It was my pleasure and honor to speak with Tammy and Umair about Turnaround School Practices.
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“It’s a calling on us as educators to ensure that our students, families and communities are literate and they have the ability to get great jobs and realise their dreams so they can in turn help build their own communities. I interacted with students at the University of Johannesburg and I found that they were passionate about social justice, about equality and being part of a greater community. They spoke about how to access high quality education.”
Please check out this article I was quoted in during my visit with the U.S. Consulate in South Africa:
Enjoy Henry Seton's first episode of the Extraordinary Educator, which features Craig Martin, an award-winning teacher and principal of color from New Orleans who speaks with incredible wisdom, humor, and spirituality. Link here.
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I don't want anyone to live with the idea that this shit is easy. I do not LOVE going to the gym. For me, it's a matter of lifestyle and survival. In my head I have a pretty solid image of who I want to be. However, the work getting there starts from the moment you wake up.
Hiring a trainer was and is integral to the process. Form, Fit, and Accountability are hugely important to actualizing any goals you set for yourself.
Over the last year, I have been following a few guys who are in varied spaces in their journey. Each offers something different that I believe I need to garner a better regard for the PROCESS. I need this as reference points to how to complete certain exercise and dietary needs appropriately.
@brixfitness--From Fat to Fitness God
@ From Fat to Fitness God
I have no plan to become a bodybuilder. What I plan to do is build/shape this body to a place I want to enjoy for me.
My current goals are simple:
1. Get stronger (quantifiably... I haven't set any goals on what that looks like yet)
2. Reduce my man breasts aka moobs down to maybe a B cup.
3. Reduce my tummy to the point I can see the beginning of a V if I flex and that it's more solid and not jelly donut-ish.
Here is My Top Tips for those Beginning their Own Perpetual Beastmode Body Campaign:
Take Photos throughout the Journey.
I take nudes to keep myself honest.
I take photos and video in the gym to keep me accountable and check my form. I ask myself. Am I improving with form, reps, and timing?
I post content via social media because I enjoy attention and the feedback (being honest).
1. Lean proteins, veggies, and fruit are part of my day to day at least 2 out of 4 meals.
2. I add lemon or lime juice to my water to give it something extra because I don't enjoy drinking water by itself.
3. Protein shakes are necessary substitutes for snacking. I look for shakes with minimal sugars and high proteins since I lift and am still a foodie.
4. I have tried some BCAAs for a boost of energy. I also had a 1/4 of a tablespoon of creatine to launch the healing process post workout. I generally mix them together in my pre and post workout shakes. I have not experienced jitters or anything. Been on them for 5 weeks. Time will tell. I experience some energy boosts. But my lack of sleep and robust professional life wear at me.
1. I get on the scale once a week, maybe.
2. I consider that now that I am weight lifting that my body is building muscle and the scale may be discouraging if the numbers aren't going down.
3. Diet matters. You cannot expect the weight to come down if you are not minimizing calories.
4. I do enjoy cheat meals. However, I have learned in the last 3 months that my cheat meals will probably be more asian fanfare (egg noodles, ramen, etc.) because I hate the fact that I burn calories and kill it in the gym and then have a subpar cheat meal. I have had more than I want to name.
5. I have a whiteboard I use to Chronicle my weights. It's helpful. I also include am and PM. It's good to determine how your body is processing and releasing toxins and such. The scale is quite the trickster. I have learned not to scale myself after showers or workouts. Again...this is how my body is responding. Yours may be more kind to you. Lol!
Remember it is a Journey
Be kind to yourself. You will have successes and hit benchmarks. However, you will hit the wall--Hard--and ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?" Nothing great happens overnight. It's a slow brew. But its savory and worth it. Focus on your growth.
When I started, I could plank for 20 seconds and do about 6 pushups in a minute. Now, I can plank for about 45 to 60 seconds without issue and about 15 to 25 pushups in a minute.
Fail often. Fail forward. Continue to ask yourself: "What did I learn about myself when I did this?"
DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS IN THE GYM.
DO NOT CONPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS IN THE GYM.
DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS IN THE GYM.
Some folks have been doing this for yeaaaaaaars! They have a drive, a routine, and a body narrative that you must experience for yourself. You cant get an 8 pack in 2 weeks all because you did 10,000 situps and 8,000 pushups. It doesn't work that way.
