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Losing Myself

Words do not mean the same thing to each person. We often use words interchangeably as if they are synonymous with each other. An example is school and education. Education is a process of leading children and eventually letting go. School is a place. It comes from an Italian word having to do with leisure. It is hard to find our way through the labyrinth and convey the meanings we want in our communication. Sometimes it is the unspoken, the body-language, and the tone which help immensely.

Poesy plus Polemics

"Labyrinth" Painting by Jeffrey Smart From theaustralian.com.au “Labyrinth”
Painting by Jeffrey Smart
From theaustralian.com.au

what if my words
the turned paths of their penstrokes
create the labyrinth

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

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  1. Good morning teacher. So true. Tone and body language tell the rest of the story. Tone can happen on a phone and be misunderstood because of the lacking of the visual. Together they tell a full story. Always opt for in person if possible. FB, email, blogging and letters many time take on total misrepresentation of the real meaning. To write and pull someone into your thoughts is an art I wish I could master.

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    • You are so right Bill. A friend who holds a supervisory position in a large construction company speaks about the importance of face-to-face communication in his work. He says it is not always possible, but, when it is, it is much better than the other forms. So much more is revealed.

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