What do you do with an idea?

I’ve recently been reminded of the power of an important lesson from a wonderful children’s story: What do you do with an idea? You Change the world. Today in revising my research agenda I found myself having greater clarity. This was helpful in thinking about my writing and analyses projects from which I’m becoming moreContinue reading “What do you do with an idea?”

Conquer the Fear

Conquer the fear of being rejected. Conquer the fear of not being well-received. Take writing as an opportunity to embrace the world. Take this opportunity to teach the world. I use the opportunity to write as a way to tell my unique perspective and story about the experiences that I co-construct through scholarly inquiry. I embrace the practiceContinue reading “Conquer the Fear”

Breathe.

We all breathe, but we may not be keenly aware of how we breathe. Through my practice of yoga at Perennial Yoga and Meditation I’ve learned that the exhale carries an immense power. The power of breathing out can be one of letting go. Breathe out and let go of what doesn’t serve you. (Thank you,Continue reading “Breathe.”

Progress blossoms in inspired settings.

I have accumulated a wall of positive expressions, quotes, and other superlatives that I keep just above the screens of my computer. These words may matter most in keeping me going, day after day. Especially as I sit down at my computer to engage in the process of writing. I am thankful to have soContinue reading “Progress blossoms in inspired settings.”

Why we write.

I re-read a quote in my journal this morning that inspired me. We write to experience life twice. Once in the moment, and once retrospectively. I remind myself that it is more important to engage in the process of writing, without worrying about the products of that writing, than not to write at all. IContinue reading “Why we write.”

Setting realistic “process” goals.

My realistic goals for the next several weeks will be based on advice to set process goals, as opposed to product goals. My process goals will be about writing. Writing every day is a reasonable process goal for me. There is something about writing every day that helps me to feel more fulfilled and accomplished.Continue reading “Setting realistic “process” goals.”

What might you learn with an open mind?

 Believe. “I can make a difference with my ideas.” At a Research I institution they are training you to become a leader in your field. The goal is to make advances in theory, practice, policy, and otherwise through original academic research and collaborations.  99% of academic debate is chasing the idea (with only 1% being personal…). ThisContinue reading “What might you learn with an open mind?”

A Marathon, Not a Sprint

I’ve never trained for a marathon that I’ve ran in as a race, per se, but I’ve been advised to adopt this metaphor as a means to characterize the experience of a successful scholar in mathematics education. I am engaged in a myriad of research, professional development, writing, and networking activities, all of which haveContinue reading “A Marathon, Not a Sprint”

Telling stories.

I was recently inspired to tell stories. In a talk by Dr. Susan May Basalla, she told of the stories she has learned from others seeking positions outside of academia. In her talk she spoke of being inspired by things that motivate us, that we are passionate about, taking our own paths that are certainlyContinue reading “Telling stories.”

Believe in your own work.

One lesson that I’ve learned in my post as a postdoctoral fellow is to Believe In Your Own Work. A mentor of mine told me a story about how a senior scholar had submitted his master’s thesis to JRME. His submission was originally rejected. Upon receiving the reviews, he responded to the editor in disagreement with the reviewers,Continue reading “Believe in your own work.”