I'm updating this weeks blog on my cell phone, from the passengers side of my car. It's move in day at my 19 year old's college dorm. My 18 year old went away a week ago. This year I turned 46 and became an empty-nester. It feels kinda funny and very different. My world has kinda revolved around these children and what they need since my ex-husband passed away. more than 5 years ago. Now the gradual release of responsibility has begun. This is one of the reasons I decided that this was a good time to start my doctoral pursuit. This year has proven to be a year of transition. I've just completed my first full year out of the classroom as an instructional specialist. I've learned a lot. My job didn't really get busy until the teachers ended school for the summer. This summer I discovered what really can be my calling so, I've learned that I have a new interest to pursue. My goal is moving towards teacher training of new teachers and teaching teachers at the college level. I am still focusing on reading and literacy but my job has a more broad focus now that includes all core subjects, because my department has gone through a reorganization. I wasn't really expecting that but change is inevitable at the level I am on. I have decided that I will keep my options open and will continue to explore them. It may be time for a career path adjustment. As with anything in my life I've learned that flexibly is key.
I have another week off of course work and then begins my fall semester of class.
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.