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?


Is it fair to say that I'm not super stoked for stats? I mean, on the one hand, I'm happy to learn, but it feels like a mountain I have to climb as opposed to one that I want to climb. I thought these classes allowed some flexibility to my interests. I'm not sure the fall classes will permit that.

I'm happy to do more with my research group though...that is fascinating to me...

Sorry this came so late. I had intended to do more work online in NY, but my parents asked me to stay in my grandmother's house, which, as you might imagine, had no wifi. Also, my hometown doesn't believe in Starbucks (Dunkin' Donuts stronghold) or sitting at coffee shops. I also had no car (long story). In sum, I'm checking in on Sunday.
Sure, pressure makes diamonds. I think pressure though can also get people to a point where they can say "good enough to be a garnet" as opposed to a ruby, because simply, as humans, we cannot spend every moment of every day at work. We might be able to pull it off for a short period, but I think there is a time where the cup runneth over. My prep score is entirely predicated on the fact that I was not prepared to face a death in the family with what I have on my plate.

I've got a pretty good memory when it comes to things other people tell me (such as facts about their lives, birthdays) - I strangely find that more of a curse than a benefit. I'm an awful (team) athlete. I loved basketball as a kid but am terrible at it. Like, really, historically bad.

Typically I try to break the task into chunks and put "fun" things between the chunks to keep me moving. Often times, I think a short "game" break helps, or a quick visit to social media sparks my imagination enough. Admittedly, I can be a procrastinator on this front, so there are some things from 1996 that probably should still be done...

We had a really nice July 4th party at our house. First time we really rolled out the carpet for more than one family to drop in since we moved here last September, so I was glad for the relative ease of the event.

The plan after college was to go teach in Thailand, continue to learn Mandarin, go to U. Hawaii for MA/PhD in Asian History. I had an entire 10 year plan worked out until I hurt my knees (I had found this plan last spring when we moved).

Traveling to Vietnam by myself.

My daughter gave the commencement speech at her 8th grade graduation this year and she nailed it. Probably happiest I've ever been, too.

My brother, Adam. Only one that I can talk honestly to. My 93-year old grandmother is second.

My students ran a very successful "Ignite" speech competition. Very creative on their part and really pushed our campus community.

I am going to the gym today; since it's not open tomorrow/Sunday I'm going to try to be outdoors and taking photos for my daughter.

David Johnson, Portland State University

Up (Pixar) -- only animated film that made me cry, and makes me cry, over and over (in the first ten minute silent vignette).

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell -- I enjoyed the blend of rich detail about the historical period as well as the imagination to include magicians...

Bro. Joe Genovese was an awesome guy and great human being.


I'm looking forward to statistics! I'm excited to get some review of concepts I need review on, and to feel good about the things that I already know.

natural (no pain killers) childbirth, with pitocin, and in a high-risk room with all of the monitors...and doing that twice.

Good question!! Maybe. I definitely need some pressure to get work done, but I think that authentic interest in filling a need makes diamonds. There is pressure in that, but it's good pressure.
Last week's work load wasn't the best kind of pressure...

I'm good at calligraphy, but I don't value it--mostly, because it makes me mad because I'm not PERFECT at it. It's impossibly hard, but I'm pretty darn good at it (but currently out of practice).

I wish I was better at team sports. I really like them, but my sense of things on the field is not great. I'm good at swinging a golf club, shooting an arrow, and doing yoga, so I definitely have athleticism, but the three-dimensionality of a soccer field is a little much for me.

I either choose to do something else that needs to get done (because there is always more than one thing that needs to get done), and then let that positive energy drive me into the other task, or I use some sort of reward to bait me through it. The best reward is usually spending time with friends or family.

Seeing my kids after two weeks away. Going to the CT shoreline and hanging with my cousin with my kids was wonderful.

I did not go to acting school and become an actor.

Exciting? Not sure. Interesting? I worked on the line at a very busy sushi restaurant and learned how to make sushi rolls, etc.

The puppets I made for Metamorphoses production.

My favorite relative is probably my cousin Caitlin. Having two sisters that are much older than me, Caitlin has been like a sister, who I relate to in many many ways. I also have another favorite--my cousin Jamil. He and I are also very similar.

