Time to check in…..
Hello readers, yes it’s a blue moon and time to take some time even though there is no time to post here. I see this as almost a more detailed journal that is public. It’s nice every once and a while to think about where I am in this career of mine and look back.
So where to start…when I last posted I was halfway finished with my coursework. I finished my last course in January 2017, had the Qualifying Exam in early May and after passing that settled into the dissertation proposal writing phase. I explain it so matter-of-factly as if it was a stroll in the park. I was not, to say the least.
Two things impacted me the most. One was not seeing my cohort buddies every week. I felt like I bonded with them, and I enjoyed the lectures, the discussions, the sharing. Then it was just over. In its wake was a gap in my life that was hard to fill.
The second was the Qualifying Exam. This was an open book test, where we had to write several essays and solve some statistical problems. I took a week over Golden Week to finish. I was writing and thinking at my computer the whole time. The closest I can compare this experience is a zen retreat. When you are in such a situation the schedule runs you, not the other way around. I’ve had my share of zen and believe me when you finish one of these retreats, you are done!
But you come out of that experience transformed. I think the intensity of the Temple program sharpens you up. You become like a tiger running in the jungle, shreading and ingesting journal articles with ease. Finding the strengths and weaknesses of a study, evaluating its methods and results. All those murky things about social science become plain to see.
Now the coursework is finished. It is time to stop being a student. I have to struggle with writing my proposal, working one on one with my advisors, and prepare my defense hopefully by next year, assuming life doesn’t get in the way. But it does and it will happen. It’s already happening to me now. But that is not going to stop me. No matter what….just keep going, tiger.
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First I want to thank Steve Cornwell and all of the staff, guest speakers, and all the wonderful people I met at the Osaka ACLL/ACTC 2014! I look forward to next years event and I strongly recommend this conference in order to get a broader view of languge teaching practice and research across Asia!
Regarding my presentation, if you would like references to the literature I mentioned please click here.
Also since there has been a lot of interest in what we do with our writing program… here is the pdf of my powerpoint. Enjoy!
In addition, there will be a video coming up soon on how to make an example-driven style of feedback for writing, so please stay tuned….
It was time. A time for a change…..of theme. One thing that struck me was the fact that the previous WordPress theme I used was not so kind to mobile devices, at least when I looked at the mobile view my theme Ambiru had offered.
The downside is that my pictures are now grainy, so gotta get a new image up sometime. So stay tuned.
The moral of this story: be kind to the smartphone user, they are the future!
For those who want a video tour of the site by the creator himself. Look no further. Enjoy and learn!
Just wanted to add that coming up this month I and my colleauges of the English teacher training division for the Kanagawa Institute of Language and Culture Studies (神奈川県国際言語文化アカデミアの外国語にかかる教員研修事業. will be giving a forum on our Advanced Leader Teacher program at this coming JALT conference at the Kobe Convention Center, Portopia, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan October 25th – 28th, 2013
The title of the presentation: A Voyage of Reflective Teaching
The Advanced program gathers 20 English teachers who teach in high schools in Kanagawa, supporting them in action research and professional development in order to create “leader teachers” who will be the hub of change and professional development in their schools.
This program has entered its third year and we will present the changes we have noticed in our participants and the process in promoting that change.
Our presentation will be on Monday October 28th, 10:10-11:40 in room 407 at the convention.
For more information:
The presentation abstract:http://jalt.org/2013/abstract.php?p=71
Jalt2013 information (in English and Japanese) http://jalt.org/conference
Our institute (in Japanese) :http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f7807/
Our program (in Japanese) http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f440038/
(in English) http://group14teachers.renshuishere.com/
See on Scoop.it – Computer Aided Language Learning
why [has] technology, to date, had very little impact on improved learning outcomes? This could be because we continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice to meet out-dated assessment models. Most of the world’s curriculum and assessment systems are based around fact recall rather than actually demonstrating that you have learned something and can deploy it within a problem-solving situation.
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