Base Group #1

Check-in Answers

Date / Question


What are you looking forward to next semester?


What obstacle have you overcome that you are especially proud of?


Does pressure make diamonds?


What is something that you’re good at but don’t value? What is something that you aren’t good at but wish you were?


What motivational strategies do you use when you don't want to do something that needs to be done?


What is the best thing that happened to you last weekend?


What was your 'path not taken'?


What is the most exciting thing you did during college?


What is something you are proud of?


Favorite relative?


What is the best thing that happened to you last semester?


Rejuvenation place?


Intellectual hero?


Favorite movie?


Favorite book?


Favorite teacher?


Jumping into some research projects (well, excited and scared 🙂 )

As a kid who always finished last in the mile run during PE and really abhorred running...that first full marathon made me feel like I could do pretty much anything (well, first it made me feel like sleeping for 83 years, but THEN I felt like I could probably do anything). Relevant Harry Potter quote: " start feeling like anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."

extreme pressure and about 1000 degrees celsius makes the right zone.

I'm good at copy editing, but get no intrinsic value out of it (I do get some utility value, I just don't enjoy it). Similarly, I'm a good writer, but have only recently started actively valuing that skill.

I wish I were a better listener. It's something I have gotten better at over the years, but it still requires intentional effort (which is a bummer: I love hearing others' perspectives, but controlling the impulse to start talking as soon as the other person says something interesting is hard!)

I swear by the Pomodoro technique. I also like to set very concrete goals -- if, say, the thing I don't want to do is writing, I amortize it: I don't have to write a whole paper today, I just have to write 500 words (or whatever is appropriate for the total word count goal). I can't trick myself into what counts or doesn't count as a whole page, and I stay motivated to hit the word count because that means I'm done for the day. If I get into a writing groove, even better: I'm officially "overachieving".

Going home! After a few delays with my flight, stepping out of the airport and seeing my husband waiting for me was a definite highlight of the weekend (the enthusiastic greeting from our dog was a close second).

going straight into grad school out of undergrad (in English Lit.) / moving to Vienna for a Fulbright teaching fellowship

Wrote + recorded an album about Harry Potter in lieu of a final paper

The time I successfully navigated a student's "emergency" illness while leading a study abroad trip -- entirely auf Deutsch.

my sister

snow days!

Lullwater Preserve

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Big Short

A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy O'Toole

Prof. Hoeyng


I'm really looking forward to stats. I gained a later-in-life love for mathematics and thus look forward to this. I also have been excited learning who my peers are in the upper classes. I'm connecting with others based on interests and trying to get connected to their projects.

This one bank camp...

I mean this one time in Mexico City I had my ATM card cloned and I had to go to the bank all by myself to sort it out en Espanol. Certain tasks prove extra difficult to do in a different language. Banks, doctors, and talking on the phone (where visual cues are not present) prove especially difficult. I've become comfortable with these!

Pressure is one aspect -

Tough questions because most things I am good at, I find the value of it, even if I don't really like it. I mean, I can't think of something where I'm like "Yeah, I'm good at this" yet never assimilate it into my self-value. I've though on this answer for 2 days now and I've come up this the above response. Everything I'm good at I value.

Now on the flip-side, I'm not good at MySQL, Express, and Handlebars. It is driving me crazy in programming class since I missed those 3 weeks!

I chunk the task into more manageable tasks. I set rewards for myself to finish said chunks. For some tasks I block work time off with liberal breaks in between. I relocate to new work environments (different cafe or library) and use the travel as mental breaks.

Maybe recovering from a newly formed coffee addiction. I never drink coffee but needed to the last two weeks of class. The withdrawal was headaches and such. Thankfully, I've "kicked the habit"!

Bogota vs. Guaymas

2009 - 2010 academic year:

Football conference championship.
Men's soccer conference championship.
Basketball national championship in Indy.
Student-athlete development conference.

Reaching goals in my 5-year plan.


Learned a lot of tech skills. WebDev stuff and cryptocurrency mining.

Parque Fundidora + Paseo Santa Lucia o Parque Fundidora.

Elon Musk - We goin' to mars! / "Satoshi" - The mythological creator(s) of cryptocurrency. Both take ideas into the real world.


Read a few Tom Clancy book en espanol.

I don't have a favorite teacher.


Learning stats... I know... I know... but I feel this is the biggest gap and I am ready to fill it. 🙂

In process --> Family + Single Income + SoCal + Student Debt. = God's grace

Carbon bonding does. 🙂

I am very good at doing dishes (and stacking them!) but I absolutely dislike the process. I would rather scrub a toilet than wash a sink full of old smelly dishes.

I wish I was a better writer. I can write stuff (lol)... but it is not natural for me. I would love to level up this skill.

