I have the opportunity to be published! I has submitted a manuscript of my presentation: "I've completed a read-aloud: now what can I do with it". I like the idea of seeing my writing being made public, so I jumped at the chance to do it even though I don't have much experience yet. TALE publishes a yearbook annually. Presenters from TALE conferences are asked to write a manuscript to submit to be a part of the yearbook.
I decided to submit. I consider this opportunity a good way to get some writing practice done to prepare for dissertation writing. My goal is to write something that I can use later in actual dissertation writing. It would be a good feeling to be able to cite myself in my research. (big dreams, I have them; you should too)
So, I begin writing. I started by outlining the order of the slides in my deck of the presentation. It took a while because it was always an afterthought and course work and work took precedence. I finally finished and submitted it for review. It was accepted, but with revisions needed. I do mean a lot. I had to rewrite the abstract, add a keywords list, change the conclusion, change the whole manuscript from first person to third person, and redo the entire reference list. I as still very excited that they did not say no. I did get some good feedback and that was very encouraging. One reviewer said that my paper had great potential.
I have learned that my first mistake was thinking that my manuscript was just a transcript of my presentation. Once I realized that it was truly and indeed an article for a publication it was just a bit easier to understand the revisions that were needed. The organization also gave me a contact person to go to if I needed help. I have made all the requested edits and just resubmitted. I am excited about the next steps and I am looking forward to becoming a published writer. The yearbook is going to be published in October.
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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”.