Quarter Century

Entry 119 for Monday August 10, 2020

This semester I celebrate twenty five years since I first taught at the Tecnológico de Monterrey here in Guadalajara. Time flies and I include the featured image of a young Ken teaching high school math (Math III which is grade 11 math). This university is a core part of my identity and I am fortunate to still be teaching here twenty five years later.

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? Woke up late; organized Alejandra, Andy and myself for first day of classes; recorded a #TechEduTips about Why to Not force Webcams on during classes, the first version had issues for some reason, uploaded the good version later in the day; #TC1028 class with a new group of seven students in English; #educoffee with Jakob; noisy house with remodeling of our downstairs bathroom; a nice 90 minute nap; #educoffee with Pablo; some bad news from a good friend going through a difficult time; catching up on these posts.
  2. What did you enjoy? A really good first class with my #TC1028 students this morning. I really want to focus on building trust with my students this semester based on recent conversations with #educoffee friends.
  3. What did you find difficult? Waking up after little sleep (see Sunday’s post). Woke up at 5:05am before my alarms rung, turned them off to avoid waking up Aure, went to sleep for “5 more minutes”, work up at 6:50am in panic mode to get everyone ready for first day of classes for three of us.
  4. What has changed? A new semester and a new start celebrating 25 years since I arrived to teach at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara.

Featured Image Credit

Composite of two images taken by my students in 1995 while I was their high school math teaching at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara.
“Ken and Students 1995” flickr photo by kenbauer https://flickr.com/photos/ken_bauer/50211905603 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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