I tend to be a bad news guy first, to deal with it, then hope for the better later. Grin and bear it!

Long travel was tiring... but good to be home. 🙂 . Great to see Stef and Micah and Ethan!

Military / Classroom career

Study abroad trip -- Italy -- France -- England.

Becoming an Eagle Scout.

Wife - Stefene

Pre-school! --> Took my family to Hawaii


C.S. Lewis

LOTR = 3 in 1

Bible / LOTR / POA

Mrs. Kliewer

Weekly Preparation


Class Avg: 3.6


Personal Avg: 4.3


Personal Avg: 4.1


Personal Avg: 4.8

3 Things I Learned


















1) You'll never regret having multiple backups of your work (especially on a deadline!)

2) The more you learn, the more you realize you need to learn.

3) I learned how valuable it is to have a supportive community of folks with different areas of expertise (e.g., my sister does web content development for a living, and added some much-needed insight into some of the more finicky site admin pieces as I refined my web presence).

1) If you're traveling cross-country the day something is due...your formerly nonstop flight will be re-routed 🙂

2) similarly: learned I can manage to finish and edit an article critique in whatever pockets of time I have (even during my sister-in-law's surprise wedding weekend!)

3) new tips for further improving my writing techniques

1) Our base group takes things very literally (but at least we all for sure know how diamonds are made!) 🙂

2) I learned a lot about two classmates' research interests via the RDP peer reviews, as well as ways to firm up my own RDP through seeing what they did.

3) It's become pretty clear now which questions are my weakest points in the article critiques, so I've got a better idea now what to focus most on for this week's (final) AC.

1) I've started learning how to use LaTeX for creating tables and figures for use in papers. It's a bit of a learning curve (and a timesink) but so far has been really rewarding.

2) I learned that sometimes kids learn coding in school using Minecraft - so cool!

3) I learned that a perfect research proposal doesn't exist, but I will apparently work until the last minute to try to force it to be perfect anyway.

1) I have GOT to be more succinct in my article critiques. In retrospect, I can't believe how long some of my sections were.

2) Having a sense of community with your cohort is crucial during those weeks where you feel a little overwhelmed - being able to support each other is so important

3) Everything will always take longer than you thought it would. Start working early.

1) I learned how easy it is to unconsciously apply value judgments to learning vs performance goals (and that a lot of us seemed to feel almost guilty admitting we were motivated by performance goals!)

2) I actually learned a lot about different uses of statistical tests (especially chi-square) in doing the article critique.

3) Also in the article critique: I learned the word "orthogonal," which I'm going to try to use more. It's a great word!


1) process-product research

2) I *think* I conceptually understand statistical inference/multivariate stats (as much as we've covered anyway)

3) I feel very confident moving forward in the article critiques based on today's feedback!

1) continued ways to refine research presentations

2) prioritizing sleep over finishing a reading is sometimes the better choice

3) more logistics of what research looks like

1) KWL structure

2) the wonders of PRYSM

3) pressing 'record' is important for making a video

1) quality indicator lists

2) WEIRD w.r.t. generalization

3) improving short presentations

1) expectancy-value theory as it potentially relates to my logic model

2) better understanding of statistics logic

3) interest statement as house vs logic model as room (or part of room)

1) I'm actually interested in expert learning/achievement

2) logic models are not nearly as simple as they appear

3) I really want to incorporate robots into research somehow

1) Rough structure for critiquing articles

2) the difference between mediating and moderating variables

3) what tpack knowledge is (roughly)

1) The importance of separating what is from a feeling of what should be

2) Some ways to better explain my research interests

3) Research question phrasing

1) How inherently messy social science work can be

2) How differently people can perceive the "same" thing

3) The importance of precise language specific to your field


1) This semester (since I didn't do any new learning this week) has been learning where my weaknesses are...

2) ... learning so much about research methods to make up for the weaknesses.

3) Cool people in my class!

1) How to do a reviewer response was a new skill but I liked taking the input, revising, justifying, etc.

2) I learned writing strategies from you guys.

3) I learned a few new APA things I didn't know.

1) I learned how to better communicate my own research interests.

2) I liked learning about the ethical considerations that have come up in the past and what future ethical considerations are upcoming.

3) I am getting more practice with succinct writing with the RDP feedback. I learned how the journal review process goes through Cary's papers. Haven't see that before.

1) On my I learned how hard the RDP was on first pass. Through these projects I am finding my strengths and weaknesses. For example:

2) I'm getting better at writing succinctly. The article critiques have forced me to be better here.

3) I'm lacking on the technical aspects of research design. Even when I have certain parts pointed out, I cannot see what all those parts form together (i.e. - "Oh, this is an XXXXXX design").

4) These projects this week are really helping me focus on my research interests, the literature at large, how the problems are operationalized etc., etc...

