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  1. page bendelow narrative edited ... A big part of why school “worked” for me was reading. So much of school work entailed reading,…
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    A big part of why school “worked” for me was reading. So much of school work entailed reading, and I loved to read. My home’s bookshelves held sets of encyclopedias--the World Book, The Book of Knowledge, the Audubon Nature Encyclopedia, The Golden Book, The AMA Home Medical Encyclopedia--and I had found refuge in those books since I was big enough to turn the pages. Reading and learning, I found, calmed and intrigued me. Books were ordered places, too. Finding out about subjects and lives more interesting or important than mine put my suffering into perspective. In the school library I found and devoured every last book on World War II I could find, including the weapon surveys of C.B. Colby (with titles like Weapons and Gear of World War II, and Leatherneck: The Training, Weapons and Equipment of the United States Marine Corps). Reading these books made me feel better about my crazy home life. What, after all, were my family’s difficulties compared to victims of the Nazi Death Machine? And how could I worry about the future when I lived in a land of excellent technology like the Browning Automatic Rifle and the B-17 Flying Fortress?
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    confidence, a s
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    what had already happened, and
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    lessons gave me a satisfying
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    completion and progress:progress to my world: "Last week
    Not only did everything make sense in her classroom, Miss _ acknowledged my reading and gave me the opportunity to show off my knowledge in reports I based on Audubon Nature Encyclopedia articles.
    “One kind of mollusk is known as a ‘bi-valve’ because it has two openings--one where the water goes in and another where it goes out. It’s like 'bi-cycle,' which means two wheels."
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    “I believe your right!” She smiled at me. “And how interesting,” she turned to the class. “Thanks to Drew, we now know something about the creatures at the bottom of the sea!” Some of my classmates resented my extra-credit reports, and others thought me weird and annoying, but I didn’t mind. I basked in the radiance of her approval. In the Happy Land of School, the Queen considered me a favorite!
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    moms did. And
    And
    then one
    From the school’s perspective, there was mounting evidence that my family was abnormal. Mom had missed every performance and school play, and was repeatedly absent for Parent-teacher conferences. Noticing my inordinate love of school and super-eager attitude, the teachers may have wanted to find out what was going on. In any case, I was told by Miss _, probably with a couple weeks' notice, that my mother was scheduled for a 1:30 conference on an early-dismissal day. As I did with all her other requests, I assured Miss _ that I would comply.
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    my mother, maybeprobably through her
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    meeting with her. I would have had to repeat it to her, to make sure it got through her alcoholic haze, and momshe probably acknowledged it, butit with a muffled "OK" through her door. But when the
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    came home from early dismissal to a quiet house,house. Oh no. Mom was "sick" again. I climbed the stairs, and saw that instairs to her room, mom was “sleeping.” Lightsroom.
    Lights
    off, shades down, and she lay
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    in her nightgown.nightgown on her bed. In retrospect,
    “Mom?” I pushed her shoulder. “Mom, we need to go to school. Miss _ is waiting to meet you.”
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    didn’t match--and walking unsteadily,she obviously wasn't going to drive. So leaning on me,me,walking unsteadily, she and I got hertraversed the four
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    teacher awaited.
    I

    I felt ashamed we were ten minutes late, but brought her up to our second floor classroom and introduced her to my teacher, who was accompanied today for some reason by the school's social worker. They went into the classroom and I
    felt awkward and ashamed as I waitedwaiting for mom in the hallway, and when Miss called in the school’s social worker,hallway. I had
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    cautiously optimistic. With the school’s professionals taking care,Wasn't I believed there was nothing to worry about. Thein school, where everything made sense? Surely, the order of
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    wouldn't it?
    The offshoot of that meeting for me, where I’m sure

    Of course,
    mom’s alcoholism
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    seen and smelled,smelled by these caring professionals, and the results came swiftly. The offshoot of that meeting was mixed.mixed for me. On the
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    allowed extra freedomslatitude by teachers and administrationadministration, and I was scheduled to
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    “talk about things.”things,” which I came to enjoy. I appreciated
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    educational film sessions.sessions for me and some friends.
    But on the other,other hand, I was
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    _ , were treatingtreated me with
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    home,” which filteredshaded their view
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    didn't appreciate theirthe sad, sympathetic looks atthey gave me. Because
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    and despair. The seeds of scholarship and life-long learning were sown in my responses to the whirlwind of my youth. And second, I learned that while I
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    my mother or family being there for me, I lived in a civilized town, where there were
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    could support me,me. The school's order and they would helppropriety that I loved was something that I could find in American society generally, although certainly not everywhere. The experience helped me learn to trust my fellow Americans, who had helped me develop my
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    one I havehad, and continue to have, with myself.
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    gain life-knowledge, but also madehelped me aware of my relatively difficult circumstanceslearn who I was, and showedalso gave me a way of overcomingways to overcome difficulties. I
    References
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  2. page bendelow narrative edited Gaining Knowledge ... car with her--since her--and as her little kid you ... a pleasant …

