The project of my final course in my Master's Project is going to be around 100 pages, and I think I have around 15 written. I've been working hard on it, in spurts, but set it aside for weeks at at time and then get overwhelmed about it. Now is one of those times. We met together as a class today - the course is mostly online and justm eeting one-on-one with the professor - and I feel like everyone has done more than I have. I need to just sit down and bang out a whole bunch of pages. I'm actually really intrigued by my topic (where I'm aligning our previous pre-IB English curriculum with our new MYP curriculum, as well as pre-AP, pre-CP, and state curriculum standards) , but frustrated by some of the research aspects of it. For example, I'm having a hard time deciding between focusing on mainstreaming (or "leveling-off"), which the new curriculum compels us to do, or about holistic educuation, which the new curriculum also compels us to do. So far, I've found just a bit of research about IB programs nationally and how they have boosted student achievement, and am surprised and concerned that I haven't found more.
Crazy times. April of 2008 will be a rather challenging month in my life, that's for sure. Coaching, teaching, grading, waiting tables, finishing my Master's. Perhaps sleeping.
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