This week, I did some very intensive data analysis. Using card sorting, I divided data, named them, justified my categorisation, made a very quick sketch of it and sent it to my supervisors. A funny thing is that when I do an intensive data analysis, I stay home in pyjamas all day and forget to eat. I know many PhD students like this. A non-teaching day is an especially good opportunity to shut myself into the room, turn Wi-Fi off, have no distraction and go into ‘researcher mode’.
I like classic card-sorting analysis using white card paper, colour pens, labels and clips. Card sorting is a traditional, simple, very powerful way to assess any subject matter – and lots of fun! I use it for any academic/creative activity, such as literature reviews, mapping data, categorisation, chapter structure making, etc.
In my analysis, it can be more information heavy, because I write down extra descriptions in the spaces or on the reverse of each card to eventually make a hierarchy. This ‘physical’ activity is a great exercise for the imagination (and also exciting, as I am so addicted to stationery)!
Another achievement this week was that, after a little struggle in Monday’s class, my teaching went really well on Thursday.
On Monday, it was noticeable that a few students were struggling to keep up with the lesson, though most of them seemed fine. I wondered what I could do better so that everybody could understand the lesson. The students did three pairwork activities in the classroom on Monday. On Thursday, in a different class of the same course, I reduced the number of activities to two and decided to take more time and work together (including myself) with the students for half of the pairwork activities. It worked so much better than it had the previous week.
My achievements in Week 109
- Sent my quick sketch about categorisation for data analysis to my supervisors
- Enjoyed teaching my Week 3 classes
Goals for Week 110
- Revise some sections in the methodology chapter
- Make a full transcript of one case
- Write a manuscript of my speech