Sunday, July 20, 2014
Thursday we began at 10 a.m. and my group has our Awards Dinner so we won't finish until around 9:30. It'll be a LONG day but I'm so, so excited for it. I asked a girl who went to the Denver conference to send me a copy of the store catalog because I am going on a budget and I'm SO glad she did because I have budgeted myself well and will be able to get lots of goodies there. I'm so excited about it.
Friday will be another full day and somewhere in between Thursday night and Friday when our session begins, I need to check in with my group and get all of my stuff turned in for class. Somewhere in there I also have to have time to write my paper that is due Saturday (we have a paper per week for my Ethics class). So basically, I am going to be busting tail the rest of tonight, all day tomorrow and from Tuesday-Wednesday during my alone time in the hotel to get my work done so that I am able to enjoy conference on Thursday and Friday without worrying too much about class stuff.
Once I come home, we'll still be on the move. The Youngest has an appointment with her doctor at the Children's Hospital on Tuesday and then Wednesday she has her surgery to get her tonsils and adenoids out. We will be spending Wednesday night in the hospital. The next day, July 31 (Harry Potter's birthday -- woot!), I have a Thirty-One party with a gal from school. Then of course it's August and its really time to be thinking about Back to School.
Basically, I am totally livin', lovin' and learnin' this summer and probably won't post again for awhile because of being out of town. I'm doing better at reading since I'm using Feedly but I don't comment much because I just don't have time. Things *might* slow down a little for me in August but I doubt it ;)
Monday, July 7, 2014
I have to admit I am loving the online format for my doctorate thus far.
Oddly, it is slower paced than I thought it would be (at least so far but hey, it's been a week). Why do I love it?
1) Everyone has to participate. You get to really hear from everyone instead of having 2-5 people carry the class discussions which often happened to me in my master's classes.
2) So many of our assignments are posted to the discussion board and we are asked to comment and reflect on each other's work. Thus we get to see each other's thoughts and gain a better understanding of our course material.
3) Since so much work is submitted in this way, we also get the benefit of seeing our professor's response to each classmate as well as our own work. I have already learned a lot reading the professor's feedback to other people and it has enhanced my understanding of what our goals are.
4) Assignments are due on specific days but we have a lot of freedom to pace ourselves as we see fit. This will be great for when we have conferences and things of that nature.
I'm really glad I decided to pursue an online format. It's much faster paced than any of the brick and mortar programs I looked into and it is much more concentrated where I want to go professionally. I know it will speed up to the point where I want to kick myself for doing this...but so far, I'm enjoying it.
It has also put my mind on back to school and a few things I definitely want to do differently thus upcoming year. I will be adding all of those tasks to my to do lists.