As you’ve probably already guessed, things are pretty busy on my end of the stick. My teaching and studies at UNLV are taking up all my time these days as I’m getting closer to finishing my PhD program. I’m finishing my required classes this semester, and I’m in the early stages of writing my dissertation.
I’m lucky enough to have stumbled upon a topic that has really captured my attention. At first, I was going to study how new teachers learn to teach writing. Sounds good, right? After all, writing is my life. For reasons I’m not even sure about, studying the teaching of writing felt lifeless and dry. If you’ve been reading this blog you know that I discovered the joys of art journaling over the summer, and art journaling gave me the idea about the use of creativity in teacher education. Creativity has sadly been removed from education in nearly every way due to the emphasis on standardized testing. Yet creativity is a necessary trait for success in the 21st century. How can we incorporate creativity into the training of new teachers? This is what I’ve been working on lately, but it’s an endeavor I’m enjoying because it’s a topic I’m excited about. If you’re interested in the importance of creativity for teachers, I recommend the book Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson (he gave that fabulous TED talk about ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ Yes, they do, Sir Ken. Yes, they do).
Since every waking moment is taken with teaching my classes, doing my work for the classes I’m taking as a student, and reading for my dissertation study, I thought it was best to admit out loud that I’m not going to be able to post here for a while. I’ll keep you posted about what’s going on through Facebook and Twitter (the links to my social media pages are there in the right sidebar).
All the articles about my novels, writing historical fiction, and creative writing are still here and available for your reading pleasure. Check the Categories link (also in the sidebar) to find the articles you’d like to read.
Thanks to all of you who have been here from the very beginning, and to all the new friends who have signed up to this website. Stay tuned!