#1: Being here today

There are many reasons that I find myself back in this room. About a year ago I was listening to a similar set of speakers talk about some very similar things. This time is different. I have been here before and done this but yet a lot of it still feels so new. I am back here today because I want more. I want to push my learning further and come back to how I like to learn. I am hoping to continue with the learning that we did last year. I am hoping to build upon the skills and knowledge that WTS have already provided me with. I am here for many reasons. I want to be the best that I can, as a learner, a student, and as a thinker. This course already has taught me so much and I can’t wait to see what else it has in store. I am here because WTS offers me things that other programs can’t. It offers me the ability to work with others who I know will work as hard as myself. It offers me the ability to think for myself and not have information pounded into my head. WTS has shown the way it makes learning easier and I am here to build of off that in any way I can.

I am the one who isn’t satisfied with good enough. I am the one who has set the bar for myself higher then what I think I can achieve. I have done this program once before and it changed how I see my learning. I am ready for another year. I am ready for another topic. I’m ready for whatever comes next. I am the one who is back for another year. I am the one who used to not care. Now I can look back at what I have done and be happy with what I have achieved. I am the one who likes to talk and likes to learn. I am the one who gets in my own way. My image is of a person talking, thats representative of me. The feelings that it causes and reasons that they occur are all on the card. I am the one who embraces the idea of talking and sharing ideas. That is how I like to work, with others, sharing ideas.

I wonder about how I can do better. I wonder about what it will look like to do it all again. I wonder what sort of products I will help create and what my topic might be. I wonder how I can improve and how I will fit into this program again. I wonder about what lies ahead and how I can make the best of it. I wonder how many classes I can take and then how I can take another. I wonder how I can get out of my comfort zone. I wonder if I even still have one when it comes to learning.

Brennan Bordonaro

3 Responses to “#1: Being here today

  • Tom McKenna
    4 years ago

    Dear Brennan,

    I’m Tom McKenna, an elementary school principal in Juneau, Alaska, and a communications helper with the Bread Loaf Teacher Network. I’m interested in your work in “What’s the Story?” and especially interested to learn that you’re a returning student, writer, researcher, thinker, and innovator. It’s great to read your reflections about looking for more from yourself and the course processes in this next round. Please lean on me as a thinking partner. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from and with you!

    Best,
    Tom

    • Tom McKenna
      4 years ago

      Dear Brennan,
      Very sorry about the typo on the spelling of your name. I don’t see a way to get back in and edit!
      Best,
      Tom

  • Bob Uhl
    4 years ago

    Glad to have you back for another year, Brennan! The impression I get from this first of your entries is of a deeply reflective mind and a determination to challenge yourself. You’re definitely in the right place. it’s good to know your experience with WTS last year left you with the desire to return. Time remains to settle on a topic. I will say that several others have mentioned the drug problem in Vermont, specifically with opiate abuse. Should you decide to pursue this issue, you’ll likely have company. Whatever topic you choose, though, don’t hesitate to reach out for help or to bounce around some ideas. I look forward to working with you!

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