I, for some crazy reason, decided to add graduate classes to my list of things to do last summer. I am currently in semester 3 of this adventure, while still trying to finish a class from semester 2. Crazy, I know.
One of the tasks that we are to take on is a research project and a practice in autoethnography...which is basically doing research but including myself (the researcher) in within the fabric of the research and reporting. This goes against everything I have really ever learned about research. To me, research has always been cold, sterile, and remote. Now we are supposed to incorporate ourselves into the project and share how what we see/feel/think impacts the results.
As an ELA teacher, I can do this. As someone who is trained to separate myself from my research, I am struggling.
But one of the suggested exercises is to keep a journal. And since I basically start and end my day with sitting at the computer, I thought what better way to do this than to post on my blog...which hardly ever gets used anyway.
So here is entry #1. And maybe I should give some background.
My project is looking at the benefits of mindfulness practices in the middle school classroom. To complete this project I will teach some of my English 7 students mindfulness practices. There will be anonymous surveys administered to both sections of English 7 - one that is exposed to mindfulness and the other that experiences "normal" instruction (no mindfulness). I will keep a blog/journal to document my experience and reaction the process and help to process what I am seeing in the students.
Needless to say this is a bit daunting since I have never done anything quite like this before, but at the same time very excited to see what the results will be.
A little about me
I blog for fun, to get my thoughts in order. I am a mom to two frustrating and wonderful kids and one diva dog. My full-time gig is teacher and I do some side hustle with a few DS businesses. I love working with people...but I also value my alone time since in reality I'm a huge introvert.