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How to Properly Reboot a Franchise

Star Wars I

Star Wars tried to rebuild their franchise with the prequel trilogy but those films were flawed and didn’t gain a lot of traction with fans.

Fans have loved the books, animated television shows, and comics for years now. It was finally the right time to restart the film franchise.

Star Wars VII - The Force ReTread

But they went about it the wrong way again. This time it might even be more unforgivable than the prequel flops. All they did was retell the same story that had already been told twice before in the original films.

I wrote extensively about this already, but I wanted to touch on this subject again to show that it is possible to reboot a franchise and breathe new live into the property while pleasing die-hard fans and attracting new ones.


The latest two movies in the Planet of The Apes franchise were brilliant. I loved every moment of them. They effectively paid tribute to the original films without having to retread old familiar stories. They effectively told a prequel story the way George Lucas wanted to with Episode I.

How did they do this?

They took note of the past. There were all sorts of Easter eggs in the Apes movies that would have gone unnoticed to brand new fans, but that us, die-hard fans, appreciated greatly. They didn’t feel the need to use an old and tried plot to attract new fans to their fictional world.

They learned from the mistakes of their past.


They tried the story-retell thing before and it didn’t work for precisely the same reasons the new Star Wars film doesn’t. The whole thing just felt stale.

Pay Tribute While Being Novel

It’s a hard balance to achieve but it has been done. You can breathe fresh air into a dead franchise without having to overhaul the whole thing.

Battlestar Galactica

I loved the way Battlestar Galatica didn’t just retell the same old story. They updated it by having robots that looked human. It added a new terrifying sense of drama to the series. They didn’t throw out what made Battlestar, Battlestar. They kept all of the elements you wanted to see and expected to see.


Star Trek is doing it wrong, So is Star Wars.

Seeing that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Trek, I was so excited for big things with this franchise, but the new trailer shows just how far the film-makers have strayed from the essence of Trek.

Star Trek was always at its best in deep space. That is the entire premise. so having two Star Trek films in a row not set on the ship is a huge disappointment.

Let’s not Dumb-Down the Scripts 

The audience is always smarter than you. That’s one of the cardinal writing rules, but when it comes to blockbuster films, it seems that this rule has been forgotten.

I want to see well-told stories and no more retreads or rehashes. Is that too much to ask for?

Star Wars VII – The Force ReTread

Star Wars VII - The Force ReTreadI avoided pretty much all of the hype leading up to Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens because I wanted to go in to it with an open mind. This was one film that I was hoping would blow me out of the water and replenish the franchise.

But as I watched the film, I got more and more disillusioned with it as time marched on.

Warning – Spoiler Alert: Read no further if you haven’t yet see the film.

One of the first scenes in the movie was set on a desert planet. That’s a very familiar trope in Star Wars. But then again so is a droid carrying a secret message in it. There was even an Obi Wan Kenobi type character in the opening sequence. He looked almost exactly the same as we remembered him. Of course, it wasn’t him or any relation. It was just an image we’d already seen before.

Maybe that was by design. After-all, the film-makers wanted to reestablish the galaxy for a new audience and for one intimately familiar with Star Wars. So I let that some of that go.

Next, we are introduced to a female character through this very droid. It was pretty much exactly what happened to Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars film. And it plays out nearly beat by beat. She discovers that she is strong in the force and starts her journey to become a hero, at first reluctantly.

This is when the film started to get ridiculous. I wanted a new story, set in the Star Wars universe with a smart plot. That wasn’t too much to ask for, was it?

Maybe it was. I swear the film-makers thought, “Hmmm, what are the parts of the original movies that fans really connected with?

  • desert planet (like Episode IV) – check
  • ice planet (like Episode V) – check
  • forest plant (like Episode VI) – check
  • hand-to-hand battle between the hero and villain on a planet that is falling apart (like Episode III) – check
  • a father-son relationship where one is on the Dark Side (like Episode IV-VI) – check

They just piece-worked all of that stuff in. The film looked great, however. The visual aesthetic was bang-on for what we would expect, but the story?

