My Quest To Teach

April 30, 2017




Girl Version 

by William Jackson
Twitter @wmjackson
Blogging #MyQuestToTeach

The recent summits for teen and young adults in Jacksonville
shows that the community understands the need for engagement
with young ladies and young men of this city and Northeast
To build leaders, strengthen community, encourage personal
self-esteem and the importance of applied educational knowledge
to help young ladies and young men build into leaders and
High schools; private, public and charter were represented
well by the participants that showed young people in Jacksonville
are among the best and brightest in the nation.
Both teen and young adult women and men need to understand the
value of applying their learning to potential careers and
future growth in economics, commerce, business, politics,
community services and as entrepreneurs that will run businesses
employing their peers.
Education is not just gained in school classrooms; networking
is a learned skill and having self-esteem, self-respect,
life goals and long term aspirations is vital.
The POWHERFUL and I CHOOSE BROTHERHOOD summits each empower
their unique audience of teens and young adults geared to
that audience. The diversity of attendance represents the
cultural diversity of Northeast Florida and that all cultures
are valuable and contibute to the success of our city.
Each summit had local and national influencers in a various
industries that draw local and national attention to issues
important to teens and young adults.
Summits like these touch on a broader audience and has
a ripple affect in teens and young adults becoming themselves
influencers and smart creatives in their community and schools.
The unique nature of each summit is that there were not gender
distractions. POWHERFUL was dedicated to young ladies and
I CHOOSE BROTHERHOOD dedicated to young men.
Jacksonville needs to continue to provide summits, workshops,
and conferences that focus on teens and young adult issues,
they cannot be ignored nor denied the constitutional rights
they are guaranteed of opportunities of speak and assembly.
Jacksonville is learning that issues are not settled by law
enforcement, laws, curfews or other legislative embargoes.
Children, youth, teens and young adults need interactive
engagement with the adults in their lives to talk about
the issues that are important to them.
As a parent, educator, mentor and community activist the best
results are gained by caring and showing that you do care about
young people by being engaged and active. Society can only be
best served when our children, teens and young adults know
that they can be seen and heard.

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April 28, 2017

STEAM and Discovering Bridges of Jacksonville

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 6:00 am

STEM Collaboration


STEAM and Discovering Bridges of Jacksonville
by William Jackson, Educator and STEAM Advocate

The ability to bring excitement and passion to children is
through hands on learning and integrating the use of video
in the instructional process. The implementation of hands
on learning along with interactive engagement and passion
allows students to retain information longer and apply to
other areas of knowledge.

We are in a knowledge based century with access to
information from dynamic sources, children need to be
taught to think on levels not prioritized in the past, but how
to solve the problems of the present an future. The same
issues that plague the world in various scales African
nations that are expanding technologically are seeing.
The main one is education, that is the key to not allowing
technological colonization where the citizens are left out
of educational and employment opportunities.

Children, youth and teens of today are dynamic learners
that require attention drawing excitement to encourage
participation and knowledge retention. The learning will come
as children work independently and collaboratively solving
problems. More African nations are realizing this as
they model their STEM and STEAM curriculums like the

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if  applied correctly can change the value of learning when
applied to relevancy and reality. STEAM and Discovering
Bridges of Jacksonville was a unique learning opportunity at
Tristian’s Accelerated Academy directed by Arlene Llyod,
educator and STEM advocate in Jacksonville, Florida.

Holding workshops the first and third Saturday of each month
for the past three years Mrs. Llyod has provided the community
with resources that excite learning and offer an interactive
opportunity for children of Jacksonville to be engaged and
excited about learning.

The session for Discovering Bridges of Jacksonville was
provided by William Jackson, educator, blogger, and STEAM
advocate himself involved the children elementary age
in the world of engineering and design. The students watched
and critiqued videos that shows the bridges (7) of Jacksonville,
the date they were built, who they were named after, the length
of each bridge and brief history

Knowledge connections where discussed as the importance
of bridges in connecting cities, communities and families. In
order for children to grasp the concepts and objectives they
must understand how to apply their  learning and why it is
important to them. This helps develop critical and higher order
thinking skills.  STEM teachers are transformative models of
change and growth for children because they must adapt and
integrate learning to cover multiple areas or should be.

Wm Jackson teaching

Business and industry leaders in all communities especially
African should take note of what students are learning in
STEAM classes around the world because these are the
future employees, innovators and creators. It is easier to
hire locally than import or outsource jobs to foreign countries.

During the workshop the children eventually were paired in
teams and provided building materials (manipulatives) and where
allowed to build their own bridges. The requirements where;
name their bridge, identify the surrounding environment, where
the bridge would take travelers, how long is the bridge and the
materials for its construction. Students are taught outside of a
book, the integration of multiple resources is necessary to
embrace multi-disciplinary learning that is deliberate and planned.

