weekend has been a breakthrough. Writing the Lit Review has been
an agent for formalizing my writing. I had taken whacks at it before,
but this has been concentrated writing. I find it easy to be distracted,
but forced myself to hang in there. I hesitated stopping to write
in my journal, but I don't want to lose these observations.
writing my Lit Review I have continued the process of reworking
the web site with an eye toward sharing and presentation. I have
looked at a number of publications for models. What I have is a
more formal structure. I envision a less formal, slimmed down version
for some sharing. Much of the content is from previous writing for
this project. It has been substantially rewrittne and pulled together
in a more cohesive format. Here is what has changed.
have an abstract.
have pulled some of the material from the Lit Review into the
working to tell a story, I have tried to develop threads that
hold it together.
Resources page is the informal version of my bibliography. It
is growing. I need to get the format for the Bibliography.
importantly, this Lit Review has helped me ground this project on
a more solid footing. This was one of my goals in doing the program:
to have a better sense of authority for my work. Where I understood
the theory in our 'texts" before, I now really "get it!"
With the theories in context, I have a firmer grasp on them and
the place of this ARP in the field. As Hung would say. "Little
victory dance here!!!!"
kept putting off working on my Cycle 1 report, thinking I needed
to get through the Lit Review first. I was slogging through; it
was not flowing. Then yesterday I read Nikki's Cycle 1, saw Matt's
Lit Review was still an annotated list, remembered that we have
LC on 3/3 and I wanted to have something to discuss. So I plunged
into the Cycle 1 Report.
voila! A report!!! Learned a couple of things: 1) If it is not going
well, don't force it. 2) Reading in NG was helpful for ideas. 3)
The sense of accomplishment will help with the Lit Review.
I think I get why the lit review is so hard for me: I am not familiar
enough with the material so I am piecing together concepts, instead
of as the writing flows, pull in the appropriate lit. The problem
with doing the latter is that you really need to know the lit well.
I think this will take many rewrites. That's okay; each time I am
learing more about the field and finding ideas to utilize.
I have attempted to make conscious decisions to have all of my projects
tie to my ARP (that is the theoretical ideas of my ARP), I am finding
it happening regularly. I can't tell if it is because my ARP is
gennerally applicable, or if it is just becoming a prevasive force
in my thinking. Examples:
mentoring project (Ed639) with Diana using a webquest for her
Spanish 3 HS students has had remarkable examples of taking moving
forward through taking
learning environment project (Ed634) choice is STELLA. It is by
far one of the more difficult environments because of its depth
and the learning curve. HOWEVER, I have a teacher that wants to
use it and needs my help, so it has immediate
relevance to my work.
Wow! So much
has happened that I will summarize tonight.
the ARP front, I did get out the applications
to the students for the partnership projects that will start 3/31,
the start of our spring quarter. Doom and gloom from profs - that
I would get no responses at the end of the quarter. I got two
for the history partnership and 6 for the sociology partnership!
Yeah!! More tomorrow on next steps...
is married and the wedding was a great success. Did get lots
of back reading done while travelling. Sarason was a hate/love/hate
relationship - he made me think, but I didn't agree with alot
of what he said. Disorganized and sad reading...
- The war in
Iraq has definitely impacted thinking and focus. NGs have slowed,
which is a huge help.
- My mentoring
with Diana has not gone at all how I expected. Greg has had some
good ideas and reassurances. It is interesting that even with
a spark of her choosing (teaching Spanish to kids), we are having
a challenge getting her beyond the observation stage as far as
- Since I think
I am now caught up and since we are on spring break this week,
I will spend most of the week focusing on my ARP in three areas.
- At work,
I will more clearly define the program (initial meetings,
mentoring training in both tech and mentoring skills, outlining
specific projects, devising data collection methods, etc).
- At home,
rework Lit Review. The current one is too boring. Need better
story, better style, I think...
- At work
where I have MS Publisher, work on brochure.
- At home,
begin thinking about final presentation. Ask MM about realities
of what happens. I can't believe I will need to do a poster
- At work,
dive into Wake Forest and INTECH (Louisiana) programs for
some specifics, particularly mentor training and assessment.
am improving in dialogue, but I still have a long way to go. I am
using the pause more effectively and consistently. I try this in
all venues: AIM, TI, phone, and meetings, big and small.
again I am aware of how I need to spend more time reflecting and
thinking - and less time doing and planning. Planning is not thinking.
It is looking forward. Reflecting is looking back. Reflecting is
helpful in planning, but you can plan without reflecting...and repeat
mistakes. I vow to use at least 50% of my commute time
to the other campus (twice a week - hour each way) just for reflecting.
I will use the tape recorder to note ideas worth hanging on to.
OUCH: I have forgotten to do this!!!
Will take tape recorder to Oregon and reflect.