Quoterday – Finding Happiness Through Contentedness

Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it. -Jonathan Haidt - The Happiness Hypothesis "Nothing is miserable unless you think it so." I can see the criticism now. "Yeah, but what about people living with objectively horrific circumstances?" "It's easy to … Continue reading Quoterday – Finding Happiness Through Contentedness

Quoterday – Television: The Entertainment Medium

What I am claiming here is not that television is entertaining but that it has made entertainment itself the natural format for the representation of all experience. -Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death People often implore us to critically consider the values and arguments of media content along with the credibility of creators.  But how often … Continue reading Quoterday – Television: The Entertainment Medium

Super Photo Corner – Yeosu Teacher Trip

At the conclusion of the 2018 class schedule, I boarded a bus with over 30 fellow teachers for a well-earned retreat.  Many people refer to this as a "workshop."  By rule, the outing must incorporate an educational component.  For us, that consisted of a 20-minute video and lecture on secondary education at Yeosu High School. … Continue reading Super Photo Corner – Yeosu Teacher Trip

Quoterday – The Curious Correlation of Self-Esteem

Self-esteem seems only to be a symptom, a correlate, of how well a person is doing in the world. -Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism Growing up, school programs and television adverts bombarded me with messages to my self-esteem. "You have to love yourself." "Believe in yourself and you can do anything." "I'm good enough, I'm smart … Continue reading Quoterday – The Curious Correlation of Self-Esteem

The Benefits of Systems Over Goals

I gleaned many of these insights from Atomic Habits by James Clear.  It’s a short read sardine-packed with golden behavior change wisdom. As 2019 dawns, the leaf-littered ground makes way for snow, and I slowly grow more layers of clothing until I resemble a waddling Michelin man, I imagine millions of people enacting New Year's resolutions. … Continue reading The Benefits of Systems Over Goals