Summer grading

Grading for the week is done. I stayed on track even with the holiday. Online classes are still an interesting challenge. You want to be engaged with the students, but a lot of barriers exist. After teaching online for a couple years, I have seen good students and bad students. The classroom experience I miss the most is lecturing. Standing up on the front of a classroom and talking for an hour about a subject. I rarely get to spend an hour working on the same thing anymore. Sometimes it is nice to take a step back and consider a subject.

Yesterday I was hyper productive in terms of grading, dropping off my dry cleaning, and getting a haircut. My last haircut was on March 10, 2014. Apparently, I go two to three months between haircuts. I’m trying to figure out the right amount of time between cuts. I’d like to get it scheduled and added to my routine.

My vitamin plan has been working pretty well. The combination of B complex, vitamin C, vitamin D3, and CoQ10 worked. I’m thinking about reducing my vitamin D3 and adding a calcium supplement. That supplement change will probably occur on June.

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Grading papers

My big plans for tonight include grading a few papers. Every Tuesday my routine has evolved to include grading papers, quizzes, and discussions. This term I’m teaching strategic planning. The experience has been pretty interesting so far.

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Class starts roday

That strategic planning for business class I picked up this term starts today. The first 26 pages of the textbook were ok. They were very example heavy. Only one model was introduced. The textbook needs a lot of multimedia work to get to the next level. I’m looking forward to welcoming the students to class today.

The new multichannel contact strategy book is starting to take shape. All of the formatting is complete. The document shell has been updated. My trip to Chicago really fuelled my need to write. My 30 day writing path is still on track, but I’m going to need to pick it up a notch moving forward.

Over the course of the last month my weekday gym visits have become a part of my routine. Joni offered to get me a Fitbit for my birthday. I was about to buy the new flex before it got recalled. How long will it be before Citizen makes a watch with the same capabilities? 

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New Class Prep

It looks like I will be picking up that business strategy class this term. I should find out how many students will be in the class by Monday.

The physical textbook is on the way. Sure — I got an electronic textbook already, but I still enjoy print versions of textbooks. Technology can provide an advantage, but most textbook content has not been adapted to take advantage of the new digital format. Most of the digital texts I have seen are just hard to read versions of the book. You end up zooming in and out and scrolling all over the pages. I’m sure someday they will all be epic multimedia adventures, but that day has not arrived yet.

I will be spending a few hours tonight working on getting the course setup. I am looking forward to setting up the course. After setting up the course, I will need to spend some time writing a chapter. My alarm is already set for an early morning writing session tomorrow. This year each weekend morning has been earmarked for writing journal articles or book chapters. So far that plan has been working. It has been working pretty well.

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Grading Papers

Grading two entire groups worth of papers, quizzes, and discussions this week has been interesting to say the least. 60 students represent the largest class load I have managed. It has made for a busy couple days. I ended up spending a lot of time in my office watching “How I Met Your Mother” reruns on Netflix.