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I pride myself on my growth mindset and identity as a lifelong learner. So, imagine my surprise when after nine years as an instructional designer, I realized I had become lackadaisical with my strategies and techniques. I am part of an Award-Winning instructional design team and have nine years of experience. Somewhere in those nine […]

We Never Stop Learning and Growing

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If you are a parent of a young child right now, then you probably know all about Bluey. There was a recent episode of Bluey called “The Sign” (be prepared to cry if you haven’t watched it, yet). I won’t give away all of the amazing pieces of the episode, but the main premise of […]

Teacher at Heart

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Yes, I’m aware at how dramatic that sounds. While I would never change anything about going through the process, I learned quite a lot. And it has honestly taken me just over a year to really see all of the different areas this process impacted my life. Getting a doctoral degree is traumatic to your […]

The Trauma of a Doctoral Degree

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One of my goals this year is to read 42 books. It is a lofty goal, but after meeting my goal of 36 books last year, I knew I could do it. How do I do it, you ask? Well, apparently I became one of those people who reads multiple books at a time. A […]

What I’m Reading Wednesday – January 17

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A Quick Story I have no phonemic awareness. Zero. I have no idea what letters are supposed to sound like in words. I can’t sound out words. In fact, I was saying ‘Hermione’ from Harry Potter wrong for years before I met someone else who read the books and said her name correctly. I’m not […]

They Should Already Know How to Do That

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I have been thinking a lot lately about burn out, but perhaps not in the sense we are used to hearing. Yes, we are all burnt out. But, the term “burn out” has become one of those educational buzz words thrown around with solutions of meditation, go for a walk, talk to a colleague or […]

Moving from Reactive to Proactive Burn Out for Instructional Designers

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Whenever I lack knowledge in a certain area, my instinct is to find ways to learn. It is one of the main characteristics of a lifelong learner that I embody. I love learning from other experts and furthering my knowledge to be a better instructional designer and professor and have a better mindset. So, it […]

I am IDLance Certified!

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Whenever I think of reflection, I visualize a Disney movie scene where the main character has this major breakthrough. They stare at themselves in a body of water, a mirror, or some other reflective object. And then, all of a sudden, everything makes sense. As a facilitator and professor, I often use reflection in my […]

Making Things Clear Through Reflection

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Today marked a major milestone in my doctoral journey. As an Arizona State University EdD student, we are privileged to participate in the yearly Doctoral Research Conference (DRC). It is a virtual event where all of the students, regardless of their cohort year, share their research journeys. Colleagues connect over similar active research studies and […]

Doctoral Research Conference ’22

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Last night I was listening to a great Podcast (ok, honestly it was called Drama Queens and centered around former characters of One Tree Hill watching the episodes again). As I was listening, I took a look at my office with the microphone I had bought on Amazon’s Prime Day and thought, “I could do […]

The Birth of a Podcast

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