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, 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”.