Posts by "wiobyrne"

Viewing your life as a project

One helpful focus that I've found in Stoic philosophies is the opportunity to consider our lives as an ongoing project. This includes a regular journey of ethical self-development. I first started this journey as I had just graduated from college. My Aunt and Uncle indicated that I had a job and was single with no…

Moving beyond survival

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. - Aristotle In our lives, the number one priority should be the expansion of our own self awareness. We need to become aware, accept, and in some cases adjust the truth about ourselves and our world. To…

What is “empowerment” in education?

The term empowerment, or an indication of a focus on empowering students or teachers, pops up again and again in my research and publications. One of the first instances is in my dissertation proposal and final materials. When I started writing about this, I received a lot of negative feedback from advisors in my program…

How to have a good life and be happy

In much of my work, I try to drive down to the first principles and identify the basic elements needed to guide actions in our life and work. These first principles allow us to identify the fundamental truths as we understand what to focus on...and what to ignore. In order to have a good life…

Meaning making while reading online

When we are working in an online, hyperlinked environment, a search engine no longer determines what we read. Instead upvotes, shared links and proprietary algorithms mold our meaning making and they play an essential role in what we access across a variety of platforms. Comprehension occurs in the cloud, as we increasingly crowd-source our text…

Text tradeoffs as we move from print to pixel

At no point in our history has text, the basic units of literacy undergone so much transition. The fundamental elements of what constitutes "text" is modified as our world moves quickly from print to pixel. With this transition, much of the challenge exists not only with the rapidity with which this transition occurs, but with…

Examining your impressions

Many times in life, we unthinkingly accept our first impressions as true. We celebrate ourselves as thoughtful, critical, intelligent beings, and yet we don’t always use these capacities. It is essential that we distinguish the impressions we make on the world, and his these impact our choices and decisions. External impressions can be deceiving. What…