Thursday, October 26, 2017

When I find you. I always knew.

I wrote "When I Find You" circa 2005. I wrote looking into the future with hope. In 2012 I met my wife. We've been married for 5 years now. A couple of years ago I stumbled upon "I Always Knew" When I read it to my wife the present, the past and the future became one thanks to the love that brought us together. Enjoy.

When I Find You

When I find you...

I am going to make you a necklace with my whispers

I am going to write you a poem with my dreams

I am going to hold your hand with my hopes

I am going to embrace you with my shadow

Together we will discover a new world

A world where the sky is green and the grass is blue

A world where everything is possible

A world where problems are lessons

A world where waking up is the best time of the day

because a new day is a new opportunity

to laugh, to forgive,

to grow, to smile, to love

To walk barefoot on the grass

To enjoy our favorite ice cream

To watch children play

To listen to our favorite band

To learn from an old person

To smell a jasmine

To drink a sunset

To say a prayer

To thank our parents

for bringing us into this amazing world

To praise God our Father for this adventure we call life

this is the world that I want to explore with you

A world where going to sleep

is more than resting

because sleeping is a new opportunity

                                               to dream

to dream of the day I meet you

to dream of the day that I finally find you

because when I find you...

I am going to make you a necklace with my whispers

I am going to write you a poem with my dreams

I am going to embrace you with my shadow

I am going to make you a necklace with my whispers

Mario Arana

I Always Knew

I always knew

that you would find me,

no clock needed to remind

me that it would happen.

I planned on it, worked it out

hid in plain sight every day

knowing you would pass,

that way or this, come along,

go by, pause in moving to

here or somewhere; near or

far it did not matter. You

              would arrive.

It kept the heart

alive and thriving in the clatter

of times' travel to know

that you would turn and see me

then not turn away. You here

or coming, unraveling the puzzle,

kept me whole and safe

and driving on toward this day.

When the evenings, like forever,

started fleeting, going fast

I could see you at some distance

disappearing in the mist.

In the mass of fondled faces

one imagines in a lifetime

yours was there just out of grasp.

As you fluttered in my future,

fled throughout my lifelong past

I expected every spring to bring you

to my arms, to my side. When

the autumns started coming thick

and firm and fast, I never once

gave up believing you'd arrive

with winters passing, you would

be here as the moon fell.

As the sun rose we would clasp

hands at first, then bodies closing

up that awful gap that life without

a life long partner leaves between

the noon and night line. Did I

falter in my faith? Once or twice

perhaps, but never long enough

to leave you languishing in some

dream that wasn't mine. Because

I always knew that you would

find me, I never sent out distress

signals, never tapped out SOS.

I was blessed

with growing knowledge, something

whispered do not worry, it will

happen, it's been planned. Nothing

here is happenstance. Do not hurry.

Do not pause to catch your breath.

So it was I always knew

Now and then I leapt to heaven

on another's stroke or kiss, lent

to me to keep me going in this

sure direction. Afterward the same

affection that I saved, assigned to you

only grew. I always knew that you

would find me and so I did not

bother scrawling each and every

new address on cloud or curb stone.

Why? I was waiting, you knew the rest.

A nocturne for The King of Naples,

A serenade or two for those who

got me through some fearful midnights.

Sonatas for some faces time erases but

does not forget. A double wind concerto

for the wind itself; it could have blown

me anywhere, but wouldn't, didn't. I

dropped some songs along the way in

laps of strangers, even laps I knew. But

this music you see spread around you

these notes and half notes, planted long

ago, that grew and grew was/were saved,

because I always knew that you would

find me and help me with the harvest.

The strongholds, the havens that

proved weak and wanting, lessons

learned, prizes earned, not always

given. Paths I paved, paths unpaved.

The rest of what I have to offer, little

things this life's amassed; for you,

for you, it was for you I saved

                               the best for last.

Rod McKuen

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

50 Inspiring Teaching Quotes

“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child." -George Bernard Shaw

“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre." -Gail Goldwin

“A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils." -Ever Garrison

“Before any great things are accomplished, a memorable change must be made in the system of education…to raise the lower ranks of society nearer to the higher." -John Adams

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." -Socrates

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people." -Chinese Proverb

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul." -Joseph Addison

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace." -Confucius

“Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults." -Abraham Lincoln

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." -Rita Pierson

“If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around." -Jim Rohn

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." -William A. Ward

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." -John Dewey

“A mind when stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions." -Anonymous

“Education is not filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." -William Butler Yeats

“The best way to predict your future is to create it." -Abraham Lincoln

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." -Margaret Mead

“Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding." -William Arthur Ward

“The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done." -Jean Piaget

“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.' -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." -B.F. Skinner

“There is no friend as loyal as a book." -Ernest Hemingway

“Do you know the secret of the true scholar? In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him; and in that I am his pupil." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give." -Maya Angelou

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener." -Robert Frost

“Don’t just teach your kids to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything!"-George Carlin

“A child mis-educated is a child lost." -John F. Kennedy

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -Mahatma Gandhi

“What we learn with pleasure we never forget." -Alfred Mercier

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." -B.B. King

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher" -Japanese Proverb

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." -Albert Einstein

“The hardest thing to teach is how to care." -Unknown

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

"Ask questions. Question answers." -Unknown

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever." -Walt Disney

“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit." -Mary Lou Retton

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." -Veronica A. Shoffstall

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." -Dr. Seuss

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives." -Clay P. Bedford

“Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long… We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." -Walt Disney

“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time." -Chinese Proverb

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

“Once you have learned to ask questions – relevant and appropriate and substantial questions – you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning whatever you want or need to know." -Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship." -Aeschylus

