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Happy New Year!

I've really been trying to avoid it, but at this point I don't think I can help it anymore.  I think that the TED Talk that was featured over at The Edge of Learning sums it up well why I don't like to give away many of my New Year's Resolutions.  But I want to tell someone, so since you're reading this, you're going to bear the brunt of it:

1.  I want to continue to lose weight in the New Year.  I took the month of December off so that I could enjoy the holidays with people, but now the holidays are over, and it's back to business.  I have my Weight Watchers account up and activated again to start on 1/3/11, and I have my goal jeans sitting in my bedroom.  It may seem extremely strange for a male to have goal jeans, but at this rate, it's more of a psychological thing knowing that if I don't loose the weight, then the money to buy those jeans has went to waste!

2.  I want to create an on-line portfolio of my work, such as this one so that I can highlight some of my accomplishments and ideas.  I feel as if in some way this blog has started to hold some of what I intend to be in my on-line portfolio some day.  A friend recently recommended the websites LiveText and rCampus.  I haven't used them yet myself, but the sample work that he showed me was absolutely amazing, and I am always open to exploring things that are open and continuously improving.

3.  I want to write for a journal.  I have always wanted to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals, but it's just not something that was ever heavily promoted when I was a graduate, or even an undergraduate student.  So, the process is not entirely familiar to me, and I'm not even sure where to start in terms of which of my ideas would be best to expand into an article that is worthy of being published in a journal.  Any ideas, or maybe someone wants to publish with me.  I'm entirely open to working together.
By Jon Oaks

College Math Instructor. Tech Enthusiast. Visionary. Creative Genius. But above all, I enjoy what I do. That is why I am a teacher. Because I like to teach.

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