Deadline Safari

Rice STEMscopes S: It’s been one year since the last big deadline. Each deadline has gotten progressively more complex and exhausting than the one before it.  The first, February 25, 2011, was for the Biology Pilot.  The next, April 29, 2011, was for the Middle School Matter and Energy Scopes.  Then, on October 31, 2011, the rewritten Biology Scopes were due, followed by the Chemistry and Physics Scopes on April 19, 2012.  That one about did me in.  But then we began the most intense year of my life for Proclamation 2014: all six secondary grades, tested, re-written, and reformatted for posting on a new web platform, by April 19, 2013.

A: I was blind to the consequences of such hard work at the time, but I had such a vision to contribute to this amazing program.  I went from 7 writers to 75 contractors in 2 years.  I’d like to say that as I’ve reflected on this last year, I see poise.  Instead, I see the abrupt transitions as we ramped up for the next big deadline; all twelve grades of new curriculum for the Next Generation Science Standards with our new IDEA model and the complete state edition ready for districts in Texas, on the same day (July 15, 2014).

F: Why do they call these things deadlines?  Life still continues after them…

A: To have hindsight and foresight has hurt me and benefitted me.  Reflection is great practice for any teacher and professional.  Personally, I find it painful but necessary.  My foresight is to blame for several improvements to our growing systems in production.  I can’t always say I have the same skills at life, but I suppose above all, the experience of meeting deadlines has taught me about living.

R: Coincidentally, schools begin their official access via Proclamation 2014 now.  Two years since it all began.  According to Wally Lamb’s ‘We Are Water’, coincidences are just God’s way of remaining anonymous.  Where these coincidences take me next, I do not know, but I see there is no end in sight.

I: Marquez’s Aureliano Babilonia struggled with such foresight, finding his end was “unrepeatable, since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth.”

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