My Quest To Teach

August 16, 2017

Thoughts for Male Teachers in the New School Year

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 6:45 am



Current and future educators attending Florida Blogging and Technology Conference

Thoughts for Male Teachers in the New School Year
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Public and Higher Education Educator
Teacher of the Year 2014 – 2015 Venetia Elementary
#VESOMA Venetia Elementary School of Medical Arts
#MyQuestToTeach on Google

As the new school year begins there are so many duties that a
teacher must perform, for male teachers the mental preparation
is important.
Teaching over 25 years and seeing other male teachers excel and
some meet with difficulty I hope these reminders / suggestions
help male teachers have a great year.

1. Keep your eyes to yourself. The eyes are the windows to the
spirit. Your not trying to impress any kids mom just because she
may be cute or attractive. Remember the mission of your
profession. To many male educators get distracted by a smile,
a flirt, a handshake, a seemingly innocent hug. Be a professional
2. Your not trying to be a substitute daddy, sugar daddy,
surrogate daddy or potential daddy. Focus on what your trained
to do and be, a professional educator. As a male professional
you have to set boundaries and not overstep them and not allow
others to disregard them. Your boundaries are for your protection.
If you break these you run the risk of loosing your credibility,
reputation and Brand as a professional.
3. Don’t get in the habit of telling your personal business
to students to share at their house. Students want to know as
much as they can about their teachers this is natural for children
to make connections. Teachers should build relationships, they
should be in the proper context of always being a professional
and as an adult. As a teacher you’re not their friend nor their
substitute parent.
4. A school is not your personal dating pool for conquests
and booty calls. Temptation is a dangerous thing and so is
the attraction of others when you do not have the correct mind
set. Relationships with parents and even other teachers and
administrators have boundaries, as male educator keep your
distance and your hormones in check.
5. Male administrators are always under the microscope
and being watched. Too many times they are categorized, labeled,
stereotyped and even judeged before the first day of the school
year. They must remain focused and mission driven.
6. Always be professional in your dress, actions, behaviors
and interaction with teachers, students, parents and the
community. Do not get in the habit of allowing others to call
you by your first name (this is my opinion). That may open
doors for students, parents and even educational peers
to over step personal and professional boundaries of respect.
7. You’re not Black Panther, Luke Cage, Captain America,
Iron Man. You are not there to save the world, you profession
is to educate. Do not take on someone elses burdens or social
challenges. Use the community resources to refer for help.
The best way to help others is to empower them with information
to help themselves.
8. Do not put yourself in a position of people questioning your
intentions as an educator. Never talk to students, parents and
even other teachers alone with the door closed. If you think
meetings maybe uncomfortable take it to administration first.
9. Have a caring, genuine and a listening ear to others, but do
not get caught up trying to be someones savior.
10. Manage your money, finances and pay your bills on time.
If you have a teachers union use their resources because you
are paying for them with your dues.
11. Surround yourself with a good support system of veteran
teachers. Have a mentor that will guide you and provide honest
ideas and suggestions for professional improvement and stability.
12. Consider joining the teachers union there are benefits
that help you grow professionally and personally.
13. Start investing early for future retirement and higher
educational degrees.
14. Always seek professional development opportunities that
build your strengths and address your weaknesses.
15. Each paycheck should have a purpose and a plan.
16. Your not a taxi service, do not volunteer to pickup
another teachers child / children unless there is a
understanding of behavior and length of time to do this.
17. If you do not want your personal business spread all
over the school, city, commumnity do not friend students
and other teachers on Social Media. Social Media can kill
your professional reputation.
18. When you go out on the weekend remember someone
may be watching your behavior and actions. No one cares
that your a grown “A” man or a grown “A” woman, you’re
teaching children and your actions can be perceived differently.
19. Be careful of your associations, collaborations,
assimulations, and other “isms” that may influence your
performance in the classroom.
20. Have a good foundation in ministry at your place of
worship with prayer, praise and biblical teachings, but
do not share this with students. You may connect with
teachers with similar doctrines but keep school and church
21. If possible get to work 20 minutes early to alleviate
rushing and forgotten duties and responsibilties.
22. If parents have concerns have them make an appointment
to talk, do not allow any parent to run your class or question
your professional behavior in front of other teachers and
23. Keep your lesson plans updated, they are legal documents
that should be consistent, do not fail to do this you will
be held responsible.
24. If you mess up or make a mistake take ownership and
responsibility then move on to do better.
25. If you don’t know ask questions. The first 3 to 5 years
are the toughest because your finding your educational
strengths and abilities.

