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September 2017

String Manipulation

I'm going through a Python course, and the designer of the course sees the need to spend an entire section on String manipulation.  Now, I've work professionally as a programmer and have never had to do string manipulation to this extend.  

I will be teaching a Python course soon. I'd probably do it as an appendix but it does sort of introduce arrays.  Sort of, since strings are not stored like arrays but there is some commonality to it.



The good and the bad of teaching online

I love my job.  This is my third year anniversary of teaching online. In theory we can have school based students but that has not happened yet. Well, once, but the student didn't finish the class.

I teach students from third grade to senior in high school.  Since most take the classes as enrichment I have the opposite schedule from most teachers.  I am busiest in the summers, weekends and evenings.

The biggest benefit is the biggest drawback. I can teach anywhere, anytime. At the same time, I don't know when I am going to be busy. Today is a good example. I woke up with 9 hours on my time sheet - our week for pay purposes starts on Monday. One day had 0.75 hours. 

Today, I woke up with an hours work and by the time I finished, it was 1 and half. It's almost 2:00 and I have put in another 0.75 hours and I have at least an hour waiting on me. I left the house afraid I wouldn't get to the gym and have gotten two emails while typing this. 

Not complaining but the day is getting full. I have had at least 3 days I got seriously concerned that I wouldn't get to everything and this one is starting to feel like it. 

My priority order is answer student questions, then parent questions.  Handle anything that is time sensitive like needing final project passwords .  Grading mid course assignments come last.  First assignments and assignments that students are having trouble with are higher priority.

This doesn't pay as well as a full time job, but it doesn't have the headaches. I have two out of town dog shows coming up. Haven't done that with this size student load.  It will be interesting.