Ph.D After 50

My Experiences in Graduate School as a Student in her 50s

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I Learned a lot…And That is Telling

I learned a lot from the readings and talks for this week’s class. And I think that fact is a sad and telling on my part. I grew up in the Deep South, in the 60s. I lived in Alabama when George Wallace governed the state. Race played an important role in my upbringing. I […]

October 15, 2017, Pedagogical Musings
I am me and I can be no one else.

I am me and I can be no one else. I think I’ve known that from very early on in my teaching career. I’m not good at being something I’m not…at being something someone else is. My longest and most respected friend is also a teacher. I respect her teaching style very much, but it […]

October 1, 2017, Pedagogical Musings
The World is flat. I know it is.

The world is flat. I know it is. But what if it isn’t….nah….I know it is……it must be, everyone says it is, so it must be. But, what if it isn’t? What if…. Tests are necessary. I know they are. But what if they aren’t…nah….I know they are….they must be, everyone says they are, so […]

September 24, 2017, Pedagogical Musings

Before I get started, I just want to say – this post is personal. The central character is my beautiful, talented, creative granddaughter, who has actually played a prominent role in all my posts so far. But this post is different. It is one grandmother’s wish for her granddaughter. Secondly, the post is about Korea, […]

September 17, 2017, Pedagogical Musings
Change Over Time or Timeless?

Change over time or timeless? As I read, and watched, our readings/videos this week, I was struck by two seemingly dichotomous observations. First that pedagogy changes, and should change, over time (great observation for a historian, right? 🙂 ) and, perhaps in opposition, that some pedagogical practices seemingly don’t change. There is almost a timelessness […]

September 10, 2017, Pedagogical Musings
Can I Really be Messy? Please, Please?

Can I really be messy? Can I really? Gardner Campbell asserts in his article, “Networked Learning as Experiential Learning,” that “Offering students the possibility of experiential learning in personal, interactive, networked computing—in all its gloriously messy varieties—provides the richest opportunity yet for integrative thinking within and beyond “schooling.”” And in my world, implementing networked learning in my […]

September 1, 2017, Pedagogical Musings