I am at a midpoint in my course work for this doctoral pursuit. At this point, I truly have come too far to turn back. The courses I am currently taking are preparing me for the writing of my dissertation, one course deals with research methodologies and the other deals with reading research. Each of the courses collectively are preparing me for the literature review that will begin my dissertation. I am learning things that I am applying directly to my work and synthesizing things I have learned in some of my other course work. This is allowing me to focus more specifically on a research problem to explore. It is time to narrow my research topic a little more. I am reading more than I am writing and have subsequently stopped updating this blog as often as I once was. I
I am feeling tired and am showing a little less focus which may be a sign that it is time to take a break between courses. I am a procrastinator at heart so, for me to stop for a break could be detrimental to my goal of finishing in the time I have targeted. I feel like as I matriculate through this pursuit, there will be other things that may slow my forward motion so, stopping for a break is not an option I want to explore at this time. I just have to keep my work-life balance in mind as I continue on.
I am still looking for opportunities speak to educators and to share my writing. I have been allowed to present at TALE 2018, so I am excited to have the opportunity to do that again. I will work on revising the manuscript that I submitted to them and find the proper audience to bring it to. This time when preparing for TALE I will be building the basis for what will be my dissertation topic. I am going to look at using vocabulary instructional strategies during read-alouds. I am still toying with this idea and I want to see if it is even feasible to do so.
I am excited to be sharing this pursuit with you. Thank you for reading. Please feel free to leave a comment.
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”.