12/5/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the entire day working on the chemical engineering car competition.  The morning was spent working with teams and getting last minute testing finished.  Then, I rounded up all of the equipment (safety equipment, glassware, tables, etc.) and hauled it over to the Student Activity Center (SAC) for the competition.

We started the competition about 20 minutes early to try to beat the cold rain that was forecasted to occur in the afternoon.  We beat the rain!

The competition went well.  All teams had a car that moved.  The two best were a fuel cell and a battery car (which has never happened before).  Both of them ran out of room on the track, so we had someone pick up the cars and send them back.

After the contest, everyone helped clean up both the test site and the labs.  I was done with all chem car stuff by 5 pm, unbelievably.

In the evening, I hung out with my brother and his family.

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12/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working at Magdalena, tutoring AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.  A few of the advanced students have finished their college classes that they are taking online.  I am proud of those folks!

In the afternoon, I watched the Unit Operations presentations.  All of the professors were there to ask questions, so the students got plenty of feedback.  Overall, they did well.

I had one Varsity Tutors session in the afternoon.

I spent the entire evening working with the chemical engineering freshmen on their chem-e cars.  I worked with them for a good six hours or so before calling it quits after midnight.

It was a busy day.

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11/21/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning in Magdalena.  There wasn’t much teaching happening, as it was a half-day set of classes.  However, there was quite a bit of tutoring, as students finished up their homework before break.

In the afternoon, I taught two sections of Instrumentation lab.  They were my last of the semester, and the students were able to finish up their final projects during the classtime.  Now, I just need to grade all of the work they have turned in.

In the evening, I went and had dinner with my brother and his family.  I played Minecraft lazily from the couch with my nephew until I fell asleep.

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10/11/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I tutored at Magdalena in the morning. I knew I was not going to be working at Magdalena on Thursday, so I tried to divide up those hours between Tuesday and yesterday, and was only a few hours short.

In the afternoon, I went to our department meeting, then to help with Unit Operations Lab.  Once I saw Unit Operations Lab was running smoothly, I went to a meeting with the Dynamo group for an hour.

In the evening, I had my regular Varsity Tutoring session cancelled, but was able to pick up an hour and a half “instant” lesson.  I really struggled with the lesson myself, but hopefully, it was some help.

Then, I drove the truck home.  Correction, I drove the truck to Bernardo, and realized that I had left my medicine in my office, so I drove back to my office, picked up the medicine, then drove home and went straight to bed.

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10/4/17: Daily Post

The last few days have been quite busy.  I had a minor flood in my lab, so I had some cleanup associated with that.  Therefore, I missed the bus and am still in Socorro.  I ended up falling asleep in my chair last night, and here I am writing this at 4:08 am, getting ready to start another day.

However, things are getting better, believe it or not.  I am knocking things off my to do list almost as quickly as I am adding them to it.

Yesterday, I worked at Magdalena almost the entire day.  I had intended to come back to NMT, jump on the bus and head home, but instead I dealt with lab stuff until almost midnight.  I had also intended to do some online tutoring, but the appointment I had was cancelled.  Then, I intended to do some work for my UpWork contract, but the interface was being upgraded and I could not do the work I needed to do.

Anyway, I am going to get back to work.

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9/27/17: Daily Post

I forgot to post this one, as it crashed on my tablet and I ended up having to rewrite it:

Yesterday (Wednesday), I spent the early morning hours working on a few projects for the chemical engineering department.  I have been slowly catching up on my grading, and perhaps I will be all caught up by next week.

I tutored for several hours in the Magdalena schools, tutoring Algebra II, AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.

In the afternoon, I caught up to a former student who was on campus for a visit.  He was in the very first class of chemical engineers I taught, way back in 2008.  It was good to see that he was doing well.

We had unit operations lab in the afternoon as well, so I assisted with that class until it was time to catch my bus and commute home.

At home, I really became busy.  My Varsity Tutoring appointment had been cancelled (substitute teacher, no new content that day), so I did some housework.  Of most effort was cleaning on the top of some cabinets and hanging up some decorative coffee mugs.  I think it worked out though, so it was worth it.

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9/26/17: Daily Post

I mislabeled yesterday’s post, as it should have read, “9/25/17” not “9/26/17,” but I have fixed that error.

Yesterday, I commuted to Magdalena and tutored all morning and into the afternoon.  My standard schedule there for Tuesdays is to tutor a section of AVID, Math Analysis, Chemistry, lunch, and then a second section of AVID.

In the afternoon and evening, I cancelled my instrumentation lab and instead worked with the freshman chemical engineering car groups. As it turns out, most of the mentors for the freshmen are in my class, and we wanted to have a good meeting between mentors and freshmen, so I was happy to postpone lab for a day.

Later, I tutored two physics students for Varsity Tutors.  Both of them are doing well, and I am proud of them.

I then drove to my brother’s house for the evening.

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