Base Group #2

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?


I used to be a pack a day smoker and totally out of shape (like WAY worse than this is relative). Now my identity has shifted to consider athletic activity not just as something I do for a goal, but is a key part of my identity.

I'm more of a believer in "stress makes you stupid" than "pressure makes diamonds".

(I can't remember if I answered this already.) I'm a good teacher, but for some reason that really hasn't mattered to me as much as it should. I am not good at auto mechanics, but have always wanted to learn to fix cars.


I set up a reward for if I do X then I will let myself do Y.

Coming home and seeing Karin - of course! The sushi dinner helped too!



I pay my dad's cell phone bill. It's nice to give something back.

Any of my dad's brothers. Uncle Bob never says anything negative.

I got into a PHD program MSU.

"Cocktail Hour" on our back deck.


The Wrath of Khan

Plato's Republic



I am looking forward to my research assistant positions and taking some interesting courses. I am particularly excited about Social Psychology!

The biggest obstacles in my life have been those that I set-up for myself. For example, I thought I wasn't smart enough to go graduate school for years... and years. And was terrified of applying and not getting accepted anywhere. Finally, last year I overcome the mental obstacle I'd put in my own way and applied.

It is hard to think of something that you're good at and don't value, because it is likely that you don't think about this much... one thing that comes to mind is that I am a good swimmer and I don't really value that skill too much. Something I am not good at but wish I was is being patient.

If I really don't want to do something, then self-reinforcement is my go to strategy. I will bribe myself with Starbucks, cookies, a day off, etc.

I had a great conversation with someone from Colorado who came to Lansing for grad school and never left.

1. Not going to law school
2. Quitting my corporate job to teach

Went to Mardi Gras with four friends -- drove there in a Ford Focus over night and shared a king bed.

Thru-hike of Colorado Trail
Being here, pursuing a PhD

Aunt Peggy

Got into grad school
Received research award from my MSU Denver

Highline Canal with my dog and my husband.

Ta Nehisi-Coates

Lady Bird
- Great story about relationship between daughter, mother, and father; could relate to main character and process of leaving home...

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Ms. Whitty


This semester has made me very hungry for our next stats course. At one point in time, I understood statistical concepts in much more depth than I currently do! In life, I am excited for my new position starting in a couple of weeks and always excited for the bustle of the first few weeks on campus!

A bit of a slower pace as I learn how to balance the program with work.

Two obstacles that I have overcome that have been especially relevant during this course is my deep fear of public speaking (still hard, but manageable) and learning to take risks in learning (tied to perfectionism and fear of making mistakes). The past couple of months have caused me to really pull on my courage and "trust the process" 🙂

I do not like pressure but I understand the need for it.....

Art - Because it comes naturally for me, I doubt its goodness. I wish I could memorize things easier.

Using rewards that help me do better overall - If I get this thing done within a specific time frame, I can go for a 30 min walk with the dog....that and a healthy dose of anxiety keep me moving 🙂

I got to see my 6 nieces and nephews that have been traveling for the past 20 months, playing is good forf the soul!

Working for a record label and tour manager

Travel and work with a rock band.

Conquering my fear of public speaking and developing the ability to teach

Father in law

A former non traditional student came to see me and is now advising at a community college and told me about the impact of our work together and how it has informed her work with students. She was very specific in what worked, what mattered and why.

Walk paired with reflecting by water to practice mindfulness

Cynthia Jackson Elmoore - She pushed me to do things I had no idea I could do, she was a role model for me for how to be a woman in higher education and encouraged me - she showed me how to offer really clear instructions with high expectations to motivate amazing performance.

The Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace

You've Got Mail

Dr. Brene Brown

Weekly Preparation


Class Avg: 3.6


Personal Avg: 3.6


Personal Avg: 4


Personal Avg: 4.1

3 Things I Learned


















1) While in this program - I'm never going to be "done with my homework". So I am going to need to learn to give myself space to recharge, even though my to-do list is not done.

2) My classmates are amazing! Thanks for the editing and the support.