The best thing that happened was finding out that I was given a new house on campus that is almost twice as big as the one I'm in now! Hooray!

My rejuvenation place will be at my aunt's house in Brighton. She is going to take me out on a pontoon boat on the lake, we will hang out by the pool, and go out to dinner. On Tuesday night, when I was in the midst of experiencing some tears in my existential fabric, her invitation helped me get through the night.

My intellectual hero might be Alfred North Whitehead. His process philosophy was way ahead of his time, his historical knowledge is deep and profound, he has an extensive understanding of mathematics. He wrote about the nature of being, from the instantaneous level to the nature of importance and adventure and peace. His phenomenology includes the nature of the aesthetic experience, which I think other philosophers ignored.

I heart Huckabees
Inside Out

I like existential movies 🙂

I enjoy reading math ed articles, The World According to Garp, Franny and Zooey.

Dr. Devlin - very charismatic and brilliant....


I definitely look forward to gaining a solid stats foundation with my amazing cohort. I am also excited about the possibility to carry out my RDP study.

I am lucky (or unlucky?) enough that I haven't yet met any obstacles that I thought I would be especially proud to conquer. Every tough moment I had, when looking back at them, I feel calm inside although I might not think so at that time. With that said though, I am happy that I overcame a few challenges in life such as moving to a new city where I knew nobody and established my life and career there.

Proper level of pressure makes diamonds. Too much pressure crushes diamonds.

I am pretty good at cooking, but I am not often motivated to cook. I wish I were good at singing.

Stick a deadline list/to do list right in front of my desk; Talk to people about why it has to be done, and then get it done; Promise myself a small reward (e.g. nice dinner, some relaxing time, etc.) for task completion; Put on some nice music when doing it.

Missed the flight back to Burlington (first time ever...) but still made it back on the same day, right in time for my friend's wedding.

Be a professional Chinese lute musician.

Studying abroad in the States.

I started painting.

My cousin. Cheerful, bright, caring.

I was nominated for the teaching excellence award of the year.

By the river, ocean, anywhere with water and breeze.

Jiang Yang, a female writer in China.

Lord of the Rings. Love the story lines and characters.

Recent favorite: Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States". Appreciate the angle and perspectives.

Mr. Chen in high school. Patient, observant, understanding, showing me a bigger world.

Weekly Preparation


Class Avg: 3.7


Personal Avg: 3.2


Personal Avg: 3.2


Personal Avg: 3.3

3 Things I Learned



















1) I still have alot to learn.

2) Being in this cohort and this base group has been very personally rewarding. I hope that I give out as much as I get from.

3) I still have alot to learn.

1) On the one hand, I feel like I learned about the AC process, but I felt like the more I knew the more I thought that each question was missing something even though I was at the word count. I got myself to a point though where I had to just breathe and submit, and that felt good.

2) I'm a fan of my research group. The material seems right, and I'm eager to get to work on those projects.

3) I can see a path between my work life and my PhD life and my home life. I think that gave me some confidence.

1) I will miss my grandmother. She would be proud of me for continuing to do this doctorate, and I'm going to finish, come hell or high water, so that her grandson could be the first doctor of any stripe in the family. That was important to her.

2) I have to have resiliency. I regressed on the article critiques, pretty badly, even though I thought I had taken good care of that work. I actually was very worried about regressing, and maybe I somehow contributed to a self-fulfilling prophecy.

3) Something has to give if I'm going to keep this up. I want to excel in all three fronts of life (work, school, home) but I think that I'm going to have to figure out how to be okay with limited returns in some places if I want to keep sane.

1) My family really cares about me and how important this is to me if they allow me to sit and work while they do everything else around the house...

2) I miss my base group, even though we only worked together for two week. In earnest. I worry about both of them alot; seems like one of the bummers of the hybrid cohort that we don't get more opportunities (December weekend seminar?) to connect. But really, this week I recognized that Cary did a good job providing us with a means to bond a bit, and I both thankful for them and I worry about their well being alot during my week.