The story was exactly the same as Episode IV – A New Hope. If this were a reboot, I could have forgiven that. But this was Episode VII – The Force Awakens and I expected something novel.

Instead, we get a new and more powerful Death-Star, now called a Starkiller. And guess what, it has one small vulnerability that can be exploited by two teams. Even Han Solo knew the film was getting ridiculous at this point. He says, “We can always blow those up?”

And so they send a team to the planet to disable the shields and a fleet of ships to exploit that weakness in the Starkiller and blow it up. We saw this already in Return of the Jedi and even before that, minus the shields in A New Hope. 

Oh, and we get a scene where Han Solo confronts the bad guy, on that base. Just like Obi Wan did in the original, and with the same consequence.

And that’s the main story. The subplot is that everyone has been looking for Luke Skywalker for years. The droid had a map that would lead directly to him. Why such a map would exist is beyond me and the weakest plot point of the entire film.

My Verdict 

This film was a lazily written reboot and not a true sequel at all. We deserved a lot more for this beloved franchise. But I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything smart from this film. J.J. Abrams only seems capable of redoing past stories. That’s exactly what he did with the last Star Trek movie.

I heard a critic on the radio who called him, “The brilliantly unoriginal J.J. Abrams” and I couldn’t agree more.

Where are the Critics?

I had quite the heated debate about this on Facebook. So many of my friends loved the film and didn’t see these as problems at all.

David Roberts had some great things to say in his article, “Critics are going too easy on Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens”

What say you?

Final Thoughts

There are so many things wrong with this film. And it looks like they are set to copy even more elements of the original trilogy in Part VIII. I can possibly forgive that, if the story comes correct next time.

Let’s hope so!

Why I’m Not Making Resolutions This Year

happy new year!There are a lot of things I want to accomplish this year.

I want to . . .

  • be more creative
  • DJ all sorts of events (weddings, rap concerts, dances, etc)
  • get my fiction published
  • produce quality radio
  • build a life with the woman I love
  • find a way to support myself financially
  • find a job that not only pays the bills but makes me happy
  • sharpen my DJ skills
  • make a few mixtapes to highlight my DJ skills
  • run more than 300 kilometers
  • write a new work of fiction
  • write a non-fiction book (I have two great ideas for this too)
  • keep this blog regularly updated
  • read for enjoyment, self-improvement, and personal education

That is quite the extensive list of things I’d like to accomplish in one year.

I can resolve to do all of these right now, but what good would that do? I’ve tried to get a few of these things done for years now and haven’t been successful.

The good news is that overall, I’ve had a lot of success since starting this blog. I’ve done things I hadn’t initially set out to do and they have been amazing.

So I am not setting any resolutions this year. Instead, I will look at this list of goals at the start of every month. I will break down each point in detail and set out a monthly goal for myself. I will share that goal with my girlfriend and a few close friends. I might even blog about the process. I will write down my monthly goal and track it.

This way, I hope to have a very productive 2016. I hope you will too!

How I Did with My 2015 Goals

2015 GoalsI set some goals for myself at the start of the year. I think this is a good practice. But setting goals doesn’t do anything without a little reflection.

So, let’s look back at the ones I set and see how I did with them.


1. Revise, Polish, and Actively Seek Ways to Get My Novels Published

Didn’t do this again!

I really need to work on this is 2016.

2. Write Something New

I didn’t do this either. All I wrote were blog posts this year.

3. Continue Producing Quality Radio

I stepped up my game with this one. I produced countless interviews, radio documentaries, and have knocked out some great mixsets as well.

4. Stay Fit 

I ran 300 kilometers this season, collected new trails, went swimming, hiking, skateboarding, and had tons of fun while stating fit.

5. Read a Lot

I still managed to do this one. I would have fallen short though had I not injured my back. I was able to get a lot more reading done in December because of that injury,

6. Revise and Track My Goals

That was the plan. I didn’t do it though.


But I did achieve a few goals for myself that I hadn’t set out to do.

