Base Group #3

Check-in Answers

Date / Question


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'm good at tech trouble shooting which is part of how I got my job but I would rather be good at teaching others how to do their own troubleshooting (give a man a fish... teach a man to fish...)
Stand-up paddleboarding - but I'm getting better (growth mindset baby!)

I think I focus on the end-goal. I think about why I have the task that I don't want to do and try to remember why it is important and where it will get me.

It was great to come home and see my family and listen to their stories in person! I also turned around and drove to my parent's house on Sunday and then left Monday for our vacation in Canada. So, it has been kind of a whirlwind.

International experiences - work or research/policy

Interning on the hill during the Thomas hearings

My kids - each are finding their own path and still like to be together as a family - especially proud of how they treat and support each other
CivicTREK - 17 teachers doing service learning with their students - 25 next year - overcame a lot of odds and made it happen

nuclear family - grandmother

I decided to come here!!

Anywhere where I can stare at trees or water

Glenn Singleton - Brene Brown

Almost Famous

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Ms. Antonuk


eating cookies; playing a musical instrument

I don't allow myself to do anything fun until the painful thing is done

Game night


got out of my comfort zone

persistent naivety

all of them

amazing former students received amazing recognition they deserved

feed bunk

my mom

school or rock


Mr. Bruscoe


Sometimes it's shopping, other-times it's a break, so I can get outside.

I was able to sleep in my own bed and I got to see my husband before he left for India.

Becoming a Disney princess!

Disney Princess

month long trip to guatemala.

I am proud of hiking trip in Spain - The Camino de Santiago!

My Uncle Eric from California.

I was accepted into EPET in January, got to visit Magnoila in Waco,TX in March, and had a vacation in California in June!

The coffee shop! - Strange Matter


The Holiday or CoCo

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson


Weekly Preparation


Class Avg: 3.6


Personal Avg: 3.2


Personal Avg: 2


Personal Avg: 3

3 Things I Learned















1) more about statistical analysis - went back and re-read parts of R&VR and sought out other sources to help me too

2) more details about the limits of RFT - hard to know why any of us do any research at all with all the limitations! 🙂

3) how hard it is to pull together lots of different research and make it sound coherent!

1) Natural and quasi-experiments: the advantages and disadvantages I found that chapter really interesting to think about.

2) How many approaches and programs there are for self-regulation and how "teachable" much of it is - and appreciating how much of this we are being "taught" as we push through this program

3) What my kids think about different motivational aspects of school projects. I loved interviewing them and listening back to their thoughts - really fascinating. I think I'll pretend to have an assignment each week so I can listen to their thoughts on other things! 🙂

1) that i struggle to be critical of articles

2) that qualitative studies have loads of protocols and procedures that I'll need to learn if I want to do one

3) the different work that has gone into breaking down motivation and the complexity of identifying all the different factors and how they interact

1) I might be able to do this

2) I will need to find lots of boundaries for all the online work

3) There are wonderful ways to construct positive social interactions in a cohort

1) Be clear in thinking and language when describing what statistics mean

2) Article critiques should be very tightly aligned with how the researchers decided/chose to approach their research question

3) Getting a PhD is like going to a Unitarian Universalist church

1) I should be focusing as much as what I'm learning from the research reports as I am critiquing them

2) If I have to change advisers, it will be ok

3) High level understanding of what's going on with statistics

1) Bobo changed the world

2) Shape, Center, Spread

3) We have to take training on ethical experiments

1) I need to find ways to reinforce new/relearned vocabulary to develop automaticity

2) endogeneity

3) There is more to learn about APA

1) X kinda equals T + E

2) I will eventually be better at evaluating how research methods match implications and purpose

3) I have a clearer sense of whether or not my logic model is going anywhere and what I actually want to find out

1) Theories reflect empirical support that’s been built over time
Until then, it’s a hunch or hypothesis

2) Data is inextricably linked to the methods

3) Plan way ahead for program milestones and don't wait for advisor

1) Summary - Evaluation - Rationale

2) I don't have to be right, I have to explain myself

3) Summary is the least important part

1) I really enjoyed learning about the constructive controversy process. I found it invaluable to practice forming an argument, arguing that point, listening to the opposing point, having open discussion, arguing the opposing viewpoint and coming to consensus. I am definitely someone who seeks harmony first and valued the opportunity to first clearly define the opposing sides.