3) I really appreciated Cary's commentary on Thursday night about why we still take time to read during this program. I have experienced that problem in my job, where I am teaching a full load or am asked to work on this or that and email dominates my life. I don't love the 9 questions, but I respect that I need to read to be an academic, and I further respect that most of the questions we've gotten are hard, and need me to think a bit deeper.

*I also realized this week that while this PhD is in many ways for me, I don't want to just to well for myself. In writing my RDP, I feel like my research is supposed to do something to help people. I worry that I'll get sidetracked because of social comparison when I need to remember that the larger reason I'm doing this is to continue to be of service to kids in schools.

1) I thought the discussion on TPACK on Piazza was pretty good, and it was interesting to see the diverse perspectives of my cohort, particularly with regards to TPACK's impact on teaching and research.

2) The Schunk book got interesting for me when he got to motivation. Not all of it, take note, but the segment on goal orientation was particularly fascinating, as well as when we got to consider attribution and achievement motivation. Sort of wish I had more time to digest it.

3) I'm starting to think that my attachment to word counts is somewhat fruitless...

1) I am going to get slammed at work the moment I return -- I am going to have to find time within my work days to make this doable.

2) My wife and children want my attention when I'm home; I'm going to have to find a way to balance being a husband/father with being able to use my non-work time in pursuit of this degree.

3) I have to drop bad habits. I can just "cash out" on some days. While I certainly need to be mindful and take care of my well being, I need to maximize my efficiency and see what habits I have that simply suck time.

1) The "range of internal validity" exercise was useful for me to gauge what I need to become conversant with in regards to each different type of design. I think this is important as I consider what route to take.

2) I felt that being on the other side of the coin with Rose was a good experience for me, both to consider his critics but also as important to understand why I didn't see as many faults in that work.

3) I had a lunchtime walk with Ben Gleeson to talk about framing ideas around social media research that was a great information dump of places where I could go and people on campus I could coordinate with.

1) The follow up conversation on "random" continued to help solidify my notion of what random means in a wide variety of settings.

2) At lunch I appreciated Matt breaking down the hierarchical linear squares model as that had popped up in a wide variety of readings and it helped to clarify it for me going forward.

3) The logic processing theory/model demonstration was useful for grounding me in the conversation about the theory/model. It actually turned on a light bulb about my daughter and her first grade teacher.

1) I thought Jessica's sharing on behaviorism was pretty informative. I appreciated the depth of which she clarified an example with regards to transfer and behaviorism.

2) I appreciated the work today with the random sampling process, both in being asked to talk through it and doing the experiment. It actually made me a bit more excited to work with stats (I know that may be premature)

3) Listening to the 2014 cohort was instructive, particularly since, like me, this group all worked in colleges. It gave me perspective about the life of a hybrid student working in a college environment.

1) I have a significant anti-behaviorism bias; I appreciated Cary's challenge to us to consider "buying" the S-R construct he presented today.

2) I need to know more about a hierarchical least square regression so that I can do more than give a basic description of why you would use one.

3) The Insight-Confirmation-Extension framework that John Bell presented I thought was a good short critical framework to think from (this could be recency)

1) I thought the initial foray into measurement helped me to understand classical test theory (enough for the moment) and the conversation about systematic error, validity and reliability was done in a way that gave me good building blocks.

2) I was intrigued by Dr. Schmidt's conversation about experimental sampling and made me want to learn alot more about it.

3) I got good feedback on my revised research interest and logic model and thought I felt, at the end, that I knew more direction about where I need to keep moving as the weekend commences.

1) The intersection of ed psych and ed tech, as described in this morning's overview, was incredibly helpful for me to understand the rationale and the possibilities of aligning.

2) I felt I comprehended, much more deeply, the complex interplay of qualitative and quantitative world, and it both helped me understand my fit as well as contemplate the development I need in quantitative skills. I thought this sprouted from the joint conversation this afternoon on method as well as on the Rose text.

3) I appreciated Jack Smith's comment about how careful thinking will separate us from the rest of the population, as it is furthering this sense of what difficult and unique work this program is.

1) Colin helped me with getting a better understanding of the need, in my Research Interest, to look at phenomena. That clarified some things for me which he further illustrated during the logic model discussion and activity which I hope will assist me tonight in reframing my research interest.

