Snow Delay = Data + Dev

On a typical day during the school year, I wake up at 4:30am to start my morning routine:
Make coffee & breakfast, check emails and respond as necessary, then spend the rest of the morning finishing up prep work for that day’s classroom activities.
For the past two weeks, I have been on winter break. My morning routine did not change much, it just started at 6:30 or 7:30 instead.

Today was to be our first day back to work, but nature had other plans. My mother had been visiting from Portland (Oregon), so I dropped her off at the airport on my way to work. The roads were thick with slush and progress was slow. No more than 5 minutes after I’d hugged her goodbye and wished her a safe trip home, the bluetooth on my car started ringing. “All CMSD staff are on a 2-hour delay due to current and anticipated hazardous driving conditions.”

HALLELUJAH! Home I went.

My home office has big whiteboards, bulletin boards, and clipboards hanging on several walls. I use Realtime Board to ensure access to project tracking is never a deterrent to progress on my goals, but getting to literally mark my progress on my “tally clipboards” is one of the highlights of going home after a long remote work session. I love working in my home office.

There’s something so satisfying about marking tallies on my clipboards.

The two clipboards closest to my desk are the personal/professional development projects about which I am most excited. These two courses are hosted on Udemy and pertain to broadening the marketable tech skills I can offer. On the left, we have “The Web Developer Bootcamp” taught by Colt Steele, who used to teach in-person bootcamps in Silicon Valley. While the majority of my web development experience is front-end, I absolutely love coding and the nittier, grittier side of back-end development. This course is engaging and insightful. It was so informative and watchable that I found myself browsing his other courses to see what else I could learn from Colt. When I saw that he teaches “The Advanced Web Developer Bootcamp,” I purchased it without hesitation. This also gives me a course/project to look forward to over the summer.

On the right, I am tracking my review/extension project. Though I already had some experience using R in a statistical context from my graduate coursework at Utah State University, I wanted to refresh myself on the syntax with some structured practice. I chose “Machine Learning A-Z: Hands-On Python & R in Data Science” because it offered the review I sought, broadened my programming background by introducing Python to me in a familiar context, and included projects that would allow me to explore Machine Learning in a variety of contexts. This course is taught by Kirill Eremenko and Hadelin de Ponteves; I highly recommend it for anyone interested in Machine Learning and data science.

So while I did not have time to makeĀ much progress on these courses during my 2-hour snow delay, I am grateful for every opportunity to work on these personal/professional development projects. I am working full-time, taking 6 graduate credits to finish up my M.Ed. in Education Research, and trying to balance all of that with my life and goals. I will take all the spare time I can get!

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