DJ at Live Events

I am so happy that I got to DJ at some pretty amazing concerts, venues, and private parties this year.

Launched Chase March DJ Services

I love deejaying and plan on taking it even further in 2016.


I had a few set-backs this year, but I can ultimately say that I am happier than I had been for the past couple of years. I have a great girlfriend, have been making moves with my music and radio career, and have been putting in work trying to find my new career.

Big things are going to happen in 2016!

Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

Thanks for being on this ride with me!

Back Pain . . . Once Again

ChirpractorTwo years ago I hurt my back and was shocked to see that it became unaligned somehow.

After a couple of weeks of treatment by the chiropractor, I was finally straightened out and got back to normal.

I had a flair up again last week. I wasn’t even doing anything stupid this time either. I didn’t even realize I had done anything until the next day.

Sure enough, I was leaning to the left again. The doctor thought that I had done okay. It had been two years since I last had to use his services. I never thought I’d need them again. I really hope this isn’t a regular occurrence every couple of years.

Here is the story of my back injury

So, the high jump injury affected my C4 and C5. I think that might have weakend my back somehow. The next injury was focused on my L2. And the most recent flair up is too.

I can’t lift anything right now. There is a constant pain that makes it hard to do a lot of things. Once I get back to normal though, I plan on doing some strengthening exercises regularly. I really don’t want to have to go through this again . . . and definitely not every few years.

Cross Border Connection Concert

Cross Border Connection Concert

I’m really excited to be DJing this event tomorrow night.

It is the album release party of Tempomental‘s “Involution.” You can already download the project, but if you want a physical copy, come through tomorrow, pick one up, and get it signed.

The bill is jammed pack for this show with some of my favourite performers. Chuckie Campbell and The Phaction have a live band, intelligent lyrics, and incredible energy.

Es, Mad Hattr, and Del Reze have been featured on Word is Bond Rap Radio several times. I spin Sharky regularly on the show as well.

This concert is bound to pack the house. And we will tear the roof off. I can’t wait!

Thursday December 17, 2015
The APK – 347 Clarence St. London, ON.

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more information.

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Hope to see you out!

Schools Can Be So Much Greener

Making Our Schools GreenerWhen we think of the cost of school, we rarely think of the buildings themselves. It is important to remember that they have both a financial cost and an environmental one.

Energy Use

“School buildings are the third biggest energy users. A mid-size school district may spend $1 million yearly on energy, a number that is increasing by around 19 percent each year.”

I found that number to be mind-blowing when reading the article, 10 Ways to Green Your School by J.H. Fearless. And that wasn’t the only thing that caught my attention.

Environmental Costs

“Poor indoor air quality negatively affects students’ performance, and schools remain a huge source of pollution and waste that degrades the environment.”

I know some of our old buildings aren’t the best places for students to learn. I hadn’t even thought about any negative health consequences associated with our schools. It definitely is something worth considering.

“Going to school can actually harm your health. Nearly half of all schools (43 percent) have unsatisfactory indoor environmental conditions, and 20 percent have unsatisfactory air quality. That’s partly due to aging school buildings, but also related to an overall decrease in indoor air quality thanks to reduced air circulation and more synthetic substances in our daily lives. One in ten school-age kids now suffer from asthma, so poor air quality isn’t just an annoyance—it can be life threatening.”

What Needs to Be Done

Our schools need some major upgrades. But there are also things that we can do as teachers and students to makes things better.

So, let’s “take action to improve indoor air quality and reduce exposure to toxic substances for all teachers and students.”

Organize Classroom Cleanup Days

Sometimes, it’s hard to keep a classroom clean. I try my best to keep my work area clean for purely aesthetic reasons, but there are health benefits too.

“Some of the biggest health concerns lurking in your classroom exists under all your stuff. Cluttered surfaces, cupboards, and corners harbor dust and mold. Organize some classmates or fellow parents to stay after school once a month to declutter. You’ll help reduce asthma triggers, and your teachers and custodians will thank you.”

