It's the 9th annual "Year End" recap post. (Started in 2013, did not run in 2016 as that's the year I wasn't teaching.) As I've said before, the end of August is the true end of the year, no matter what the Gregorian Calendar claims. That's teaching life.
Of course, in 2021, I didn't post until MARCH 2022. This time, it's A YEAR LATE, as we're talking about the year Sep 2021-Aug 2022, to be clear. And unlike in 2021, I didn't even start this until the actual new year, Jan 3rd.
The years are getting harder, despite the teaching being part time, and I don't know if it's the parenting, the teaching under a pandemic with a conservative government, or some mix. ANYway. Let's just get this out there so I have a reference.
In September 2021, we were back to semesters (not quadmesters), but we ran alternating weeks. Meaning two weeks worth of math was done in a single week, then students went off and did another subject for a week, and then came back to math. So much like with quadmesters, the courses had to be completely revamped to run sensibly, as it doesn't work to test the first day back after not having done any of the course material for a week.
Generally speaking, since a period was double the time, two lessons happened in a single day. Ideally with some time in between to process the new work.
Fortunately for me, as I mentioned in last year's update, a request to shift to part-time was belatedly granted to me in August 2021. Because I was also having to teach a new course (MHF 4U), largely because the teachers who would normally have done it were either now at the virtual school, or were handling the new Grade 9 Destreamed Math Curriculum brought in without resources by the Ford government. (Destreaming, good. No actual provincial funds to handle it, bad.)
This reduced schedule meant I could concentrate on getting MDM 4U (stats) to run in the new alternating system, while generating a bunch of new lessons for MHF 4U that could potentially run in either system (always looking ahead). The 3C course went to someone else, giving me more prep time. I only taught in the afternoons, 12-2:30pm.
The use of a portfolio as a culminating work for MHF (since there were still no exams), based on a posting I saw in Sept 2021, proved particularly useful. The data culminating works (split into spreadsheet stats and probability project) remained from the prior year.
As a final sidebar, not all school boards in the province (or even in our city) went with this alternating system. The provincial government was randomly approving different things, pretty sure they're trying to break us.
September saw my ceiling projector FINALLY replaced, about one year after it blew out (they had to replace the mount first), so we were off the cart sitting in the middle of the room. I had to upload my vaccine status, and lunch duty was back, but the grades were separated around the school (so in the caf, I only had to watch the Grade 12s). I also did an Australian PD.
The only school-related Covid Scare happened in December, with an explosion of cases shortly before the winter break. I was lucky not to be tagged for having to isolate over the holiday.
We then pivoted to remote teaching at the start of January, which of course we only found out via the media (conservatives don't talk to unions). I was still dealing with 4U course prep, and now had to check ClassFlow still worked from last year. A week after that, we ended up in HYBRID MODE.
Basically, I was mandated to be in school, and some students were there too, but others elected to stay online, so I was running things with a laptop on the desk. Attendance was fun to take, not. We eventually made it back in, and then there was a huge set of 4U cheating cases in January 2022; I needed sick leave to handle the end of the semester (in part with preschool shutting down, see below).
By semester two in February 2022, things were on a rocky path back to "normal" (narrator: things were not normal), as I was again full time, and dealing with three 3U courses. I implemented the portfolio there too (again, no exams), with a better cap on the number of entries.
The February long weekend (PD and Family Day) was supplemented by two days of no busses for ice (that came in Tues afternoon and lasted through to Wed morning), meaning I saw some students on Thursday and then not until the next Thursday. I was out sick a bunch in March after the break (pretty much right after mask mandates were provincially lifted, coincidence, probably not).
In April we locally reinstated mask mandates here, which lasted until late May. Around when daily screenings ceased too. A derecho (sudden dumping of water) in May also closed schools on the Tuesday (after a holiday Monday); I was then sick the following two days. Aside, I ate all my lunches in the car, the only time I actually took off my N95 mask within the school building was late June one day, when there were some staff sandwiches.
Staff meetings were virtual. We learned start time will be shifting to 8:20 (from 8:30), because busses. Math contests ran, but with very low numbers (and with one parent asking about their child who was at a different school participating, though they ended up not needing us). I'm somehow still the COMA secretary, except we're known as O34ME.
This needs its own category. In September, I finished a Summer 2021 video for my daughter, four looping iterations of music (which was one more than previously anticipated). I managed a little video of her running her preschool in October 2021. She still doesn't sleep regularly, sometimes wanting chair when she wakes up in her crib.
The Paw Movie promotional material went away on the tablet, so I bought her a PawPatrol book. We bought her a new clock showing colours when she could wake up. Her giraffe soother broke (bit through) within 24 hours of the clock showing up; she had to go cold turkey without (we had warned her). She handled it, in part with the giraffe stuffy itself.
The lamp in her room fell and died as she was getting over being sick in mid-September. We also had our first gymnastics class (Wednesdays, 5:30pm), and bought her a unicorn outfit for Halloween. And she had her first birthday party invitation (via preschool); we chose to attend (Mom not feeling well) which is good because not many did.
Thanksgiving was in Carp; parents came in, we went to Cora's (1st time in 18 months, show vaccine certification). October also had a preschool pickup (then me driving back to teach the afternoon) and Covid PCR tests with negative results. Later in October was CHEO for her ear, in 6:30pm, out after 1am, which felt long at the time but is laughably short these days. (Antibiotics until last week of Oct.)
November had an actual preschool Covid scare, everyone was sent home the day I was finishing handling morning math contests (turned out to not be Covid-19), followed by a power failure next morning. December was the scare in our building (see above), then in January, a change to provincial regulations.
