Why We Do Things – PART III

… continued from last week Of course, Mark did not tell them I suggested he quit. I merely encouraged him to evaluate the reasons he was in university, and that enabled him to see things more clearly. All of us need to do that, and we need to encourage those around us to do the… Continue reading Why We Do Things – PART III

Why We Do Things – PART II

… continued from last post Mark is a former student. I also coached him in high school rugby; in fact, he was riding shotgun (front passenger seat) in my blog post of November 13, 2015. After graduation he enrolled in engineering and started playing rugby on my adult team. Mark is also an only child.… Continue reading Why We Do Things – PART II

Why We Do Things – Part I

Why We Do Things – PART I Everything we do in life is for one or a combination of three reasons. Enjoyment of the Process – Often we do something simply because it is fun to do: Playing cards with friends Going to the movies Reading a trashy novel Having sex for pleasure Enjoyment of… Continue reading Why We Do Things – Part I

I Came This Close – Part II

… continued from last week So let’s put things in perspective. This event took place on the rugby field. I was asked by the coach of the boys’ team to give some pointers to the scrum (the 8 players who bind together when a ball is put into play). Two scrums were formed I had… Continue reading I Came This Close – Part II

I Came This Close – Part I

I haven’t told this story very often. It is something of which I am not particularly proud. It occurred twenty-two years ago. It involved a grade 12 student. I came this close (picture my open hands, palms facing inward, should-width apart) to punching him in the face. His transgression? He stuck his tongue in my… Continue reading I Came This Close – Part I

Class Size

Not long ago I was chatting with a few early-career teachers. The conversation came around to class size. I asked them what they thought the ideal class size would be. Each did so and with adequate clarification. Their answers varied depending on grade level with distinctions for primary, elementary and secondary levels. I listened as… Continue reading Class Size

Computer Savvy

This story first takes place twenty-eight years ago. I was teaching grade eleven computer studies. At the time, the pass-mark was fifty percent. We were in the early days of semestering. Mark was a really nice student. He was respectful, cooperative and very friendly, but he wasn’t an academic. He was in grade 12 but ideally… Continue reading Computer Savvy