote by Chip & Dan Heath that states “Everyone should own this book!” After reading it, I wholeheartedly agree. Dr. Dweck has caused me to reevaluate how I teach my students and grandchildren. I agree that we should learn how to praise work and effort … Read More

Reading Logs – Grandchildren

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Reading Logs - Grandchildren

Bright Idea On June 18, 2016, I had a Slumber Party Readathon for my grandchildren… at least for those old enough. During that time I had a “bright idea” about how to get my grandkids to read more. I would commit to paying them cash for the books they read. Brooklyn was the first to take me up on my … Read More

Escalante Cross – Alternate Trail

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Escalante Cross - Alternate Path

Official Climbing Log Condensed Climbing Log The Escalante Cross is said to mark the location where Francisco Dominguez and Silvestre de Escalante first looked upon Utah Valley–the first two white men to do so–while looking for an overland route from New Mexico to California. After doing some research, the actual Dominguez Hill is located lower to the northwest (40.07478, -111.59967). … Read More

Kai Jeffrey Carlson

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Kai Jeffrey Carlson

It’s a Boy and Number Eleven! Jill and I ardently welcome Kai Jeffrey Carlson into our family. We also wish Kai the best of health, happiness, and good fortune throughout his life. He is beautiful baby boy weighing in at 8 pounds 14 ounces and measuring 20 inches in length. Baby and mother are doing fine! He was born on Wednesday, … Read More

Monument Peak

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Monument Peak, Carbon County, Utah

Official Climbing Log Condensed Climbing Log After my failed attempt to summit Thurston Peak yesterday, I was lying in bed whining to my wife how my legs were stiff and sore. With a “loving” smirk on her face, Jill said, “The best way to loosen up your leg muscles up is to go for a hike; where do you want … Read More

First Attempt Thurston Peak

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First Attempt Thurston Peak

Official Climbing Log Condensed Climbing Log First Attempt Thurston Peak A few months ago I set a goal for myself to climb all of the highest peaks in each of Utah’s counties and to start logging all of my hikes. I was excited about this hike because it was the first on my list. This much-anticipated trip began about 5:00 a.m. … Read More

Slumber Party Readathon

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slumber party readathon, Ileigh, Daniel, Aliya

Slumber Party Readathon I invited my grandchildren, those that were old enough, to have a sleepover Friday evening; my Father’s Day present or NOT! The festivities began with the grandkids playing in the downstairs playroom. Next, we had a “pizza party” and then a mini-readathon. After the readathon, I watched The Princess Bride with my granddaughters while my grandsons played … Read More