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Post-Thanksgiving Update

I feel kind of guilty because lots of stuff has happened in the past few weeks, and I’ve shared none of it.

I added my newest set of foldables to the master list.  My intro class is in the section on solving linear equations, and I’m going to try to be better about sharing my notes for the rest of the year.  I have to admit that I was pretty lazy about making foldables the past few weeks, mostly because my classroom printer died.  Part of my planning process is printing out rough drafts of my notes and cutting them to make sure that they fit properly in a notebook.  Without a printer, I’ve been sending drafts to the copy room and walking down to pick them up.  It was fine for the first week or so, and then the walking got old, and I got lazy.  The students had quite a few days of traditional notes from last year.  Luckily, the new printer is in the corner of my room just waiting to be installed.  I’m pretty excited!

I’ve been trying new things in Physics.  We did a lab examining the coefficients of friction on different toilet paper brands and various household materials.  I have a pretty limited lab set-up, so we used Pascars with mounted force sensors on a track and tried to pull across the material at a constant velocity.  In a perfect world, I would have presented a more fool-proof method with an inclined plane.  If I’m lucky enough to teach this class again next year (here’s hoping), I would like to have an inclined plane rig set up for demos.  We’re currently talking about work and energy.  The students are requesting an outside lab before Christmas.  It’s pretty cold around here…so we’ll just have to see about that.

I also bought a house!  Well, kind of.  We put an offer in on a house back in August, and three closing dates later, it really looks like December 16th is going to be the day!  It’s an older house from the 1950’s that needs a bit of love.  All of the outlets are two-pronged, so no grounds, and all of the flooring is tile!  When I say tile, I mean old classroom industrial style tile…it’s the weirdest thing.  There is also a bright pink bedroom, and a teal bedroom and all sorts of things that need to be painted.  It’s kind of freeing to get to design my own kitchen and bathroom.  Exciting times for sure!

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