Hello, my dear readerships! How’s everyone doing? Been so busy a lot with enrollment stuff for my Master’s and then, preparation for my class in Mineralogy. But today, I have just paid for my tuition fee and have already oriented my students for the semester so I got a bit of time to unwind and write here.
As promised in my previous blog which was about some of the highlights in my youngest son’s homeschooling, today is the day I announce some changes in my career. I have decided to take a master’s degree in geology in my alma mater! And as part of this momentous shift in my life, I’m also teaching my first batch of undergraduate students. My first class for this semester will focus on mineralogy, all to be done virtually for now.
Since we are still in pandemic none of my students will get the chance to hold mineral samples, feel and see, and analyze thin sections under the microscope. It’s kind of sad, really. When I was undergraduate, the biggest factor why I fell in love with petrology (the study of rocks, basically) was observing them as hand specimen as well as in thin sections under a polarizing microscope. If you think rocks are gray and boring, think again. You’ll have to see some of the photos I took of rock thin sections under the microscope to see how colorful they can be.
As part of curriculum, my students will need to learn how to identify minerals which is one of the core skills in geology they need to acquire. To help them appreciate the various properties of minerals, I took photos and videos of my personal mineral collection that I will show them in the coming weeks. I have also uploaded some of them in Canva in high resolution so learning facilitators may use them for their classroom.
I will be posting more in the coming days. 🙂