2) Handbooks are awesome!

3) Feedback is useful and not as scary as you think its going to be

1) I don't always think about how I know what I know. This will be a really important skill for me to develop as I pursue this work. How to stop and make sure that the evidence I'm using is really saying what I think it is and appropriately guiding my work.

2) The questions to ask about any learning theory is really helpful to develop my skills at not just learning the names and people and theories but rather how they relate to each other and how they can be synthesized.

3) This isn't just going to be a lot of work, this will cause seismic shifts in how I think, read and write.


1) researchers are far from agreement of the merits of different research methods

2) the great cross-functional teaming that occurs in many games

3) causation isn't the end all

1) the arguments for and against viewing true experiments as the only legitimate research

2) self-regulation's importance

3) the insights interviews can uncover

1) The power a framework can have in generating conversation where otherwise people would be lacking common terms - thanks TPACK

2) That survey research can be seriously lacking

3) Flipgrid's potential for dialog

1) why limiting our first logic model is prudent

2) the ethical tugs of observational research

3) how our course's online component will function

1) nitty grittys of practicum

2) what multivariate models represent

3) what pieces of research to zoom the critique microscope on

1) the method behind the check-in questions

2) hypothesis testing

3) i won't have send my family away for 5 years - thanks 2016 cohort

1) conceptual and operational definitions became clearer

2) regression analysis now has meaning

3) research ethics consideration


1) how well others are able to present (research report)

2) measurement error

3) the importance of finding your thing + john is amazing

1) EPET's telepresence decision-making

2) it's possible to do qualitative analysis of quantative data

3) research doesn't always have to look like research

1) article critique summarizing, evaluating, evidencing

2) logic models are powerful thinking/planning tools

3) the impact outside influences have had and continue to have on scientific research

1) the joy of constructive controversy

2) never stop interrogating authority - thanks Jack!

3) handbook chapters' ability to unlock resources galore

1) one's intended message v. message the audience actually receives

2) the value of considering "how you know"

3) what makes a PhD a PhD


1) I learned that I am still struggling with how to get everything done with the additions of a normal life going on around me.

2) I learned about the statistical assumptions of chi-test and what a causal-comparative study is trying to accomplish.

3) I learned that all research has limitations and it is still hard to account for them even when you know they're there!

1) I learned that I need to spend less time on the FlipGrid videos.

2) People have a variety of approaches to describing what motivates them.

3) You can save then export information about empirical studies on ProQuest, PsychInfo, etc.

1) I learned the difference between performance and learning goals.

2) I learned how to use Audacity in a basic but usable way.

3) I learned that I need to manage my time better, because I still have a lot to complete it feels like.

1) I got good feedback on narrowing my research model and Zac helped me to think about what models and methods are being used and what frameworks are being used.

2) I learned more about what is expected into the week.

3) I learned a bit more about what ANOVA means!

1) I learned a great deal about how to refine the article critique process. Matt gave such great feedback.

2) I understand what a null hypothesis is.

3) The larger the 'n', the smaller the standard deviation and the confidence interval goes down which equals more precision.

1) Things about statistics - the two types of error - systematic and chance.

2) Feedback on report - make meaningful statements about limitations.

3) better understanding of t-test and p-value

1) I learned what p-value means, and that less than or equal to 0.05 (in social sciences) indicates a possible statistical significance.

2) I learned that correlation is either between -1 and 1. 0 means there is no correlation.

3) The new to me connection between social cognitive theory and motivation.

1) I learned how there is a place for working with practitioners in the life of a researchers and this sets my heart free! I'm not sure what this will look like in my future, but it makes me thankful that there could be a path forward.

