February 2018: Worst workout month in 2 years

February 2018 has got to be the worst workout month since I started keeping track of my workouts sometime end-2015. Only 2 proper workouts and one “cheating” workout. Lately, I realised that I have been down with minor cough and cold quite often. This month alone I was sick twice and over several days each time. It’s not really the out-of-commission type of illness, but minor colds. I used to think that I don’t get sick often and if I do, I would recover quickly. I’m not so sure anymore…

February 2018 Fitness Tracker
~ 7 Feb 9:50pm 29:00 FB stretching, pilates, yoga workout blend — First workout for February, and a “cheating” one at that. Too much work and fell sick during the weekend and have not recovered from too much work yet…so sad…
~ 11 Feb 4:54pm 46:00 *320cal Ave123 Max151 FB FB Burn2 Day 17 Total body strength – general lethargy, just want to sit and around and do nothing
~ 28 Feb 9:31pm 34:00 *238cal Ave123 Max145 FB strong lean toned arms chest and shoulders workout – even doing warm-up jumping jacks was tiring

Birthday!

“Celebrating” my birthday in an eclectic manner. Now I’m journeying along the North-South highway from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. Earlier I attended Ann’s wedding and met up with several uni friends of more than 20 years.


Baskin Robbins at Pagoh highway stop

The last time I had a traveling birthday, I think, was in 2010 when I flew back to Bethlehem from Dallas after my job interview at Texas A&M-Commerce. The flight was supposed to be on the 24th but was canceled due to bad weather and I ended up spending part of my birthday at Holiday Inn Express DFW.

Inter-observer Agreement

After 2 weeks of training the temporary RA, the two RAs were still not able to hit the minimal gold standard of 80% inter-observer agreement (IOA). IOA is when two observers observe one or more students simultaneously, and at the end of the session, their coding of the student’s behaviors are compared. If the IOA is above 80%, then this is an indicator that the data were collected reliably.

Since official data collection has started, I had no choice but to step foot into the classrooms and be the IOA data collector. That means my coding of the students’ behaviors must match that of my RA for at least 80% of the 10-second intervals over 30 minutes, across three classes. Eighty percent of the 540 intervals!!

Prior to this, I’ve worked with my RA over the past 2 weeks on clearly defining active engagement, passive engagement, and non-engagement for 3rd to 5th grade students. My RA has thrown at me all sorts of random description of classroom behavior, and we have tried very hard to set our guidelines on how to code those behaviors. However, it’s one thing to have on paper what are active engagement behaviors, but to see the active engagement in action is a different ball game.

Knowing what I was getting myself into, I didn’t sleep too well last night…

It’s one of those funny-when-you-look-back-at-it moments, the teacher announced, “I will give you 20-minutes to work on a concept map in your small groups,” and BOOM! the class explodes into a series of “undefined” behaviors. Eyes were roaming everywhere, not quite at the teacher nor the assigned materials. Quiet raised hand is like a waving hand while answering aloud. Thankfully we survived this classroom, barely scraping through with an inter-observer agreement of 80.9%.

Journal articles make research studies look so neat and tidy. Research in real life is messy.

Anyway, I think I can sleep well tonight.