Use Green Cleaning / Maintenance Materials

“Toxic cleaning supplies, pest poisons, paints, furnishing finishes, and even chemical fertilizers and ice melt threaten kids’ health. They’re also toxic to cleaning and maintenance staff. Ask your school administration to seek out green solutions to various issues, including sidewalk weed control, ice melt in the winter months, and cleaning products.”

Get an Air Quality Meter

“Want to get a clearer idea of what you’re really breathing? Work with students and parents to raisefunds for or ask the school to invest in air quality meters, which will help students manage asthma. Additionally, the meters notify the school of any serious air quality issues, such as high CO2 levels, or elevated moisture that could cause mold.”

Organize a Local Food Day

“Consider teaming up with local restaurants, farms, or even food trucks to bring fresh, local food to school once a month or once every few months. Kids will get a chance to learn the benefits of local food, and you’ll be supporting the small businesses in your community.”

Set Up A Green Club

“Take environmental education into your own hands. A student club can take real action on school issues. Your club may create a school-wide recycling or composting program; learn about growing your own food with a school garden; organize cleanup and planting days; raise funds for green initiatives; and even take part in statewide and national green schools competitions. Through all this, students will learn leadership, teamwork, and how great feels to make a positive difference.”

Form a Carpooling, Cycling, or Walking Group

“Save time for busy parents, conserve energy, and make friends with a community carpool or other transportation group. By getting together with your neighbors, you can find new, more efficient ways to get to and from school. Carpools are the time-tested solution, but if you live close enough to your school, think about organizing a group to ride bikes or walk together. As a bonus, parent chaperones will get their daily exercise, too.”

Install Energy Meters

“It’s a lot easier to understand energy use when you can see it in action. Energy meters that are visible to any student and teacher aren’t just great learning tools— they can also encourage everyone to conserve energy and water throughout the day. Many schools have started sharing their energy use in this way. Monitoring not only creates savings for the school’s power, heat, and water budgets, but can also be incorporated into friendly school-wide competitions and classroom sustainability lessons.”

Save Money, Save the Environment

“If you asked your school administration, they’d probably be the first to tell you that they would love to upgrade your school with more modern, sustainable, and healthy features. Unfortunately, most schools have tight budgets, and they have to make tough choices about how to allocate funds.”

That said, it shouldn’t be surprising that environmentally sustainable schools—with increased efficiency and health benefits—are also more financially sustainable. For example:

It Increases Efficiency and Health Benefits

Test scores and learning ability improve by three to five percent when a school incorporates natural daylight—equating to an annual earning increase of $532 per student.

Building a green school costs less than 2 percent more than a conventional school (about $3 per square foot) but provides 20 times the financial benefits.

A green school saves an average of $100,000 annually—enough to hire two new teachers, buy 250 new computers, or purchase 5000 new textbooks.

Green schools utilize 33 percent less energy and 32 percent less water than traditional schools.

On average, a green school produces:

  • 1,200 fewer pounds of nitrogen oxides (a principal component of smog)
  • 1,300 fewer pounds of sulfur dioxide (a principal cause of acid rain)
  • 585,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide (the principal greenhouse gas)
  • 150 fewer pounds of coarse particulate matter (a principal cause of respiratory illness)
  • 74 percent less waste

Do Your Part

How can you help your school go green? Start by reducing energy use, water use, waste, and pollution in everyday action. Calculate the savings your actions are creating, and lobby the school district to set aside that money for upgrades and improvements to facilities.

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Happy Halloween – Hip-Hop Style

Want to celebrate Halloween with some dope hip-hop vibes?

Press play and enjoy The Word is Bond Haunted Rap Radio Hour or download it for free.

Whodini – The Haunted House of Rock
DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street
Geto Boys – Minds Playing Tricks
– Nowhere to run, Nowhere to hide
The Arsonists – Halloween
Mykill Myers – Straight Dirt
Bad Meets Evil – Scary Movie
Jay-Z– D’Evils
Dana Dane – Nightmares
Mission 5 – Celery Stalks
Ice Cube – Dr. Frankenstein
Bone Thugs and Harmony – Hell Sent
Bobby Boris Picket – Monster Mash

I hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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The Future is Here!

