All posts tagged “focus

Battling Impostor Syndrome

A student came up to me after class and asked about impostor syndrome. I had mentioned in class that one of the main causes of things like plagiarism or bloated writing is insecurity: People are afraid that their writing will be found lacking, and that… Read More

Fixing the Dryer

A few weeks back I went to put a load of laundry in the dryer, and the machine refused to cooperate. The motor started up, but as soon as I released the start button, it cut off. I did what I do most of the… Read More

This is my storyline.

  While listening to a recent episode of The West Wing Weekly, a story that Josh Malina told about a conference he had early during the filming of the show’s fifth season struck a chord with me. Showrunner John Wells told Josh “Here’s the plan… Read More

Heavy Clicky Touchy Feely

I ponied up the money for a mechanical keyboard. I get it. People buy in, hook, line, and sinker to this craze the way marketing used to tell kids shoes would make you run faster and jump higher. But it’s genuinely pleasant. Does having a… Read More

Let’s Talk About Cats

Picture a cat. Now picture that cat in your home, somewhere near you. What do you imagine that cat doing? Don’t overthink it. Whatever immediately came to mind when I said to imagine a cat in the room with you works fine. Got it? So,… Read More

Simply Set It Down

On our way to a wedding in Massachusetts, my family stopped to visit some friends at their home in Vermont. While sitting outside in the yard, Charlie got up to grab some weed killer to spray a few problem spots on his lawn. I noticed… Read More

The Be Here Now Box

Last semester I chose to take a stand on student phone use in class. I wasn’t just getting the occasional person doing a bad job hiding that they were texting in the middle of class. People would take out their phones multiple times during an… Read More