It's Ski Week, and instead of being up on the slopes I've spent the vast majority of it at home, and much of that time in bed. I don't know what I have, but whatever it is it just saps my energy. It's like having mono all over again!
After over 11 hours of sleep last night I met a friend for lunch today, and then I went to school. At the end of last week our math department received our new document cameras, forever exiling the ubiquitous overhead projectors, and I wanted to have mine set up and ready to go. I connected the laptop, on which I run this graphing program, and figured out how to feed both it and the document camera into the LCD projector. Since the supposedly "overhead" screen wasn't so much over my head as behind it, I often had to write something and then move aside so my students could see it; now, I can have the document camera off to the side as I work on it and the students can see the screen clearly. As Martha Stewart might say, this is a good thing.
I also planned a couple lessons for early in the week, answered and wrote an email or two, and realized the cd's/dvd's that came with our textbook are useless (I was checking them out now that I have all the technology required to use them). How hard would it be to put a short tutorial on each textbook section onto a DVD, so even if I have a substitute the students could learn something? Instead, they have a PowerPoint presentation on each section--no audio, just a slideshow of the exact same example problems from the text! Not even different numbers! Grrrrrr.
Having done that little, I'm again exhausted--my default condition for the week. This sucks. I think I'll go have some tea, watch a movie for awhile, and enjoy my rockin' Friday night.