Sunday, September 30, 2018

Greek Key - Modern

This one is not quite a Greek key but it is close enough.

Today's Gratitude Item: Gmails new 'autocomplete' feature. Initially it was a bit odd having google complete my sentences but this feature is really nifty and saves quite a bit of typing time.

Saturday, September 29, 2018


As in a curve that looks a bit like a capital 'E'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being on holiday and the start of daylight saving :)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Alien Dawn

I'm pretty sure we have been here before but this one was 'interesting' enough to be rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant day which included a visit to my old school and learning how to set up databases for our students on an actual server.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Twist Weave

This is a variation on a theme - it just had to be rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant day spent catching up on 'stuff' at school. Having time to get marking done and reports written was hugely valuable.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Angel Cross

With a bit of imagination, this one could be a stylised angel.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant turn out at dance! This is when of those times when 'more' was definitely 'more'.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


As in it looks a bit like 'art deco'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Making progress on both my marking and reports. There is still quite a bit to be done but even small amounts of forward motion are worth celebrating.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ripple Reminiscence

Sometimes rippled flowers appear on my screen. This was one of those times.

Today's Gratitude Item: Backups! As in having backups of resources that I spent months developing towards the end of last year on my trusty external hard-drive. The big lesson here (which is obvious in retrospect) is to never give people editing rights to folders where you have stuff that matters. If necessary, make a copy of the folder and let them edit that! It only took several hours for me to learn this one the hard way.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sukkot 5779

This one took a while to come together. On the plus size, all the images used in making it were in the Public Domain.

Today's Gratitude Item: Free coffee on our morning walk. We have *yet another* coffee shop that has just opened in the area. To celebrate / advertise, they were giving away free coffee. It was lovely :)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Puzzle Green

Looks like a large number of puzzle pieces put together.

Today's Gratitude Item: Borrowing John Grisham's "Ford County" from my local library. This was a great read and it made my Saturday even better than usual (which is saying quite a bit because Saturday's are the best).

Friday, September 21, 2018

Christmas Tree

This goes in the 'what was I thinking' pile!!

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to shift a meeting from being in the school holidays to late next week. Needless to say, this is a very good thing.

Thursday, September 20, 2018


In my view, presents are good at any time of year.

Today's Gratitude Item: An easy day in which most of my students did what they were meant to do most of the time.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mathematics Infused Butterflies

Made at a time of year, when the goal was to find easy activities for students that would keep their interest. Colouring in is remarkably popular. This hope was that this one would inspire my students to 'make something pretty'.

Today's Gratitude Item: A very easy fast :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Yom Kippur 5779

This one was quite fun to make. The car has been recycled from a previous graphic. Hope everyone out there has an easy fast :)

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding our that our Qualifications Authority decreased the page limit for one of the standards we before it was too late. The change is unwelcome but at least my students have not missed out. The phrase 'better late than never' comes to mind.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Fractal Footprints

Made in fractal ash.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to enjoy Spring. Some of my colleagues suffer from hay fever which makes this time of year really difficult for them.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Fabric Star

Sometimes bright is good. Especially if stars are involved.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting at least some 'stuff' done. It always takes longer than one thinks but at least I am sort of ready for the coming week...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Zen Wave

Reminded me of a zen garden - only in blue.

Today's Gratitude Item: Our lovely big cherry tree is finally starting to blossom! I though it would happen sooner than this and was worried that the tree had died. Happily this is not the case.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Solid Ocean

This is a modern take on ocean waves.

Today's Gratitude Item: Peace and quiet after a very busy week! Being home on a Friday afternoon is always a great feeling.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Curve Experiment

It took ages to get colours that worked for this one.

Today's Gratitude Item: That Google Classroom's unfortunate redesign has given plenty of great examples of broken usability. This is useful when one is teaching kids how to create interfaces that are easy to use!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Blocky Violet

It turns out that in my world, 'violet' can sometimes mean 'pink'. Named for the flower rather than the colour.

Today's Gratitude Item: My 11th graders missed me while I was away (or they were kind enough to pretend that they did).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Spike Leaves

Perhaps I should have called this one 'unnatural foliage'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being recharged! Having the last four days off school has been brilliant. The best thing about the High Holy days is that I don't feel guilty for eschewing technology and quite literally unplugging for an extended period of time.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Rosh HaShana 5779

This one involves an apple made of honey. It does not get much better than that. Shannah Tova everyone.

You can access the large version of this graphic by clicking on the image above. Images that are related to Jewish Holidays live at the preceding link where you can browse by holiday and download the image in high resolution (for printing etc).

Today's Gratitude Item: That Google Classroom has a schedule function. This means being able to set work in advance and have it display at some point in the future. Great for when one is not at school but one's students are!

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Ocean Rays

Both the ripples and the rays were a surprise.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding an easy to use, online calculator that our students can use to replace the Windows Calculator which is *oddly* blocked on our lab computers.

Friday, September 07, 2018


If all else fails, zoom. A lot.

Today's Gratitude Item: The start of a lovely long weekend (courtesy of Rosh HaShana falling on Monday / Tuesday). True joy is the feeling I had driving home from school this afternoon. Whilst I really love my job, the prospect of four whole days off is simply wonderful.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Wing Confusion

Am not exactly sure what this one is but the colours sort of worked so it got rendered.

Today's Gratitude Item: There is a light at the end of my 'work' tunnel! Here's hoping it's not an oncoming train.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Night Colosseum

If you squint and use your imagination, this could *almost* be the Colosseum at night.

Today's Gratitude Item: That at least some of my students are working well...

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Modern Musing

This one involved a slip of the hand and quite a bit of luck.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being mostly up-to-date with school stuff. Whilst there is always more that one can do, there is nothing that is extremely urgent :)

Monday, September 03, 2018

Lots More Lines

I was bored and tried something completely different. To my surprise, it worked.

Today's Gratitude Item: No meeting after school. It's good when that happens :)

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Cloth Flower

We've been here before but somehow this one looks a bit different to it's predecessors.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting quite a bit done. I've been thinking ahead to the week after next and what needs to be done so that my students can keep working whilst I am celebrating Rosh HaShana.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Hole Steer

As in a steering wheel which has a hole around it.

Today's Gratitude Item: Realising that next weekend is a four day weekend for me due to the upcoming High Holy Days :)