I have been blogging since June of this year. I can only say that I have been consistent in updating every Sunday evening. I am experimenting with different ways to get this blog some exposure and I have also been experimenting with what types of topics I should write about each week. My original purpose was just to have a sort of written chronically of what is happening week to week as I pursue my doctorate so, I have topics like; balance, transitions, and my fears of failing a class as I matriculate through each class. I have also writing briefly about journal articles and books I have read in the last few months. I have noticed that I get more views when I write academically. I am exploring the idea of writing biweekly so that I can do both, (personal and professional) as I continue to investigate what will be my writing style.
Classes begin for the fall semester tomorrow. I am a little anxious, but I am ready to get started so that I can compartmentalize everything that I will need to do to balance my fall work load for both my career and my doctorate course work. I have registered for a professional writing course and a reading research course. I am truly excited about this course work because I feel like I am really learning lots of practical information that I can see myself sharing with the teachers that I coach. (right now it appears that I will have about 18 teachers that I will work with each week as often as I can.)
As it stands now, my two courses will meet every other week on Monday's and Thursday's from 4:30-10:00. I am sure that means that I will have some long exhausting days and will certainly need to keep a good balance between work and school.
This semester will not be easy but I am working toward a goal and this is the next step in me getting there.
Pearl Garden, Ed.D has completed her dissertation research involving understanding the vocabulary instruction practices of early grade teachers. She has a passion for the new and novice educator, and it is her goal to help educators tackle the achievement gap with her research findings. She will use this blog to share what she has learned in “pearls of literacy”. The ideas come from her dissertation titled “A Content Analysis of the Vocabulary Instruction Habits by Early Grade Teachers”.