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Get Your Geek On: First Course Reflection


First Course Reflection by Tracy Wilson Abstract My passion for helping others is the driving force behind my desire to become an Educational Psychologist.  Pursuing a doctoral degree is a high-stakes quest, filled with challenges, triumphs, sacrifices, and rewards.  The first course of the program strives to prepare learners for the road ahead, addressing ethics in research and providing a fuller understanding of personal accountability as well as required individual change.  Once a learner has a firm grasp on the ethical requirements of doctoral research, topics can be investigated through literature review.  Exploring what is known and what is missing allow learners to move forward with a...
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Get Your Geek On: Re-Assessing


Re-Assessing Throughout the Life of the Program by Tracy Wilson Early in the Program:  Career Exploration and Professional Affiliations The reason I am enrolled in the Educational Psychology program is because I love teaching and aspire to be more than an adjunct instructor.  I also want to provide meaningful contributions to the field of higher education.  I do not think I am capable of abandoning the calling to teach. My intentions are focused and well-meaning.  However, reality may not include a full-time teaching position.  Therefore, exploring other career options is essential for a holistic understanding of my program.  I have to allow for a back-up plan.  The only way to do that is to...
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Get Your Geek On: Professional Identity


Professional Identity by Tracy Wilson   The Career Planning Checklist (Capella University, 2016a) provides a wonderful resource for career preparation and projection.  I have taken many of the steps already outlined.  I explored the Career Center during orientation, and my enrollment advisor gave me information about career opportunities. Within the first couple of weeks attending class, I joined the American Psychological Association (general membership) and Divisions 2 and 15.  Division 2 is specifically for teaching psychology.  Division 15 is the branch for educational psychology.  Because I live in a rural area, there are no local chapters or associations to join for my field of study. ...
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Get Your Geek On: Ethics


Ethics by Tracy Wilson As I reviewed the studies presented in this unit, I tried to be surprised with the results.  However, I am not.  Working in child welfare showed me a side of humanity that I do not care to see again.  I saw depravity on so many levels.  So, to be surprised by the studies is difficult for me.  For example, the experiments conducted during World War II are utterly heartbreaking, but rather than being surprised, I am moved by the human indignity.  Still, I often wonder if the individuals who conducted the experiments truly believed they were making groundbreaking strides.  For instance, when Dr. Zimbardo was interviewed for a video entitled The Stanford Prison Experiment ...
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Get Your Geek On: Literature Review of Blended Learning


Literature Review by Tracy Wilson Abstract Blended learning is a student-centered model that incorporates face-to-face instruction with supplemental online activities.  The question remains as to whether blended learning impacts learning outcomes.  Researchers are striving to answer that question, and in doing so, a common theme is emerging.  Collaborative activities, both in the classroom and online, create positive perceptions among students, which contribute to student success.  The learners’ upbeat opinion then contributes to the probability of meeting desired learning outcomes.  Nevertheless, there are challenges surrounding technology, and there are significant gaps in research.  Some ...
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Get Your Geek On: Self-Reflection


Reflective Practice using ARTiD by Tracy Wilson This discussion post will explore reflective practice.  The specific model that I will expound upon is Assessing Reflective Thinking in Solving Design Problems, or ARTiD (Hong & Choi, 2015).  I will address strengths and weaknesses related to my professional and interpersonal skills regarding reflective thinking.  Lastly, I will express my thoughts about how I intend to practice good self-reflection and become more self-aware. Summary of ARTiD             Hong and Choi (2015) addressed reflective thinking with the use of a tool called Assessing Reflecting in Solving Design Problems, abbreviated as ARTiD.  The tool is a fourth-version questionna...
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Get Your Geek On: Critical Thinking Practice