1) I learned how to better differentiate what the article critique questions are asking. Or rather, the feedback helped illustrate that to me after I scored poorly on the "B" questions (methods) section.

2) I learned about the history of the push for the "gold standard" in educational research.

3) I learned today is my birthday.

1) I learned better where my research interests are taking me (into the field of multi-modal teaching analytics).

2) I learned how to better critique a research article (and do it faster).

3) I learned a lot about motivation in educational psychology. I'm not as well read on the motivation field as I am in the technology side.

1) How framework matters (identical Rose notes / "Theory Matters" nail + wood".

2) How the asynchronous aspects will run.

3) I'm ok in my logic model direction.

1) What an article critique really is.

2) More stats and simulations!


1) Samples over sample size helps reduce statistical error. Conference intervals and null hypothesis.

2) 2016 cohort sharing out.

3) I don't really like Reeces Pieces (or however you write it).

1) Playing around with the statistics today (increasing sample size or trials/samples).

2) Doug Hartman is a boss.

3) IRB & RCR training.

1) When evaluating research - What is this studies impact despite the limitations?

2) When presenting research - Aim to both the low and high-expert audience. Never the middle. Make the presentation accessible mostly to low-experts but give the high-experts that in-depth piece.

3) With tables show the viewer where to look. Highlight or box the part you want them to focus on.

1) I learned more where to go to narrow down with my research areas and work towards a testable research question.

2) I learned about the "Observation = True + Error" equation.

3) I saw good examples of a research article presentation and how to do it well.

1) Using logic models in action. And using then how far I still need to go narrowing down to an actionable research question (and how far I've come).

2) How humans interact with the Beam robots presence.

3) Program Milestones.

1) Article critique: summarize, evaluate, provide rational for evaluation.

2) What makes research worthwhile: clear conclusions and solid methods.

3) Mediating and Moderating variables.

1) Handbooks - What they are and why we use them.

2) Faculty winding paths to where they came from and where they are going.

3) Narrowing down on research interests to questions.

1) Who Am I? / Role of Technology? / How Do You Know?

2) Learning vs. Development.

3) Reformatting the old idea of “hard” and new “soft” sciences. Instead thinking of “easy to do” and “hard to do” sciences.


1) The value of the review+response+edit process. Huge.

2) How to better code for issues in my work. My reviewers were very helpful.

3) Building a stronger web portfolio. Proud of the progress. Looking forward to growing it. 🙂

1) Writing tips! Huge help. Also helpful to know that I am not alone...

2) Even professionals don't like reviewing their own work! Whew!

3) To / With / Through... < TPACK 🙂

1) So much more about validity and reliability.

2) RDP reviews were very helpful for even my own drafting.

3) Ethics in education. Good FlipGrids.

1) RDPs can be fun. 🙂

2) I really enjoyed the reading both Phillips and Gee. I feel like those, plus the flip-grids, really expanded my appreciation on each subject.

3) Random sampling vs. random assignment --> much clearer.

1) Motivation wins! So much here.

2) Self regulation. I have already applied this at work with my staff.

3) ACs are tough. Even submitting my AC3--> I spent so much time on it and it was not what I wanted in the end. I know this is a process... but it is hard to know what it needs to look like and remain unable to make it so... ugh!

1) Article Critiques are a ton of work! Oh my...

2) Application of metacognition... I am still thinking about this thinking.

3) Motivation +++ --> This is such an interesting topic --> and embedded in everything!

1) I loved the constructive controversy activity. Wonderful.

2) How to frame my logical model -- probably another round of limiting.

3) Schedule and rhythm of the future weeks.

1) Causation vs. correlation. Applied.

2) Great overview of Article Critique -- super helpful. Thanks Matt!

3) Better clarity on values of variables. Thanks Cary!

1) Why we do base group discussions. I have always done this type of thing but it was helpful to hear the rationale.

2) Information processing was wonderful. I loved learning how learning works in this theory group. Fascinating.

3) Better understanding of how data plays well with one another. The candy exercise helped to frame things, manipulating the data, etc. Helpful.

1) Better understanding of Social Cognitive Theory --> and in particular on the Triadic Reciprocality and how it connects person+behavior+environment.

2) The general concepts of operationalization of process and how it connects to concepts... How a moving measure also changes a the interpretation.

3) It was helpful to see graphs /charts in action. To see how data can change over time and how to interpret SD etc.

1) A much better understanding on internal validation verses external validation. *Huge help

2) A much better understanding between the differences of positive and negative reinforcement.

3) A much better understanding of randomization and sampling. Wow!

1) Phenomenal conversation on measurement and how to. VERY useful.

2) Having a group help me dig out my interest and logic was also helpful. I find these conversations both sharpening and encouraging.

3) Matt's review of the Article R. process was very clarifying. I feel much better supported going into this first solo round.