2) When Cary navigated explanation of how Rose used a disciplined approach, I thought that helped to illuminate the theoretical process even more, and I liked seeing how it operated within the context of a qualitative work.

3) Rand's presentation was actually pretty stirring, particularly in response to Bret's question with regards to addressing moral panic. I appreciated his challenge for us to go and to work with mindsets and changing mindsets through scientific research.

1) I thought the Constructive Controversy process was an excellent method and thought it was a useful method for cooperative learning that took a step forward with debate.
2) I learned about why the emphasis/promulgation of learning styles was a problem from a research perspective (I appreciated Cindy Okolo's guest talk).
3) Most importantly, I appreciated that we were asked to start moving even more research/evidence-based answers (at the end of the constructive controversy) as opposed to just going based on our ideas.

1) I got to learn a bit more deeply about how creative my base group members were; I enjoyed watching Eileen and Ying think about their photos in the morning activity.
2) I appreciated the extended conversation about the PhD vs. an MA (and even an EdD), as it gave me grounding on what a PhD is supposed to be. The visual representation was "sticky" for me -- I liked the concept of the known/unknown and how the PhD juts out into that unknown.
3) The afternoon conversation about method in the Berliner helped me to understand the debate about the "science" of education and the various values that have been placed on types of science.


1) I learned that I forgot to check-out on most weeks since we have been back from Michigan. So with that in mind, I will discuss what I have learned about myself overall:

2) I learned that this class has emphasized many of my deepest insecurities. While I understood very quickly the iterativeness of "the process", I lack the ability to forgive myself when I was unable to do certain assignments to the level that my peers were able to do. Part of the reason why I wasn't able to complete things was due to too much in my life, but also due to the anxiety that I generated over the thought of all of the work, plus my kids, plus my "work work". I will need to figure out how not to get so overwhelmed--to create preventative measures to keep overwhelm at bay. If I can accomplish this, then I will be fine.

3) I learned that my RDP was in decent shape. Many of the suggested fixes were easy to address. I feel good about my concept. But the process has also taught me that I need to be very attentive to my thoroughness, and to be more rigorous with my literature research.



1) My job is really full of stuff. I teach, but I am also dept chair and dean of our 12th grade component of our interdisciplinary january term. I expect that it will be challenging finding the blocks of time that I will need to work effectively.

2) I have a tendency to get overwhelmed.

3) I have done distance learning before, but it was always much more silo-ed. I worry about staying on task.

1) I got a lot out the spectrum that we constructed about types of research.

2) Implicit in the study's design, the sample is constructed.

3) Counterfactual

1) I really really appreciated the opportunity to understand how to read in the context with information processing theory. I think that is going to help me a lot, given how slow a reader I am and how I struggle with attention and interest.

2) Even though I am terrible at these jigsaw activities, I still respect them. I am pretty out of my element all of the time, and I am constantly questioning every word that I want to say because I'm really uncertain of my understanding of anything at all. This is true for me even in casual conversation--sort of debilitating. But I still appreciate this experience.

3) I also really appreciated the 2014 cohort's talk. Carmen is someone I am going to want to talk to a lot.

1) I learned a little more about SCT and behaviorism. Definitely the jigsaw activity is really good. I wish I was feeling better today about my preparedness to have contributed better.

2) The discussion on statistics made me light up, which showed me something. I really do love math. On the other hand, I also felt a struggle getting through the words, which made me wonder about waiving out of the class.

3) Will, Sarah, and Michelle were great today, and I learned about how hard this all is for everyone. I was relieved (but only for a is just sort of hard, I guess).

1) I learned that even if I don't feel great, I can still make improvements on my presentation practice.

2) I learned that my understanding and writing in my article critique was not as bad as I assumed it was (suffering real imposter complex right now...)

3) I learned on Friday evening that after a week that was quite turbulent, I actually felt more strongly that this is the place for me (this program, this path) and that I am super pumped to develop the professionalism and skill to be a researcher in mathematics education/psychology.

1) I was reminded about the reliability/validity topic (I have learned it before). It was great to put it in a relevant context, as opposed to a boring stats class.