These criteria allow children to build their learning on a level that
allows them to retain important information and apply to their
levels of understanding and application. Diversifying the access
to information and resources helps each child to enable their
learning modality or how they learn. Each child is different in
the diversity of how they process information, how they apply
information and even how long they retain information.

STEM and STEAM allow for hands on learning that increases
the excitement and passion for learning in children.  The
integration of Science Technology Engineering and Math
is growing at phenomenal rates globally because of successes
by the growth in student test scores, the excitement to come to
school and the knowledge that there is something available for
the students that identify themselves as the Geeks, Nerds, Blerds
and Bleeks of schools.

“STEM innovation will open doors for students of color and culture.”
The future of STEM education | Roni Ellington | TEDxBaltimore


Africa Depends on STEM Education

What STEM Can Do for Education

STEM Motivational Video

Introduction to STEM | Elementary

Why Is STEM Important?

Interview – STEM and Kids

STEM and The Black Woman


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April 26, 2017

How Smart Are You About Jacksonville, Florida?

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 6:30 am

Asking questions


How Smart Are You About Jacksonville, Florida?
by William Jackson, @wmjackson Twitter

These are questions I ask the participants at
a recent STEAM and STEM workshop that I gave.
Most students know most of the answers, the
interaction is great in answering and continued
Take the time to try and answer these questions and
ask you children and family members.
Modify questions to your geographic location and community.

1. What city are we in?
Ans. Jacksonville
2. What river flows through our city?
Ans. St. Johns River
3. What is unique / different about our river
and the way if flows?
Ans. It flows North
4. What is our state capital?
Ans. Tallahassee
5. What is the nations capital?
Ans. Washington D.C.
6. What do the letters D.C. mean in our national capital?
Ans. District of Columbia
7. What body of water will you come to if you drive east?
Ans. Atlantic Ocean
8. What body of water will you come to if you drive
west for about 4 hours?
Ans. Gulf of Mexico
9. What body of water will you come to if you drive
west across country?
Ans. Pacific Ocean
10. Florida is what type of land mass?
11. What is the deepest part of the ocean called and
what ocean is it in?
Marians Trench – Pacific Ocean
12. What continent are we on?
North American
13. What three countries makeup our continent?
Canada United States Mexico
14. What country is attached to our south?
Ans. Mexico
15. What country is attached to our north?
16. What country is attached to our west?
17. How many bridges are in Jacksonville?
Ans. 7
18. What is special about the Blue Bridge in Jacksonville?
Ans. It goes up for water traffic
19. What is the oldest city in our state?
Ans. St. Augustine
20. Name the museums in Jacksonville by proper name?
21. Name the theaters in Jacksonville by proper name, not movies
but the theater?
Ans.Florida Theater and Ritz Theater Alhambra Dinner Theater
22. What road makes a complete circle around Jacksonville Florida?
Ans. I295
23. What southern city in Florida had a Renaissance
like the Harlem Renaissance?
Ans. Jacksonville
24. Where was James Weldon Johnson born?
What song did he and his brother write celebrating Blacks?
Ans.Jacksonville, Florida “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
25. Name three schools named after Black Civil Rights participants
or leaders?
James Weldon Johnson – Mary McCloud Bethune – Martin Luther King –
Carter G. Woodson
26. What road will take you from Jacksonville to
California if you drove?
Ans. I10
27. What road will take you from Jacksonville to Maine?
Ans. I95
28. What state is to the North of Florida?
Ans. Georgia
29. What state is to the West of Florida?
Ans. Alabama
30 What is the name of the area at the southern
part of Florida called?
Ans. Key West
31. Who was the first African American Mayor of Jacksonville Florida?
Ans. Alvin Brown
32. What do the letters NAACP stand for?
Ans. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
33. Name three Black authors that are from Jacksonville?
Ans. Marsha Dean Phelts, Rodney Hurst, Brenda Jackson
34. Who wrote “It Was Never About A Hotdog and a Coke?”
Ans. Rodney Hurst
35. Who wrote “American Beach for African Americans” and
lives at American Beach?
Ans. Marsha Dean Phelts
36. What author was a member of Duval County Public Schools, a
school board member and continues to write books?
Ans.Brenda Jackson
37. What African American male author books are named after a
type of bread and thousands of children love to read them?
Cornbread – Vincent Taylor
38. What do the letters HBCU mean?
Historic Black Colleges and Universities
39. What is the oldest HBCU in Florida?
Edward Waters College 1866
40. What do the letters STEM, STEAM, STREAM, CSTEAM, STEMsquared
Science Technology Engineering Math
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics
Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts Mathematics
Computers Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics and Medicine


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