1) Range and scope regarding qual. and quant. research. / Mixed methods. #helpful

2) Primary and secondary data -- especially regarding uses and viability. #helpful

3) Matt really helped me to refocus my logic model. This was very helpful in refining my thoughts on the topic area.

1) Theory --> how and why / Model --> how (in support of the theory)

2) Brickyard and purpose of theory / fact building. Very helpful in understanding the 'why' we do...

3) Model building focus --> how to organize, and prioritize

1) A new learning process through constructive controversy. A very helpful tool to learn, relearn, and hear new ideas. Very useful.

2) A greater appreciation for the research design process. Going deeper with my small group on topic, focused topic, research question, and significance. This was very helpful to have peer eyes help me evaluate my own zone.

3) What's a handbook! Wow, very cool. Looking forward to reading this. Also, the importance of looking into alternative nomenclature for my area of interest. Very helpful for library research.

1) Perception and desired results can be inherently biasing for research. This activity was very helpful in thinking/rethinking my future questioning strategies. #revealing

2) What counts as scientific research. This was a moment where I felt I knew a whole lot less than I would like to and where I need to dig deeper. #humbling

3) A much stronger view of what the whole PhD process will be like and what to expect. I feel better able to plan and prepare going forward. #relief #knowingishalfthebattle

Remaining Question(s)


















What questions should I be asking moving forward that haven't occurred to me yet?

Will I ever feel totally confident turning in an article critique? (probably not)

We're entering our last two weeks and I'm about a month out from work kicking into high gear (freshman orientation and general back-to-school madness). So, I'm starting to wonder how work-life balance is going to work (or not work) this time next month...

Do you ever know if your analyses are *enough* for your research questions? (meaning: I could have justified several different analyses for my RDP, but I have absolutely no idea if those justifications were valid, and to what extent.)

Where am I not using my time efficiently? (Or, how do I get over the idea I can be totally efficient all the time?)

How do you measure learning/concept mastery separately from performance (e.g., in a testing situation)?


where specifically I fit at the cocktail party

not sure today

(not a question, but a thing to work on): finding the balance between concise and precise

What's the breakdown of types of words each of us selected as 'representative' in the Gettysburg Address (e.g. nouns vs verbs vs prepositions...)?

which theory is most appropriate for my logic model

How to appropriate narrow my research interests

probably many I'm not thinking of right now

How do I best improve my research interest statement/better define my research interests?

Knowing how engrained beliefs based on anecdotal evidence versus empircal, tested evidence can be, how do we combat this tendency as researchers? (e.g., do learning styles exist/how do you know)


What is the next pro-sem like?

Do I have any outstanding missing work? I know I don't buuuuuutttt. That nagging feeling.

What will my RDP feedback look like?!?!?!

Will be have another week like this week where we have two major written assignments due?!?! I got started a day early with this week and barely made it to the finish line!

How "realistic" is our RDP going to be? I mean is this supposed to be a study that is simple enough for us to actually do in the next 6 months or something we would like to do when we are more senior doctoral students?

I'm not sure what to ask for my audio interview questions. I fear on being too broad and getting useless data yet being too specific and directing the conversation too much. I've turned to my peers for advice here.

How does the nail + wood work jaja!

What does the online portion of the class look like starting the next week...???

Stats still. But I expect that to remain until I learn more.

IRB and RCR jaja!

What is everyone's favorite Pokemon?

None now.

Tonight I don't have outstanding questions for the first time. I just wanna work and revise again and again!

Hand many handbooks should I read?

I need to get a better grasp on the RDP project.

How do I get involved as a 1st year? Where do I find out the research projects, presentations, chapter editing opportunities, etc. to latch onto? Is this an informal socialization thing?


Average time an advisor should spend working with advisee...

AC 5... almost... done!

Always thinking about future application of my RDP and practicum ?

Why are ACs so hard!?

AC land... more more more.

Sleep? When?!

Continued refinement of evaluation and rationale process.

More and more stats. Names and identifiers for study types.

Stats... I think it is becoming clearer... but this is helpful to practice together.

I feel like we are holding so many things at once. It is helpful to see the plane land on these and to build bridges in between concepts.

I feel I still need to go deep into the difference between measurement evidence of validity. This is an area that I need to conceptualize and reflect on more...

If my RDP project is aimed correctly...

Doing okay right now...
I am grateful to see the pieces slowly coming together. #clarity

How to pace for success.
How to read for clarity, speed, efficiency.

RDP scares me... glad there is scaffolding here.
Article Critiques scare me.... glad to learn that there is more scaffolding... still scary.
Also, I fixed my VPN so I feel much more "ready" to keep up with this course after class. #relief

How to organize my research?
How to prepare effectively?
How to read effectively?
How to organize effectively?