SEL Layer 4: Religion

Lain has changed a lot in this episode. Just look at the state of her room! She seems to be more outgoing with her friends and is even talking to more people on the internet. It is common for people at this time of life to explore and develop their social skills. Lain, however, seems…

SEL Layer 3: Psyche

This week my students at Northlake watched episode three of Serial Experiments Lain, “Layer 3: Psyche.” In this episode, we see the culmination of the event at the club. Lain ends up at the police station. When she gets home, she does not find her parents there. In the morning, she finds her mother in…

The Ins and Outs of a Burger

I love a good burger, but I am really confused about the hoopla surrounding the opening of In-n-Out Burger in the DFW area. Every time one of these places opens, it is inundated with frantic California transplants looking to relive some earlier glory of late night highs jonesing for cheap food—I guess. Now, I don’t like waiting…

SEL Layer 2: Girls

Today, my Northlake students watched the second episode of Serial Experiments Lain, “Layer 2: Girls.” In this episode, Lain’s friends get her to go out to a club for the first time. Another character get’s high on a strange drug. This is one of my favorite episodes because we start to get an inkling that…

New Term, New Goals

Well, it’s the start of another semester. So far, it seems pretty good. The students seem to be really engaged, which is good. I have lately been less tolerant of students who do not want to be in school. This is college, after all. You do not have to be here, so why take it…

SEL Layer 1: Weird

My Northlake students watched the first episode of Serial Experiments Lain called “Layer 1: Weird.” I am sure they found the title of the episode fitting. The first episode begins with the suicide of a young girl. Subsequently, students from her school begin to receive emails from her in which she states that she is not dead….