Monday, August 18, 2008

Preparing a new class

It's that time of the year. School is on! Tomorrow I am going to teach a new course; an Introduction to Information Technology. I am excited ... but ... here's the story.

I've just got the information about the class not long ago. The formal information that I am teaching the class was delivered a couple weeks ago. Now, I am struggling to digest the textbook which I've just got a couple weeks ago.

I've been working hard on this course for the last two days. Well, I actually looked at this a couple weeks ago but I didn't dig deeper. Today I spent the whole day (and night - in fact, I am still going to) working on the course.

[Students, look what I have to go through to prepare a good class. I hope you'll enjoy the class.]

This afternoon I went to Starbucks at BIP and read (almost) one chapter from the book. I got the gist of the content, but I still have to prepare the lecture.

After I got home, I head straight to my computer and did some internet search. The textbook comes with an internet resource site. I went to the site, went through the directories, and downloaded some files. They've got power point presentations for the book, but to be honest they weren't that good. (For example, they don't use template.) I think I have to roll my own presentation material. But, time is what I don't have right now. Ouch...

It's 2 hours from midnight. I need some sleep. I guess I have to do away with whatever I've got right now. I'll prepare my second lecture better!

See you in class tomorrow.

The Day After (17 August 2008)

As usual, I went jogging this morning. But this morning was different.

Today was quiet. The universe was quiet. ha ha ha. I guess that's because yesterday - 17 August 2008 - was our Independence Day. Everybody was so busy yesterday with their events and competitions that they were tired and perhaps were still sleeping.

I took some pictures on my way. Here they are ...

My jogging track. Look how quiet it is and how the beautiful the background is. Yeah, I live in a nice place. I can see the mountain and there are still green trees. I hope it's still the same.

Indonesian flag waving in front of an empty school. Ah, how lonely it must have been.

a house with independence theme... good stuff.

I went home charged by the quiet environment. Ahh...