Critical Thinking Practice by Tracy Wilson This post will discuss an article written by Mirriahi, Alonzo, and Fox (2015).  The main idea of the article will be explored and analyzed.  Problems with methodology, and the results of the study will be explained.  Finally, errors, disagreements, and areas for further research will be covered in this discussion post. Compelling Points An article featured in Research in Learning Technology (Mirriahi, Alonzo, & Fox, 2015) proposes a framework for blended learning curriculum design.  The major points in the article were made in a somewhat compelling manner.  Due to the type of methodology the researchers used, the study lacked a convincing tone.  The...
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Industry News: Author Kim Cresswell signs with Council Tree Productions #canauthors #TV


I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed a contract with Joel Eisenberg and Council Tree Productions (a feature film and TV development company in Los Angeles, California) for THE ASSASSIN CHRONICLES. The TV project is based on my upcoming 4-book paranormal/supernatural thriller series (Deadly Shadow, Assassin’s Prophecy, Invisible Truth, and Vision of Fire)! This is the first step in seeing this kickass project hopefully developed for TV! Stay tuned! Original link
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Get Your Geek On: Reflective Discussion


Reflective Discussion by Tracy Wilson This discussion will focus on my specialization, Educational Psychology, and the research regarding that field of study.  I will discuss my interests in the field, debates in the field, and how Critical Thinking in Psychology (Ruscio, 2006) helped me evaluate appropriate sources.  Lastly, I will discuss my thoughts regarding dissertation. Topics and Why They Interest Me I am constantly trying to find new ways to teach, motivate, and move undergraduate students toward success.  Therefore, I chose to research various topics relating to instruction and learning.  Botma, Van Rensburg, Coetzee, and Heyns (2015) discussed a conceptual framework for designing p...
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Get Your Geek On: Choosing a Doctoral Specialization


Choosing Your Specialization by Tracy Wilson This post will discuss my specialization at Capella University, my specific interests in that specialty, career goals, program requirements, workforce expectations, planning, and the research questions and methods in my area of study.  Specialization, Interests, and Career Goals             As an adjunct instructor, Educational Psychology with an emphasis in psychology teaching and instruction is a natural fit for me.  I have a heart-felt interest in helping students succeed.  I want to be a tenured professor at a university, preferably where I am employed already.  However, if that is not possible, I will utilize the Career Center at Capella to f...
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Whitney Steel Novels: Interview with a Villain – Nathan Shaw #books #characters


Meet Nathan Shaw from Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect. Let’s get started with the interview. What one word best describes you? Nathan: “Distinct.“ What are you passionate about these days? Nathan: “What I have been passionate about most of my life. Genetics and cloning. I do not understand why people recoil at the idea of human copies—healthy manufactured humans.“ You were one of the first companies to clone animals almost thirty years ago. Would you consider cloning humans? Nathan: “Of course if it was legal in this country. Hopefully, it will be one day.“ What is something people would be surprised to know about you? Nathan: “I was Las Vegas Man of the Year six years running and made...
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New #Audiobook Release: Real Life Evil (A #TrueCrime Quickie – Book 1) #Audible


REAL LIFE EVIL, the first book in the True Crime Quickie series is now available in audiobook at Audible! The true crime short stories are narrated by Jason Fella. This series is perfect for people who don’t have a lot of free time to listen to a full-length audiobook…Quickies (an hour or under). $3.95 US or free with 30-day trial membership “Hiding in Plain Sight” is the chilling account of serial killer Jack Unterweger, one of the most clever, manipulative predators of the 20th century…and the most dangerous. “A Message from the Grave” examines the events surrounding the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders, a case which would spawn the largest murder investigation in Long Island, New York’s histo...
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Get Your Geek On: Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy


Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy by Tracy Wilson This post will investigate Bloom’s taxonomy through three articles written by Diniburtun (2012), Neher (1991), and Bassett-Jones and Lloyd (2005).  Additionally, similarities and difference among those articles will be analyzed as well as mutual agreements among the readings and gaps that need to be addressed. Key Ideas What motivates people to achieve success?  Diniburtun (2012), Neher (1991), and Bassett-Jones and Lloyd (2005) sought out to answer this age-old question.  They dissected three major theories. For Diniburtun (2012), David McClelland’s motivation theory was the key focus.  According to the article, some individuals are motivated by the...
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Get Your Geek On: Bloom’s Taxonomy


