Af-fect (verb)

  • have an effect on; make a difference to
  • touch the feelings of someone; move emotionally

AffectiveLiving is an outlet for my life’s thesis:

Use scientific research and education to positively affect individuals’ perspectives, passions, and perseverance.

My work is rooted in the importance of social emotional learning, empathy, and human thriving.  Throughout my decade of experience as a high school teacher, educational trainer, writer, and speaker, I’ve always been committed to creating authentic dialogue, stirring thoughts, and providing a liaison between psychological research and teaching.

If you want to know more about my background and work, check out the Speaking & Workshops page.  If you want to connect, visit the Contact Chase page.  Or, if you just want to grab a beer or a coffee and talk life, learning, and thriving, look me up the next time you’re near Kalamazoo (yep, it’s a real place).


Chase Mielke


100 thoughts on “About

  1. Beautiful post! I teach all at risk 6th graders at a Middle School in south carolina. I’m going to be using a portion of this letter to read to my classes tomorrow. My children also need some inspiration, I give pep talks like this daily. Thanks!

  2. A very close friend of mine shared your post with me. I have been teaching English for almost 25 years. I told her it was like you reached into my heart and pulled out what I was feeling and put it into words. Thank you for articulating this.

  3. Chase, I am a little bit in love with you, but not in a weird and creepy way or a way that my husband might object to. I am in love with your teacher soul and I am stoked that you seem to have coalesced the experiences, impressions and flitting thoughts from my head into pieces of kick-ass writing. You keep reminding my why I do what I do (with 150 middle school kids) and why empathy and humor are the most valuable teacher characteristics even though they don’t show up on evals.

  4. My daughter’s high school algebra teacher handed this out to his 9th grade class of unmotivated students (including my daughter). She called me to tell me that she has an entire switch in her attitude about school. All I can say is THANK YOU to you and her teacher for sharing this!!! They will be watching the video tomorrow.

  5. Hi. I’m an AP at a Junior High in Fremont. I wanted to know if some members of my staff would be able to get your permission to make a video out of read your “Dear Killjoy” blog article. I think it would be a powerful message for our community. Full credit given. Please let me know how to go about this.

  6. This spoken word is so very powerful. I teach third grade yet the message still rings true. I plan to share it with my students, parents, anyone who is willing to read and hear it! Thank you for this message!!!

  7. I randomly came across that video, and it really spoke to me. I graduated from high school in May. Although I’m ashamed to admit it, for the first three years of high school, I was the kid who never cared about her grades, and always thought her teachers were out to make her life miserable. I’ve always struggled a lot with math, and Advanced Algebra during my junior year was no different: I put in absolutely no effort, never asked for help (heaven forbid I do a crazy thing like that), and let my grades go totally downhill. My math teacher was always nagging at me to put effort in, and to do my homework, studying, etc. but of course I never listened. After all, he was just a mean teacher out to make my life horrible…right? After it became evident that there would be virtually no way that I could pass second semester of the class, my school counselor came to me and told me that I had the option of taking the exam, since I wouldn’t pass regardless. “If you decide not to take it, you have to go talk to Mr. H and tell him that you won’t be.” So I went into his classroom, walked up to him, stared down at my feet, and said: “I’m not going to be taking the exam for this class, and I fully understand that I’ve failed this semester. I’m so, so sorry.” I will never forget looking up at him and, to my shock, seeing tears in his eyes. For the first time, my selfish, naive teenage self realized that he cared deeply about my success; he would only nag at me because he wanted so desperately to see me do well. After a hug, he told me that he believed in me and that I was capable of so much more than I realized. That was one of the most defining moments in high school for me. I was such a different person my senior year. My grades were good, I asked for help when I needed it, I got along great with my teachers, and I told them that I appreciated them. I want to thank all you teachers out there for all you do. For caring, for wanting to see us succeed, and for putting so much of yourselves into what you do…even if your students can’t see it now, one day they will.

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