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

25 Simple Ways To Develop A Growth Mindset

25 Simple Ways To Develop A Growth Mindset

1. Acknowledge and embrace imperfections.
Hiding from your weaknesses means you’ll never overcome them.
2. View challenges as opportunities.
Having a growth mindset means relishing opportunities for self-improvement.
3. Try different learning tactics.
There’s no one-size-fits-all model for learning. What works for one person may not work for you.
4. Follow the research on brain plasticity.
The brain isn’t fixed; the mind shouldn’t be either.
5. Replace the word “failing” with the word “learning.”
When you make a mistake or fall short of a goal, you haven’t failed; you’ve learned.
6. Stop seeking approval.
When you prioritize approval over learning, you sacrifice your own potential for growth.
7. Value the process over the end result.
Intelligent people enjoy the learning process, and don’t mind when it continues beyond an expected time frame.
8. Cultivate a sense of purpose.
Dweck’s research also showed that students with a growth mindset had a greater sense of purpose. Keep the big picture in mind.
9. Celebrate growth with others.
If you truly appreciate growth, you’ll want to share your progress with others.
10. Emphasize growth over speed.
Learning fast isn’t the same as learning well, and learning well sometimes requires allowing time for mistakes.

11. Reward actions, not traits.
Tell students when they’re doing something smart, not just being smart.
12. Redefine “genius.”
The myth’s been busted: genius requires hard work, not talent alone.
13. Portray criticism as positive.
You don’t have to use that hackneyed term, “constructive criticism,” but you do have to believe in the concept.
14. Disassociate improvement from failure.
Stop assuming that “room for improvement” translates into failure.
15. Provide regular opportunities for reflection.
Let students reflect on their learning at least once a day.
16. Place effort before talent.
Hard work should always be rewarded before inherent skill.
17. Highlight the relationship between learning and “brain training.”
The brain is like a muscle that needs to be worked out, just like the body.
18. Cultivate grit.
Students with that extra bit of determination will be more likely to seek approval from themselves rather than others.
19. Abandon the image.
“Naturally smart” sounds just about as believable as “spontaneous generation.” You won’t achieve the image if you’re not ready for the work.
20. Use the word “yet.”
Dweck says “not yet” has become one of her favorite phrases. Whenever you see students struggling with a task, just tell them they haven’t mastered it yet.

21. Learn from other people’s mistakes.
It’s not always wise to compare yourself to others, but it is important to realize that humans share the same weaknesses.
22. Make a new goal for every goal accomplished.
You’ll never be done learning. Just because your midterm exam is over doesn’t mean you should stop being interested in a subject. Growth-minded people know how to constantly create new goals to keep themselves stimulated.
23. Take risks in the company of others.
Stop trying to save face all the time and just let yourself goof up now and then. It will make it easier to take risks in the future.
24. Think realistically about time and effort.
It takes time to learn. Don’t expect to master every topic under the sun in one sitting.
25. Take ownership over your attitude.
Once you develop a growth mindset, own it. Acknowledge yourself as someone who possesses a growth mentality and be proud to let it guide you throughout your educational career.  
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ode to Thanks. Oda a las Gracias.

Ode to Thanks
by Pablo Neruda

Thanks to the word that says thanks!
Thanks to thanks,
that melts
iron and snow!

The world is a threatening place
makes the rounds
from one pair of lips to another,
soft as a bright
and sweet as a petal of sugar,
filling the mouth with its sound
or else a mumbled
Life becomes human again:
it’s no longer an open window.
A bit of brightness
strikes into the forest,
and we can sing again beneath the leaves.
Thanks, you’re the medicine we take
to save us from
the bite of scorn.
Your light brightens the altar of harshness.

Or maybe
a tapestry
to far distant peoples.
fan out
into the wilds,
and in the jungle
of strangers,
rings out
while the hustling train
changes countries,
sweeping away borders,
then spasibo
clinging to pointy
volcanoes, to fire and freezing cold,
or danke, yes! and gracias, and
the world turns into a table:
a single word has wiped it clean,
plates and glasses gleam,
silverware tinkles,
and the tablecloth is as broad as a plain.

Thank you, thanks,
for going out and returning,
for rising up
and settling down.
We know, thanks,
that you don’t fill every space-
you’re only a word-
where your little petal
the daggers of pride hide,

and smiles shiny like pennies appear.

Oda a las Gracias 
Pablo Neruda

Gracias a la palabra
que agradece,
gracias a gracias
cuanto esta palabra
derrite nieve o hierro.

El mundo parecía amenazante
hasta que suave
como pluma
o dulce como pétalo de azúcar,
de labio en labio
grandes a plena boca
o susurrantes,
apenas murmuradas,
y el ser volvió a ser hombre
y no ventana,
alguna claridad
entró en el bosque.
fue posible cantar bajo las hojas.
Gracias, eres la píldora
los óxidos cortantes del desprecio,
la luz contra el altar de la dureza.

Tal vez
también tapiz
entre los más distantes hombres
Los pasajeros
se diseminaron
en la naturaleza
y entonces
en la selva
de los desconocidos,
mientras el tren frenético
cambia de patria,
borra las fronteras,
junto a los puntiagudos
volcanes, frío y fuego,
thanks, sí, gracias, y entonces
se transforma la tierra en una mesa.
una palabra la limpió,
brillan platos y copas,
suenan los tenedores
y parecen manteles las llanuras.

Gracias, gracias,
que viajes y que vuelvas,
que subas
y que bajes.
Está entendido, no
lo llenas todo,
palabra gracias,
donde aparece
tu pétalo pequeño
se esconden los puñales del orgullo,

y aparece un centavo de sonrisa.