The Healthcare System

Laura/ November 29, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

You knew this was coming, right? I’ve had my fair share of encounters with health care, but most of them have been minor and relatively easy to take care of.  Having an injury this complex, though, is proving a bit challenging.  First, the injury took place in a foreign country, already creating a problematic situation. Second, it involved a car,

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On Being Thankful

Laura/ November 27, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

If you don’t follow me on Facebook, where I’ve spent a considerable amount of time the last fews days, you may not know that I had a close encounter with an Italian taxi/limo while on a school trip last week.  I was hit and thrown to the ground and my foot was run over.  Three bones are broken and it

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Succeeding at school, after school?

Laura/ November 11, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

I’ve just finished How Children Succeed by Paul Tough.  This has been on my reading list for a while now, and I finally got around to reading it.  It’s actually a quick read despite covering a lot of research on learning and success.  Tough covers a lot of the research having to do with ideas like grit, the growth mindset, persistence,

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Video Games and Depression

Laura/ November 9, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

Long time readers of my blog know that my son, Geeky Boy, has suffered from depression on and off for years.  You may or may not also know that he’s a pretty hardcore gamer.  That’s why this article in Slate by Jane McGonigal makes complete sense to me.  She argues that the opposite of play is depression and that therefore,

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An Experiment

Laura/ November 8, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Last post I wrote about my time crunch and how it affects my ability to accomplish the things I want to get done.  I’ve been reading a book that really has nothing to do with this but got me thinking. I started thinking about where my time is going and what’s not getting done. And I started to think about

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Time, Habits, Disruptions, and Other Pesky Things

Laura/ November 7, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I told myself I was going to try to write a blog post every day in the month of November to get back in the habit of writing fairly regularly. I can hear you laughing from here.  After my reunion, there was catchup, of course, and now I’m away again, grades are due Monday, and

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25 years is really not that long

Laura/ October 26, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

View image | I have just returned from my 25th college reunion.  When I was in college, those folks wandering around for their 25th reunion seemed so old.  But now I am those folks wandering around.  And, yeah, I guess I’m old.  Oddly, it’s like 25 years haven’t passed at all.  When I walked into my friend’s house after

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Keeping everyone informed

Laura/ October 19, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 3 comments

As long as I’ve been supporting faculty in some way or another, I’ve struggled to make sure that everyone has access to good information.  There are many channels for communicating with people, from face-to-face to web sites to Twitter.  The problem is there’s no one preference for everyone, and so trying to figure out what works is hard.  I like

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Subtle bias for women leaders

Laura/ September 24, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This article illustrates a few examples of female tech leaders being interviewed and the focus was on their children, work-life balance, or other “women’s” issues.  We’ve all witnessed it, whether it’s a woman in tech, a leader in politics, or a female musician.  I’ve been lucky over the last few years.  I’ve done a couple of interviews with male journalists and that

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On not being the expert

Laura/ September 23, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

Back in my first year of teaching, I didn’t know anything.  Sure, I’d been teaching for close to 20 years, but I’d never taught middle school or high school and I’d never taught CS.  I’d taught a “boot camp” but not a full length course.  And rather than teach what I’d taught in that boot camp, I did my research

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