Here's a basic outline for my thesis (modeled after the National Writing Project's Monograph Series):
a. Research surrounding the problem
b. The problem in my own classroom
a. Research surrounding the solution
b. What I did to address the problem
III. Student work/community feedbackBy the time I go back to school after Christmas break, I need to have the three highlighted sections finished. Which means my Fridays-Sundays and probably all of my holiday break will be filled with reading and writing. Yikes. Yikes. Yikes. My class project and data collection will take place from January-March. Because the preliminary copy of my thesis is due to my committee the first week of June, I'll devote March-May to more writing. My oral exams will be during the last week of June then it's revising and filling out paperwork until July.
I am excited to write, research, and dive into academic work again (I do actually like doing this work...it's just the juggle of everything that's overwhelming) but am afraid of failing....and of the emotional meltdowns that are sure to come along the way.
So for now, it's to the books for me...