Applying to grad school appears to be a tricky process. It’s time-consuming, but interesting; frustrating, but fantastic. I’m currently in the process of discussing with professors at several institutions about their research interests and current projects at their schools. My biggest problem right now is making decisions. At first it seemed like no one I e-mailed was going to be a good fit, and I started getting concerned. However, all the professors have been super nice and helpful and nearly every school has directed me to at least one professor who I feel would be a great fit. The problem now is that I can’t seem to focus what I want to research. Every school has multiple things that are interested to me. I’m not sure how I’m going to write a Statement of Purpose that doesn’t make me look like I’m all over the place. So far here are things that have interested me:
-Teacher induction programs
-Measuring teacher effectiveness
-Assessment & Accountability
-Pre and In-Service Professional Development
These are sweeping topics that each encompass several other more specific research interests and projects. Hopefully my advisor will help me out. I’m kind of thinking the school or advisor will help decide for me based on where there is a place for me in their programs.