A change of pace

The last few days have been miserable, yet they have also been a pleasant change of pace. I’ve been busy . . . . super busy. Perhaps even the busiest I have ever been. From January 1st to April 1st, I was working 60 hour weeks. The hours were spread out (not evenly) between 3 jobs and working on a dissertation. On April 1st I quit my job. Quitters really are the happiest people. I was subsequently brought on as a contractor/consultant for the company. I turned in my dissertation to my committee with a scheduled defense date of May 16th. So, what have I been doing? Three things really.

  1. I was the sickest I have ever been in my adult life.
  2. I’ve updated my landing page and portfolio.
  3. I finally went through and caught up on my RSS feeds and posted stuff to twitter and google plus.
This doesn’t mean I’m not busy working. I’ve got plenty to do; it just doesn’t take me 60 hours a week anymore.

Learning Outcomes

I’ve been working at the Center for Teaching and Learning for a little over a month now. I only go in for 1-2 hours a day. I’m working on some exciting projects. The one I am enjoying most though is the construction of some type of learning taxonomy for affective aspects of education. Bloom’s taxonomy was a great start. The cognitive domain has been built upon, improved, and used since its inception. The Psychomotor domain is used quite a bit in performance areas. The affective domain is the neglected child. I’ve been working with Richard Swan. I’ve been finding categories to include in this taxonomy. So far, we have Empathy, Moral Reasoning, Integrity, Discipline, Humility, Charity, Drive and Aesthetic Ability. I’ll post more as it begins to fill out, but I think this is off to a great start.