WISE: Entry One – Time and Space, 09/18/2022

Five years of Doctoral study has offered new perspectives on Space and Time.  It was only yesterday that I offered my first introductory video, (of course in rhyme), the “Ode to My Future Self:”

Now, I can truly mean it when I spit the bars:

“You better get a

degree

to come see me.

I flex with a rep

from BX

to DC.

I rap with

a masters

in dropping

your steeze –

these scripts

is Doctorate,

kids, PhDeez.”

 

All joviality aside, Space and Time has new meaning for a recently knighted PhD.  “Dr. Sugar” can now appreciate the doctoral journey fading into the rear-view mirror of my car.  Time snaps forward sooner than we realize – especially when academic deadlines are looming.  Simultaneously, time often seems to stand still – especially in the long hours of an “all-nighter”, when aforementioned deadlines have somehow penetrated a wormhole and are now due immediately.

This academic journey began with a single step – researching the PhD position.  Then, creating a vision for myself.  Before I realized it, I was taking Introduction to Academic Writing and Mathematical Reasoning classes.  With a snap of a finger, two semesters were done.  That’s when an odd change came over me – I started referring to myself as a “Learning Scientist” and discussing “Cognition” in casual conversation.

The Changing of the Guard

My thesis – Instruction of Exceptional English Language Learners – forged my academic and contemplative abilities in a crucible.  Standing before my professors to defend my work made the hardest Kumite Karate Sparring session look like patty-cake!

These days, I see my daughter bend Space and Time – she’s about to start first grade.  I now watch her progress as both a father and a researcher.  It was my passion that began with a dream, then became a vision.  From my vision, I created a plan, then implemented, evaluated, and modified that plan.  Today, my dream has been fulfilled – not only do the doubters have to call me “Dr. Sugar,” but the most sensitive learning populations in public schooling have sound research to advise the professionals that teach them.

 

Author: Doctor Sugar

Disabled. Hyperactive. Disorganized. Anti-Authoritarian. Highly Effective*. I am an instructor of English as a New Language (ENL/TESOL) to exceptional learners ("Special Education") at American High School in Bronx, New York. My joy is guiding teenagers towards literacy and productive lives. In my spare time, I rhyme, study the martial sciences, cook for my wife, and play with my daughter. This blog is informed by my own experiences as: 1) An adult with multiple learning disabilities. 2) A doctoral student (ongoing). 3) A former lobbyist for higher education and public school reform. 4) A Teacher's Union Organizer in multiple states. 5) An educational sales rep for corporate America. 6) A private tutor, both for the privileged and undeserved alike. The purpose of this blog is threefold: 1. To model my experiences for the students and educators that I mentor. 2. To document my personal experiences as I grow as an educator, while commenting on education, labor, and society. 3. To provide public accountability so that I reach my personal goals. 4. To mock, satirize, jive, jeer, jest, jeckle, heckle, hoodwink, bamboozle and flim-flam banal aspects of academic life.** Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Peace. Love. Respect. Jacob Sugar *According to the Danielson Rubric For Teaching, I am rated as a "Highly Effective" teacher on the basis of classroom instructional observations. Combined with the standardized test scores of my students, I am just barely rated as "Highly Effective." According to the NYS battery of teacher examinations, I am in the 96th percentile in every subject area. My GRE scores place me in the bottom 25th percentile for Verbal Reasoning AND Mathematical Reasoning. My credit score is in the Good range, with a poor debt-to-income ratio (you read that part about the Master's Degree and Ph.D, yes?). **Did you see what I did there?

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