Struggles

I started my Masters in January 2015. There’s been some hiccups here and there along the way. I’m nearly finished—I did my final portfolio presentation and was given a preliminary conferment of my M.Ed. by my faculty; however, this is not the same as a formal degree conferred by the college or the registrar. That won’t happen until I finish incomplete assignments for three classes. And that’s where I’m struggling. I tried to sit down …

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The Reflection of One More Light

I’m grateful so many were willing to participate in the One More Light Chester Memorial video last Tuesday.. I got goosebumps when it started to take shape. I want LP to perform at the Super Bowl. With Chester up on the big screen. Natalie Cole sang with her late father Nat Cole to do “Unforgettable” many years ago. It’s not a new concept. Maybe this next spring is too soon. But the Super …

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Toughness

Emotions are tough. Personal matters cannot follow me to my learning, and forcing those monsters to stay home is a difficult task. I am struggling, and those that need to know that, know that. I need time to mourn and to weep, to just be alone with my feelings. In my suicide seminar, we talked about Robin Williams. Now we continue the talk with Chester. “He didn’t have to die.” But he did. …

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Long-range Plan for Cooperative Learning

This long-range plan entails a different approach to cooperative learning implementation because I am not a teacher. Cooperative Learning was taken as an elective for my Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership. When people discover I am pursuing an M.Ed., I am often asked what I’m going to teach. I’m not. It just so happens my M.Ed. program is in the School of Social Work. However, I’m not going after a social …

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Celebrity Suicide in the Media

Sometimes you see a news headline like this: Progressive rock legend Emerson dies Then you read the news and discover it was a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot. The only reason I mention this is that I’m in a suicide awareness class right now. In two weeks, we have a discussion about how the media reports suicide. Today, we talked about suicide encounters online. The anonymity and privacy you have online sometimes lets you express …

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20 Years

Twenty years ago this coming November will be twenty years since a young adult completed suicide in the residence hall I lived in. The event had an impact on me. What if I trigger someone with my research? The Butterfly Effect has been on my mind. What if I get something wrong today that leaves an impact on a student who later takes their life? This is a group learning experience, and I think …

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