Category Archives: Working Full-Time

How I Did It-Getting Teaching Experience


April 10, 2010

I started faculty training with University of Phoenix online last week. My logic in adding to my load is that I need more teaching experience to add to my CV. Having evidence of online teaching and on-campus teaching looks great. I’ve been an adjunct and student teacher supervisor at UNCG, but I have never taught online before. This training lasts four weeks. While I do this, I have to change the entire IRB application to show the changes I had to make to the proposal. I also have convert the school district’s IRB application to show the new proposal since I have to get approval from BOTH places. At this point, my plan is to get this proposal back to my mentor to send to the School next week. I can’t stress over it anymore. I’m really ready to move on to do my own research. I heard the IRB approval process can be a headache and I have two to look forward to.

 

 

 

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How I Did It-Freezing but Working


January 8, 2010

I had a trying day at work. I lived through it. Tonight I am blessed to be somewhere I can work on my revisions. I wanted to go the library, but it wasn’t open. I am at Wendy’s freezing, sitting next to a window,  just so that I can have an outlet for my laptop cord. Boy, the things we do. I tried another restaurant, but they didn’t have an outlet in the lobby. I plan to get something accomplished tonight. My fingers are cold…

 

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It- Missed Deadlines Suck


November 30, 2009

I didn’t think the comments from my committee would cause me to put so much more work into correcting this proposal, but they have been. I am so grateful to have the mentor I have. She is moving along with getting things back to me quicker than I thought. One of my committee members takes longer than the other, but I survived that so far. My problem is I miss my own deadlines. I could see if someone else caused me to miss them. My teaching job and family keeps me doing everything but work on this dissertation, but I am the only one at fault for not turning the revisions back in to my committee yet. The IRB application took some time, but I can’t even send that until I get the School of Education approval and that is after the committee approval. This is taking longer than I thought. If the School asks for revisions, I think I will scream.

 

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It-Breaking Procrastination


October 25, 2009

Once I pass committee approval and IRB stage, I’ll be over the hump. Chapters 4 and 5 will be exciting and should go pretty quickly. In the meantime, I need to kick the procrastination habit.

GOAL I-Do certain things at the same time every day. Commit to it.

GOAL II-Don’t say I will do everything for everyone. It takes away from my things to do list. Learn to say NO.

GOAL III-Work on ANYTHING dealing with the dissertation for an hour a day.

GOAL-IV-Follow through with my things to do list. Try not to carry things over to the next day. Only list what I know I CAN do.

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It-Proposal Approved


October 13, 2009

I am not going to say how mad I am at myself for taking so long to get back to journal writing because I am still working on the dissertation. I just sometimes forget to write about it. I didn’t forget to write today because my mentor officially approved my proposal this morning! I got the references to her in time. She is sending it out to the committee members today. I hope they give me a quick turnaround. This feels pretty good. Just in case they get it back to me early, I need to have the IRB forms finished. I also need to start applying for faculty positions because this is real!

 

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It-Focus on the Future


September 22, 2009

I’ve decided for my hour today I will work a little on my references for 30 minutes and then revising my proposal for the rest. Lord give me the wisdom to stay focused.  It’s 1am and I am very sleepy. I know that this job is temporary and I know that if I don’t get focused temporary could mean longer than I want it to. I want to be a professor when I finish this. I’ve taught part-time for the last two years at my Alma mater. I know it is what I want to do full-time. Without this PhD I could hang that up. So Lord, it’s in your hands.

 

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It-One Hour a Day


September 21, 2009

I have to get on the ball and get back focused. I’m down to journaling once a week. There are so many things I need to do. I know I can do it though. I am going to do something with this dissertation for an hour a day. Right now I need to get back in the habit of writing so I can do my revisions. I plan to have them ready to turn in by Sunday. Journaling everyday is supposed to help keep my mind flowing as I work on this dissertation and get my stresses out. It is not summer anymore. I don’t have the luxury of being able to go to the library three to four times a week for four hours anymore. I read that writing at least 15 minutes a day helps with progress, but I want to commit to an hour because I refuse to drag this out forever.

