January 17 Day 680: Reboot

This will be my third week of a 10-week quarter and my first week in-person. I am grateful to have a small enrollment of 17 students and am looking forward to meeting them face-to-face for the first time.

I’m nervous—it feels more like a first day than a fifth day.

I plan to arrive 45 minutes early—to check the tech and get everything properly set. At least I am in the exact same classroom from last quarter.

There are routines to be established. Masks to be worn. Names to be connected to (the upper half of) faces. Lost souls to engage. Math to be learned.

I just wish it wasn’t at 8 am in the morning.

To all my colleagues, whether your institution is just starting or you are well into it, whether you are in person, remote, or online, may each day be a blessing. May you, your family, and your students stay healthy. May you find focus and meaning.

We’ve endured 680 days. Can this epidemic please be done?

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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