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Corona butori
Friday, November 20, 2020      13 comments

In Japan, companies have to provide free annual health checks for their employees. Ours is always in May. This year, it was delayed until yesterday. Last year, polyps were found which turned out to be “one step before cancer,” so I’m very gratef... Read more
A little rant from this granny
Wednesday, October 28, 2020      11 comments

I’ve been following discussions on YouTube about various aspects of dealing with this virus, and I’m finding the use of the word “granny” rather interesting. Obviously people over eighty are vulnerable and there are more women in that age group.... Read more
Sparking in the last six months
Tuesday, September 29, 2020      13 comments

My Spark points reflect where I’ve been with Sparking over the last six months, even though some of the points depend on chance. A great big dip an... Read more
Friday, August 14, 2020      12 comments

It’s the first time I’ve found myself working full time during a vacation. I should be over the worst of it in about three days. I’m grading exams and working out end of term grades all by email. I can’t find a couple of exams and I don’t know i... Read more
Online teaching.
Thursday, July 16, 2020      17 comments

I have two weeks of online teaching left this term. What a ride it's been! I found an amazing article online about the experience of online teaching. Now I can't find it, but it was the sort of writing which put into words what I couldn't expres... Read more
7 pm
Wednesday, June 24, 2020      10 comments

My new computer It’s 7 pm and I’ve finished my prep for tomorrow. I couldn’t believe it. After midnight is normal. When I talk to non teacher f... Read more
Four weeks in
Sunday, June 07, 2020      14 comments

The first two weeks of online teaching were a nightmare but the second two weeks have been under control. I still can’t manage a day off because it’s more work to prepare. It’s not just me who says it’s hard work and draining, and I don’t feel i... Read more
It’s hard work
Friday, May 22, 2020      15 comments

The first two weeks of online teaching went OK, at least with only the sorts of failures that other teachers are experiencing. Adapting my teaching to a different medium is strenuous, and my computer feels as if it’s overloaded, or at least the ... Read more
Upended job routines
Sunday, May 17, 2020      14 comments

I logged in every day on Spark for a thousand days and then I forgot to log in yesterday. This computer teaching has upended all the patterns and routines I’ve built up in 23 years in this workplace. I’m dealing with all sorts of glitches with c... Read more
I’m elated!
Monday, May 11, 2020      22 comments

My first online class went well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo boo woo hoo woo hoo!... Read more
First venture out to the hairdresser
Wednesday, May 06, 2020      15 comments

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Both anxious and grateful
Saturday, May 02, 2020      12 comments

Thank you so much for the warm support on my last blog. I asked for help with dealing with online teaching and I got a lot, and I found people who are as non tech as me and upset, and tech-savvy people who are anxious about changing their t... Read more
Thursday, April 30, 2020      18 comments

I usually reply to everyone who comments on my blogs but I’m completely overwhelmed. I haven’t replied to anyone. I wish I could resign right now. A week or so ago, I saw online teaching as a challenge. With less than two weeks left to prepare, ... Read more
Computers are great but humans are better
Thursday, April 23, 2020      13 comments

We were originally supposed to start the school year one month late, early in May. When it was decided, I couldn’t imagine that we would be able to teach in May, and I soon suspected we would be teaching online, as other colleges were starting t... Read more
A chuckle
Wednesday, April 08, 2020      19 comments

My grandson’s first taste of tofu. He said a little “Oh!” which sounded like, “Mum! What are you doing to me?” ... Read more

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