Today is Back to the Future Day, the exact day that Marty McFly travelled to the future. He is scheduled to be here any minute.

Unfortunately, the future we see in the film looks little like our daily lives. We don’t have flying cars and I still don’t have my hoverboard.

We do, however have cell phones. The film predicted a wide-spread use of fax machines and people still fighting over using one home lines. We should be thankful for that.

So the future is a little different, by Doc Brown explains it all in this clip.

He says, “The future has finally arrived. Yes, it is different than we all thought, but don’t worry, it just means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.”


Happy Back to the Future Day!

Going on Automatic – Zoned Out Driving

Do you ever zone out when driving?

Zoned Out Driving

You start out with a specific destination in mind, but your brain takes over and starts leading you somewhere else.

That happened to me this week. Instead of taking the turn I should have, I kept driving straight along the road like I was going somewhere other than work.

I often drive straight down this street for a variety of different reasons and to many different destinations. So I guess it makes sense, on some level, that my brain took over and just assumed I was going somewhere else.

Needless to say, I missed my turn and it was so dark outside that I didn’t even notice for a minute or so.

I always wonder how it is possible to drive like that.

Does this ever happen to you?

Do you have any interesting stories to share?

Please leave a comment below!

What I’m Thankful For

I always take a moment every Thanksgiving to reflect on all of the things that I am blessed to have in my life.

It so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and hustle and lose focus of what is really important.

I am in the midst of a huge transition this year. You might have noticed the new blog header and page. I am branching out into the DJ business. I will allow me to play music more than just on the radio. It’s still a hobby at this point, but it is something I want to take further.

I have some things happening in my personal life too that might include a career change after this school year.

So without further ado, here is my annual Thanksgiving list of blessings . . .

Hosting a Weekly Hip-Hop Radio Show

CHRW Soundboard

I love doing The Word is Bond Rap Radio program each and every week on 94.9 CHRW. I have been able to interview some amazingly talent musicians and share my favourite jams from artists I respect and love.

I hope you have been listening live or checking the podcast.

Being a DJ

The View from My Decks

This year, I took steps to branch out from the radio show and start deejaying live events. It has been a lot of fun. If you live in the Southern, Ontario Canada area or would like to have me travel to your event, please visit my DJ Services page for information on my rates and how to book me.

Trail Running

Thankful for nature trails

It doesn’t get much better than running along a trail and having the sounds of the city fade away. I love getting the exercise, maintaining a good pace, competing with myself for a great time, and just enjoying the whole process.

My Radio and DJ Colleagues

Three DJs

There is a brotherhood here that is hard to explain. I appreciate my fellow radio hosts on CHRW and CFMU and all of the DJs that I have had the chance to work with, or alongside, this year.

Family and Friends

I have managed to stay friends with an ex-girlfriend. That has never happened to me before. I value the friendship and wish her nothing but the best, always.

My family isn’t the same without my dad. I miss him every day. But they are always there for me and I appreciate it more than I can say.

My Amazing Girlfriend

Di and I

She is kind and supportive. We always have fun together, and my life has been enriched so much by having her in it.

Not too bad a list, eh?

However you are celebrating (or not) . . . 

I hope you can take a moment to reflect on your blessings and the great things in your life. We all have something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Summer’s Gone (It Goes By Quicker Every Year)

“Summer’s gone . . . a summer song,
You’ve wasted every day”

– Summer by Buffalo Tom

This time of year, I always listen to this song and start to wonder if I really did waste every day.

Of course, I worked this summer. A lot. I couldn’t just have lazy, do nothing, days. I had a few of those though. Wish I could have had more.

I went skateboarding a bunch of times, went to the beach several times, did a lot of live shows and performances, did some community theatre, and had a pretty good time overall.

I guess I can’t really complain.

This fall has a lot of great things on the horizon. Really looking forward to it all.