We had a positive case in her preschool in January, but they were NOT shut down (this was as I was learning our school was going remote). They didn't even have to tell us, but they did because they're awesome. We kept Alexandra home the next day (Friday), doing a round of RATs and we were all negative (her throat did end up hurting).
Another preschool case in later January prompted an early Friday pickup. And then at the end of the month, the preschool was totally shut down, resuming in February. I was already taking sick leave (for both physical and mental reasons) so we got it to work out.
I believe January is the month she was showing more interest in the Frozen princesses, and by February she was sucking her thumb a LOT more. From every couple days to being multiple times in a day (something she learned from Haley?). A home, we did Preschool Cubbie play, with the Cubbies being below the island in our kitchen.
In February, she wore a mask to preschool sometimes (again to be like Haley?), and got scared the day we forgot to buckle her carseat. Right after March Break she was out for 4 days with a throat thing, had to give her a RAT to even see a doctor (then she did toothpick RATs with stuffies). I was out 3 of those days, not feeling great myself. (See above, mask mandates had gone, though I still wore one.)
At the time, we thought she'd avoided a preschool Gastro outbreak, but about a week later she got it anyway, 2 more days out. In April, another change, where we can return to dropping them inside at cubbies. I gave her an Everest for Easter (to go with her Rocky). We attended virtual school sessions and enrolled her in Trille des Bois for September.
My notes for May say she is able to explain and self-play much more. Bonne Mama visited, and had to buy sleep pull-ups when we forgot for her sleepover. They both attended the Mother's Day event there, and I went to the Father's Day one in June. Her aunt came by for her fourth birthday, and she got her unicorn luggage for the summer. She also decorated her own cake.
Summer started with seeing the RCMP horses, getting a school bus from going to Group, an outdoor swim class, and a trip to Georgetown. Her preschool ended in mid-July, shortly before we headed out to France for three weeks. Summer ended with getting her started on a Covid vaccine, and building a cardboard house with me, that's now in the basement.
Quick aside, Fertility restarted in February and June, but it's looking like she'll be an only child.
I'm still so behind in webcomics, serials and everything else I used to read. I don't know when, if ever, I'll catch up from before the pandemic. It's all I can do to find time to write my own stuff.
I did keep up with videos and Lotus LPs that I like. My serial site shifted to recap posts that I could queue up months in advance, namely mathNEWS serials. Quantum Loop, General l'Hopital and Sinefield. I haven't run an "Epsilon" since the last one ended in April 2021.
I did write/finish a Log Parody song (technically most in Aug 2021) which I used in 4U. Then the annual Christmath parody in December (Walkin' Around Unit Circles). And I made a "Marmalade Mercury" video in July 2022 in preparation for the serial blog.
"Time Untied" continues to be a behemoth, the yuri triangle (Carrie-Chartreuse-Peaches) kind of taking over into "Time Denied"; I wrote another 25,000+ words in November during NaNo, taking me from 2L into File 2M. Then July 2022 got us another 14,000+ words into 2N. (From "A", every file has about 20,000 words.) I got the Feedback from I&I about the "Denied" restart in early 2022 as well. (A to J being the full "Untied" book.)
I did online Roleplay, continuing TORG RP with Ben (from the Eiffel Tower escapade in Sept 2021 to a virtual battle in Aug 2022). Having Avril now fully kitted out for September's new session. Unrelated, me and AL watched the new Bond Movie in Dec 2021 (while little one was with Tatie) and I saw some movies on the plane while flying Internationally in the summer.
Yuri, I finished Villainness Book 3, still reading a bunch more. Anime, I made time for "Birdie Wing: Golf Girls Story" season one, upon hearing it had yuri subtext (and that's all). Created a Scan File as I did, may or may not ever clean it up. Drawing, I got a math banner done in Jan 2022... for 2021.
In May I blogged about Ford being a terrible leader, then blogged again about him being terrible for Education. He still won the June election, because 57% of the province didn't vote. I started putting together a post trilogy about word puzzles in August 2022 but didn't get back to it at all.
I joined Mastodon at the end of April 2022, when Musk talked about buying Twitter (I could see writing on the wall). But I didn't seriously post, in part because I wasn't sure about the different fediverse channels. I also found the #TimeTravelAuthors hashtag in August while on vacation, and joined a community of fellow authors there.
That's about it. What even is spare time any more.
UPKEEP ET CETERA
Miscellaneous stuff! We bought new BBQ and had it delivered. It's still in the garage over a year later, because moving it out back requires a new BBQ cover.
The power off button on my phone broke at the end of March 2022. I didn't deal with it until the summer. In April 2022, I bought a home Hepa Filter and new Thermometer after all our illnesses in March. Also later that month, discovered our Fridge had an overheating issue (the strip between fridge/freezer was burning hot), so installed my personal fan in behind to cool until, you guessed it, summer. Ordered a new fridge, hadn't arrived by end of August, we bought a small bar fridge.
The AC broke in June. That needed a more immediate fix. We also got Alexandra a new bed that month (and new dining room chairs at the same time, as one broke when she leaned in it). Plus a yuri bookshelf for me then too. I could mention the provincial election that happened then, after we'd had a federal election in the fall.
I found I needed to buy a new hose when the broken attachment wouldn't come off from the end of the previous summer. I made it up to four Covid vaccine shots. There's always something.
WHERE TO NEXT
Yeah, no. I'm kind of THERE now, and there's no way I could have really predicted a huge chunk of it, so maybe I'll just finish this post here.
Did you get this far? Amazing. As I've said before, if you have any particular questions about teaching or parenting, I'll see what I can do? Thanks for reading my mental rambling.