31 July 2008

Green Lightning

It's green. And it's fast as lightning. Sort of. And every trip around town is a bit of an adventure.

Not the best picture, but you get the gist of it.

This one time? At math camp?

So, you may know that the reason that I came back to Medellin when I did was because of the math institute/camp that we're hosting this week. I've been teaching a class to soon-to-be-8th graders in the mornings while other teachers are observing. Apparently they're supposed to see IMP in action. They're sure seeing me, doing what I do. Not sure if it's the best representation of the program, but I'm doing what I can and actually learning a lot about my own teaching.

I found out this week that my classroom has changed. Thankfully, I found out before any of the other teachers got back (they all come on Monday) and was able to very quickly move all of the books and supplies I need. There wasn't even anyone around to share the cart with, so my 2 trips took only about 1/2 an hour. One less thing to deal with.

I also found out this week that I was not chosen as the math department chair. Not that I'm surprised. But it's nice that they finally let me know. And I am mostly happy with who they chose.

Oh, and the logic and sets course that I was scheduled to teach without a book or even knowing how often it meets--it's been given to another teacher. I'm a little disappointed, because I was actually looking forward to doing something new, and to the challenge, but it'll also make my year a little bit easier. Maybe.

Jenna gets back tomorrow. I've been feeling pretty lonesome here in the apartment by myself.

26 July 2008

I die a little bit every time I try to upload photos.

I'm having serious issues trying to share my photos with you all. Of course, with blogger, you can only do one or two at a time and it takes forever, so that's out.

So I tried Kodak online. But it was working for a good 2 hours and I was lucky to get 2 photos online. Mind you, I tried it at least 3 different times (with the same photos) on different internet connections with the same lack-of-success.

So I tried Snapfish. This time the site 'worked' for about an hour to upload my 72 pictures. When I checked on it, there was an error message that 51 of the photos were not a valid format (or something like that). Of the 21 photos that were 'successfully uploaded,' 6 did not show up as actual pictures. Argh!

I'm beginning to think it might have something to do with iPhoto or my Mac, but I just don't know. Does any of you have any ideas or suggestions? Anybody else have a Mac and have similar problems? HELP!

25 July 2008

43 and 45

Pounds, that is. Those are the weights of my 2 suitcases coming back to Medellin today. I successfully navigated the baggage embargo this time. Woo hoo! If you're not sure what I'm talking about, check out #7

I'm back in Medellin now and start our math institute on Sunday. I'm not sure if I'm excited for that or not.

01 July 2008

Homeward Bound

Headed back to the states tomorrow morning. Yay! I'll be in Wyoming from July 3 to 17-ish, then Denver until the 21st, and Wyoming again until the 25th. It's a short trip, but I'm very excited for it.

Denver people...I think we're going to try to do fish tacos at Brian's on the Friday I'll be in Denver (think it's the 18th). More details on that to come, but let me know if you're free so I can email his address.

That's it for now. Have to finish packing!