The school year can be stressful, make sure you get rest,
exercise even if you’re just walking during the week and
drink plenty of water. Get regular checkups and mentally
unwind when you can. Follow your ritual and routines to
keep yourself consistent.

William can be found online at:
Twitter: @Wmjackson

August 14, 2017

The Growth Potential of Northwest Jacksonville Florida

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

George Maxey


The Growth Potential of Northwest Jacksonville Florida

The development of a community and generational stability comes
in the way a community comes together to build stability through
educational equality for boys and girls, economic development,
knowledge building and importantly maintaining a connection within
the community. To show families that there is someone that cares
for them, prays for them and generally loves them.
This can be done from being involved in the community. Too many
times people from the outside of a community have good intentions
to contribute, but they lack the passion that comes from connecting
with the people; shaking their hands, showing that you actually
care and even looking past the individual nuances and challenges
that people are experiencing.
It is easy for someone to state they want to contribute to help
others, they want to get their hands dirty and til the soil of the
Many people even in ministry state that there is work to do and
they want to be a worker, the consistency is lacking when it
requires taking serious time to help those challenged with drugs,
alcoholism, homelessness and other social challenges.
Lip service does no one any good, it does not solve the myrid
of social issues that people are experiencing and it does not
help to stop generational poverty, emotional fragility and
it does not help the psychological stress of not knowing
where to turn for help.

New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers supporting the zip code
of 32209 are doing the work that is needed and necessary. The
support of volunteers, those that live in the community and see
the need for action not just prayer and even many that live
in surrounding areas collaborate, communicate, bond, unite
and join together to provide help where others have abandoned
people that look different, act different and even struggle to
maintain stability for themselves and their families.
Communities that are struggling are not struggling in silence,
their cries can be heard from the struggling schools in the
areas, the lack of nutritional food resources, the denying of
community reinvestment opportunities and in too many cases the
increase in violence, drug and alcohol use.
These are signs that communities are in desparate need of
continued prayer, love for the people, communication and
collaboration to see where the help is needed.
The building of local business owners through entreprenuialism
and providing knowledge to be future employers of youth,
teens and young adults. How best to improve a community is
to improve it from within by employing, training, teaching
the people in the community.

Educational resources are vital from health and wellness,
building stable families, addressing mental health issues and
mentorships. Development takes time, it taks a committment
and desire to run a long race that is slow, constant and
purposeful in it goals and vision.
Good things are happening in 32209 and surrounding
communities that is why leadership, commitment, purpose,
prayer, unity and love are vital. Each element is needed to
help people to stand on shoulders and climb out of the
challenges that keep them down and even distracting to their
potential to change from hindering their community to
building prosperity in their community.

New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers are moving in a
direction of dynamically reinvesting and re-energizing
the community to promote a cycle and mind set of growth,
stability and collaboration.

Mr. George E. Maxey
Executive Director of
New Town Success Zone
Office: 904 470,.8262
Mr. George Maxey
New Town Success Zone Interview

New Town Success Zone moves to a phase of success
Economic Growth and Development
Supporting Children in New Town Success Zone
Leadership in New Town Success Zone
Economic Development in 2017
Growing business potential with NTSZ


August 4, 2017

Social Media and Technology: Sometimes Parent Have No Clue

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 6:45 am

Family Workshop

Social Media and Technology: Sometimes Parent Have No Clue
William Jackson – #MyQuestToTeach
Social Media Visionary

Parents and their children talking about the
influence of technology and the family structure.
Can sometimes be a conflicting and heated discussion.
Technology is slowly unraveling the family
structure of bonding as one to being lead to
unravel like twine from a bundle.

