Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The New Me

Dear PLI Journal,
Wow! Can you believe it? It's already August and the summer session is OVER!!!!!!! OMG, I just don't know what to say. I mean, the summer's been great- done a lot of great work about so many things, especially about myself. I feel I've really, really, really grown, not just as a potential school leader, but also as a person. Wow. That's about all I can say.

I am, though, a little worried. I'm worried about going back to work and sliding back into my old self. You know, the one who bottled things up and did little to take action. The one who waited for others to tell her what to do. The one with great ideas who never said anything. Well, forget that! Wait until they meet THE NEW ME! Smarter, stronger, more outspoken, with a who-cares attitude...

Wow. What a makeover.


Friday, August 1, 2008

Dear Mr. Affleck and Mr. Lehane

I think you must have read some of the readings from my grad program. If you didn't, well, then, I was either reading something deeper into your book/movie Gone, Baby, Gone or the readings have done a good job of seeping into my deeper memory.

At the end, I kept making connections to the readings I've done over the last few weeks- to Freire and his idea that the oppressed must save themselves and Fuller and Holloway's study of poor mothers. I thought a lot about how adults make decisions for children who cannot stand up for themselves (Elmore) and how difficult it is to stand for the right thing even though it's against the majority and means a great loss to yourself (Carter's integrity). 

In the end, I am left, really, with no answers. I do, however, see how easily things will come up in my life that remind me of lessons learned since June 20th. And I should heed those lessons.