3) My instructors not only care about their content, but who we are as people, and our development through this process. MSU has a fantastic culture!

1) Developmental Research and Neuroscience have significant implications for each other.

2) Providing constructive feedback to people in written form is very time consuming - but more importantly, it forces you to re evaluate your own writing.

3) Spiral Curriculum

1) I feel I have a better command of the research writing process. I still need work, but am more confident after submitting the RDP.

2) Gold Standard vs Platinum Standard was important.

3) Never EVER schedule a vacation during classes...what the heck was I thinking??? It was soooo much work to get done with 6 days less of time!


1) Natural Experiments and Quasi-Experiments

2) Multiple Models of Self-Regulation

3) How to use Audacity.

1) How the next few weeks online will work.

2) There are serious critics of constructivism.

3) The issue of "How Far is Too Far?" is central to the current ethical controversies around Observational Research.

1) The smaller the sample the bigger the spread.

2) Multi Variate Models - what they are.

3) Article Critique is more focused upon the article than the actual experiment.

1) P value compares outcome from sample to chance (the null value).

2) Confidence intervals signal the precision of the data.

3) The sampling distribution is created from math - not control data.


1) Behaviorism

2) I can use outside sources in my article critique.

3) MSU has opportunities in Ireland


1) When analyzing secondary data we care about collection methods if it relates to what we are making inferences about.

2) The data in inextricably connected to the method.

3) I learned to drive a robot.

1) I learned not to spend too much time summarizing in my article critiques.

2) Theories are about how and why - models only cover how.

3) I learned about Cognitive Flexibility Theory

1) You cannot separate the evidence from the methods.

2) Handbooks distill the state of learning by topic and are very helpful.

3) What an article critique is (in broad terms)

1) I learned the importance of understanding questions and ideas that can span across theories.

2) I saw an overview of the PHD Program.

3) I learned what a the comprehensive exams are (as it relates to a PHD).


1) How to write a research proposal

2) How difficult a literature review is!

3) Why randomized experiments aren't always the "gold standard"



1) More about the debate in education on constructivism

2) The way we look at phenomena matters (i.e. how we frame things)

3) Make two logic models (one for interests and one for RDP)

1) Thinking about the research community as a cocktail party

2) The need to gain comfort with debate and ambiguity

3) A lot about how to article critique more effectively

1) How to parse out theoretical framework and need for study

2) Zac is a good actor!

3) How social interactions affect memory

1) What dynamic assessment is

2) How social cognitive theory is complementary to behaviorism

3) Three ways to understand how a concept is distinct (antecedents, consequents, and differential relations)

1) To focus more on connecting methodology to the research questions in research reports

2) To start with discussion when reading articles

3) How to work with schools in a research partnership

1) Always keep your audience in mind for your research

2) Cannot ever know a 'true value'

3) Some additional things I need to clarify on my interest statement

1) More details about the program milestones and when they are

2) How to use a Beam robot

3) It's not the research topic that's qualitative or quantitative, but the question, the methods of sampling, the nature of the data, and the methods of analysis

1) Some ways to develop research questions from previous theories (populations not studied?)

2) Some questions to consider when doing an article critique (is what is inferred from study valid? do they overstate, overreach or too narrow?)

3) Cognitive flexibility theory

1) Difference between research (what is?) and evangelizing (you should...)

2) Writing is a process to learn through, not just communicate your ideas

3) How to refine/clarify my research interests

1) I learned about the other people in my cohort (names, where they're from, what they do)

2) I learned/thought about the debate related to ways of knowing (how do I know what I do?)

3) I learned new terminology to describe the complexity of research


1) new ways to edit and cut text

2) the importance of writing on a regular basis

3) how much I appreciate our cohort and the community we have built

1) The value of thoughtful peer feedback in the editing process.

2) Ideas and tips to enhance and strengthen my writing.

3) That it is nearly impossible to do everything well, but you need to find some aspects to master.

1) How to give meaningful peer review and how hard that is to do when you are reviewing something that is not complete.