2) Feedback on my research oral presentation was very helpful.

3) I'm getting more and more comfortable with feedback.

1) The Critique and help I received about my Logic Model - It was so helpful to understand that I need to be asking how and why is this particular phenomena unique for ______________ group of people. I am starting to get it!

2) I learned that I need to understand my report review article better in order to convey the information to others. Less time on intro, more on results and implications.

3) I better understand why we are using statistics.

1) I learned more about the differences between qualitative and quantitative work.

2) I learned how to operate the robots.

3) I learned to adapt some of my logic model and thought that there were some new changes to be made.

1) I learned more questions that need to be answered when critiquing an article such as is it accurate, is there a rationale, identify the key limitations, and provide EVIDENCE, EVIDENCE, EVIDENCE.

2) Evidence is more important than being right or wrong - sort of! Also, don't be generic in your implications for future research.

3) Learned what a logic model is and saw examples of what they look like.

1) I learned that our interest statements need to be more focused. The example of the funnel that moves from broad interests to annotated bibliography is a process.

2) Learned more about how to access journals and books online at the This was so helpful.

3) I am learning that research questions lead to more research questions, and the best way to get together with

1) Goal when looking at research is to first understand and synthesize the information/facts accurately, THEN evaluate. This allows for distinction between my ideas and the author's ideas.

2) One way that we go about answering the question "How do you know?" is to engage with one of the following research methods: description, correlation, experimental, single subject, micro-genetic and role of time.

3) I learned what heterotypic continuity means, as well as multifinality.

Remaining Question(s)















how does a study become "the" study? you know, the one that gets referenced everywhere....

the looming RDP. Feeling pretty lost about what I know and where to go from here. About to work on that now and hoping for some clarity!

which bigger studies about project based learning and academic identity I need to read to have both a broader and deeper grasp of these topics and the important work that has already been done

How do we host our own Zoom?

How to get more comfortable reaching out to other professors and expressing my interest

How to move what I'm learning into LTM

Choosing articles for Research Reports - wanting to choose articles that are worthwhile - how do I choose?

Does "personalized learning" indicate a swing back to behaviorism too?

How much research already exists in what I want to know and how many different theories I need to become more familiar to help with my RDP

How to define my research interests and stick to them

How do get specific and manageable with my research interests

How I will get this done.

What my research will end up being! I have many areas of interest and wonder how I can contribute to the field with original ideas.


How do researchers live with so many indefinites (gold standard v. platinum standard; legitimate arguments for left, center, right of spectrum)?

Why do students' self-regulation skills vary so widely?

With so many competing theories, especially ed pysch theories, is it valid to cherry pick the points one appreciates about each theory and apply them out of context, or does that spoil each individual theory?

how researchers maintain their curiosity stamina amid the grind of the process?

how we truly isolate the effect of the many variables in most theoretical models

what do you do when the research topic you are passionate about isn't something that is an en vogue funding topic?

how does a researcher decide which studies should be included in a meta-analysis?


how do we calculate and account for measurement error?

how will it feel to have my research be fine-toothed combed by true academics?

when is a logic model "good enough" to move forward with it?

how am i going to will myself to be incredibly more efficient in able to stay on top of this work load using my tiny brain?

does my brain have the capacity to question everything at the necessary level?


Who should I talk to about all the questions I have about my RDP? Is McKenna a good place to start? I know we're going to have peer critiques, but some things they might not be able to explain to me either.

Is it okay that I had Sharon enroll me in the Stats class for the fall semester?

How can I add music to my audio file on Audacity?

Nothing as of right now.

Who are some of Cary's other advisees I could reach out to?

How can I better learn APA formatting?

When do we take our first statistics class?

I want to know more about the best way to keep APA writing style requirements straight!

How do I start being helpful in our research group?

What are some ways that I can define "academic success" ?

How will I tie together my research interest statement and logic model?

None at this time!

Should we be meeting with some potential professors that could possible be a part of our committees? What are some criteria we should be thinking through when "courting" professors as potential committee or guidance committee members.