2) I really enjoyed doing my research report and learning about other's, as well. I learned that I forgot all about the powerpoint, but I also learned how valuable they really are (in it's absence).

3) I got great feedback on my bubble diagram, and also on my geogebra applets, which was reinforcing. Shawn was very impressed with my geogebra applets, and that felt really good. It had been a while since I wrote one, and his excitement was encouraging.

1) I learned that by 3:30, I can't remember what I learned all day.

2) I learned about the importance of the homework that I have to do tonight--how applicable this work will be to much of what I do in the future.

3) I learned that I am really glad that I am working with Jack.

1) I learned a bit about the logic model, and I am excited to get into my model more tonight.

2) Cary's illuminating the Rose text--makes me want to get into it more, and I am pleased that I have an opportunity to do so tonight--as long as I can stay awake and sharp!

3) I learned about the importance of the summary in the article critique, to reveal the understanding of the critic, in order to situate criticisms appropriately.

1) I learned about the great technique for learning an argument--the activity in the Taking Sides article.

2) I learned that my research interest paragraph was more of a paper proposal. I had a feeling that it was too narrow, and I didn't quite realize that it was so opinionated. So I am working on that.

3) I learned that agency is a key element in my area of interest--a student's facility with language is braided in with their sense of agency. Figuring out which comes first will be a long process...

1) I really enjoyed the photo project in the morning. I was able to create an avatar in a way that was more deliberate than I had ever done this before. It was fun because in any other context, making a picture like that might be pretentious or silly, but this was an opportunity to introduce yourself to others more intentionally. It made me realize again that a photo is a symbol.

2) I learned how to read efficiently in a group--what a valuable skill!

3) I really enjoyed getting to know my peers more. I learned that I am in the right place.


1) I learned that ANCOVA is a blend of ANOVA and regression analysis, and can be used to analyze both dichotomous and continuous variables. Thank Josh for his help and explanation!

2) I also learned how to calculate interrater reliability.

3) I learned what being a full time PhD student while working full time means... But I also learned surviving full time working and full time PhD is not impossible!

1) I actually enjoy writing.

2) It is a great experience getting feedback from my peers. The feedback allows me to look at my work with fresh eyes.

3) It is an effective strategy to get the first draft done as quickly as I can and then revise it.


1) With PhD study and intense summer teaching, one week goes by really fast, I mean, REALLY fast.

2) The online discussions are very interesting, but it got a little overwhelming in the end as everyone (me included) was trying to post responses on the last two days. Gonna try to post early next time.

3) It was interesting to read Schunk's motivation chapter. I'd appreciate a little bit more discussions on culture variation in motivation though.

3 obstacles that I am likely to face in the online portion:
1) I have a very busy summer teaching schedule right after this week. One obstacle I may face is proper management of my teaching time so that I can have chunks of time every week (ideally every day) to focus on my reading and teaching.

2) After this week, I'd like to further review the readings that I finished and didn't finish, and the class notes in the past 2 weeks. Yet at the same time, I'd like to fully digest more new readings as well. How to achieve both goals needs careful planning.

3) I have the tendency of over committing myself to too much work.

1) Three different kinds of control: statistic control (which does not rule out of the effect of other variables, but uses stats to attribute the variation to certain variable); sample control; control through study design.

2) It is useful and important to write (at least aspire to write) every day, keep track of my writing everyday. This suggestion has come up from a few faculty members already. I really appreciate it as it help me think how I can be productive and effective once these two weeks end.

3) Whatever I thought I knew (e.g. through reading the textbooks), I will realise that I don't know when Cary asks the questions in class. But I guess that helps me to figure out how to know in the future...

1) I enjoyed the article critique feedback. I learned that it is also important to acknowledge the strength of the studies that we read instead of just focusing on the weaknesses.

2) Cary's question about whether information processing theories are learning theories or processing theories, and if the focus is on outcome and/or process helped me think about "learning" from perspectives of behaviourism, social cognitive theory, and information processing theory in a clearer way.

3) I also learned that I need coffee to process information better during the afternoon scholar parade session (as I really value this session!)...

