Sunday, June 10, 2018

Best Sound Ever Is This One!

It is dry here. Yes, it rains a lot, but it has been relatively dry and the snowpack is gone (we get our electricity through hydropower, and so snowpack is important since it feeds the rivers during the summer drought). There are also always concerns with fires. So a rainy day yesterday was very welcome!

Friday I had a defense and then a faculty meeting (not good, my friends) due to one word: METRICS. My school, like many others, is trying to reduce our work to measurable units that can be tracked and measured and mostly used to punish those who do not constantly improve their metrics.

I'm all for improvement, but not without context. I won't go into the details here, but here's an example: one year, I could publish four articles and be working on a book. The next year, I might be waiting for the book to be published so my 'counts' will decrease greatly. And without the context that I was doing something 'bigger' wouldn't be captured. Stuff like that.

So left on the school year plate is 1. submitting my grades for the undergrad class, 2. grading 15 grad papers due at 6:30am tomorrow, 3. submitting grades for the grad class, 4. two defenses on Monday and 5. one defense on Friday. And then graduation on Sunday. Then done. Done done done.

There has been a bit of knitting on the top:

And as several of you mentioned, cables aren't that great in linen:

But I'm ok with these. I think they'll show up ok. And I like the linen look.

I don't think I have anything else in this color, but I kind of like it, for a little summer top. I don't think I'd like a whole sweater out of this.

Let's see, what else can I tell you? Last night we watched a movie called "Rebel in the Rye" which was a biopic of JD Salinger. I knew very little about Salinger other than 1. Catcher in the Rye 2.  Recluse 3. Joyce Maynard 4. My college roommate Nealla went to high school with his son Matt and 5. in high school, we put on a production of "For Esme with Love and Squalor" and I played Esme. This movie focused on the early part of his life, when he was trying to be a writer and then fought in WW2 and then wrote Catcher in the Rye and then became a recluse. The 'after-recluse' part was pretty much sped through in the movie. Anyway--we got it as a Netflix dvd, if you still those. If you're trying to avoid Kevin Spacey movies, please do note that Spacey is in this, chewing the scenery.

I also finished reading "The Essex Serpent" and it was a slog at the end. It is an interesting story covering a lot of philosophical territory but I didn't like any of the characters that well. I'm glad to be done with it.

Today we're going to a high school graduation party. I don't think I've been to one since I graduated from high school!


Caffeine Girl said...

Metrics and education! What a mess. Just because you can measure something, doesn't mean you should. We are under so much pressure to increase the graduation rate -- and that is not a good thing. Teachers get in trouble for "giving" too many F's. What happened to students "earning" their grades?

Kim in Oregon said...

Our pressure is on 'time to graduation' to try to get students out w/in 4 years. It's pretty much the same issue with a different frame.

Vera said...

Glad you got the rain you need and I LOVE the color of your linen yarn.

Your comment on metrics made me laugh out loud. There is a guy here (work) who is applying for the Lame Duck's position (my one boss who has resigned effective January). The guy keeps spouting off about analytics and metrics to the point of making you want to vomit. I shared a link of an article with my boss and suggested he get it "out there." Here's the link:

kathy b said...

Hang in there KIM you are almost done. School is stress in my book. I hope that it all goes well. No doubt your students are so lucky to have yoU!!!! Keep knitting. Soon: Calypso will be the summer student!

Delighted Hands said...

The students forget that teachers are just as excited (maybe more so) for the end of the school year!!!! Sorry for the roadblocks to good teaching; it can be very discouraging!