Today’s class left me with mixed emotions. We discussed the topics that we were considering for our dissertations. I was considering exploring why parents choose to homeschool their gifted children. I am passionate about gifted education and homeschooling (I’m not anti-public school.)
Dr. Holder tore my idea up. Talk about feeling defeated in the moment. However, it is best to have the critique now rather than during the dissertation defense. The emotions probably stem from the natural human response to perceived rejection. I am both frustrated at and grateful for the critique. It’s like leg day. Leg day hurts and leaves you in pain but it’s vital for total bodywork out. (I’m skipping leg day this week! In fact, I’m skipping everything this week except the treadmill.)
Don’t get me wrong, Dr. Holder is an awesome professor. His is advice was to take the idea and create it as a positive. Hopefully, I can come up with a couple of ideas to pitch his way by the end of the week to gain some feedback. Dr. Holder is the type of professor that will challenge a student, their ideas, and push them to do quality research.
When I got back to my hotel, I FaceTimed my husband, Matt, to vent about the situation and to talk it out. Matt replied, “HEY! HE SOUNDS LIKE ME!” After a moment of contemplation, I realized Matt was right. Matt is a straight-forward, tell it like it is person who critically analyzes everything.
I have said for a long time that Matt reminds me of Sheldon trying to choose between Xbox and PlayStation. I try to find the positive and/or humor in all situations. It’s how I cope with constant change and challenges.
There is a personal touch to the way the course is presented. There is a lot of communication between students and the professor. I like being able to share and hear from others in different situations. I look forward to the class each morning. I actually wake up early enough to get there about 30-45 minutes before class starts. That’s unusual for me…I like to sleep.
Dr. Holder shared with us how to create a table of contents in a Word Document to help ease part of the dissertation process. The method he demonstrated has the ability to update the page numbers of the table of contents as other pages are added to chapters already in the table of contents. This knowledge will be very helpful as I begin writing my dissertation.
We also played an online game called GeoGuessr. It’s a fun way to explore geography and google maps street view. The user must guess where a 360 photo was taken by looking for clues in the photo. It is highly engaging. I have enjoyed giving it a try on my own tonight.
We also discussed different learning games and apps that can be integrated into our individual content areas. My content area is elementary education and gifted education. I found Tour the Universe on the Windows Store. It’s a free app that has a lot of content to capture the user’s interests. The app begins at our current location (Earth) then allows the user to discover elements of the universe based on the distance from Earth to over 13 billion light years away.
I have a large amount of research to CRITICALLY analyze tonight. I should probably make my coffee with Red Bull or Monster. (That’s just a joke.) I’ll just drink my Monster.