“Eighty percent of success is showing up”

-Woody Allen

Like most people going back to school, I’m incredibly busy trying to balance my personal life, my career, my student life, my mental, physical and my spiritual well being.  I do know that it is impossible to try and give an equal balance to all those areas in my life.   But with some effective time management, patience and commitment one can find time for them.

One of the things that I do to keep my personal panic demons from paralyzing me and stopping me from doing any type of work is I ride my bike. In fact my bike is my pretty much my sole means of transportation in San Francisco; yes the hills are intimidating or impossible and yes I do almost get hit everyday by an automobile.  But what I do get while riding my bike is a time of clarity to work out my up coming projects, check in with myself over my interactions throughout the day with others and finally I get the beauty of San Francisco: from it’s gothic industrial Dogpatch to the buffalos in Golden Gate Park.

I do have some apprehension to my upcoming class load and my work schedule. I’m really new to online classes and online teamwork.  I’ve already learned that I can’t keep everything on my laptop’s screen or desktop. I’m a very physical learner and what I’ve been doing lately is keeping paper notes in a notebook and writing a paper schedule of what needs to be done in it also.  On my laptop I’ve also created a folder on my desktop for SJSU stuff and one for the class. Right now I’m checking the class on Angel on a daily basis and I’m sure that will continue to be the case since in the fall I’m going back to subbing, teaching guitar, gigging (my weekends in September are booked!) and hopefully spoiling my girlfriend.

I really liked both lectures a lot. I did feel that they both reiterated what the other was saying but still offered some new perspectives on the subject of teamwork.  In my personal life, I’ve been in bands for close to twenty years. While listening to, and reading, Dr. Haycocks and Prof. Erwin’s lectures I kept thinking that this is what I’ve been doing for years with my bands. I’ve seen all of those behaviors in rehearsals and in band meetings. I’ve seen players become really stubborn about their ideas and than retreat into silence when they don’t get their way.  I’ve also seen how with proper communication, preparation and with people showing up on time a synergy is developed among the players which allows more work to be done at a quicker pace.

Also, one could easily relate the team stages with being in a band.  Bands form than storm ideas for songs.  Than, they move to the next stage of working out the kinks in the ideas by co-operating and in most cases they go on and perform them. If they are lucky the group gets some sort of response and people come back for more shows in the future.

As a substitute teacher one aspect of my job is helping kids with their projects. Often I’ll be asked to moderate, i.e. act as a team leader, for a group to help them assess where they are in their projects, move group through stages, and to make sure that the students are speaking to each other with respect.  I’m fully aware that there is a difference in working face to face with a group of children and being on Elluminate with some adults; but I do believe that like Prof. Erwin says with practice, some sense of courtesy and just showing up, I can over come the online collaboration hurdle.