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May 25, 2014

Getting back on track

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So here’s to another resolution:  I WILL BLOG!!  I miss my blogs, I really, really do!  This past school year has been insane:

  • I got married 🙂
  • I’ve now finished 6 PhD courses
  • I’ve created my reading lists for my Subject-field exams
  • I’ve put together my dissertation committee and had it approved
  • I’ve taken my language exam (though don’t think I passed and will have to retake)
  • I’ve changed positions at my job

And that is only the start as I am about to begin my final course work and then I have my exams this summer so I can be ABD by September 1.  We are also moving so all the “to-dos” that come with that are in the works as well – 700 miles is a long way to go, but ti’s worth it!!

So, while I haven’t been posting I have been writing and working tirelessly towards other goals that are better for our family.  I do want to get back into the habit of posting once per week but with the craziness of exams about to start and this final course oh, and the end of the school year approaching I may have to settle for every other week 🙂

Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Sara

October 11, 2012

Being a student again

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Ever wonder where the “wonder” has gone?  We were talking about this last night in class.  This particular class is “Humanities Problems & Perspectives” and is the first course in the PhD program I am enrolled in.  We had to read a book entitled, The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes.  It is my favorite so far of the semester!  Ok, back to the idea of wonder 🙂

“Wonder, in other words, goes through various stages, evolving both with age and with knowledge, but retaining an irreducible fire and spontaneity (xx).”  My first thought I reading this, was what about children?  Children, at least to me, have more of a sense of wonder than adults do.  I know if is a different type of wonder too – it is more innocent and curious; they want to know all about the world around them and it’s for the sake of learning, not for a job or to become famous!  These are the kids who want to be astronauts and firefighters and doctors because they want to help people, not make money or a name for themselves.  So, what happened?  In class we had a debate and some of us current and former teachers were called negative on our views of what happens to this wonder in kids in public school by the time they reach high school.  We believe it comes down to culture, home environment, school culture, and the city/town in which a child lives.  There is also a large different between public and private schools when it comes to children questioning for the sake of learning and not just what is on the next exam.

While I do believe adults can have a sense of wonder, I also believe this is happening less and less in today’s society as children are more and more losing their sense of wonder, as it becomes harder to get it back in this world of standardized testing.  So here is to the teachers who still attempt to instil the love of learning for learning’s sake into their students!!  I thank you!!  And here’s to me and my classmates – a varied and eclectic group, from all walks of life, searching for that wonder again!!

Sara

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