I concluded my speaking tests at October's end. For one week I asked nearly 450 students the same questions. “What is this number?” “What is a difficulty you have overcome?” “What if you had 1,000,000 won?” Some students provided pure comedy. Ian: I am in your home. What must I do? Student 1: You must … Continue reading The Challenge of Subjective Grading
If you satisfy your body but don’t satisfy your heart and your mind, are you satisfied? -Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Love Many times I fall into the trap of satisfying my body while neglecting my mind and heart. For example, sometimes I eschew opportunities to spend with friends because I obsess about my nutrition. … Continue reading Quoterday
One year ago, a torrent of thoughts flooded my mind. “I’m teaching high school? What? I didn’t know these jobs existed!? “I don’t teach from a textbook? Oh my god! What will I teach?” “I can teach whatever I want? No! Give me direction, damn it!” When I arrived at Namak High School, I had … Continue reading The Joys of Lesson Planning
The common cold of leadership is poor listening. Daniel Goleman, Focus When I fail to focus on listening, then I am a terrible listener. I know I am not alone. How often do we sit and “listen” to a friend or co-worker while our mind is elsewhere? Sure, we hear their words. We have to. How … Continue reading Quoterday
Is willpower a finite resource? Those familiar with Roy Baumeister's research would likely agree. They would advise people to eat breakfast and prioritize difficult tasks in the morning when willpower reserves are high. Others like Jocko Willink would object, positing that spending willpower creates an upward spiral of momentum. In other words, self-control begets more … Continue reading Is Willpower a Finite Resource?
If you don’t tell the person you love of your suffering, it means you don’t love this person enough to trust her. -Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Love This is my defining struggle today. I struggle to love because I struggle to trust people with vulnerability. Expressions of vulnerability (doled out gradually with gently rising … Continue reading Quoterday
The best blessing of working in a high school is the daily interactions with my students. Many can hold great conversations. Other times, hilarity and absurdity reign supreme. Note: I don't give my students English names, but I changed their names for the sake of anonymity (and because it's fun). Two students work on a … Continue reading My Students Say the Darndest Things II