It's halftime folks! Generally that's the time when the coach gives the team a pep talk and reviews what has happened in the first half of the game and gives some strategies for the second half. So here we are at halftime in AI II and Stats. Whew! The first half of this semester was a whirlwind. I feel like the fog has lifted a bit. I'm not gonna lie - Stats knocked me on my butt in the first couple of weeks. But much like AI 1, it's all starting to come together. I'm actually getting it and feeling pretty confident. I've also noticed that I can read a quantitative article without totally skimming over the numbers and getting lost!
I am feeling good about my research topic right now. I think it might need some more tweaking but I'm starting to close in on it! I am intrigued about how my study is going to take shape. In my mind I see myself working with some colleagues in my field but perhaps it will end up being larger than that. I'm pretty sure that my study will be qualitative but we'll see what happens after the quantitative proposal is complete. I also had an aha moment recently when I realized that I've gotten better at reading articles and pulling out the important information. Doing annotated bibliographies and rhetorical précis have really helped me to get at the meat of an article and move through it quickly.
I'm anxious in general about seeing all of this hard work come together. The writing still paralyzes me a bit but I can see my writing improve so that's good. One issue with my research topic is the research itself or lack thereof. Assistant Principals and their role transition is new in the research field which makes my project timely but difficult to come up with supporting literature. I just need to dig a little deeper and get back in the game!
And the whistle blows and here we go….