Entry 116 for Friday August 7, 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? Systems admin and file cleanup; recorded and produced a video for #TechEduTips on how to create a Twitter account; nice meeting with Alan about connected courses setup; a nice #educoffee with Jorge P. in the afternoon; planning for #OpenFlip including setup and configuration of site; my #Oilers lost 3 games to 1 in their play-in round and are done for the season.
  2. What did you enjoy? A really nice short meeting with Alan about connected course plumbing for #OpenFlip
  3. What did you find difficult? Getting my courses ready for next week. I am excited but less so than semesters when I have more time to prepare.
  4. What has changed? Classes start on Monday. This summer was so short, not just because of #covid19 but due to our spring semester schedule change to Feb-June instead of Jan-May.

    And then, the stretch questions:

  5. What are you grateful for? A suggestion from Nick Doty. Maintaining a gratitude practice yields all sorts of benefits, but it can be more beneficial if you do it on a longer timescale – weekly, not daily. So it’s an optional question here.
  6. Which changes do you want to keep? A suggestion from Sonia Virdi. Not all of the changes are bad – for example, more flexible work from home policies, a stronger social safety net for some workers, and cleaner air. What is worth holding onto?
  7. What are you scared of? It’s not always productive to give voice to our fears, but sometimes they need to be written down.
  8. What has stayed the same? A suggestion from Ben Seymour. Not everything is in flux. Some things are constants, but everyone’s constants are different. What are they for you?
  9. When did you last laugh? A suggestion from Edith Speller. Think back to the last time you laughed – it was probaby in an intimate moment that says a lot about your life and your current situation. Where you find humor and light tells a whole story.

Featured Image Credit

Copper plumbing. Bottom of the mash container; Steve fabricated it out of an old water storage tank, apparently located in Pahrump, NV.
“Beer Plumbing” flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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