2) 6734.6 more ways to step outside of my perfectionism and allow myself room to grow personally and academically through this program. Baselines show you how far you have the ability to go, they are not lids!!

3) Importance of ethics in the disemination and use of research.

1) How much I love digital story telling and narrative.

2) How to hopefully do better on the next AC and the dire importance of word count 😉

3) Conceptualizing research design methods with types of research questions and important variables

1) Article critiques remain very challenging for me.

2) Different ways of thinking about motivation

3) Tpack

1) Audio levels for videos and thoughts on then role of technology in learning

2) Narrowing focus in a research review

3) Observational research, fit, ethics and values

1) Multivariate models and their usefulness

2) A different conceptualization of compelling as it related to Rose

3) Feedback on research article critique - helpful in solidifying learning thus far

1) Refreshed my memory on p value, t test and z score

2) Different conceptualization of short term and long term learning

3) What program progress can look like from the 2016 cohort

1) Better understanding of sum of squares

2) How Cognitive Theory differs from Behaviorism and complements - importance of role of environment

3) RCR requirements for 1st year

1) Relationship of internal and external validity

2) Different way to think about logic models for qualitative research

3) points for flow and clarity for a presentation

1) importance of interaction between technology and people - promote human portion

2) Strengths and weakness of my presentation style

3) different way to think about error

1) That robots used in teaching and learning can share dynamics of groups.

2) Independent/Dependent variable vs Predictor/Criterion

3) program milestones

1) How to summarize, evaluate and rationalize an article

2) How and why and models

3) narrowing an issue/topic


1) How to critically think through an article/author intent

2) Ideas of how to apply "ways of knowing" and the transmission of knowledge

3) Program milestones and expectations

Remaining Question(s)


















Where is the nearest disc golf course? - I just handed in my RDP and its playtime!

My failure to comprehend the statistics chapters is really slowing my progress in this course. How do I know which tool to use to analyze data or to critique a study?

I want to spend some more time reading about teaching practices involving games. I think that there might be something fun to explore for my practicum there.


I want to know if the RDP has to ultimately be used to guide our practicum.

I am really interested in the critiques of constructivism.

I am still conflicted about the extent to which we care about causation.

Does the rate of the null value come from the literature review?


I'd like more info on how to evaluate external validity.


I am confused about the amount of time it takes to go from repeated measures data to considering data to be panel data - since they are related concepts.

How much personal information should I share on my website?

Are their trainings on how to better utilize the MSU Online Website.

I am still wondering what "participating in research" will look like for me as a hybrid student.


I need feedback on how to make my research proposal more concise and clear.



What is the next step after the RDP?

When do we need to have proposal, committee, etc. done? More specific timeline.

I want to learn more about individual variable statistics and what a poisson distribution is.

How could dynamic assessment be used in other domains?

What is fidelity of implementation?

Do we need to include implications from the research for our own research specifically?

What classes will I take in the fall as an on-campus student?

What is growth mixture modelling?

1. Is there regularly scheduled training at the library?

1. What is entailed to test out of the first stats course?
2. I am curious to learn more about Dewey's research... but don't have any specific questions.


Will article critiques ever become easier?

Would there be a way to see a well done article critique for one of the article we have critiqued? This would help me identify my weakness and develop strategies to change what I am doing incorrectly.

Answering B4 in the article critiques remains a struggle for me each time.

Can we propose a qualitative design or mixed methods study for the RDP?

I am struggling with figuring out what to put in each section of the article review. I can see that I say similar things in multiple spots, but the context seems important for my rationale. Hoping this becomes clearer over time!

What differentiates a "good enough" RDP from a strong RDP?

How to use and interpret qualitative design.

Relation of sampling and distribution to assumptions of statistical testing

Assumptions behind statistical tests and how they relate to sampling, sampling frames and methods.

Struggling with critiquing research, especially understanding the conceptual framework

I am still not feeling confident with my logic model

How sampling relates to research design

Still not feeling comfortable with understanding how to properly address the 13 aspects of the article critique. However, I think comfort will come with practice and experience.


How to narrow down my research focus? How broad it too broad?