Monday, July 30, 2018

The Wave

You can't deny it, it is coming, you are 10 feet out
No way back, no turn around, no chance to get out
Without confidence you jump, ride it, get knock down
Dive in, really no choice, swim or tumble, you're in
Mind is numb, one thought, keep low, turbulence
Excepting, really feeling, your a cog in the wheel
Movement not circumspect, except by those on shore
Needing more, pushing the limits, feeling the next
They come in sets, three to maybe four, the after
The laughter, the joy in breath
The joy in teasing the depth
Pop up, no stop, here comes another
Check your brother, your other
Eyes open, clearer than ever
Funny came to me from 2600 up sea level
Top of the mountain, thinking waves forever
Bring the challenge, bring the objection
Tossing me, acquaintance, water is the learning
From here I see free, I see our means
Meaning focus is the key, the only direction
The Power of We.
Gonna push the limits this year
We are near, just do it without fear
Got your back, look forward
No coward, can't miss, we got this!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Organization of ideas... With a given planner

Sometimes you are presented with a new tool, a new way to do something, framework, or organizer that you must use.  It is the movement, different than what you are used to, but this is not optional, so you must figure out how to use it.  There are a few different paths one can take.  Choose wisely:

Path 1 - Complain, stare, ask questions or make comments like; "what is the point of this?"  "How is this going to help me?"  "This makes no sense, it is too much, and this will never work"

Path 2- Become completely overwhelmed and push it on to someone else.  This might involve you staring at it and working individually for a minute, but in the end just basically spinning your wheels.

Path 3 - (My chosen path) Starts like path 1 and path 2.  You become overwhelmed, want to say many things, stare for no more than 5 minutes and realize...

Find a partner or 2, not to work with, but to talk out loud too.  They don't necessarily need to respond, facilitate, question, or anything.  They are just there to hear you and you hear them.  I did use the word hear on purpose.  They are not really listening, which is totally fine and the point.  This is so you don't sound ridiculous or seem uncomfortable talking out loud to yourself.

You point and click, go back and forth, maybe complain a little to your partner about the length, the format, wishing it were printed up, etc.  Although most of your complaining would not really help, it does make you feel good for a moment.

You look at a provided sample which gives a little insight.  You look at suggested "evidence" or other sentence starters to give you another push.  You type a word on this page, a sentence on that, totally not connected, which at this point is still fine.  You say out loud to now partners, "what about this!"  They hear you, nod with a smile or say in some sort of way, "sure... go for it".

Two minutes later you have settled on one idea, one thing to get you going, but what you have really done is created a path to move forward.  An idea builds an idea, builds an idea.

You then find a facilitator of this work and you spit out over a 2-4 minute dialogue from start to finish about what you are thinking, how it might work together, and how you will set it up.  You are definitive, THIS IS THE WAY, THE ONLY WAY, there is no deviation in your voice from this!

Pardon my love for analogies below:

Then the facilitator asks 2-3 questions for clarification.... *poof* and you are... REALING... 

You are knocked upside your head... not down and out, but definitely woozy.  You hear the bell! Thank goodness... Your glad because you immediately needed that wake up jab.  It reminded you that this was going to go all 12 rounds, but you are prepared. You have done so much training, you want to push yourself.   

You don't think about it for the next 8-10 hours.  You wake up early and in your head is the outline of the perfect plan of action to use.  You think it will help get all your "ideas" that were grown from a different space (multiple meetings before this one with stakeholders) to fit into a new framework you are given.

The framework is not going to stop you from doing anything, but allow you to not worry about how and where you are going to store all your information.

Besides, that was the problem that your meeting with the stakeholders produced anyways.  You have posters and posters of sharpie and not much more.  Stakeholder meetings are great at creating ideas, not so great at organizing them.  That is done individually or in small groups to be tweaked by a larger group once a strong rough copy is done.

I choose path 3, it allows for me to be human, blame people for giving me more work (HA), and some processing time.  All the while still working next to colleagues and getting a good start on how to organize "ideas" to move forward with plans.  Plans are what we aim to start any school year with.  From plans come monitoring, observing, and feedback with eventual growth.  The evaluation should then be a celebration of the work, not a damnation of the situation. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

StagNation - 8th edition

Take a minute, Not with it
Got me down, way up, graduate
No need to negotiate
Interpret, getting back 
Love lost, found it late

Can you write, blog, song sing
Karaoke rotation, what is your motivation
An exaggeration,  deeper relation 
Write, delete, read, repeat, reguritation

Looking for a path, a way to reach past, do my part
Shady in the head, direct conversation
Life's been good to me.... an alliteration 
The Ringer to Fall into Spotify relation

It seems so far, limits me, feel against the combination
So far from my thought, meetings off expectation
Protocol got me stressing, pause 5 my recommendation 
In my voice, fight back confusion and apprehension 

Think my style is off
Black white to woke right now
Don't do the now to wow right now
Disavow, style is off right now

Standing, none needed, or deserved
Reserved worker, honest contributor
Believer, never changed, but have to refocus 
Find time to write again
Stay out of the notice Nation... 

Miles got me cancelled
Dancing, my own fiction, like lost best friend
Call it a funk, depression, blueprint 
Need to come up, need to challenge
Work concussion, Pardison consumption
Moment of bobbing interior, Poppin, Thinking
Creating, even if nothing, to jump start incarnation

Manifestation Determination needs to be a "RAP" declaration
Education got us determining to undermine engagements
Same things, administration, "It is safe" not your turn
Relative democracy, context classroom, content news stations
Space open, closed circle sharing, bring opposite relations

Back to the point, stop metaphor, which in itself is hysteria
Addressing mystery, the reaction to Stagnate initiation
Make it ridiculous, make the goal the "moon"
Lie, quiet.... Most ideas come to you at 5:00am in your room.
Go with it, trust the voice, stop thinking, not so anxious
Neal down, not me, Well, your behind
Reminders my StagNation is other's innovation

Eighth edit here, rest were read with tone
Direction that is started, things we've done
Excited today about direction we thought 
Onward, forward, forth, the thesaurus I got 

Looking for a new degree, my mind to be free
Uncomfortable moments, awkward joke, not planned trip
Slip of the tongue, forgiven I think, I thank you
This one's for me, to get me out, summer hours
Release of the responsibility, needs to shout
Need to know why synonyms for "free" are sorry
While synonyms for "innovation" are glory grand

The idea of "free" itself is what I want from me
Free to not think in terms of me
Free to think as we are we
Me for me, see destiny, or path is clean
Freestyle, not me, wish is different than need
Running from myself, as I find myself again
Rough copy, I share, eighth take
Want rap, this mistake
All copies are rough, that's what makes this tough
Never down, never settle, my nation needs...
Better and better, my uncle's motto, from construction

From now until forever, one blog, one thought
Growth is compare, creation to adaptation
Trying to keep balance with consumption
To avoid further StagNation

I SO WISH I COULD rap this.... I am working on it.

One Blog.... All forever... My forever challenge to my life at this moment as a hobby to master.  I want to Rap these lyrics.  I am not ready... I am not a rapper. But I am a competitor.  It may take 10 years, but I will get this....

 "Fall" -  Eminem if interested in my BPM for this take... It is a Censorship Warning! 

Still not happy, irked, therefore "forever problems" lurk - HAHA!