Summer School

Entry 077 for Monday June 29, 2020

The core questions:

Credit goes to Ben and readers of his blog for these “Four Questions” and the five stretch questions.

  1. What did you do today? Recorded a bunch of video for #LinuxTips to last the week; recorded and released a #TechEduTips video about Firefox containers; first day of summer school class for #TC1028; meeting with colleagues teaching other #TC1028 groups; mulling over creating that CIIE entry about #educoffee. Note, no #educoffee this day.
  2. What did you enjoy? A very nice meeting talking with colleagues Fabiola and María Luisa (Manuel has a class at our meet time) discussing implementing #TC1028. Fabiola has taught it twice before as have I while María Luisa and Manuel are teaching this course for the first time.
  3. What did you find difficult? I don’t teach summer sessions. For me, these are the times to recharge and reload for the fall. The last time I taught summer session was in 2007 (Video Game plugin course) and that was while pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of Alberta and I came down to Guadalajara to collect data from student projects for my thesis. The time before that was 2004 (Software Engineering, see image) when I took some students up to Seattle. I was only coordinating the trip so not really teaching; the teaching was led by Bjorn Freeman-Benson and David Socha. Before that was 2000 (double topic on Extreme Programming) and the only other summer was 1996 (Compiler Construction II). I love my students, great group. But I am getting exhausted.
  4. What has changed? Reality setting in that I won’t have any vacations until late December. I am grinding down but trying to keep energized by keeping busy.

Featured Image Credit

On our first day in Seattle for our summer course in 2004. We went for drinks at the Big Time Brewery which I used to haunt when I was in grad school in the 90s.
“Big Time Tec Students” flickr photo by kenbauer https://flickr.com/photos/ken_bauer/4251808300 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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