February 27 Day 721: Pushing Through

I know February is a short month, but I swear it just started. How did it get to be this close to the end? This week precedes many deadlines. I think I have a handle on them. Mostly. And I am looking forward to two(!) professional trips next week for a grand total of 4Continue reading “February 27 Day 721: Pushing Through”

February 24 Day 718: Anticipation of Accomplishment

I heard a muffled pop in the kitchen. Upon investigation, I found the cracks shown in the image above. The inner window of my oven fractured. What did I do about it? Nothing. I let the vegetables finish roasting. Turned the oven off and promptly ignored the problem for the next few days. I eventuallyContinue reading “February 24 Day 718: Anticipation of Accomplishment”

February 23 Day 717: In Search of…Effective Leadership

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a good leader, again. My institution is at the start of the search for a Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. We are working on the position description, a job ad, and an assessment rubric. Pulling together the desired characteristics and experiences ofContinue reading “February 23 Day 717: In Search of…Effective Leadership”

February 22 Day 716: A Glimpse of the Most 2sday Tuesday

Today is February 22, 2022. That’s 2/22/22. And at 2 pm Pacific time, I hosted a Speed Networking event for the Mathematical Association of America. Eighteen MAA members (including myself) were matched for 3 minutes conversations–round robin fashion. I cycled through 13 conversations (missing only 4 participants). We talked about teaching, family, MAA, and mathematics.Continue reading “February 22 Day 716: A Glimpse of the Most 2sday Tuesday”

February 20 Day 714: Missed Opportunity

It was a beautiful morning. The sun eventually broke through the cloud cover (as shown in the cover image.) After my walk, I set my priorities for the day: Grade Friday’s reflections Comment on rough drafts and return so students can continue to develop and improve their final projects, due in 3 weeks. Work inContinue reading “February 20 Day 714: Missed Opportunity”

February 17 Day 711: Turning Point?

When all is said and done and the “Great Pandemic of 2020” is a distant memory, do we point to February 17, 2022 and say “we turned the corner and everything steadily improved from this moment forward?” Dear God, I hope so. What is my evidence? The first daffodil. Nature’s indication of Spring. A signContinue reading “February 17 Day 711: Turning Point?”

February 16 Day 710: Precision of Language

This is the eve of an important due date: rough drafts of my students’ final projects in Matrix Algebra are due at 8 am. They will spend a good portion of tomorrow’s class in a peer review exercise. I tell students that writing mathematics is like writing poetry–every word has a purpose and is chosenContinue reading “February 16 Day 710: Precision of Language”