9X9X25 Challenge

Below are all syndicated blog posts from the 9X9X25 Writing Challenge. See also the list of active blogs.

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Only Connect

Anyone who knows me is aware of my love of EM Forster’s novels, the restrained and deliberate prose, the precision on his word choices, the delicate characterization that surprises the reader with its immense depth. Those friends of mine also know that one of my favourite quotes (the one my daughter painted for me in the Doctor Who language of Gallifrey…because in our house we appreciate the intersectionality of geek and literature) is Only Connect from Forster’s Howard’s End. “Only […]

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Objectivity in Nursing Research

In today’s readings for my philosophy course, we are asked to consider: the meaning of truth, the role of trust in knowledge development, how I understand science, truth, and objectivity the contribution of knowledge development to nursing practice Adapted from an image found on Pixabay. Positioning Myself Over the past few days, we have discussed the importance of positioning oneself when conducting research – and in this case, blogging. I am a PhD student at Queen’s University with the School […]

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September

Back to school this week…except most of us are not back at all, but are working from home this semester. There are benefits to that: I can eat breakfast while checking email. Walk the dog when I need a break from the computer screen. Take advantage of flexible hours such as starting work at 6:30 am and then taking a mid morning break to go for a bike ride or practice yoga. I think on the whole it is healthier […]

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Philosophical Thoughts

My PhD homework for today involves gathering images that invoke thoughts about philosophy. After “reading” Sophie’s world in preparation for this class I cannot help but think of a white rabbit in a black hat. Is that too obvious? I will never look at rabbits the same. A Rabbit With Yellow Glasses In my classes about research philosophy, the analogy of coloured glasses helps students understand the difference between positivism and constructivism. The analogy of glasses mentioned in the book […]

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Important, Not Urgent: A State of Flow

This is a super clear framing, and while I often—especially this time of year—find myself in 1 (important and urgent), I know that my best work and most productive flow gets done when I’m in 2 (important but not urgent). Consciously putting out the intent to spend more time in Plan mode this year so that I can move my vision and goals for my teaching, my program, and my own PD along.

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Ten Years

A decade ago I bought a new linen summer suit for an interview to teach part time at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. Best decision ever. What I do every day is less a job and more a vocation. I feel truly fortunate to have opportunities to cheer on and support students , to share my love of communication and creative problem-solving, to find new ways to deliver curriculum in response to employer needs and our ever-evolving society. Looking back […]

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Summer Reads

Summer is here. I’m officially off as of tomorrow. But when you love what you do, you’re never really off, and though I absolutely intend to unplug most of the next six weeks, and I have some personal non-work projects to play around with, I also have some reading to do. Darby and Lang, yes, as already discussed. And it would be remiss not to mention how thrilled I am that St Lawrence College’s School of Contemporary Teaching and Learning […]

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