There are approximately three weeks until school begins, first with a round of meetings, and then actual classes. I’m looking forward to being back, to seeing colleagues and students, to working hard. I worked a lot at the beginning of the summer, prepping a new class, getting it mostly done through winter break. I had thought I might do more prep from now until the beginning of the year, but I’m not really pushing it. Instead, I’m taking care of some administrative stuff, getting my classroom ready, getting my house ready, and taking some time to relax. I have a minor injury Im tending too, and I’m trying to establish a good exercise routine. I’m thinking walking and yoga, which may not shed the pounds quickly, but I think they’re good ways of keeping stress at bay. I can see a busy, busy year ahead and I think it’s going to be important to stay organized and to take some time for myself.
I’m sure I will be doing some work on my classes, but I think it will mostly be in the getting the details of the first week ready to go, and then I’ll take each day one day at a time. In all my classes, I have a broad outline to follow. In my experience last year, things happen that throw you off–students pick things up faster or slower than before, snow days, field trips, etc. I try to take it all in stride and leave a lot of flexibility in my schedule.
I’m also going to try to blog and tweet a little more about my work. My school has been very supportive of my social media work and have asked me to help them a bit so I’d like to engage those outlets on a more professional level. I’m hoping it will be a good outlet for me to think through some of my work as well. So, you’ll still see me lamenting my weight, talking about the kids, but you may also see more thoughts about teaching and computer science. You’ve been warned!