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


Gonna... take a minute, Not with it
Institution of myself got me down
Need a graduation from StagNation
Need get back that really good sound

Can you write a blog like you listen to a song
This has been a motivation 
An exaggeration, developing a deeper relation 
Write, delete, read, repeat.

Looking for a path, a way to reach past, do my part
A new purchase, a cddolphins sign was the start
Shady in the head now to direct the conversation
Life's been good to me so far....

Don't like the bar, limits me, feel against the combination
So far from my thought, meeting today went off the expectation
Protocol got me stressing, pause 5 to get my head back on tour jack
Just wish I could rap this out, in my voice, 25 year old confident, get that back  

Think my style is off, think my miles got me cancelled
Tense is past the time, Not doing the Over, looking for Under
Standing, where there is none needed, or deserved
Reserved for the worker, the honest contributor
Believer in me, never changed, but have to refocus the grind
Finding time to write again, to stay out of the Nation...

Over past 6-8 months felt like going Stag
Dancing, my own fiction, like lost best friend
Call it a funk, depression, blueprint for StagNation
Need to come up with it, need to challenge
Don't need another work concussion, BPM Big Sean
The moment 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 engagement relations
Same things go for administration, "It is safe" is not the road map
Pull Up, pump "compliance breaks", Lil Mosey Rapped drop the top

Back to the point, stop metaphor, which in itself is the hysteria
Difficult addressing the mystery, the reaction to StagNation
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, they are not so anxious
Take it positive, Trust "why" NF's advice, left out the "L"
Well, your behind, reminders my StagNation is other's innovation
Still not happy, therefore "forever problems" creep inside

This is definite fourth edit, welcome comment, need to get out
I sit here excited today about direction we thought.
The direction that is started, the places we've come
The overall delivery of the school we want, what we have left behind

Looking for a new degree, just want my thoughts 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, need to think.
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 be without constraints of my experiences
Free to be with background knowledges
Free to be without pre-requisites and past actions
Free to be without familiarity of normal
Free to go down any rabbit hole

Running from myself, as I find myself again
Rough copy, I share, fourth take
All copies are rough, that's what makes this tough
Never down, never settle, my nation needs better

From now until August, one blog, one thought
Growth is compare, creation to adaptation
To avoid further StagNation

One Blog.... All summer... My second challenge to my recovering school vlog.