Honestly, at the beginning of class I was a little nervous because I could not access the course syllabus before class. I had found your prior years syllabus and figured this class would be arranged the same. I was still feeling that way part way through, but as we worked through an ice breaker and examined the syllabus I relaxed and really appreciated the embedded dissertation assignments and website assignment where we set up sections like a notebook. I can use this idea to present to TCSJ to help embed Masters Projects steps in all of our courses just as SDAIE, or EL is embedded in our credentialing program. I could tell everyone else was just as nervous, but we are all willing front liners, and know better than to bolt when we do not have the complete picture.
During the class, my questions were answered as we went, so I did not have to ask for much clarification. I waited to see how the night went to help me plan how to manage Monday nights. Most of us have never done two classes on the same night, even though I have taught four hour evening courses. It is important to me to plan this very long day that begins at 8:00 a.m. and goes until 10:00 p.m. as I have no breaks because I am on the clock until 4:00. I need to be sure I eat and am calculating whether to plan dinner before during, or after class. I really want to be successful and insure I am doing everything I can to make this happen. Once I saw how I would be able to sort this out, I felt bring a doctoral student is doable.
I began to feel more confident that I can accomplish two doctorate classes at night each week, teach students during the day and enjoy teaching my beloved masters classes interspersed. I feel I can continue to teach at TCSJ at the same time, at least during this year. I am concerned about next summer though, which is when I do a lot of TCSJ teaching. I do not know enough about UOP's calendar to know when breaks are and it would be most helpful in planning a year out. I was expecting classes would always be held on Monday nights, and worry about teaching conflicts. My commitment to teaching for the masters program at TCSJ is a priority to me.
What do you hope to get out of this semester?
I really hope a good strong foundation will be laid in building the pieces of a dissertation. I am counting on building relationships with my cohort and professors as I know this is critical to our success. I want to learn about things I do not know what they are yet, but trust that they are what we need. I want to be able to look at a research paper more critically and understand quantitative data better even though I think I am whole-heatedly a qualitative spirit. I do not want to feel I must sprinkle in some data charts, etc to look official if I should feel they are not needed, but do feel I should be versed and skilled at quantitative work. I want to really get started with using research. I have already collected this year and begin working on the 10 resources literature review.