Question What’s Right

This was a common interaction I would have with my students early in the school year: Looking at a student’s work, “Why did you write a 2 by the chlorine?”, pointing to CuCl2. “It’s wrong?” “No, I didn’t say it was wrong. I’m simply asking why you chose to write a 2 there. Tell me… Continue reading Question What’s Right

True North Strong and Cold

I recently spent 18 days in southern Spain. Daily highs were around 18°C. Evenings were a bit cooler. Keep in mind that in the summer, daily highs hit 40°C. One afternoon I entered a restaurant to make an evening reservation. I knew that the owner’s English skills were almost nonexistent, but I caught on to… Continue reading True North Strong and Cold

Remembrance Day – Part I

As a reservist, I paraded on Remembrance Day and was proud to do so. When the decision was made to move the traditional outdoor parade to inside the local arena I was still active. After I left the reserves, my family and I would attend that same service. Being in the stands and watching the… Continue reading Remembrance Day – Part I

Pinch and Spread

I was chatting with a retired couple, husband and wife, from the United States, both of whom were teachers. We were sharing insights. The topic come around to technology. She mentioned that she had been watching her 3-year-old granddaughter leafing through a catalogue. At one point the toddler placed her thumb and forefinger on the… Continue reading Pinch and Spread

I Wanted To Express My Opinion

One evening recently, my phone rang; in fact, it was at 8:28. Karen was on the line. “Hello. My name is Karen and I am calling form X and am conducting a short opinion survey regarding the economy and the environment.” She was interested in talking to someone between two particular ages much younger than… Continue reading I Wanted To Express My Opinion

Battery Recycling II

A number of years ago I was attending a barbecue. One of my retired friends was taking pictures and I noticed, at one point, that he changed out his batteries. I asked him what he was going to do with them. When he said that he would simply be putting in the garbage, I mentioned… Continue reading Battery Recycling II

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