The past decade has been enormous for me. I finished grad school, spent a frightening 6 months unemployed, landed a spectacular teaching gig at Johnson & Wales, we had our second child, decided we had to move closer to family, got another teaching gig at Seattle Academy, moved across the country, got stuck as long-distance landlord for four years, built a physics program, got embedded in a local Quaker Meeting, managed to sell the house after a frightening summer working on it and 2 months on the market, got a chance to build a new program in computer science, supported my family in home schooling and then my wife in running for (and winning!) a position on the school board, bought a house with an in-law apartment for my mom, and then finished the decade.
At the end of the 20's, I will be 53. I will be older than my father was when he died. My kids will be 20 and 17. My wife will be in her third term on the school board, or have moved on to other leadership roles. My mom will be almost 80. If direction changes are ever to happen in my career, they will need to be in this decade.
- So I've got goals.
- Health. Between the sleep, the poor diet, the poor exercise, and the injuries, I've slowed down a lot in the last decade. I need to turn that around, so I can keep coaching soccer, so I can thrive past 53. So this year is going to be a year of good sleep, regular exercise, and a conscious approach to diet -- more vegetarian and more planned.
- Income. I'd like an income stream that is not teaching related, so I'm going to get summer work in software, and of course use that practical experience to inform my teaching.
- Ethics in Technology. I'm going to make myself into an expert on machine learning, algorithmic fairness, privacy, bias, ethics, and philosophy, as well as the pedagogical content knowledge related to all of these. This will finally mark my return to formal work in philosophy, for the first time since finishing my master's in 2002. This is going to be a big part of my teaching and writing, and hopefully will form the core of what I'll be writing about on this blog.
- Hobbies. I'm going to draw. My daughter gave me a "642 things to draw" book a couple of years ago, and I never really dove into it. So starting a couple of days ago, I've been doing at least one drawing per day following its suggestions. Just for fun, just to develop a different kind of skill. And I'm going to try to practice the "intentional practice" idea to improve over time.
It's going to be an exciting decade.