New year, new classes, new opportunities– what are you up to?

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Busy, busy! The semester is suddenly lurching into motion, and as any tech person in education will tell you, the beginnings and ends of semesters are the most demanding. Today has been a blur of colleague after colleague consulting me on a wide range of issues, including email configuration questions, database problems, placement test materials distribution, classroom technology etiquette, and so on. It’s great fun to have such a variety of tech topics to brainstorm over, but the pace is frenetic for the first week or two of the semester.

Plus, I teach! I’m administering an ESL placement test this evening, and on Tuesday, I begin teaching my course. I taught the same course last semester, but I have a lot of new ideas for how to shake up the curriculum. 🙂

I’m also studying to earn the CompTIA A+ Certification, which is one of the most widely-recognized general credentials for computer technicians. Even just as a life skill, I figure that it’s a good idea to fill whatever gaps exist in my knowledge of computer technology and troubleshooting, but it’s perfect for professional development, too!

What are you doing to push your career forward and keep your students on their toes in the new year? Let me know in the comments!