The moment you have challenged yourself to do better than someone else there...you have set yourself up for danger! I have tried this and almost killed myself because I thought I was Big and Bad and my body and mind were at war with what I set myself up to do. 99% of the time...folks ain't thinking about u. They don't even notice you unless they want to.... And if that is what you want...cool.
For me...its flattering but It is not getting me closer to my goals. Actually, I lose gains because i make it about the fantasy versus my own reality (which is a blog entry in itself).
I look forward to sharing more about my journey as I go. It's all a process. I hope you stay along for the ride.
Can you believe it's harder today to find a date than it was 100lbs ago?
One would think with all of this da'hk chocolate decadence that my dating card would be filling out real nicely. However, there is much I am learning about myself as a sophisticated and sexy single in 2018.
Today, I find myself enthralled with pivoting from wrangling the 26+ year old cerebral weight of being obese and undesirable to a newly developed reality--that I am amazing in the skin that I am in. After tens of hundreds of rejections personally and indirectly for being BIG and BLACK--I find myself comfortably positioned to create my own narrative of who I see in the mirror on the day to day.
Hitting the gym 4 to 8 times a week has finally become a norm. Checking myself out in the mirror has become a new Love. And embracing this experience as part of my new normal makes me feel all ooey and gooey inside. I don't always like every aspect of who I am--but I dayum sure Love the Man I have become. I am not all shredded nor is that my goal. However, I am stronger and better for remaining committed to a more active lifestyle.
In 2008, I was beyond 300lbs. I had traveled over 20 states, 3 countries, and served as a speaker and/or workshop presenter/facilitator at almost 50 conferences/summits while personally engaging with almost 5,000 people.
In 2018, I am teetering at about 240. It is my second time chasing the 220s and it feels good. Passport stamps for 10 countries, 4 continents, and 30+ states ignite my curiosity for more. I have presented or spoken to approximately 50,000 or more people over the last 25 years and there's more to go.
This blog is really more about me. I wrote this entry for me to remind me down the line that I am a Man of Value and Valor. My value does not lie within the confines of the scale. It is defined by how I scale my actions to what I am designed to do and who I am designed to be.
Whatever you decide with this journey, keep these nuggets in mind:
Hopefully this helps at least one more soul. For what it's worth--my new-ish body is looking kinda DOPE these days.... EnJOY!
Here are a few tools I use to support the teacher development process at the MJP:1. MJP Educator Evaluation Letter outlining my expectations for observation, feedback, and artifacts. I lean heavily on data action plans as the 1 artifact I evaluate progress/performance on (which we work on together throughout the year). Check in with me on how I do so.
2. MJP Educator Evaluation Deck by Craig Martin
3. MJP Observation & Feedback Google Tool inspired by Ben Helfat’s Transformational Leadership Presentation.
If you are spending more time flipping through Expeditionary Learning, Focus, EngageNy, or Sadlier curriculum materials than you are unpacking the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks--you are probably starting off your planning on the wrong foot. John King, Former Secretary of Education, posits that exemplary schools “are on the cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices—professional learning communities, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, positive behavior systems...” Here the steps to getting us on the right path to #Excellence:
1. Decoding the Standard
Using tools like Achieve the Core, the Common Core Companion Guide, Illustrative Mathematics, will aid us in unpacking the demand, rigor, and expectation of our standards. We must ensure we are first understanding what we must model for students how we wish them to adopt and apply the learning.
2. Determine how students will demonstrate mastery of the standards based
A) What will serve as the medium for students’ demonstrating mastery of the learning target? Exit Tickets? Project? Simulation? Constructed Response? Flipgrid? Etc.
B) What criteria will serve as the exemplar for what you are looking for? Is it clear? Is it rubric or rules based? Did you present and unpack the criteria prior to launching your lesson/unit of study?
3) Plan the Work. Work the Plan.
A) Materials (including Exemplar of Independent Practice)
B) Pacing (use a timer/set time stamps)
C) Rigor (Depths of Knowledge)
D) Differentiation (Resources by Edutopia)
Guiding Questions to Plan For:
Sample Data Tracker
Sample Skills Data Tracker
Data Tracking Guidance
Based Upon What You See Here, Can you Tell What I Value?