I am tired!!! It is hard, at times to even want to continue. (I am not stopping though; I will finish) The quality of my work is suffering and so is my focus I know that means it's time for a break. All I can think of is finishing and what I need to do to get done. That is my motivation for now. In my talking to people who have made this pursuit, I understand that these feelings are normal. I also know that since I am not giving up, I must find a way to push through.
So, here is my update for this month. I continue to find ways to discuss, share, and refined my research topic. I participated in the A & M-Commerce Research Symposium. I used information that I have so far on my topic. I know I was not nearly ready, but I know that I need as much experience as I possibly can get in sharing my topic so that I can defend it when the time comes. I will say that I did not do well, but I did not expect to. I did have the opportunity to share my thoughts and get some good feedback from a couple of professors on what some good possible next steps will be for me. So, in that aspect; the experience was beneficial.
I'm a guest blogger:
As a result of this blog, I was given the opportunity to be a guest blogger for McGraw-Hill Education's Art of Teaching Blog. My piece was titled "The Heart of the Read-Aloud". https://medium.com/inspired-ideas-prek-12/the-art-of-the-read-aloud-5847af75c792 Check it out here. My piece was published this month and I am very proud of that. I will be writing something for them again, very soon.
Big News Alert!!!
I have an upcoming opportunity to do some work related to my future goals. This work has required me to update and revise my resume and my vita. In doing so, I realized that I am missing some very important experiences that are necessary to "pad my resume" if you will. I am venturing out and making new connections—this is hard for me— I am an introvert. I have some new and big things coming in the next few months that will help me to establish myself as a thought leader in the field of literacy.
I can see the future and it is looking bright. I believe that I will not fail if I can just keep moving. So, here's to forward motion...
Thank you for reading...
Pearl Garden is a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M- Commerce. Follow along as she drops "pearls' of literacy and 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.