Since my fall semester finished in December, I had lots of ideas for goals to accomplish while I was on break. At the same time though, I was exhausted. So, although; I wanted to edit my review of the literature on vocabulary instruction and the read-aloud and find a place to publish it, I didn’t even look at it. This was an opportune time for a break and was also a good time to write because the spring semester did not begin until the first week of February. I did get plenty of rest but also may have lost so valuable time toward my timeline of having my doctorate by 2020. The rest worked out though because during this time I had to stop to bury my dad.
If you remember, I looked at the courses I have completed thus far and I told you that I am 3 semesters (including this one) away from completing my coursework. That is seven classes, 2 this spring, 2 in the summer and that leaves 1 left to complete in this fall. There are several factors that can come against this timeline for example, the courses I need may or may not be offered when I want to take them. I am in prayer that this situations happen. In the time that I have left to complete my coursework. I have residency requirements that also need to be completed by the time I finish coursework.
I have several things I want and need to have completed in order to stay within my timeline (Ed.D by 2020). I still intend to be working on chapter’s 1, 2, and 3 of my dissertation. I want to start that by revising and editing my chapter 2–the lit review. That portion is my proposal—the “what’s and why’s” behind my research idea. That needs to be completed because the college has to say yes to what I want to study. I often work on my residency and am finding lots of enjoyment doing so. I have volunteered to work at conferences, I have attended workshops where other doctorate students talk about their research, and I have presented at conferences at the state level. I understand why this needs to be done because it has opened my eyes to all the opportunities that having a doctorate will bring my way.
I am especially proud to be presenting at TALE 2018. This is my second year doing so. I am looking forward to sharing my progress so far. It is a good feeling to be going again. I am looking for ways to work in this organization and networking with these Texas literacy leaders.
I can see the light at the end of this tunnel I call doctoral pursuit and I am very excited about my progress so far.
Thank you for reading…
Pearl Garden is a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M- Commerce. Follow along as she chronicles her pursuit of her Ed. D in Supervision-Curriculum and Instruction- Elementary Education. Just know that these are the ramblings of a doc student and a lot of what you read is a first draft and will go through some rewrites.