Coffee is a food group along side chocolate. Indubitably. ☕
It was nearing the end of the second week of social distancing and pretty much every large and small town, city and state was taking on a surreal, hectic, yet mundane vibe. There I was, systematically, almost like being on an autopilot program, ambling through my morning routines: Wake up; make a pot of coffee; answer email; attend online meetings; host some online meetings, etc., etc., etc. It was nearing the late afternoon someday during the second week of this social experiment, when I made the next batch of my favorite French roast for a pick-me-up. Suddenly, it occurred to me. I was really, really missing my students! If we cannot be together in class, then why don't I just reach out to you all and share my time with you!
Suddenly, it occurred to me. I really missed my students!
Nothing beats that first cup of coffee
This is how this channel got started. I was already making lesson videos for my chemistry classes, and this seemed like a good thing. Now, I'm not doing this for any fortune or fame. I'm not seeking sponsorship, nor monetizing the channel to supplement my retirement accounts. I started this on a whim. A week or so into making these videos a few students emailed me to tell me how much they appreciated me "spending time with them." It made me feel more connected to you; if only a few then it was worth it. So, I decided to continue making videos. Truth be told, making the video lessons for prepared4science and the laid back ones for another cup of coffee inspired me to revamp my website.
I used to spend hours, days, weeks of my time in my early teaching years creating websites from scratch; I liked dabbling in html coding and such. However, life just got too busy with the responsibilities of raising a young child and keeping up with my professional duties. So, I stopped making content; stopped weaving my scientific, arcane coding spells. I suppose we can thank the pandemic and forced social distancing for affording me time to get refocused and repurposed as an educator.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee and join me weekly as I share my day with you, some news and a great cup of coffee. ☕