I have been remiss about blogging on my web site. The biggest reasons have been my preoccupation with my dissertation and being on my supervisor’s SSHRC research team. These have kept me very busy. I have been blogging weekly on another site http://literacyteaching.net/ with my research team though. Look it up. It’s excellent. There are five of us (academics) that post, and occassionally there is a guest blogger, so the content is varied; always informative, often intriguing, and sometimes funny. I enjoy reading it. Perhaps it’s time I shared some of my posts from that site, here.
When I look back at my earlier posts on this site, and on the other site, and review my academic writing over the past three years, I can see such changes. My concept of literacy has changed, just as the literacy landscape has changed. Its so broad now, and wonderfully, wildly creative. Multimodal! It’s exciting. Something I love being part of.
The dissertation writing goes well. It’s been a journey and I feel I’ve come a long way. Attaining a doctorate has not been what I expected, but all good learning. Several new identities and communities have emerged. I’ve developed a deeper understanding of theory and its role in education. I certainly have more respect and appreciation for social science and research. I actually love the research. My analytical side is thriving. Thrumming. Working over time.
My creative side is not dormant, just not as large right now. I feed it by decorating the house, entertaining, and baking fancy cupcakes, and that’s all right. As long as I DO something.
Below are some of my more recent accomplishments in academia (enormous spread sheets of my data) and my recent versions of my expressing creatively!