Category: Mental Reboots

The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem?

My husband has been joking for years that my brain has 4 processors. He says I can’t relax unless at least 3 processors are turned off, but that’s not an easy thing to do. When one processor can’t solve the problem it is stuck on, my brain brings up the next-most-interesting processor and begins working on that problem instead. Often, I wake up at 5am to find that one processor has kicked out a solution to a problem and then it is impossible to go back to sleep. Sometimes I can’t sleep because the processors are occupied with such interesting...

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My New Work Colleagues

Last month, I took a new position as Director of Learning and Innovation for Area9 – they build personalized learning software and learning simulations (e.g. LearnSmart, SmartBook, and SmartLabs). In this new position I am something of a learning software ninja. I propose, improve, design, spec, manage, test, and document new software features. I get to follow features and improvements from conception to completion and it is super fun!  I even write a little code here and there, which I haven’t done seriously since I was a chemist (a long long time ago when I was just out of college). I...

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Self Evaluation: List of Fives

Whenever I hire a new assistant, I have a list of questions I ask to get a feel for how we can best work together.  I want to make sure I take advantage of their strengths and provide them the opportunity for growth.  I think that good working relationships are developed when each person’s skills are valued and when they can learn about the things that they enjoy. So, I’ve developed my “List of Fives” to feel out the strengths and growth areas for someone I’m going to work with, and I try to use it to help us...

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Year in Review 2010

Clearly, the best of 2010 is yet to be published (happy to report that the last two chapters of my dissertation have been turned in to my advisor). Time seems to bend towards the end of the year in a way that I don’t actually remember all the things I’ve done in this year (every year feels like three years to me).  So, it’s always useful to me to reflect on what I accomplished during the actual calendar year. Places I visited (for speaking engagements, conferences, meetings or fun*): Arizona: Scottsdale, Phoenix (twice), and Sedona* California: Mountain View Florida: Orlando Georgia: Savannah Indiana: Indianapolis (twice) and Bloomington Illinois: Chicago Massachusetts: Boston (twice) Michigan: Ypsilanti, Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor Missouri: Kansas City North Carolina: Raleigh Oklahoma: Oklahoma City (twice) Texas: Ft. Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso (all different trips) Virginia: Fairfax Washington: Seattle Wisconsin: Madison International: Germany, Belgium*, The Netherlands* Presentations I built this year (at 20-30 hours per presentation, this is no small task): Algebra is Weightlifting for the Brain (slides or video) Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age (mindmap) Math Technology to Engage, Delight and Excite (slides or video) Mathematweets (Prezi) Playing to Learn Math? (Prezi or video) Playing to Learn? (Prezi) Play and Learn (mindmap) Levers of Change in Higher Education (Prezi or video) Future Proof Your Education (Prezi) Learning is the Future...

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Mental Reboot 2009

After a truly crazy 2009, I decided to take an end-of-the-year mental reboot. Joel and I traipsed off to Punta Cana (in the Dominican Republic) for five nights. We participated in one excursion while we were there (dune buggy ride, see pic below). This is my proof that Joel did actually dip his toes in the Ocean. Otherwise, I spent five days reading for fun (in the sun), while drinking Caribbean cocktails, with one of two views. Just for the record, these are not just feet with some photoshopped views in the background. View #1: The Beach View #2: The Pool I am pleased to report that I accomplished two things on this trip. First, I read the entire Sookie Stackhouse “Southern Vampire” series from start to finish. Second, I achieved Silver Medallion status on Northwest/Delta airlines (which I will get to keep for 2010). This will come in handy, since I already have trips booked to El Paso TX, Scottsdale AZ, Austin TX, Indianapolis IN, Oklahoma City OK, Boston MA, Houston TX, Chicago IL, Washington DC, Dallas TX, and Sedona AZ. Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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