You were born to thrive.


Do not fear challenge or adversity.

Run towards it. Not away from it.

Use it consciously. As a stepping stone.

To rise up.

To propel yourself forward.

To begin again. 

For strength is ultimately built from challenge, from difficulty, from overcoming.

You were born to thrive!

Watch my video for helpful strategies on how to thrive.

Show students you care.

How do teachers compete with smartphones?

They don’t.

There is no doubt that smartphones have changed the way we live and learn. Which is why teachers must continue doing what they do best – connect with students.

Because no matter what happens on the small screen, technology will always be a poor substitute for human connection.


So instead of complaining about students being glued to their smartphone, teachers must consider why students do it in the first place.

1. Consider the underlying cause.

Educators (including myself) must take a step back and reframe the smartphone problem.

Student distractibility existed long before smartphones.

We “doodled”. They “text”.

Lack of attention is the common denominator.

Smartphones in the classroom are a signal that students need to be re-directed back to the learning activity.


2. Rethink how you teach.

First, explore how you engage students, capture their attention, and sustain curiosity with instant gratification just one click away.


Next, consider how you spark student interest and arouse curiosity, week after week, semester after semester.

3. Model what you expect.

a) Motivate students by being motivated!


b) Engage students by being engaged, passionate, and excited by the topics you teach.  Enthusiasm is contagious!

c) Connect with students by being genuinely interested in who they are, how they learn, and why they are here.


d) Grab attention by being attentive to the unique needs of each student, and responsive to the distinct personality of each class.

e) Stimulate curiosity by being curious about how students think.

4. Show them you care.

In order to move students from the instant gratification of smartphones to meaningful interactions in school (and in life), we must show them how much we truly care.

How? We are present in our own classrooms.

We are mindful.

We are in tune with each student and teaching moment.

We connect.


This picture was taken at a CSI student leadership event at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. Student motivation and attention is always my first priority. Only then can the learning begin!

Students first. Every chance I get.

Psychology is my passion.

 What’s Your Passion?

Psychology is my passion. I love everything about psychology. The research, the content, the discoveries, the real-life stories, and most importantly, the promise of a better life.

The opportunity to write psychology textbooks for McGraw-Hill Ryerson and share my enthusiasm for psychology is a childhood dream come true!


What Moves You? Motivates You? Inspires You?

How do you share your passion with the world?

Stretch Yourself.


Don’t Give Up!

You are closer than you think.

At the beginning of my positive psychology video (Part 2) I talk about how challenge is our ultimate path to progress. Safety camouflages growth. Important. Of course. But never a resting place. More of a launching pad!💫

Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth. Bryant McGill

In what areas of your life are you s t r e t c h i n g yourself?