August 28th, 2012
…and we’ll see how much I blog.
It’s the first week of classes, and I’ve got two sections rather than one for a change (but none in the spring). I’m also trying a bunch of new (to me) pedagogical techniques so I do have a lot of preparation to do, new technology and practices to learn. Still, my students seem engaged and enthusiastic for the most part, so I’m down for it.
One of my grad students had his candidacy exam yesterday, so I was helping him prepare for that and then had his talk and oral examination.
I’m head of graduate admissions/recruiting for the department, and I’ve got to update the website and write a proposal to submit Saturday.
Saturday I will actually be in Atlanta, at Dragoncon, giving about 5-6 hours of lecture as part of my astronomy workshop there (slots still available). Jean and I will have to get a hotel room in Denver Thursday night and fly out early Friday morning.
Since I have a Tuesday-Thursday class, I need not only my class preparation done for Thursday, I need it done for next Tuesday as well, since I don’t see the time available in Atlanta and anticipate being exhausted.
Other things were going on the last few weeks and I’ve been eying this week cautiously, expecting to be stressed out, which I am. Things are getting done, and so far done well, but I still have a lot to do and know I have to prioritize my sleep/exercise as much as the work, or at least pace myself.
So I kind of expect the blogging to drop off this week, but I’m sure I’ll share a few things that come up, and report on Dragoncon and how the astronomy workshop goes. I’m still worrying about how to do it all in a day, and what can’t be cut and what can, but I’ll find a solution.
I guess I should explicitly add that I continue to work with my students on their research and that fills a couple of hours a day as well, and my wife misses me, but I promised her vacation time together in Atlanta. I’m looking forward to that, assuming all is spaceship-safe.
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