Thanks for sharing the journey with me here on Silent Cacophony and everywhere online.

Ain’t Nothing Like the Old School (Commodore 64)

Commodore 64

I had the urge to dig out my old Commodore 64 and play some old school video games.

Computer not Working

When I turned it on though, I couldn’t get any of the games to load up. I knew what the problem was so . . .

Fixed Disk Drive

I took apart the disk drive and fixed the door lock mechanism. It was quite easy. All I had to do was slide a pin back into place.

Bubble Bobble

And I was playing my all-time favourite video game, Bubble Bobble once again.

Burger Time

I love these old school games. Anyone remember Burger Time?

What’s your favourite Commodore 64 game?

Why Do We All Have to Earn a Living?

I found this quote on Instagram and immediately nodded my head in agreement.

Buckminster Fuller Quote

There are so many pointless and soul-sucking jobs out there that probably don’t even really need to be done.

Haven’t we advanced enough in society that we don’t all need to work the way we have been?

I am convinced there is a better way of doing things. We could have community gardens, we could work together and not rely on the institutions and business that only seem to be about profits.

It is possible. I just hope someone out there can get this up and moving. It’s easy enough to make image quotes or write blog posts. It’s harder to take action.

We could all increase our quality of life and not want for anything.

So, please, let’s make that happen!



Summer Schedule (Teaching Tip Hiatus)

Summer ScheduleTeaching Tip Tuesdays is one of the regular features on this blog.

I enjoy sharing tips, tricks, lesson plans, and inspiration for fellow teachers on a weekly basis. So far, I have posted 245 Teacher Tips.

I am impressed with this series and the response it gets. I love getting emails from educators who have been inspired by what I have done. If you have been following this series and have never said, “Hi!,” I encourage you to drop me a line. 

I am not shutting down this series, but it is going on a summer hiatus. That is why I didn’t post a new entry yesterday.

My summer posting schedule will see new posts going live Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You can expect to see stuff about what I am reading and watching. I will continue to post about hip-hop music, and there will be more photographic tours of the trails I love running.

Have a great and happy summer everyone!

Rita – My New Favourite Show

Rita TV Series

Rita is a brilliant television series from Denmark that is now available on Netflix. It’s the first foreign language show that I have ever watched. You need to turn on the subtitles, but it is well worth the effort.

This is one of my favourite scenes from Season One. The story revolves around the school’s no sugar policy. A parent was outraged that another parent brought in treats to celebrate her daughter’s birthday. He said that the school was making sugar fun and that was the wrong message to give. So, he brought in some non-sugared treats for his son to share with the class.

At the end of that period, all of those tasteless treats were left behind. Some were even stabbed with pencils. The kid looked so embarrassed and downtrodden.

The next day Rita brought in some home-baked goodies with tons of icing sugar on them. She shared some with the staff and then made her way to the class.


Rita finds the student and gives the treats to him to distribute to the class. He felt like a million bucks and the kids all got a nice treat. It was a great scene. I love the reason she finally gave for being a teacher too!

In this next clip, a new teacher gets discouraged by an older teacher who tries to tell her that she was selfish for trying to start new programs. Her response is priceless.


I have had something close to both of these incidents in my teaching career. I could identify with the characters and story lines so much.

Season Three will be available soon. I can’t wait!

The thing about Rita is that she’s not perfect. She doesn’t have all of her life together. She might not even be the best role model, but she is a great teacher who really cares about her students.

The stories are great and so is the subject matter tackled. I love this show so much that I might just have to rework My Top 10 TV Shows of All-Time!

Happy Teaching!

Social Media and Print Media Converge in CREATIV

Creativ Magazine

These are the first two issues of Creativ Magazine, an ambitious project to celebrate creativity in all its forms. In a day and age where many print publications are going belly up and others switching over to being completely digital, it’s a bold move.

The magazine highlights creative people in sports, music, painting, photography, film, and much more.

This is how the describe their mission in the inaugural issue . . .

