You may have noticed it’s been rather quiet here at STK for the past year. And then suddenly…posts again!
This past year was my first year teaching. I had three courses (Calculus, Physics, and a PLTW Engineering course) and five sections, plus the 7th Grade study hall from hell. Did I mention that I was basically inventing my own Physics curriculum (with no lab equipment), and working with extremely questionable Calc and Engineering curricula?
Basically I was lucky if I had enough energy to drive myself home at the end of the day.
So that’s why things have been quiet. Between preparing for, somehow surviving, and then recovering from all of that, I didn’t exactly have a lot of energy to put towards blogging. I have still been active on Tumblr, but 98% of that is reblogs.
I officially (discounting two weeks of training and the meetings I’ve already had) go back to work tomorrow, although school doesn’t start for another three weeks. This year I will be teaching four courses (Precalc, Physics, and two different Engineering courses) and six sections, but minus the study hall from hell (so help me if they try to give me a supervision during my lone prep hour…). For those of you keeping score, that’s an increase of one course and one section from last year – plus two of the courses are brand-new to me. Most of my sections will be bigger, too.
So yes, this year is looking to be even more discombobulating than last year. BUT because I finally found a little bit of energy here at the beginning of August, I am going to try to keep STK updating a bit this year. I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up, but I have posts queued for the rest of the month and material through September.
Don’t expect to see a lot about my work here; I’ve decided that (aside from some ranting on tumblr) it’s best to keep my professional and fan life separate, to the degree possible. This is not a Teacher Blog and I don’t intend to make it one. That being said, there will be the occasional mention of teacherly things since that is approximately 95% of what I think about during the school year. (Which is part of the impetus behind blogging again; trying to keep myself sane by switching mental gears every now and again. And demonstrating to myself that I am more than the person struggling to find ways to keep her students occupied each day.)
Alternating Mondays: The Hugo Project. Yes, it lives! #29 went up last week, and we’ll have some supplemental stuff on the 17th and 31st. In September we get to Asimov’s Foundation-verse, and boy howdy do I have some thoughts on that…
Fridays: FO Fridays, as long as I have something to post. I have a backlog of finished objects from the past year as I’ve been trying to decrease my number of WIPs. Also, if I ever get around to actually framing them, cross stitch from the past couple of years.
At random times: Possibly some other stuff. I’d love to say that I’m going to get around to publishing patterns or finally hanging the art in my room or whatever, but let’s be honest: I have no idea when or if I’ll get around to anything else.
So…if you like pretty knitted things and me yelling and (primarily) white male authors from the 20th century…stay tuned!
And keep me in your thoughts as I attempt to survive the coming year…