Bloom’s Taxonomy by Tracy Wilson This post will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Bloom’s taxonomy, how it can be used as a tool for writing, recognizing fallacies in one’s own writing, and applying the model for the purposes of finding credible sources. Strengths and Weaknesses of Bloom’s Taxonomy Granello (2001) provides a thorough explanation of Bloom’s taxonomy and how it can improve literature reviews.  One of the major strengths is that the model can be applied across disciplines and is not limited to literature reviews.  In fact, the model can be used outside of academia and applied to daily decision-making.    Bloom’s taxonomy is also user-friendly.  It is easy to understand, b...
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Finalist


War Merchant is selected as a Finalist in the First Lines Contest!  Thank you to all that voted to move War Merchant into the Finalist stage. More to follow on the final round. http://bit.ly/2t9BUJD The first lines:"L’Oiseau Blanc was a dangerous place to be—especially for a white woman at night. Although a fragile peace currently existed between the Tutsis and Hutus, tension filled the warm evening air like the calm before a thunderstorm. On a night like this every dubious character for miles would be out."Available in paperback or ebook editions from Amazon. http://amzn.to/2u47ANvWeb page: http://bit.ly/1ZEoYGu Original link
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Spanish Bullfighter Manages To Get The Horn!

Here’s a question for you. How many activities can you think of that labour under the delusion that they’re a sport? It’s a great debate after a few pints and I’d encourage anybody to try it. Anyway, personally I reckon that no sport can be deemed to be as such unless it has a ball in it. Now I have my own list which basically includes such wastes of time as synchronised swimming, arm wrestling, and darts! Sorry but real athletes don’t stand around drinking pints of fecking bitter and whiskey chasers! There’s ten pin bowling and table tennis of course, which to be fair was invented as a game for four foot Chinese people which kind of explains why everything from the net, the bat and the tabl...
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Protected


The doctoral work I’ve done is now officially copyright protected and available on Kindle. Tagged: doctoral journey, doctoral work, free kindle, research Original link
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Get Your Geek On: Doctoral Focus


Doctoral Focus written by Tracy Wilson This posting will discuss why I enrolled in the Ph.D. program for Educational Psychology, what I am trying to become, and how I will accomplish my objective. Why are You Here? I have always been fascinated by human behavior.  I worked in the field of child welfare from 2005 until 2014.  My specialty was interviewing sexual abuse survivors and preparing them for court.  I also served as a mentor to new employees.  Due to the nature of my career, I enrolled at the University of North Dakota’s (UND) online Forensic Psychology Masters program in 2009 and graduated in 2011.  I was promoted to the director of the department and I thought that my graduate stud...
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Surprise! Tuesday Guest Post: Wendy Unsworth


Wendy Unsworth is the author of mystery and psychological suspense. She has also written a series of chapter books for young children and has enjoyed the challenges of these very different genres. Wendy has lived in Ndola Zambia, Nairobi Kenya, in a 17th century Cornish cottage, Lincolnshire and Lancashire in England and now divides her time between Scotland and the wilds of Portugal. In between packing and unpacking her passions are writing, reading, travel, her cat Cleopatra and, of course, her family. The Berriwood Series of novels follows the lives of ordinary people in a pretty little backwater of the Cornish countryside. This is a place of tranquility, where everyone knows everyone and...
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Clowns Should Be Restricted To The Circus

‘I don’t agree with what you said but I’d always defend your right to say it.’ In the last few years, unless you live in Russia, China or practically anywhere in the middle east, you would have probably come across this phrase, which sadly has become a lazy cliché employed by apologists for clowns like Katy Hopkins. Freedom of speech is important, it’s precious, and something we all take for granted. It’s what gives us the right to openly disagree with our politicians, and our political leaders without having to worry about a knock on the door in the early hours after which our loved ones never see or hear from us again. ‘Nobody has the right NOT to be offended.’ You’ve probably heard that o...
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