Who am I? Who am I? – I’m…

As my marking has been returned and teaching has stopped for summer, I am turning my attention to one of the other many aspects of my job as an academic which is research. Some people suggest that you do a little bit of research every now and again and, although I do try and read the odd article/research paper, I prefer to have a good go at something so I can get into the ‘zone’. It is interesting how your mindset and thoughts actually start to change as your brain is released from other work related topics, tasks and problems and the time appears, within the working day, to engage with new problems and ideas. Using technology such as Evernote and Omnifocus, I can collate my ideas, books and articles which I have found during the teaching timetable for this moment in the year when I have to time to actually go back over them and start to both engage and interact with them. Tomorrow I will be sat in the library, which is virtually empty at the moment, to start to engage with those notes which I have saved. But what will I be focusing on? Well, to be honest – I can be honest with you can’t I? – I am having a bit of an identity crisis and can’t decide who I actually am…

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Pursuing my PhD

As well as starting my own Minecraft server and posting to this webpage every week, the time has come for me to start my own academic journey in pursuit of my PhD. Having spent some time…22 years…as a primary school teacher it has been a long time since I have actually studied and I thought that I would like to capture the journey in a series of waffles – oops I mean blog posts.<

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