1) Social cognitive theory attributes the behaviors not only to the consequence of the behaviours but also people's observation of the environment and others' behaviours. Intrinsic motivations, self-efficacy, agency, etc. all play important roles in social cognitive perspective.

2) Random sampling reduces the likelihood of bias in sampling, and strengthens the confidence that the sample will represent the whole population.

3) Social cognitive theory offers very little explanation about memory other than image/symbols stored in our mind from the input/observation.

1) Embodiment through technical device. Sometimes people draw conclusions on others through the technical device others are on. It is very interesting as it speaks to the relationships not only between people, but between people and place, and the sociocultural dimensions of these relationships.

2) Difference between randomized sampling and randodmization.

3) Difference between experimental design and quasi-experiemental design.

1) Observation = true value + errors. There are systematic errors and random errors. The former concerns reliability, validity, etc. Validity has internal validity and external validity.

2) A good research question can lead to the investigation into more questions.

3) Be critical about the links among research questions, methods, and results when reading a research. Talk about them at the research report.

1) I learned that my logic model was too specific and too much down at the operational level, instead of capturing the phenomena that I was trying to investigate.

2) Play with different ways to construct the logic model to sort out the best explanation - moderation? mediation? etc.?

3) There is no qualitative variable, but qualitative cases. Generalisability is not the focus of qualitative research.

1) I learned three criteria for developing good article critiques: 1. summary 2. critique 3. evidence

2) I learned that theory is explained and can derive testable hypothesis. Conceptual framework offers explanation but does not offer testable hypothesis.

3) I enjoyed the in class practice of developing a logic model. A nice hands-on practice that gave me a better sense of how to ask questions and dig deeper to develop logic model for my research.

1) Handbook is a great place to start when looking into the research in the area that one is interested.

2) The way the constructive controversy activity was structured was really helpful. I appreciated being assigned to the con group so that I could really force myself to think from perspectives sometimes I may just dismiss or disagree, and see the merits in those perspectives.

3) Three ways to start academic arguments: Theory says...; Research says...; I don't know, but theory/research says...

1) The photo taking activity was a very embodied experience for me to come to the realisation that technology allowed us to capture abundant and nuanced information in one picture and therefore be more expressive and spontaneous about messages that we'd like to deliver. But it was also interesting to see how other people pick up different semiotic resources and give different interpretations to them.

2) The complexity of contexts and interactions in educational research.

3) Teaching is a science about learning, also an art.

Remaining Question(s)



















I think it occupies my mind too much, but still, will I ever be comfortable when it comes to statistics and the various analyses? I certainly hope so, but it seems so far away for me. I'm starting to feel my age when I look at some of the interpretations of statistical methods...

*sorry that I forgot this one...

When you regress, what's the strategy? Is that supposed to be part of the process or am is there a contingency path I should be aware of?

Will I continue to grow? When I was doing the article critique this week, I felt like I was starting to understand what I was looking for better. I still believe I have a long ways to go, particularly in understanding methodology, which I feel is evident anytime I look at Piazza. Sometimes I can still get deflated by social comparison (how's that for a Schunk term) because I'm with this group of really smart people who I feel either just know it or just say it better.

Jeez, how's my driving...

In earnest, I am confused as to what the RR's are for -- are they for me to use toward my own studies OR are they are for general practice with summarizing research. If it's the former, then I almost think we need to follow our own shorthand.

1) I'm going to make sure, since I have control over a big portion of my day to day schedule, that I commit to the time to get this work done and contain it in that time.

2) I'm going to have to balance my family time appropriately -- I have to "go to the calendar" and figure this out, as weird as that will be for my wife and kids.

3) I think I need to say good-bye to Netflix...

How am I going to be ready for tomorrow...

How I'm going to find a path to understand multiple regression models. Still feels like the gap between the research I'm reading and my capacity for evaluation is somewhat wide.

I'm just grasping at how I will be able to develop an even more critical mindset with regards to the theories. I know that will come with time...but I need to speed that up.

I need greater clarity on sampling; I'm going to review that chapter but I was having trouble tracking. (I liked the activity as a good example of how even with some definition, I was still biased, but think that could have helped to have more of it).

