A Summer Update: Data Analysis, SREB, and a New School Year

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Posting this summer has become an elusive task for me. As much as I meant to chronicle my summer of analyzing data, I have not been inspired to do so. Partially, I have been surprised how far behind I feel in my effort. I suppose I am not really, but there is a bit of mental game being played when spending hours reading transcripts, watching videos, and coding it all. I have a long way to go, but what is emerging from the data is both affirming and surprising. That is the fun part. Yes, tiring to be sure, but also fun. It is like I am on a treasure hunt–a long, at times boring, yet exhilarating treasure hunt.  Continue reading

My Dissertation Proposal Defense is Tuesday

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Remarkably, I am not freaking out. I feel ready–mostly–but I have a sneaking premonition that there is no way I can be fully prepared for what my committee will ask me. While mostly calm, I do worry if I have read enough, or really my worst fear of being able to recall and synthesize what I have read to explain my position, my study, and why I am ready to move to the next phase of my journey–data collection. The proposal defense is essentially the defense of my first three chapters in their most current form–Introduction (What), Theoretical Framework (Why), and Methodology (How). (I feel strongly I will be making modifications to it after the defense). The defense is my opportunity to prove to myself and my committee that I am well-informed enough and well-read enough to take on data collection and the subsequent analysis of that data. Most hours I think I am ready, but every once in awhile an element of doubt creeps into my mind (Have I done enough? Do I know enough?). On the spectrum of excitement and anxiety, I am somewhere in the middle. If there is a word for that feeling, I need someone to fill me in because I do not know it. In any case, I will be sure let those of you following my adventure know how it goes. Hopefully, I will have good news Tuesday night. Cheers!

Happy New Year: An Update on My Insane Trip Through Dissertation Land

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I want to begin today’s post by acknowledging that I should be working on my proposal for my study right now rather than writing this post. Now that I got that out of the way, let me explain why I am actively avoiding finishing my literature review. Continue reading

In Case You Missed It: Global Conversations in Doctoral Preparation Session

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Last night I participated with a few of my good friends and colleagues to present on our experiences pursing our doctorates. Global Conversations in Doctoral Preparation is an internationally recognized web series that connects doctoral candidates around the globe. My friends, Kim Foster and Nick Thompson, and myself presented a session called: “From the Water Cooler to the Fire House: Teaching Our Way Through an English EdD.” Continue reading

The Twisting Path: Research and Transformative Teaching

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I am in the thick of my pursuit of an education doctorate. I am also in the thick of my first year at a new high school, with a new position, and mounting responsibilities. I have no complaints, however. While I imagine my first two sentences infer a sense of anxiety, they are not meant to, nor are they meant to elicit any sympathy. If you’re an educator, you know stress and you know anxiety. I won’t be preaching to any choirs, nor soliciting folks for forms of empathy. No–the point of this post is to espouse how much my life and career have shifted in the last eight months. While I am in the thick of many aspects of my career, I wade through it with my head held high and more inspired than ever ready to continue the journey. Continue reading