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    car with her--sinceher--and as her little kid you
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    a pleasant timetime, in which
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    could mean youher screaming her drink-fueled rage while driving 80
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    down suburban streets as she screamed her drink-fueled rage.streets.
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    Then again,On another trip, you might be ondrove with your waymom to pick up your big sister
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    during rush hour whenhour, and in the middle of Ridgeland Avenue, she startsbegan to veer
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    of traffic, bumpsbumped over athe curb, and smashed the station wagon into a
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    The cops would discoverdiscovered her passed
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    the backseat. Or then again,Another trip, you might arrive safe andsafe, on timetime, with no
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    never knew.
    At home, from day to day,

    Inside the house,
    you didn’t
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    what to expectexpect, either. One day she wouldcould be Wonder-mom,
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    dog, or playingready to play fun games
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    But the next,very next day, she might be gone--checkedgone--physically (checked into some psychiatric hospital,hospital), or comatosementally (comatose in bed,
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    back yard trees.trees). There was
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    motherless children willmight cling to benign passinganonymous adults. SchoolI loved the way school was whereso predictable: synchronized bells
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    day, and where the adults
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    safely grow. WithSurrounded by school’s daily
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    Before I could join organized sports, school filled my yearning for order, and I was a happy student. AA big part
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    Flying Fortress?
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    Fourth grade
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    cross. She never shouted.did not shout. She didn’t havenever had to. She
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    confidence, a senses
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    matter that drew students in and made her
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    like clockwork. EachUnder her direction, each student knew
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    confusing, but Miss_s every lessonMiss_'s lessons gave me
    Not only did everything make sense in her classroom, Miss _ acknowledged my reading and gave me the opportunity to show off my knowledge in reports I based on Audubon Nature Encyclopedia articles.
    “One kind of mollusk is known as a ‘bi-valve’ because it has two openings--one where the water goes in and another where it goes out. It’s like 'bi-cycle,' which means two wheels."
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    “That’s right!” she praised me in front of my peers.”And can you give us some examples of bi-valves?”
    “Um,” I was up to her challenge. “I think that one is a clam, and another is an oyster. And they help clean the sea-water with their valves.”
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    believe your
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    thought me weird, or at leastweird and annoying, but
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    me a favorite.
    But one day in February, Happy Land was invaded. It was true that you
    favorite!
    On the home front, I knew I
    couldn’t trust
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    family, that my mom could
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    moms did. FromAnd then one day in February my Happy Land was invaded, by my home life.
    From
    the school’s perspective, however, there was
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    by Miss ,_, probably with
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    I would be responsible for it.comply.
    I would
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    a quiet house. Ihouse, climbed the stairsstairs, and saw
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    was “sleeping.” The lights wereLights off, the shades were down, and
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    quarter till one.one!
    “Mom?” I pushed her shoulder. “Mom, we need to go to school. Miss _ is waiting to meet you.”
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    on me, I got her the four
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    teacher awaited. I
    I
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    right, but so what?was cautiously optimistic. With the
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    care, I knewbelieved there was
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    about. The School’s order of School would overcome home’s chaos, wouldn’tthe chaos of home, wouldn't it?
    The
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    appreciated the attention. Butattention, and even made the most of lunch-time group meetings in the social worker's office, turning them into educational film sessions.
    But
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    “normal” student. I could tell that myMy teachers, including Miss ____ , were
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    of me. NowI didn't appreciate their sad, sympathetic looks at me. Because of this "problem home child" distinction," any high achievement I now earned wascould be seen as
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    bad behavior I engaged in as a
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    of fitting in,in and flying below the radar, of being “normal”“normal,” were crushed, whichcrushed. I felt hurt me at the
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    long run, was all to the good.this helped me.
    Ultimately, the
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    made showed me some important things: first, how I
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    despair. And second, while I
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    gain life-knowledge, two functionsbut also made me aware of my relatively difficult circumstances and showed me a way of overcoming difficulties. I recognizeremember and appreciate what school did for me every day
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    from situations likeworse than mine was.as a student.
    References
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Thursday, May 15

