I only wrote threeblogposts on this blog in 2018 and not much elsewhere. Last year was a good year but also stressful in many aspects of work and life. I keep telling my students to learn to say “no” to requests and I thought that I had learned that years ago. I still need to improve on that, blogging took a back seat to focus on many other activities.
Yes, the previous post declared that summer is here but I refuse to follow the crowd. End of the January-May semester signals summer but it also signals my spring cleaning of my office space which includes the physical accumulation of papers as well as the digital.
Back to Linux
I have my first non-Mac laptop since 2005. I truly enjoyed the quality of the Mac hardware and there were are software applications that I will miss but I wanted to push back to Linux as my mobile computing platform. My main workspace at home has always been Linux (currently an install of Kubuntu), I have been promoting Linux for use by students and colleagues since the 90s.
Today I submitted the last manilla envelope with grading material. My teacher’s day present to myself as today is “Día del Maestro” here in México.
I always have a full summer without giving classes. I have some invitations to talk about Flipped Learning to a few locations and I’m working on being a more active chair of the board of the Flipped Learning Network. I also want to write the draft of a book for introduction to programming (Python and C++ in same book as that is what I am using lately for two courses).
And I plan to blog more.
So yeah, busy. But I do plan to make it to the beach for at least a few days.
We are getting into the heart of our semester here at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara and the students are writing their “first partial” exams this week and next. I mentioned on Facebook that my writing dropped off while trying to kick off two of my main projects for this year.
This past weekend I attended a reunion for graduates of our program from 1998 and 2003. It has been over 15 and 10 years respectively since these students left our halls and we were happy to welcome them back.