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I have taught statistics to high school students, but it has been a long time since I have been asked to think about the ideas in statistics as a student. I'm looking forward to seeing the material again, and linking it to practice.
My mom told me she was proud of me for doing this PhD program, and the obstacle to that was my fairly average undergraduate record and my lack of a Master's degree.
This is funny. Nice try, Cary.
I am good with people, but I hate parties. That is my curse. I usually go and start talking to random people, asking them tons of questions, and people respond positively. I don't totally enjoy it, however, unless I meet someone who is quirky and interesting enough, and polite enough to have a conversation instead of just talking about themselves. So that is something that I'm good at that I definitely don't value.
I wish I was better at playing the piano.
I am a big fan of the Pomodoro technique, especially since it provides an avenue for rewards based on accomplishments. I also am sort of a glutton for punishment, so if I don't want to do something, say like read Schunk, I make sure that I do it first.
I drove to Barrie, ON and saw Radiohead AND went back in like 16 total hours.
My brother, Chris.
I won an award for leadership in the College of Science at Purdue and they asked me to do an op-ed in the College magazine. OH! I was also accepted at the ICER conference for a paper I wrote with some EPET people.
Claude Shannon, who was/is my favorite computer scientist.
"The Third Man"
"Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon. Super interesting premise, lots of great characters, weird in a good way, and felt like an achievement when I finished it (in the way that "Ulysses" never was because I couldn't read more than 100 pages).
Tom Cotner (two years of Calculus) was my favorite teacher, as he taught me that I needed to work harder to succeed and that eventually I wouldn't be able to just float by.
Hmm I thought I answered this on Sunday but I guess not. I'm looking forward to asking a thousand stats questions, and sitting in on my lab group and generally just learning from Lisa and her other advisees.
When I was growing up we didn't have a lot of money, so going through my undergrad at the school of my choice in spite of my dad's insistence that I should go to community college and then transfer is a point of pride for me.
Excellent, a science question 🙂 Yes, yes it does. But you'll also have to bring the heat.
I honestly can't think of anything for the first one. For the second, I wish I could play an instrument. Maybe I will be like Jessica's friend who is learning Japanese and take it up after this program.
I bribe myself with something that I will enjoy. "If I can make it through this assignment I can read something for fun for 15 minutes before I go to bed." "If I get up extra early every day this week and grade all of these projects, I will buy myself a fancy coffee on Friday morning."
I made it to Italyyyyy, and I'm with my family after three days of traveling and many, many airports.
I already answered this once but I don't know what happened to my answer so I'm answering it again.
I got rejected by Teach for America as a senior in college (probably because I'm too much of a smartass) and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Made a mini-documentary about an exploratory learning program for kids visiting in Costa Rica.
That I worked after our school evacuated when other people avoided working and used our situation as an excuse to not do anything.
My brother in law who has a PhD in archaeology because we like being nerds together.
I received an incredibly heartfelt thank you note from the kids I helped after the evacuation and who basically became my second family.
Yoga OR the playground with my kids.
The Princess Bride.
The Count of Monte Cristo
Mr. Lapp, made senior physics an adventure. Beds of nails, gunfire, rockets, electricity.
Getting a better understanding of stats. This is definitely my area of weakness in this program, so I'm looking forward to diving in. I know it's going to be a challenging term for me, but I'm excited to feel like I'm gaining knowledge in an area that in which I feel a sense of deficiency.
Getting through my first year of teaching was probably the biggest obstacle I've ever had to overcome. There was a point in October when I remember being curled up in the fetal position on my floor in front of my closet, unsure if I could get dressed and make it through another day. I just felt so ill-prepared to handle the intensive behaviors of my students and didn't feel like they were making any growth/I was doing any good. But, behavioral change takes time, and by January, I was seeing growth. By April, many of them had made drastic changes. It just took seeking out lots of sources of support both within the school and in my personal life, and continuing to push on through.
Ummmmm...I defer to Anna. Or is this an "It depends" answer/trick question?
Good at but don't value: Party organizing
Aren't good at but with I was: Team sports like soccer, volleyball, basketball, etc.
Positive self talk. Reminder about the goal. This often takes the form of writing the goal and giving myself sub-goals if its something that requires a lot of steps. Checklists and concrete deadlines really help me a lot. Sometimes if I'm really feeling unmotivated, I'll give myself a reinforcer tied to the goal (e.g., if I meet the deadline, complete the task, etc., this is what I can reward myself with).
A pretty funny example--I was having a horrible time motivating myself to work on a universal bullying component to a book I'm working on, and nothing I was doing was working because I kept getting hung up in my own head on all of the reasons I don't like this project, am concerned about what I'm writing, etc. Finally, I knew I just needed to work on the damn thing, so I set up a motivational system. Adopting a mystery motivator system, I made a chart with 100 squares. I had a colleague use an invisible ink marker and put invisible x's in some of the squares. For each 30 minutes of concentrated, completely uninterrupted writing, I could fill in one of the squares and see if I got an x. When I got an x, I got to spin for a reward on a reinforcer wheel. The rewards were things like a 10 minute walk, 5-minute call to a friend, go get a coffee treat or yummy snack at a nearby coffee shop, and the biggest one (the smallest slice on the spinner) was schedule a lunch with a friend I haven't seen in a while. The funny thing is, once I got in the rhythm of working, I really didn't need the system, but it was great to get me jump started. The ridiculousness of it and kind of fun components of the invisible ink and the spinner made me get out of my own head on all of the negative self-talk about things I wasn't enjoying!
One note on the "how well prepared"--I'm putting a 5 because I'm making great progress through this week's goals. If I have to account for next week though, I'd rate a 2 or 3 because I'm terrified about next week. We have a lot of big stuff due, I'm a bit at a loss with the RDP going from logic model to full fledged design proposal, and our company's 20th anniversary national conference is next week, so I'll be presenting for three days straight. Yikes.
I got to ride a camel with my son! (Took our kids to wildlife safari on the 4th.) I had no idea how big camels are until I was on riding it! I've decided it should be my common mode of transportation.
The changes I saw students in my classroom enact.
One kid had 19 suspensions the year before he joined my class, set a fire in the school, broke in at night, etc. By the time he left our school, he was mainstreamed in 5 out of 6 classes, getting As and Bs, and successfully transitioned to HS. He graduated with a regular degree a few years ago.
Another student--He had severe behavioral issues, and they thought he had severe cognitive delays aThey told me not to even say the word "work" to him and that everything had to be done via games. I gradually was able to get him to work and eventually he was doing 45 minutes of concentrated work at a time. He gained two grade levels of reading in one year.
Had an acquisitions editor from ASCD approach me and ask me to write a book proposal. It has now been accepted!! And my daughter turned 1 and son turned 3. 🙂
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
Stacey Harris (Ms. Harris) Mentor who showed the power of structure, compassion, and the incredible ability for behavioral change