  1. page Mark Twain, leader edited ... courage, Mark Twain is a good example of a literary leader. Illustrative story of his leaders…
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    courage, Mark Twain is a good example of a literary leader.
    Illustrative story of his leadership:
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    audience. His boo
    ks
    books were funny
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    works--mostly his favorite
    s,
    favorites, The Adventures
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    believed that wrongwhat was occurring was occuring.wrong. Specifically, Twain
    One attribute of leadership is to say what one means, regardless of its popularity. Twain did just this after the Spanish American War began, and as a result, many Americans rejected him. But Twain, the leader of ideas, sought to keep his country living up to its ideals. He describes the way his thinking about America's role in the world changed:
    I wanted the American eagle to go screaming into the Pacific ...Why not spread its wings over the Philippines, I asked myself? ... I said to myself, Here are a people who have suffered for three centuries. We can make them as free as ourselves, give them a government and country of their own, put a miniature of the American Constitution afloat in the Pacific, start a brand new republic to take its place among the free nations of the world. It seemed to me a great task to which we had addressed ourselves. But I have thought some more, since then, and I have read carefully the treaty of Paris [which ended the Spanish-American War], and I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem. It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to make those people free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.[57]
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Thursday, May 1

  1. page criteria of effective leadership edited ... {Conch_shell_2.jpg} Effective leadership includes: getting others to follow having follow…
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    Effective leadership includes:
    getting others to followhaving followers
    having the respect of followers
    being outstanding in some way
    being relatable
    enforcing rules/holding followers accountable
    situational wisdom
    being influential/persuasive
    taking control
    giving/sharing with group, selflessly
    communicating important ideas
    not giving up
    being attractive
    having "clutchness"--operating well under stress
    being thoughtful
    functioning as a role-model
    believing in followers
    contributing useful ideas

    listening to followers
    creating new leaders
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Tuesday, April 29

  1. page Leadership Examples edited ... in Leadership For this assignment, you will create a presentation of a leader and relate …
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    in Leadership
    For this assignment, you will create a presentation of a leader and relate it to our list of criteria for leadership .
    {chief_joseph.jpg} a famous Native American leader, Chief Joseph
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    Shaun White (Dalton)
    Marilyn Monroe (Emma)
    Julian Casablancas (Marco)(Mario)
    Madonna (Ellie)
    Derreck Lee (Greg)
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  2. page Mark Twain, leader edited English 10 Mark Twain, a leader in literature Because {MarkTwain.LOC.jpg} Because he showed …
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    Mark Twain, a leader in literature
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    Because
    he showed
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    and great courage,
    courage,
    Mark Twain
    Illustrative story of his leadership:
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    audience. His booksboo
    ks
    were funny
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    works--mostly his favorites,favorite
    s,
    The Adventures
    But as he got older, Twain showed the leadership quality of courage--he took risks in what he spoke and wrote that would make him very unpopular with the mainstream of American society. But he did it anyway, because in his conscience, he believed that wrong was occuring. Specifically, Twain spoke out against the US government's policy of engaging in imperialistic war, and the actions of religious people, specifically, Christians.
    One attribute of leadership is to say what one means, regardless of its popularity. Twain did just this after the Spanish American War began, and as a result, many Americans rejected him. But Twain, the leader of ideas, sought to keep his country living up to its ideals. He describes the way his thinking about America's role in the world changed:
    I wanted the American eagle to go screaming into the Pacific ...Why not spread its wings over the Philippines, I asked myself? ... I said to myself, Here are a people who have suffered for three centuries. We can make them as free as ourselves, give them a government and country of their own, put a miniature of the American Constitution afloat in the Pacific, start a brand new republic to take its place among the free nations of the world. It seemed to me a great task to which we had addressed ourselves. But I have thought some more, since then, and I have read carefully the treaty of Paris [which ended the Spanish-American War], and I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem. It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to make those people free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.[57]
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    leadership's courage.
    Another place Twain exercised literary courage, and so acted as a leader, was in his negative feelings about religion. Once again, Twain could have stayed silent, but he chose not to, and he gave vent instead to a strong critique of the hypocrisy and cruelty perpetrated by religious people. In one of his books, Reflections on Religion, he describes the cruel way suffering humans are ready to act religiously:
    "When we pray, when we beg, when we implore, does He listen? Does He answer? Of that question there is not a single authentic instance of an answer in human history....Often, we see a mother who has been despoiled little by little of everything she held dear in life but a sole remaining, dying child; we have seen her, I say, kneeling by its bed and pouring out from a broken heart, beseeching God for mercy that would get glad, instant answer from any man who had the power to save this child--yet no such prayer has ever moved a God to pity."
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    Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion--several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven....The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste."
    So, in "stepping out in front of an issue," in "coming up with his own vision of truth," Mark Twain was a real literary leader.
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  3. page Leadership Examples edited Leadership Examples Profiles in Leadership For this assignment, you will create a presentati…

    Leadership Examples
    Profiles in Leadership
    For this assignment, you will create a presentation of a leader and relate it to our list of criteria for leadership .
    {chief_joseph.jpg} a famous Native American leader, Chief Joseph
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