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June 26, 2013

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Commentary: Mark Chacon-Wk4

by catherinejackson01

Mark Chacon’s Original Post:

Chapter 11 Creating Framework for Possibility
This chapter had the most affect on my current situation in life. I enjoyed the story about the students who visited Brazil and were a little rowdy in their behavior and how the author handled the situation. The Sao Paolo story was a great example of how to get the most out of our youth through transfer of responsibility to themselves. The talk given by the author resulted in a greater understanding of what it was to be an ambassador of music and leaders. I feel that as a teacher and a parent you are constantly trying to figure out how best to handle teenager’s behavior so they can reflect on their actions and grow.

Although I am not a religious individual I do believe that we all need guidance at varying times and the quote by Marianne Williamson addressed by Nelson Mandela is a great message to pass on to everyone.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We as ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented
   and fabulous-
Actually, who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
Won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some of us: it is in everyone
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously

Give other people permission to do the same.

The section on Mission Statement versus Vision statement was also well articulated, I think the distinction between business-oriented goals and life goals are what separate the two. We might need to revisit our school mission statement.

The book The Art of Possibility by Zander and Zander is a book that gave me much to think about when it comes to how I am living my life and how I affect those around me. I would recommend the book to those individuals who need a timeout to evaluate their current situations.

Cat’s Commentary:

Although I don’t mention the vision vs. mission statement in my blog, I definitely agree that is a concept that our educational systems need to re-evaluate.  When you then add into the system the punishment component of education, is the mission statement truly relevant as it is written now-for any district?  It just really makes you consider the goal and direction we are pushing forward onto the future leaders.  However, should we completely discard discipline because of the association with the idea that one has the power over another or is there still some separation between punishment and consequence?

I definitely agree with the fact that this book has definitely raised some awareness regarding the way I interpret things, and it has even analyze our school environment with new possibilities-maybe those meetings won’t be so dreary this coming school year.

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