“Now – more than ever – we need incredible creativity, innovation, and ideas to fuel inspiration and move us boldly forward in new ways. Our world is full of people doing incredible things every day. People who are advancing us forward, inspiring us, disrupting the status quo, and changing the perception of life as we know it.”

Creativ has a great website as well. They have established an online community prior to starting the magazine and want the two to work together.

I like the feature on the paper-cutting work of Maude White. Her images are so lifelike and three-dimensional. It is absolutely incredible to see such precise and delicate work being made out of paper.

Blake Brinker, the publisher and co-founder of Creativ says it best . . .


“Curiosity drives imagination, imagination sparks creativity, and creativity manifests solutions, inspiration, and wonder. Creativity is the realization of human potential.”

So let’s celebrate creativity in print and online. Let’s nourish it and develop it. And let’s look for this magazine on the book store shelf.

The Best Place to Teach

The Best Place to TeachIf you ask yourself, “Where is the best place on campus to deliver this lesson?” You might find that the answer is not your room. You’ll never know if you don’t ask. 

So where can you teach a lesson?


Some school grounds are now developing garden areas and outdoor classrooms. But even if your school doesn’t have such an area, you can still teach a lesson outdoors. Work with what you have!


I have delivered a lesson from the hallway before. The change of location helps to spark student interest and can even minimize distractions.


You can teach a lesson in the library on any topic. This is a great place in the school that doesn’t need to be limited to just doing book exchanges.

Another Classroom

Imagine doing a classroom swap for a lesson or a day. It could be a lot of fun.

Field Trips

These don’t always have to be expensive. Maybe you can take your class for a short walk down the block or somewhere interesting in the neighbourhood.

More Questions

Asking questions while doing your planning can help open up all sorts of ideas and possibilities.

For example, “How can I get my class outside for this lesson?” is better than “Is there a way…” because the latter allows for the mind to take the easy way out and just say, “No.” 

Even better might be to ask, “How many different ways can I  find to get my class outside for this lesson?” Now the question naturally leads towards receiving multiple solutions rather than being satisified with one. The ability to manipulate questions to make them even more effective is crucial to success in the creative process. 

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Daredevil – Perfect Television

Daredevil premiered on television with his very own series this past weekend and I couldn’t be any happier.


This isn’t the first time we have seen Daredevil on our screens. He started appearing on television in the late 1980’s. He was in the live action series of The Incredible Hulk and the animated series of Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. He also had his own feature film in 2003.

It’s been nice seeing Daredevil on the screen in these limited edition runs, but having a long-form television series is simply perfect!

Netflix is a great platform for this series. It allows for a grittiness and realism that we wouldn’t have been able see on network television.


This thirteen episode arc drew heavily on Frank Miller’s The Man Without Fear without simply retelling that story. Just like in the graphic novel, Matt Murdock goes out to fight crime without a costume. He simply covers his face and eyes and wears all black.

The first time we see him in costume is the very last episode. He is standing on top of a building and holding his mask. The lights of the city make the cowl appear to be yellow for a brief moment. That really made me smile. It was a nice nod to my favourite retelling of his origin in Daredevil: Yellow.


The fight scenes in this series are the best and most realistic I have ever seen on television. They do get a little gory at times though. But I like that the characters don’t stay down when they get hit. The hallway scene is simply brilliant in how exhausted each character is as they get back up and try to win the fight.

DD hallway scene

As a long-time Daredevil fan, I am impressed with how well the creators of this series have set up this fictional world. There are characters introduced here and hints of where this series can go villain-wise in additional seasons.

I also like that they simply didn’t just adapt some of the more well-known stories from the comics. This feels like a new comic story and keeps us guessing. And just like Game of Thrones, they aren’t afraid to kill off some characters .

I highly recommend reading Daredevil and checking out this Netflix series. We can expect much more great super-hero TV too. This season is to be followed up by a season of Jessica Jones: Spider-Woman, another season focusing on Luke Cage, one on Iron First, and finally bringing all of the characters together in The Defenders .

We are a golden-age of television drama and I can’t wait to see more!