Documenting My Progress

It’s one thing to know in your mind what work you’ve completed and what work needs to be completed. It’s another thing to write it out and have a visual representation of that work. So thank you to Dr. Zamora for assigning me this task to complete. I’m also thankful for the feedback that Dr. Zamora provided me on my project so far!

After writing out my progress so far I see that I have a little more than half of my project to complete. Last semester after utilizing Dr. Zamora’s suggestion I worked on my project by doing my creative writing first, then going back and adding in the necessary research, and finally ending with a review/edit. However, for this semester I’m deciding if I want to do this process chapter by chapter (like I did in the first semester) or as a whole (meaning I would creatively write for all chapters first and then go back and add the research and edits).

I’m considering this change because going from creative writing to research to editing felt a little choppy to me and it disrupted my flow a bit which caused some delays in completing the chapters. So I’m wondering if doing all the different parts consecutively and together will create a more steady flow. I will test out writing creatively for 2-3 chapters back to back and see how that flow feels for me. If I don’t like it then I will go back to completing my project chapter by chapter. I will provide an update!

Thesis Outline and Progress:

Why Should We Care About Educational Equity?

Why should we care that Johnny doesn’t have a laptop during remote learning? Why should we care that Johnny doesn’t have reliable internet connectivity during remote learning? Why should we care that Johnny has to supervise his siblings while his parents are working during remote learning? And that Johnny’s parents do not have the option of working from home? Why should we care about other people’s children?

In the Forbes’ List of Billionaires, there are ‘poor’ billionaires who appear at the bottom of any list. See chart. In a classroom, there is always a child who is last or at the bottom. In your child’s classroom, what

if he is at the bottom of the list? And what if your child is aware of his inadequacies? Would you want the teacher to provide him with opportunities to let him shine? Would you want the teacher to bolster your or his self-confidence? Once I understood the importance of educational equity, I started reading works from leading scholars on educational equity: bell hooks, Paul Gorski, and Nel Noddings.

As I was reading bell hooks’ Introduction to her book, “Teaching to Transgress,” she confessed that she never wanted to be a teacher. She wanted to be a writer. Her words resonated with me, as I did not want to be a teacher. Yet, bell hooks accepted her profession and discovered that she was able to teach and write. She was also afforded the opportunity to be the teacher who “transgressed” societal norms. She had many examples of lackluster teachers who did not want to teach, and she did not want to be a lackluster teacher. bell hooks is supportive of recruiting teachers of color who provide divergent perspectives to the dominant narrative. Sometimes, I wonder if it mattered that I am an Asian-American English teacher. Sometimes, I am referred to as the math teacher; so, I am defying a trope in a way.

In terms of my research proposal, I offer a solution to the problem of educational equity in the form of free access to online grammar checkers to help students proofread their writing. I want to equip the students who tools to help improve the confidence as writers. So, in the this point in my research proposal, I am ready to write a draft of my article. I refer to my Checklist for Authors Preparing an Article Manuscript. I make a note of #6: Ten to fifteen page (double-spaced), which is 2500 to 4000 words. I am ready to write a draft.