Well, it’s time to update you again. I know, I know, I said that I would update you on my progress more often, but I’ve noticed that I have been repetitive when I do. So, I’ve decided to make sure I update at least once monthly and/or when I have big news to add. I am still struggling with balance—I think I always will—which means I play catch up quite often. I will continue no matter what. I do have some news that I think is good. That leads me to this month’s updates. I want to tell you about my experience at TALE 2018 and about me now being a published author.
The TALE conference is nothing new, but to me it is a very big deal. It is another opportunity to present to educators at the school level, the college level and at the post graduate level that I don’t work with every day. It is also an opportunity to share my ability to create a presentation and share my research. That is the fun part. I would do this just for the shear enjoyment of my own creation. This time I decided that I would take a different approach and share some of the work I have done toward my dissertation. I was able to work on the beginnings of my dissertation in the classes I took in the fall semester, so I decided that I need to share that information as much as possible because I need to become better at sharing and defending that information. I am proud to say that I was able to do so at this conference and had an audience of people that came to hear what I had to say. I was pleased to have this opportunity. TALE (the Texas association for literacy education) is an organization that I am glad to have an association with and I plan to continue this association. I see opportunities for my growth as a literacy leader.
In one of my reading courses, our class’ main assignment was to complete an action research assignment to show how we used the information from the class in our occupations. Each person in the class had to write that information into a narrative and submit to our professor. He showed us the format he wanted us to use to submit it. We did it and he told us he was going to submit it to the Journal of Teacher Action Research. He did, and we got an email that our article titled: “Using Action Research in a Graduate Literacy Class to Connect Theory to Practice: A Replication Study” will be published in their Fall edition. I am very excited by this opportunity. I will continue seeking opportunities to write and publish my work. My next step is to submit a version of my dissertation’s chapter 2 (the review of the literature) to the TALE yearbook. This is the same publication that told me “No “last year. I am going to take their feedback, look at what I have already written and do some edits and try again. I feel that I have learned a great deal from my experiences thus far, so I am ready to try again. Whisper a prayer.
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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.