Little Valencias

August 28th, 2015
11:07 AM
NP: Billie Holiday - God Bless the Child 

I met myself today. She's a sassy thing. This week was "leadership week" for our 8th grade kids who were always in trouble last year. I haven't introduced myself to them. I just pop in and out of their workshops, taking notes on their behaviors. Writing things they say.. Stuff like that. Today, one of the deans was giving a lecture and she was writing. I whispered in my stern ms clay voice,  "Put that pen down and pay attention". She was PISSEDDD!! Probably like, da f--k? Who is this lady? But she put that thing down! Then I passed her a cute little note, "You are a leader, when you're appearing to not pay attention, no one else will. Stay at your best". And she read it and started writing me back but I purposely left the room so she wouldn't be able to give it to me. Hold that. This ain't no back and forth thing right now. It's funny though because how many times have people said the same thing to me?

(She gave the note to a teacher to give back to me -- I got it the next day... I love her apology for the disrespect but her words show me that we will have a lot of work to do around leadership and reflecting on the notion that when working with a team, we are only as strong as our weakest link.)