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Summer, that’s a wrap!

I survived the first two weeks of my two classes and I’m neck deep in week three.

Out the starting gates it is a heck of a lot of work and I’m barely keeping it together. I am horribly behind on reading, something I expected to happen in fairly short order. Reading has ALWAYS been something I have struggled with. While I understand the importance of reading, it always seem to be on the back burner. For years, at least ten, I have wanted to change that aspect of my existence and it has not happened. Not professionally or leisurely.    And if I haven’t been able to change all these years, I am not sure how I’m going to inflict change.

Continued quest for self-improvement!

There is proving to be a healthy dose of overlap between the higher education class and then writing class. Not content-wise, but assignment-wise. I know I will have a clear understanding of the process. I also feel like my topic will have fairly rough boarders. My topic is certainly starting to take shape.

I am back on campus, it is in-service week! Meetings, meetings & yes! More meetings. This has eaten up a lot of this week.

My key to all of this is going to have to be staying organized. I will have to make sure I have a clear understanding of every assignment and when it is due. I will have to make sure I know what I have to do for teaching and gauge how long it will take. That has always been a challenge for me. Being realistic about the time it will take for me to accomplish most tasks.

With what seemed like non-stop work over the summer, I am not 100% ready for the start of the term as I had hoped. I wouldn’t even say 50%. That is very disappointing. It doesn’t help that the ONE class that was 100% ready to roll for the start of the term got cancelled due to lack of enrollment! That sucked. So its going to be another crazy fall term. Trying to stay ahead of the game.

My other projects for summer, also seem totally unfulfilled. Seems like that is always the case.

So much self reflection and need for improvement. Its hard to find a starting place.

Challenging at Best!

I got an A in my first EdD class!

Fall term is fast approaching from the teacher and student stand point.  I’m gonna be in it….. DEEP!

I’m all set for my two classes:  W7000 (That’s writing 7000) Advanced Academic Study & E7136 Writing & Higher Education in the United States. The W7000 class in on campus, which means several trips to Seattle. I came across the syllabus for the writing class and it is going to be challenging at best, brutal at worse.

When its all said and done, at the end of this class I will be ready for the doctoral process:

  •  I will have a clear understanding of what it take to complete my EdD degree
  •  I will have a fairly firm foundation for my dissertation
  •  I will have been tested on my writing my skill level

All major things.  So on the one hand – yeah. On the other hand, holy crap!

For my writing class (W7000), if you don’t pass the writing assessment, you have to take the remedial writing class, W5099 Graduate Academic Writing.

The teaching term is also fast approaching. My classes aren’t packed, that’s a good thing! I’m so OK with that. A little worried about two of my classes not having enough students to go. Hopefully a few more people drop in before they have to cancel it. That would be BAD! I’ve been preparing for the term based on teaching my current three classes.