Teen stress and the link between cutting and porn

As has become more and more prevalent in the news, it is imperative for educators to address the impact internet pornography can have on adolescent development. Gary Wilson in his TEDx Talk entitled the Great Porn Experiment does a brilliant job of raising awareness about the individual risk factors for men, particularly young men, who […]

Serendipity 2.0 – Pecha Kucha, 2012

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 in Featured Content, Presentations

Special thanks to Damien Pitter of Puddlewonder Press for his work filming and editing this presentation.

Two Good Discussion Activities for Reason in TOK

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in Featured Content, TOK

Questions to Consider Create a three column table. Label the first column Scene, the second column Logic, and the third column possible fallacy. Students work their way through the video pausing after each scene to evaluate the arguments and fallacies in use. Interaction Description – In the Scene column describe the interaction so we know […]

Me and Change Inventory for Counseling Conversation

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

The iPad continues to be a useful device for me and my counseling work with students. I sometimes prepare diagrams to share with students or groups of students on it and the ability to pass it around a room makes it much more intimate and a lot less “class-like” than putting something on a big […]

Everyone Heard the Scream – Reason Meets Murder Mystery

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 in Featured Content, TOK

This murder mystery is one of the most engaging ways I have found to introduce and work with deductive and inductive reasoning. Special thanks to my fantastic colleague Rebekah Madrid for pointing this activity out to me and much appreciation to the person who developed it initially. As with many things that get passed along […]

Balanced Family Tech Contract

Last week our grade 2 students at YIS mentioned, as part of a digital citizenship week assembly, how they are going to have better balance than their parents about the amount of time they spend on their mobile phones, laptops, and other devices when they grow up. These 8 year olds are not students with […]

Finding an English Speaking Therapist in Tokyo and Yokohama

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

During times of difficulty a school counselor can be a tremendous help but it can also be essential to find an English speaking therapist in Tokyo or Yokohama. One of the things I love about working in a school is that I am available to help people in a setting where they are as opposed […]

Talking it Over with Grade 8

Ask any middle school counselor about the length of time between winter break and spring break and you will hear stories of 7th and 8th graders falling apart just a little. What this means in concrete terms is that the individual and social drama within these year levels reaches a bit of a fever pitch […]

Presentation from EARCOS Workshop on PE and Tech

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 in Featured Content, Presentations, Technology

  This weekend thanks to a request from Alex Thomas I was given an opportunity to present at a PE education and technology workshop hosted at YIS for educators from international schools from China, the Philippines, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Thailand among others. My session is focused on balance with technology so I will […]

Reflection on 10 Guidelines for Confidentiality

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 in COETAIL, Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

I recently published a post sharing¬†10 Guidelines for Maintaining Confidentiality in the Digital Age.¬†In many ways this is a blue ocean that is largely left unclarified in the codes of ethics for counselors/psychologists. The therapeutic alliance relies on unique circumstances with regard to confidentiality and disclosure of information to allow deeply meaningful conversations to occur […]