Talking with families like the Harris family
during a workshop discussing Social Media and
Technology, just one of the many families that
organized by Cynthia Gibson, Program Manager
of The Bridge of Northeast Florida to bring
attention to the potential dangers of increased
tech usage by youth, teens and young adults.
Even parental use can cause problems because
parents attentions are distracted from their
families and children reducing important
parenting time and teaching time.

The family structure is a delicate and complex
mixture of emotions, socio-economic needs,
spiritual connections and biological bonding.
When technology is thrown in there is a gap
that is created because tech can make life
messy and lead to separation, isolation and
dissension. The attention is taken from the
norm and thrust into a realm of make-believe,
pretend and animation that grabs hold of the
senses and refuses to let go.

Over 100 parents and children participated
in reviewing a video concerning how Technology,
Social Media and Gaming are damaging the family
structure resulting in the decrease of family
unity, participation in family events and how
communities are being affected because technology
usage decreases the time children and their
families interact with each other and their

Data is showing that technology usage can cause
behavior and emotional changes that are gradual
as the use of technology grows. Brain studies
show that youth, teens and young adults connection
to their families and friends change because tech
even in gaming becomes more of a priority than
social connections and food and social engagement.
“SCREENAGERS Growing Up In the Digital Age,”
Physical changes come in the lose of weight, vision
proficiency decreases because of staring at screens,
mental stresses that can lead to mental health
disorders and even the trouble distinguishing reality
from fantasy in some extreme cases when playing
violent video games.

The video “SCREENAGERS Growing Up In the Digital Age,”
2017 can be used as a case study for what youth,
teens and young adults maybe going through or
experiencing if parents are not engaged and
involved with their children as they use more
technology. “SCREENAGERS Growing Up In the Digital Age,”
shares how tech time impacts kids and family
development and quality time together.

The video discusses a balance of family time,
technology time, community time, school time and
the interactions of people and their potential
addiction to technology.
There are even new and developing businesses like
“Restart: Internet Rehabilitation Center” that
treat youth, teens and young adults that have
become addicted to various forms of technology
especially gaming. Providing counseling services
to address the needs of gaming and tech addition.

Movies like “Surrogates” 2016, “I Robot” 2004,
“Gamer” 2009, “Her” 2013, are associated with
how technology affects the human ability to
connect, coexistence with tech and develop
lines of engagement. Parents must be aware
of how much technology their children are exposed
to and how much their children are using and who
they are connecting to.

Parents are encouraged to take the time to talk
to their children and even self examine how they
are role models for technology usage. To provide
family time and activity instead of using tech
for communication and connection. Just as was
told about the television, that TV should not
be used to raise children, this is even more
of an issue when parents let technology raise
their children. The dangers are real and
relevant in our digital society.

During the presentation the children presented
from elementary to high school to share how
they will change their usage to be more active
with family and even parents and grandparents
spoke in front of the audience sharing what they
learned, their fears and even expectations for
technology usage from them as parents and
for their children.
Active engagement is very important because
there needs to be open and honest discussion
between parents and their children about tech,
gaming and social media usage so it does not
distract from family time, study time and being
a kid to learn from playing and interacting
with others.

Social skills and behaviors are learned, shared,
evaluated, re-assessed and even modified for
children because play and interaction allow for
learning and growth. If children are denied the
opportunities to learn they will not be able to
learn important skills that help them function
in society and in their communities.

Programs seen on PBS – addressing the family
and technology are important to help parents
understand what children are going through as
they mature and interact with technology.
Parents are important in this cycle because of
the potential for addiction and loosing of
social skills by their children an even parents

We Are Digital Natives
Digital Natives & Digital Immigrants


Wm Jackson and Harris Family

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