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Archives for November, 2007

Which hybrid should I get?

I’m saying a sad goodbye to my trustworthy vehicle of 7 years that has been declared a total loss after a traffic accident last week. But, I’m excited about the prospect of buying a new car this weekend. We’ve decided to get a hybrid. I spend too much of my commute stuck in traffic, and…

If you’ll recall, in mid-October I had a disaster morning and ended up bringing Minnow to class with me. In the comment thread, Tara asked a great question: “What did my students think of it?” So I asked them. (Honestly, it was the reason for instigating the mid-semester evaluations, which turned out to be helpful…

Teaching evaluations

Yesterday in class my students filled out one of those stereo-typical bubble sheet evaluations that supposed to tell me (and the administration) something meaningful about my teaching abilities. I won’t see those results until after grades are turned in, but that’s OK with me because I didn’t find the questions asked on the standard form…

Child development is a step function?

Yesterday, after reading all your comments on my last post, and contemplating the sheer inanity of having so little evening time to myself (and my work and the housework…), I decided that we would try a new course with Minnow. Fish and I discussed it and we agreed that after we put her down at…

Introduction: A wise friend has told me more than once that “child development is not a linear process.” For example, teeth come in batches, often in fours separated by a few months of non-teething. As another example, just because Minnow is sleeping peacefully in her crib as I started to type this doesn’t mean that…

Minnow 37: Likes to drink pink ink

There are less than two weeks of Minnow photos remaining before the grand finale. A couple of donors haven’t yet made specific photo requests, leaving me with a lot of leeway in picking photos. If you donated to my DonorsChoose challenge and haven’t requested a subject, there’s still time. Here’s a photo from the archives…

Minnow 36: Old science project

My mom has been frenetically cleaning out her house the past few months, in order to make up for saving everything for the past few decades. (un)fortunately for us, she’s not making many decisions about what saved stuff should be passed on and what should just be tossed. So the end result is that Minnow…

Minnow 35: Playing with Princess Pup

I’m a little late today, but this photo is awesome. And it was highly supervised.

What do you call your instructor?

My post a few days ago has set people debating what the conventions are for addressing faculty at different universities. It seems that the form of address is highly dependent on where in the world you go to university. Let me explain where I’m coming from in insisting that my students call me Dr. Woman…

Thanksgiving thoughts

1. Happy Thanskgiving everyone. Minnow, Fish, and I are enjoying a mini-Thanksgiving meal of turkey, wild rice, and apple pie. Minnow will be getting her first taste of turkey. Photos will be taken. 2. On this day of feasting and family, take a moment to think of those who are less fortunate than you. This…