Sunday, January 10, 2016

A lot of math, a little stitching.

My Precalculus university class starts in just over two weeks and I only have 2 complete lectures written. I don't just write bullet points that I would like to cover, I write down the topics, the examples, the solutions and all of the questions that I want to ask. I also compile problems that the students can complete in each lecture if there is time and a separate homework assignment from their textbook. Since I collect and grade each HW assignment, I have to choose those problems carefully. I don't want to swamp my students (or myself) with work, but I want to make sure to assign problems that cover everything that I deem relevant. I am quite anal about this so it takes me a very long time. Also, I am not sure exactly how much work I will be able to cover in a 2 hour class. This is a new time-frame for me. 

I have started stitching Spring Angel. I am awash in solid green right now and not loving the stitching. I am looking forward to starting on some pretty pink. This is as far as I am right now.

It is supposed to be pouring rain all day today, so I will hopefully make some progress on her and maybe on Baker Beach (I haven't touched it since the beginning of December). I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching (I hope). On Monday, I will be joining the Stitchery Link Party over at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are up to.

I thought I would share a gift that I gave to Hubby this year. 
It is a bird seed covered birdhouse from Fresh Finds. That little red bird on the front is artificial and has since been destroyed by the squirrels and other birds. The bird in the tree is real. He stayed there and let is mate eat her fill before he had any seeds. 
This squirrel took a real long time to figure out how he could get some seeds.
He needed to stretch...
He needed to really stretch...
What a contortionist. 
The house is almost devoid of seeds now. I am not sure if it is in a place where any birds might use it as a home in the Spring. Hubby may have to move it somewhere more appropriate.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I teach too--nothing as difficult as calculus, but I tend to over plan and just push topics to the next class if necessary. Enjoy your rainy stitching weather.

  2. A nice beginning of a sweet angle.

  3. I can't help with your curriculum plans, but in my experience been over prepared is better than not been prepared. Hope it all goes well for you.

  4. Happy cross-stitching. Love your seed house. I love to observe nature

  5. Your spring angel will be lovely! Nice pictures of the nature!

  6. A lot of work goes into your teaching plans . . . your students are luck to have such a dedicated precal teacher! Your little birdhouse is darling! We've used this kind before and they are quite fun. The little squirrel really was an acrobat, huh?!? :)

  7. It's been raining all day I loved seeing your fake bird and real one. That's a gift that keeps on giving!!

  8. I wish you had taught my calculus class at university. My professor came to class each day and took a ball of paper out of his pocket, flattened it out against the chalk board and started writing, all the while talking to the chalk board. It was a very boring class. Did you get any Baker Beach done today? The angel is going to be cute.

  9. And will there be angels for all seasons?

  10. Cathie: Love the birdie photos, so pretty.
    Good luck on your class.
    Love that angel stitch.


  11. What beautiful birds! Are they red cardinals? Our squirrels strip the feeders s son as they are filled. I counted 4 of them on feeders this week, with a row of patient little birds waiting on the fence.

    Your students are lucky to have such a dedicated teacher. I quite liked calculus, so I guess I must have had a good eacher too. Makes all the difference.

  12. You have made a good start on your Spring Angel, hopefully, you will soon be onto the next colour!


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