Oh god my blood pressure

I listened to this interview with Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto psychology professor who refuses to call trans and no binary students by their preferred pronouns. I am truly astounded by his entitlement, lack of self awareness around his own privilege, and profound lack of empathy. I am very sad that this man is a teacher.

When I listened to his interview, it seemed he was getting a lot of satisfaction out of feeling persecuted. There was a lot of anger and defensiveness. (I’m sure he would disagree with me.)

When someone asks you to treat them in a way that they feel is respectful, and your response is to say that no one can legally compel you to do that…well, that tells me a lot about you.

Why Is It Important to Respect People’s Pronouns? (A resource from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee)

An excellent takedown of Jordan Peterson’s pseudo intellectual hate-baiting by John Semley in the Globe and Mail 


this will be our year

This has nothing to do with education at all; it’s just one of my favourite songs and one of my favourite videos on YouTube. I suppose it’s an optimistic wish for 2018, too, since the last few years have been a bit rough on a lot of us for various reasons.

quick parts of speech review activity

My fundamental adult learners are having a lot of difficulty with identifying parts of speech. We are only focusing on nouns, verbs, and adjectives right now.

I have done a few review activities with them but today I’m trying a new one:


  1. Students get into pairs.
  2. Each team has a piece of paper divided into three columns, labeled “nouns,” “verbs,” and “adjectives.”
  3. Each team must walk around the school for ten minutes and write down 10 words in each column, based on things they see in the hallways, classrooms, and common areas.
  4. When they return, the instructor checks that the words are in the appropriate columns. The team with the most words correct wins.

Rainbow Mountain, Peru

This was the image on my computer’s random image screensaver today:

Rainbow Mountain Peru

Image credit: jerzykwpodrozy on Pixabay

This is Rainbow Mountain, Peru. I have never seen this before and it is gorgeous! I was so pleased to see this image today. It perked me up a little this morning. For all my annoyances with Windows and Office, I do like the random image screensaver.