April 27 Day 50: A Self-referential Celebration

As the title indicates, it has been fifty days since I started emergency remote teaching but more important than that, this is my 49th blog post. Personally, I don’t think multiples of ten are that impressive. Perfect squares however are a thing of beauty.

Think about it with respect to birthdays: 0, 10, and 20th celebrations each happen at a unique stage of life but 30 vs 40 or 60 vs 70 are not that different. Now compare to perfect squares:

0: perhaps the most important birthday—a proof of existence
1: more for the parents than the child
4: old enough to care and be excited but still a family affair
9: old enough to care and want to celebrate with friends
16: a very sweet moment at the verge of adulthood
25: the time when career and families starts to coalesce
36: a period of family and stability (I hope)
49: approximately the halfway point
64: beginning to slow down. Bonus Beatles song to celebrate (also 4^3)
81: a squared square ((3^2)^2) and likely the last fourth power you will get to celebrate
100: A truly remarkable milestone

Each number represents a unique stage of life worth celebrating. Now if I can only convince Hallmark to change their marketing strategy.

As this blog has only existed for 7 days and this is my 7^2 blog post, I thought I might highlight some of the early reflections as they all got posted en masse. I don’t expect anyone to read through posts chronologically but maybe someone would appreciate pointers to the serious highlights in my humble opinion? ICYMI:

March 13 Day 5: Upside Down and Inside Out
I start here since this post inspired the creation of the entire blog. A colleague asked to repurpose a Facebook post for the UW Center for Teaching and Learning blog “Teaching Everywhere“. I said yes but when asked where to link the post so that people could read through my reflections, nothing exist. I spent that evening 7 days ago, creating the blog that you are now reading.

March 16 Day 8: Personal Mantra and the Second Wave

March 18 Day 10: Swallowed by Black Hole

March 23 Day 15: The Third Wave

March 31 Day 23: Thinking Forward

April 4 Days 26-27: I Believe in Academic Freedom

April 13 Day 36: Don’t Call it Online Teaching

April 21 Day 44: Conjectured Cause for this Pause This marks the first post written and posted on the day in the title. And you are essentially caught up.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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