Finding My Rhythm

Last week I wrote about testing out a slightly new/different approach to my writing. Instead of completing creative writing for a chapter and then adding the research, I wanted to see how continuing my creative writing chapter to chapter (without stopping to add in research) would feel for me.

The start of the week was a little rocky. I got caught up in what Dr. Zamora informed us was the doldrums. I was unaware there was a name for what I was feeling But I found starting with my creative writing and just flowing through (not stopping to add research) helped push me through the doldrums I was beginning to feel. I started off small, and soon a sentence turned into a paragraph, and a paragraph turned in pages. So it is safe to say that a continuous flow of creative writing is working for me! I was able to complete an entire chapter and the beginning of the next chapter. I’m looking to add an excerpt to one of my chapters for my blog next week!

I hope the rest of my classmates are finding their way through and haven’t gotten too caught up in the doldrums!

Onward and Upward

This past week was a rough one for me.  Due to some outside circumstances, I was not able to get as much done as I would have hoped, but such is life, right?  I was hoping to get a solid five of six pages written out, but I was only able to get two down.  However, I really like what I have come up with in this time and I can feel some kind of momentum beginning to build.  For the first time, there is clarity as to the direction and my process, which I am very happy about.  While yes, I wish I was further along than I am now, I am more motivated and excited over this project than I have been to this point, and am looking forward to carrying that momentum moving forward into the coming weeks to begin to really put all of this together.  Onward and upward from here everybody.  Onward and upward. 

First Draft of My Abstract and Outline of my Journal Article

(Source: Google Image, 2021)


High school English teacher Linda Pham contends that online grammars such as Grammarly Premium are tools of empowerment for students who lack linguistic capital. By having access to free online grammar checkers, disenfranchised students are able to check their writing for grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.


I. Anecdote of a former student of mine. In 2018, David* (His name has been changed to protect his privacy) asked if I had a Grammarly Premium account. I did not have a paid Grammarly account since I usually have my students revise and edit their writing using a Revising and Editing Checklist. Some students use the Spelling and Grammar Checker on Google Docs.

II. Critics of online grammar. English teachers did not grow up using online grammar checkers. We were taught to use dictionaries and thesauruses along with grammar workbooks. However, online dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster are more convenient; so why not online grammar checkers?

III. My Autoethnographic Story on Educational Equity

IV. Case Studies on various online grammar checkers

V. Recommendations

VI. Works Cited

A fun story that I wrote this week!

I’m going to link this story. Last week in the session with Linda and Emily they suggested I write my experience with Rutgers since it probably impacted my experience with feelings of falseness and questions about the difficulty I have in expressing myself.

Please note that these are hard feelings, and this is not a pleasant story. Don’t feel too inclined to read it but it’s a part of this experience for me so I’ll probably be including it in the general thesis process to come.

See you in class tomorrow.