Category: Teaching

Exhaustion, depression, and directionlessness

Maybe if I hadn’t been so over-worked the last two years, I would be willing to stick with it longer. But, working up to 12-hour-days on days I have class, and then spending so much of my time off-campus also at a computer working – prepping, grading, answering questions, etc. – has thoroughly burnt me …

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Canvas is bad and it should feel bad – March 19 – Quizzes are terrible.

View: Canvas LMS is bad and it should feel bad >> Quizzes aren’t exactly the most fun thing for students to do, but if they’re done well they can offer the student a way to practice and review topics and see what they’re getting wrong. Generally, I like to give my students multiple tries at …

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Canvas is bad and it should feel bad – Feb 22nd – Keyboard shortcuts??

View: Canvas LMS is bad and it should feel bad >> Um, just curious, Canvas, but… … Why is “next” assigned to “J” and “previous” assigned to “K”? … It’s not even vim keys, which I thought it might be at first; that would be This makes no sense.

Canvas is bad and it should feel bad – Feb 22nd – Grading programming assignments

Every time I use Canvas, I find that it makes me less productive and more frustrated. There’s too much to catalog all at once, so I’m just going to update this blog post as I become annoyed. View: Canvas LMS is bad and it should feel bad >> February 22nd: Grading programming assignments Let’s go …

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University and “Non-traditional Students”

I’m a non-traditional student, I guess. I would be a traditional grad student if I had started working on my masters right after my bachelors degree, but I was ready to get out of university. I worked in the industry, and then found I enjoy teaching computer science at the college level, and have returned …

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Burnout

This semester, I’ve been teaching 20 credit hours – 6 classes. Two sections of Data Structures online, three sections of Discrete Math 1, and one section of Discrete Math 2, which is the first time I’ve taught Discrete Math 2. I’m getting it done. I’m not putting as much effort into Data Structures as I …

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It’s my birthday!

Me: “I should keep up with grading by grading one assignment every night!” My day – Teacher work: Wake up, eat, begin working on class prep for the day. Fund an old lecture on stacks and queues, write a lab, adjust an old project to be a new project. Business work: Create a set of …

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Just because I’m a student doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t respect my time: Study guides

A textbook I teach out of with only a few sentences highlighted

OK, I was going to write this blog post after I was done studying for the midterm, but I’m just too steamed right now so I’m going to vent and then get back to it. My plan right now is to spend this entire weekend re-reading all the chapters of the book and making notes …

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More exams are better

I am stressed out. The class I’m taking has only two exams – Midterm and Final. The exams together are worth 45% of the grade. This is unfortunate for me, considering that I’m not too great at exams! In yet another example of “things that frustrate me as a student, so I try to do …

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How I prepare for weekly lessons

Prepping for discrete math lecture ... Textbook open, and video editor

Here’s a preview into how I create the content for my courses. I always hated slides straight from the textbook publishers, so I always make my own. I also frequently have to re-teach or re-view content that I’ve learned previously, so the best way to learn is to consume all the information and then be …

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