Order

The desire to impose upon the disorder of nature some orderly pattern or arrangement makes men into poets, painters and gardeners; it also makes them prey to the illusion that a highly organized state will be civilized.

Len Deighton

Change

“If we do not change our consciousness, we cannot change our actions or demand change from others.”

(hooks, 406)

Dynamic Assessment

What am I choosing to read? To listen to? What tasks am I filling my time with? What are the most significant things I accomplished or learned this week? How do I know?

Fenwick and Parsons, 2009, p.100.

Communication

Often what’s said is not what’s heard.  How do you communicate so that the message is clear?

Movement

“Nothing changes until some thing changes.  Change your position.”  Lofty ideas can concretize into postulated literary monuments.  Authenticity in reflection and true conviction creates a shift — movement — another step in the journey.

- My Contemplation

Identity

“Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.”

-Chinese proverb

Creating a Culture of Reflection

This is what I feel makes the difference between folks I refer to as talkers and those who I feel are movers and shakers (those who actually accomplish something and make a marked difference).  Here is the tall order of authenticity as stated by Brookfield:  “You must make full and continuous disclosure of the reasons for your actions, you must keep your promises, and you must work to make your words and actions as consistent as possible.”  (Brookfield, 1995)  The sum of the matter for me is integrity, authenticity and congruence between my teaching philosophy and my practice.