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As a requirement of the "Administration of the Elementary School Curriculum" course at the University of Northern Iowa, I began a journal of my perceptions and attitudes about becoming an elementary principal. A recurring theme in that journal was that of focus. Of particular interest to me was the difference between focusing on positive possibilities rather than negative dead ends. One thing of which I am aware is that I find myself repeating in many different ways and in many different situations the idea of doing the very best I can with what I have, and not complaining about what I don't have or can't control. Other related ideas in the journal deal with using the correct tool for the job, whether it's a work of art or a teaching strategy.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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James L. Doud


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