pameladlloyd: icon from <lj comm=musesrealm> (Not All Who Wander Are Lost)
Ever since my last post, I've been saddled with the nagging feeling that I'd not only made a misspelling in my entry, but that the misspelling was in my title.

This is not exactly a comfortable feeling for someone who tutors writing.

So, I finally looked it up. It turns out that this is a term in transition and I'm in, if not good company, at least, numerous company, as 46% of people will use the spelling I did. Even the folks at Oxford Press now see this as a variant, although the New Oxford American Dictionary flags it as a nonstandard variant. You can read more about this lexicographic issue on the OUPblog.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (reading)
I'm at the Learning Center and researching publishers in connection with a project here. In my researches, I discovered the Bookjobs website, which offers an overview of publishers. While directed at job seekers, the information about the publishers may be a useful resource for people seeking publication.

My other research topic (or, more correctly, my primary research topic) is learning styles. Along with one of the other tutors, I will be putting together resource materials on learning styles for tutors and students, as well as a training session on this subject for the tutorial staff.

I've also been given a leadership role with respect to a wiki we are developing, designed to help college students find educational resources that will help them to succeed in school.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Kitty Call Out)
Just dropping by to say hi and share this thought with you:

Just one more reason we should be kind to those around us, no matter how small, weak, or unimportant they may seem.


But, while I'm here, I just can't resist bringing you up-to-date on the highlights of what's been going on in my life.

My schedule recently has been very full. I'm enjoying my work at IBM (well, actually, at home, most days). I'm part of a great international team and I'm getting the chance to learn new technical, geeky stuff, which is a blast. In addition to the new skills I'm picking up on the job, CTG (my direct employer) offers a great selection of online training courses, which I've been taking advantage of.

I've continued to tutor twice a week in the evenings at the Pima Community College Learning Center, although I won't be able to do so over the summer, as they don't offer evening hours for the summer sessions. I love working with students, so I'm going to miss even my short visits, but at the same time it will be good to have those evenings back.

Also posted at http://pameladlloyd.dreamwidth.org/3215.html.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Alya)
Just dropping by to say hi and share this thought with you:

Just one more reason we should be kind to those around us, no matter how small, weak, or unimportant they may seem.


But, while I'm here, I just can't resist bringing you up-to-date on the highlights of what's been going on in my life.

My schedule recently has been very full. I'm enjoying my work at IBM (well, actually, at home, most days). I'm part of a great international team and I'm getting the chance to learn new technical, geeky stuff, which is a blast. In addition to the new skills I'm picking up on the job, CTG (my direct employer) offers a great selection of online training courses, which I've been taking advantage of.

I've continued to tutor twice a week in the evenings at the Pima Community College Learning Center, although I won't be able to do so over the summer, as they don't offer evening hours for the summer sessions. I love working with students, so I'm going to miss even my short visits, but at the same time it will be good to have those evenings back.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (dragon)
This has been a busy, busy week and, as usual these days, I'm far behind on catching up with my friends. I'm happy to say that the team I'm working with at IBM, as well as the folks at CTG, are all great people to work with. Everyone has been very positive and supportive as they helped me iron out connectivity issues that were keeping me from logging in from home; these turned out to be a combination of factors, and it was my son, Ian who finally figured out the last piece of the puzzle, spending hours researching it, and got me all set up.

In the meantime, I'm still tutoring at the local community college, although I've dropped my hours from the eighteen I was doing before I got my new job, down to three, split between two evenings. Everyone at the Learning Center has been very understanding, even though my abrupt departure has left them short of tutors, and particularly of tutors willing and able to take the dreaded morning shift.

In the midst of all this, I've also started a new venture, based on original artwork by my husband, Karl, and possibly someday by me, as well. I've started with a single Pennsylvania Dutch folk art-inspired design with an Easter theme. This brightly-colored picture shows two bunnies playing catch with an Easter egg beneath a banner that says, "Happy Easter." You can view the available items at my Zazzle shop at http://www.zazzle.com/pdlloyd*. (Note: if you type this in, rather than clicking through, please be sure to add the asterisk, as that tells Zazzle I sent you and I get a bit more for any purchases.)

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