Still pushing on logic models -- I am going to now plan a meeting on Monday after a weekend of working with what I presently have.

Still grasping at the logic model concept...I don't think I'm properly understanding the concept of "phenomena" as referenced in ongoing observations and insights.

I think I'm okay, but I'm thinking I will need to make my logical model more sophisticated. I do want to review the critiques one more time tonight to review individually my particular choices with regards to ranking.

How do I get even narrower with my RDP? If reading a bit more doesn't help me focus it, what can I do to be able to focus it (and fast).
How am I going to get even more evidence-based with limited 'free' reading time.
I am concerned about the upcoming logical model task; I think I'm at a deficit here.

I'm a little leery about committees still. I am having a hard time connecting our hybrid time (and the concept of 'parades'), condensed as it is, with being able to actually form committees of people who know me and my work.


I am wondering when else we do article critiques. I think I started getting it with the last one, and I want to continue fostering this skill.



1) When I run into the obstacle of finding time, my plan is to train myself to go to bed early and wake up early.

2) When I run into the obstacle of getting overwhelmed, I will just start with doing the thing that I want to do first. When I do that, it gives me energy to do the other things.

3) I will remember the responsibility I need to maintain to be true to my peers and do my work as early as possible, and respond to others early as well.

In constructing a study, there is 1. the question. 2. how we construct the sample 3. the ways that we interact with the sample--how we collect data. 4. what we do with/to the sample.

Detangling these things (and I'm in a rush and I don't have time to really think about this more) is the area of ambiguity for me today, but I am sort of excited to define it more explicitly for myself.

I do not have any questions right now. Still pondering my second logic model.

I am feeling inadequate right now. I felt good knowing that a couple of others felt that way, too, but it is not helping me get my work done.

I'm wondering when I will have time to put together an additional logic model for the geogebra applets...

I am beginning to rethink my bubble diagram, and to consider separately the learning that is involved in interacting in the geogebra applets alone.

I am still wondering if my bubble chart is totally correct. I think some of the language in it needs to change. As usual, I am fresh out of questions right now, but I am sure that I will have more over the weekend.

I am not so sure that my logic model is perfect, so I am wondering about that!

Rand Spero just came in and talked about technological devices as an extension of the mind. It makes me wonder about the imperative to be very choosy about what we do with these devices--what we put on our devices, and the frequency of the things we use on our devices. Do these things make us happy? If not, should we delete them? Technology has grown tentacles and has invaded our lives in crucial ways--it is all the more important to curate the experience to increase peace of mind and happiness...not really a question, but I did want to articulate this.

I'm fresh out of questions for now. I can tell you that my understanding of the handbook is not crystal clear.

I am so exhausted by the end of the day. How do I stay awake enough to maintain engagement for the whole day? I don't think coffee will work.


I am wondering what the next stats course will be like.

Still need to figure out my RDP revision


When critiquing the data analysis part in the AC3, I honest feel that I lack the statistic background to evaluate it in depth.

3 plans regarding overcoming the obstacles:

1) Develop a teaching + reading/writing routine
2) Read list and realistic planning
3) Explain my new situation and PhD workload to people and learn to say no

How to really get ready for the work tomorrow?!

How to stay minimally sufficient in writing?

What is the role of value in behaviourism? Is there a role for it?

Regarding behaviorism, instead of the response being triggered by stimulus, I still have a conflicting feeling about it as I think the actions could be explained by how people perceive the affordances in the environment. Simple actions or not, they are value-driven. Thinking about the very start of an "automatic" behaviour, maybe the value is just embedded in it and become implied and implicit?

Question raised from my reading and lit review: I want to find out more about noticing theory.

How specific/abroad should a logic model be to avoid from going down to the operational level?

1. Is there generalisability in qualitative research?
2. After the behaviorism example Cary gave us to explain what a classic theory was, I was wondering if theory always involves a casual relationship.
3. Design-based research can be informed by theory. Can design-based research generate theory?

How to better deliver my research interest in a way that is clearer for people who are not necessarily familiar with my area of research.

Would love to have more information/recommendations about picking guidance committee members and checking in with committee members throughout the year.