True confessions time: For a brief while, I was addicted to Angry Birds. For years and years, technology has been part of my "wind down" routine just before I close my eyes and attempt to fall asleep at night. I know, the research says I shouldn't turn to my phone or iPad just before bedtime (Sutherland, 2012), but I can't help it. Solitaire, Tetris, Facebook, Houzz, CraftGawker, Pinterest..they all help me wind down. For a few months, Angry Birds was on the list, as well.
Finally finishing my research proposal today (a couple weeks after it was actually due), including ALL required parts, felt a whole lot like beating a super-challenging level on Angry Birds. It was like winning the lottery. I wish Lee or Nicole could issue a badge for my accomplishment.
During separate phone calls with two of my own children, both of whom are traditional college students at UAF, I admitted to feeling tremendously guilty for submitting my work past the deadline. They were both aghast that I would do such a thing, since I have admonished them since early childhood for submitting anything late, and insisted that they should never, ever, ever miss a deadline. Ever. I do hate the fact that finalizing my proposal has taken more time than it should have. On the other hand, the proposal I submitted today is something of which I can be proud, unlike the document I would have submitted a couple weeks ago. Apparently, the same is true for colleagues in this course. Their blog posts also reveal struggles, frustrations, set-backs. It illustrates a couple of things: First, that we are all working adults who have a billion other things that take priority in the day-to-day life of an educator; and, secondly, that we are passionate and serious about the subjects we have selected for our research...and crafting a research proposal that is meaningful and worthwhile takes time.
Sutherland, S. (2012). Bright Screens Could Delay Bedtime. Scientific American, V. 23 (6). Retrieved from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bright-screens-could-delay-bedtime/.