i Have No Idea What i’m Doing

You know the meme, right? A panting dog with human tie in front of a computer? This one: I feel like this sometimes. Always have. More often than not in recent times. I sometimes felt it when teaching. It’s five minutes before class and the resources you thought were amazing …

25 Minutes A Week With 8 Middle School Students

My contact time with students in my current role is virtually nil but I have a weekly 25 minute block with 8 MS students in what we call “Koti” time. Koti is “home” in Finnish. The guidelines for koti are broad and what actually transpires varies from koti to koti …

Addiction and Video Games

The word “addiction” gets thrown around a lot when it comes to video games and children. What is addiction? Why are we more akin to be labelled negatively “addicted” to video games but not negatively “addicted” to reading or playing the harmonica. With the recent release of World of Warcraft …

Analyzing Transactional Analysis

I went to a leadership training course a few years ago and the only thing that has stuck with me is the concept of Transactional Analysis. In a nutshell, the premise (derived from Dr. Eric Berne) is that every social interaction is “between parental (critical and nurturing), adult (rational), and …

An Apology

I recently apologized. The apology wasn’t acknowledged and an email conversation went on back and forth as if I hadn’t taken a step back from the emotions involved and looked at the situation with humility and common sense. Am I going to lose any sleep over this slight? Nah. But …