Teacher Appreciation Week


This last week has been Teacher Appreciation Week. There’s not really much that happens. At our faculty meeting we had ice cream treats. Then we heard about the current status of our budget cuts. Thanks for doing a great job. By the way, we have to cut 10 of you. The budget is a long story and hopefully it doesn’t amount to that big of a cut at my school.

On Thursday we had parent teacher conferences. The Hmong Club invited us to the library where they had punch and cookies for us. We were all given a thank you card with our treats. We were also treated to some delicious sandwiches from a local deli in the auditorium foyer. I’m not clear who organized that one. But it was nice, all the same.

Honestly, I don’t expect anything during this week. Teaching is a profession where the appreciation pops up in unexpected places. You don’t count on it, therefore, when it does occur, it’s a really nice surprise. After my 4th hour Pre Calculus class, one of my students gave me a little gift. She said “Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!” and was then on her way. It was a very nice surprise. She’s a fantastic student. I don’t know a whole lot of personal information about her, so I was surprised to get a lovely card thanking me for teaching her so much.

This is definitely a profession of surprises and non-material rewards. Finding out the impact you’ve made on a student doesn’t just make your day, it makes your year.



Optical Illusions at the Taj


Seeing the Taj Mahal is incredible. But there’s something interesting about your approach. A cool optical illusion is set for you.

When you walk through the main gate to the gardens of the Taj, your view changes as you approach. My first photo is fuzzy. It’s from further away, outside of the building in which one walks through. You can only see a portion of the Taj. It appears to be enormous.


As you walk closer, your perspective changes. Part way in, you see the building, but not the minarets.


As you make your way closer to the arched doorway, you can see more of the Taj.


This building appears to be gigantic at first because you can’t see the entire structure on your approach. As you get closer, you’re able to view more of it so it appears to be smaller as you walk through the gate.

And in case you’re curious, this is the view from the Taj of the gate building.