My name is Mylène. From 2009-2019, I taught electronics in a 2-year technician program on the east coast of Canada. Before then and since then, I’ve worked as an electronic technologist on oceanographic instrumentation and audio analysis equipment, in Nova Scotia and Oregon.
I’m especially interested in:
- creating a learning environment of bold, safe, mistakes
- helping people make sense of causality and make peace with unknowability
- helping people gain more control over their individual and collective learning
Courses I Taught:
- DC Circuits
- AC Circuits
- Semiconductor Circuits
- Microcontroller Programming (embedded systems)
- Electronic Fabrication (basically Intro to Hand Tools)
- Industrial Electronics (co-teaching)
- Electric Machines (motors and generators)
Past: Teaching Context
For readers who might not be familiar with the Canadian education scene, my school could be most closely compared to an American vocational/technical school, except that it’s publicly subsidized. The entrance requirements include a high school diploma or demonstrated equivalency, and tuition is between $1000-3000 per year. The median age of students is higher than an average undergraduate classroom — many students have been in the workforce for several years and/or have children.
My school is a place where you can learn to be an electrician or a funeral director or an office assistant or a continuing care worker. It is not the kind of place where you can take Intro Anthropology and Conversational Russian while waiting to transfer to university.
Current: Working/Living/Learning Context
I quit teaching and moved to a new country at the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Yet somehow I found myself talking to people about so many of the same things:
- how to evaluate conflicting evidence
- how to make decisions with imperfect evidence
- what exactly are those atoms doing in there (especially virus molecules, CO2 molecules, and meltblown polypropylene)
So, the blog is coming back to life. Expect more atoms, more causality, and more assessing evidence.