College hunt observations

Laura/ April 1, 2016

I’ve just returned from spring break where we did a round of college tours.  This is a grueling but interesting process.  Having somewhat of an inside perspective makes the information sessions and tours a little different.  I have a good sense of how the admissions process works, and I have an even better sense of what classes are really going

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Ready for a break

Laura/ March 21, 2016

This will be a short week as spring break begins on Friday. The last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy. I really need the break. I used to worry about taking breaks. I have often been surrounded by people who brag about how many hours they work. In grad school, I would sometimes quiz various people about their work

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Healing, slowly but surely

Laura/ March 18, 2016

An update on the foot.  I’m in shoes now full time.  I hardly ever take the elevator at school and I can go up and down stairs like a “normal” person (mostly).  Going down is harder and I don’t always do it “right” but I am making a concerted effort.  I went to the doctor this week.  Everything is healed,

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Gaining wisdom

Laura/ March 16, 2016

Today, I turned another year older.  If you’d asked my 20-year-old self where I’d be and what I’d be like at this age, I don’t think she would have had a clear answer.  I was still on the road to becoming a poet at that point.  At 30, I’d given up becoming a poet, and instead aimed to be a

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When Class is Fun

Laura/ March 14, 2016

Last week got away from me.  It’s hiring season, so I’ve been in a million phone and face-to-face interviews on top of the rest of my classes and meetings.  I also spent last weekend at SIGCSE in Memphis, trying to do 3 or 4 things at once.  As I mentioned, we did a college visit.  I also spent some time

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The College Hunt Begins

Laura/ March 4, 2016

Today, Geeky Girl and I will take her first real college tour, not her first actual college tour, but the first one that she’s considering as a real possibility.  We went on a college tour around this time last year just because we were near one.  It was a low-key way to start the process.  We’re visiting my alma mater,

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Growth mindset

Laura/ March 2, 2016

You know what I’m tired of hearing and reading? Not everyone can learn X. Where X is some subject–often science or math or sometimes music or painting.  It is a damaging statement.  It’s a statement that kept (and sometimes still keeps) women, minorities, and those from impoverished backgrounds from pursuing certain fields because they’ve been told or gotten the impression that

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The future of school

Laura/ February 29, 2016

This past week I’ve read several articles that have made me think even more deeply than normal about where school is headed.  I’ve read articles about different kinds of schools popping up in the K-12 space.  AltSchool, online enterprises, microschools, a wide variety of different kinds of charter schools are all trying to do school differently.  In most public and

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Teaching Soft Skills

Laura/ February 5, 2016

I think I write about this a lot because I think it’s honestly the most important thing we can teach.  Soft skills mean different things to different people.  Some think of them as skills like critical thinking and collaboration.  Some think about them as being resilient (or having grit).  Anya Kamenetz outlined some of these different skill sets in an

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Coming back from chaos

Laura/ February 3, 2016

Work productivity is mostly a matter of having mental energy, but productivity around the house involves physical ability, which, you know, I don’t have much of right now.  But I took a stab at it yesterday.  Laundry is one of the hardest things for me to do because it involves carrying baskets of clothes from one place to another.  I’ve

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