I am in the final week of my first course. Process Writing has given me a course of action as a writer at the doctoral level. I have written an action plan and as a result of that plan I have created this blog. The books (yes that's plural) that I have read for this course will help me in my next courses. Course one, almost done; that is 3 of the 60 hours needed to finish; puts things into perspective huh? I can say that I have learned some things that I can use in my next course, so, I'm ready to get into it. Speaking of getting into it; I received my bill for summer II this week and that bill scared me. I know it's an investment but this is a big, big investment. An investment that I cannot take lightly. What scared me most was that it looks like the bill isn't paid. Financial aid for summer II did not come through. It said; "I am on academic probation" I know this is an error because so far I have completed all assignments for this course and so far I have gotten all possible points on the assignments that have been graded by my professor. The holiday is coming so the first call on Tuesday with be to financial aid to get things corrected. If nothing else, this is a good warning of what will happen if I don't put my all into this "investment" I have gotten myself into.
So, my next course is a children's literature class and I thought to myself when I registered for it; "Pearl, you've taken a children's lit course before; you can do this!'" Yeah, I'm in there now. I purchased the book (it costs more than 100 dollars) I'm used to expensive books. Amazon.com is my friend. The title of the book didn't get me either. but then the book came in the mail. The Handbook of Research on Children's and Young Adult Literature is the name of the book and by the looks of it we will go deep into children's literature. I have a nervous excitement as I flip through the pages of this enormous book of research that I will need to digest to keep my academic status from saying: "I am on academic probation" again. To this point I have mostly been writing in response to things that are on my mind, like this blog. I am sure that this course will have me writing in response to research on children's and young adult's literature. Hey, I love children's books! It is my hope to learn a deeper love for them after this course; if nothing else,
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”.