Tip Of The Day: Wednesday Is Not Friday

For whatever reason I woke up today thinking it was Friday. You’ll understand when I say that I was rather sad when I learned that it was, in fact, only Wednesday. My sadness grew when I glanced at my calendar. One look and I knew that I had to head to campus. Don’t get me…

Smile Worthy

And just like that the semester is over. Okay, maybe not completely over but pretty much over. The students still have to write their exam, and I have to grade said exam, but otherwise everything that the students needed to do, they have done. Today was their final lab demo. That is, today they put everything on…

Winding Down

So apparently today was the last formal day of class – well, at least for the course I teach. Tomorrow is the last day I will meet with my students this semester in a non-exam setting. Crazy. I honestly can’t believe how fast the semester has gone. It seems like only yesterday that I was…

Mon-Tues-Wed-Mon-Fri-Sat-Sun

Holy hell the semester is almost over. On one side of the coin I’m stoked because it has been a long semester filled with late nights, early mornings, sleep deprivation, and probably far too much coffee and beer. On the other side of the coin I’m a bit sad because, while the semester has been…

A Proud, Beaming, Smiling Kind Of Silence

Today was awesome. What’s amazing is that I can confidently write that the day was awesome knowing full well that I didn’t accomplish almost anything that I wanted to accomplish today. I woke up feeling less than 100% my usual self this morning1, forced myself through the motions of making breakfast, showering, and getting dressed…

All It Takes Is Pie

Today I headed to Cape Croker – just north of Wiarton, Ontario – with two undergraduate students, two graduate students, and one Post Doctoral Fellow. This band of misfits included 3 biology students (1 who is transitioning from biology to statistics), 1 computer science student, and 1 engineer. Oh, and me – a card-carrying PhD…

True Lies

Okay, remember how I said a few weeks ago that the semester had come to a close? Well, I think I specifically wrote that classes had ended. Regardless of what I wrote, I lied. Gasp. True story. Of course, having just admitted I had lied, you might be wondering how you can trust the statement…

Brain Whoring

ZOMG I am freaking tired! FREAKING TIRED I SAYS. I’m currently sitting in my office finishing a reference letter for a student. That’s right, it’s 9:48 and I’m in my office. I’m cool like that. Actually, if I’m being completely honest I’m not finishing a reference letter. That is, I’ve just finished the letter and…

I Hereby Dub Reading Week Adventuring Week

And just like that, half of the winter semester is over. That’s right folks, it is officially reading week. Although if you were to judge by the size of my 2nd year class, you would have thought that reading week started yesterday. I digress. Honestly, I can’t believe 6 weeks have already come and gone….

The Ultra-Nerdtastic Version Of Me

Today was the first class of the first semester of 2012, which means that today was exhausting but in a completely awesome way. I love teaching, so it felt amazing to be back in class in front of a room full of 60+ students. To be honest, I was a little nervous before I arrived…

It’s All About The Passion

For those not in the know, today is World Teachers’ Day, a day set aside to honour and celebrate teachers. And while I’m not up on all of the official World Teachers’ Day rules (are there rules?), my guess is that a teacher is used to describe not only the profession of the same name, but…

What’s In A Name?

You might want to grab a tissue before reading this, because what I’m about to write is sure to bring tears to your eyes.  Or maybe that’s just me.  Anyway, last Wednesday marked the official end to one of the courses I was teaching this semester.  Specifically, it was the end of Calculus for the…