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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

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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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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