Sunday, March 22, 2015

Reading List Addition

I usually add sites to my "Reading List" without a comment. Same with removing them. The list is fluid, changing with sites I find, and my outlook on the world.

However, I want point out my addition of One America New Network, a cable channel based in San Diego, California. It aims to be the "next Fox", in a complimentary way. They are striving to be a real news channel, claiming 21 out of 24 hours are devoted to news.  And the talk shows are supposed to be talk, not yelling, and have viewpoints from all over the political spectrum,  I'ce skimmed their website, and it looks pretty good.  The channel is available on ATT and Verizon fiber TV services.  I'm going to poke around a bit and see if they stream anywhere on line.

Go, check them out!

(h/t Weasel Zippers, also a good source for news)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Accomplished Something!

Over the course of the last two terms at school, I have been in some relatively serious self-doubt about my teaching ability, and my "fit" with the school.  Among other things, it has me looking for work somewhere else, and not necessarily teaching.

I have a student who has issues that are affecting his attendance.  He can do the work, he's just not in class enough to really show it, which makes it difficult for me to coach and evaluate him.  He appeared in class last week, and afterwards, I offered to stay after and help him get caught up.  He seemed happy for the offer, and we left it at that.

Yesterday, he was in class for the full time.  I stayed after with him to help him get his projects up to date.  Happily, he was able to get two of the three he needed to do done.  The third is pretty simple, but his computer needed to do updates before he could complete it, so we called it a day after about an hour and a half.  We agreed that he would run updates next time during the lecture/demo part of the class, so he could finish the last missing lab.

He appeared happy to be caught up, and I felt like I had actually accomplished something positive.

Nice change.