 

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It-Finding Strength


September 15, 2009

Well, my mentor just made the deadline of two weeks to return my proposal to me. She didn’t have too many comments, so I should be OK with making corrections. I have allowed an entire two weeks to go by without doing anything on my end. That is not acceptable. I am trying not to get overwhelmed, but it is a lot to handle. I hope to get back on track soon because I can’t continue to feel like I’m sinking. I don’t have anyone motivating me but myself right now. If I don’t push myself, who will? No one, but my mentor, seems to understand. I need the strength only God can give me. I also need a thick skin for the issues at this school. If I can make it in one of the toughest high schools in the county, I can make it anywhere. That may be why God brought me here.

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It-Not As I Expected


September 7, 2009

I’m not doing very well right now. This past week has been horrible. My life is not how I expected it to be going back to work. I have many more responsibilities than I planned to have. This is not what the principal and I talked about when I agreed to take this job. I have not worked on my dissertation at all this week. I could be updating my references and completing the IRB application while I wait on my mentor to get my proposal back to me, but I have been completely off track. I know I could be doing better. I just have to get my head back on straight. I must be rusty. I can think of it like riding a bicycle. I didn’t forget how to be a teacher, but this is the first time I’ve been a department chair. I just need to come up with a game plan for work, like I did for this dissertation.

 

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It-Proposal Finished!


August 30, 2009

I am officially finished with all three chapters of my proposal! It is now in the hands of my mentor. If she approves it before the quarter ends, I will be fine. She normally gets things back to me pretty quickly with only minor revisions. It’s the committee that may have something to say. If so, I’m ready. I’m just glad the hard part is out of the way and it only took three months! Next stop-IRB application. I heard it takes time and careful considerations. It has to be perfect to get approval the first time around.

It’s five days into the school year and because I have a good history with my principal and maybe because I am working on this PhD, I have taken on the responsibility of being the chair of my special education department. Ten special education teachers and 244 students with disabilities, all under my care. Did I mention this is my first year at this school?!…

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It-There Will Always Be a But


August 25, 2009

I started work on the 18th and it is going to be a lot to chew. My mouth is already full with this dissertation. Today was the first day of school. It felt good being back in the groove, but my current groove is much more important and I can’t let it slow down.  I haven’t actually worked on the proposal for three days, but tonight I will write the background of the study for Chapter 1. I still need to add the info about teacher shortage and update my references for Chapter 2 and will do as much of that as possible. I knew working full-time again would be a bit much, but there will always be a but

 

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It-Thinking Ahead


August 14, 2009

I’m in the library. I spent the first hour in a cafe and did some editing. The library opens at 9am, but I didn’t want to waste any time. I still have several things to add to Chapter 1 and two sections and the conclusion to Chapter 2. I also have a classroom to set up. I have to go over to my school on Monday of next week from 8:30-11:30am. The actual workdays start on Tuesday from 8am-3:45pm. I will be spending a lot of time getting set up because I’m at a new school yet again. That is just fine. I don’t want to seem anti-social when I start, but I really can’t get caught up with school drama while I try to finish this.

 

 

 

 

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How I Did It-Preparing For Work


August 11, 2009

I got a lot done at the library yesterday, but each section is taking me longer than I wanted them to. I should have finished this section last night but didn’t. I am using today’s three hours for a section I should have already done. Grrr.

So, when I start back to work I will have a Resource class at my new high school, I teach two classes at UNCG and I have to spend at least two hours a day on this dissertation. Let’s see, is that a bit much? I most likely will have at least 25 students on my caseload too. I just laid out a detailed plan to focus on this proposal before I start working.

11thRead Teacher Quality articles

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12thRead NCLB articles

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13thWrite TQ and NCLB Sections

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14thWrite TQ and NCLB Sections
15thFinish TQ and NCLB Sections

Read SpEd Teacher shortage articles

16thRead SpEd articles

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17thRead SpEd articles

Begin writing SpEd section

18thWrite SpEd section

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19thWrite SpEd section

Write Chapter 1

20thWrite Conclusion to Chapter 2

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21stAdd references

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22ndFinish Chapter 1

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23rdFinish Chapter 1

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