My Quest To Teach

November 28, 2018

EdCampNigeria; Why Teachers Should Attend

EdCampNigeria; Why Teachers Should Attend
William Jackson, M.Ed. Twitter @wmjackson
#MyQuestToTeach

Team EdCamp Nigeria

EdCampNigeria is approaching Saturday, December 15, 2018,
providing a way to build PLN – Professional Learning Networks
and PLC Professional Learning Communities across Nigeria to
enhance educational successes in the classrooms of Nigeria.
The diversity of educational resourcefulness that influences
student learning in choosing career paths as student’s
transition the educational process. This process can be
challenging for students, parents and even teachers because
of the lack of resources, professional development, monies
and even parental involvement. EdCamp provides a way to
share best practices, strategies and lesson plan ideas,
classroom management strategies and how to increase parental
engagement.

Teachers need professional development that addresses “their”
needs to help build classroom and school cultures of learning.
The culture that education is important not just for the current
learning levels, but for generational successes that build a
nation with intellectual leaders. Leadership comes in many forms,
education creates a foundation for creating societies that are
humanitarian and reaches across the tables of gender, culture,
generation and educational levels. Any nation that seeks to grow
in national and international influence need a highly educated society.

The understanding that schools do influence the culture of
communities, allowing an avenue to join people in better
communication, increased economic wealth and self-esteem
levels to believe in their individual dreams for success.
EdCamps do this and more, they bring together like minded
educators that want the best for all their students and the
communities they live in. From high tech classrooms to those
that are low tech or no tech. Education provides a foundation
where everyone is respected for their dedication to a profession
that influences the nation of Nigeria and the continent of
Africa. #EdCampGlobal #EdCampNigeria

On the continent that historically has the oldest universities and
places of intellectual growth Africa, a fitting place to have
increased numbers of EdCamp conferences that allow teachers
of all levels to share, bond, communicate and collaborate.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the earliest places of
higher learning were founded in Asia and Africa, predating the
first European medieval universities. The University of
Al Quaraouiyine, founded in Morocco by Fatima al-Fihri in 859,

is considered by some to be the oldest degree-granting
university. There were smaller centers of learning pre-dating
even this that taught others to “teach” intellectual design
theories and practices. Nigeria is keeping the traditions of
intellectual growth. Past educators such as Chinua Achebe,
Wole Soyinka and others represents intellectual greatness.

Teaching has seen transformative change in strategies, design
theory, differential instruction, creating cultures of excellence and
high expectations as they work to reach children of diversity.
Even the integration of technology is changing how students will
function in the world and preparing them to solve social and global
problems even before they are created. Teachers bring balance and
purpose, EdCamp Nigeria is creating a culture
of engagement and professional respect.

Teacher centered instruction to student centered learning, this
teaching and learning style involves increased educational exposure
to strategies, methods and practices. Education in Nigeria is changing
and Nigerian / African educators are building their skill sets to
prepare the future leaders of their nation and continent. It can only
be done through proper educational foundations.

Education does not have perfect environments complete with
“state of the art” hardware and software and students that are
“perfect.” Teachers teach in imperfect worlds that requires
teaching everyone, to adapt our instructional skill-sets to students
that accept learning and those that see it as a challenge and not
valuable because they do not see the empowerment of education.
Educators are vital for the divergence of Nigeria and Africa as a future
global leader. The more Africans can read the more they can set their
futures of independence and self-governship. Reading is fundamental
to the freedoms of African nations. Wole Soyinka has stated,
“Books and all forms of writing have always been objects
of terror to those who seek to suppress the truth.”
Education opens the minds to explore humanity and engage
in the improvement of it, not the enslavement of human life.

African families are influenced,  the more children are
educated the more African families thirst for education and
achievement. Teachers adapt, make modifications and
make learning relevant. Teachers see the “big picture” that
they are important to the world because they have young
lives in their hands that will influence the world.

Nigerian teachers are learning to prepare all their students for
careers that are not even created yet and preparing them to
solve complex problems that are not yet problems.
EdCamp Nigeria will help fill a gap in the “bookshelf,”
stated years ago by Chinua Achebe, the grandfather of
African literature. Nigerian people have a story and can
only be learned through education. The “gap in the bookshelf”
needs to be closed so Nigerians can learn through quality
education what their place is in the world.
Chinua Achebe 2015

EdCamp Nigeria will help the integration of academic elements
being taught in schools across the Nigerian nation. Teachers are
connected in a solidarity that has evolved into a brotherhood and
sisterhood of African educators mentoring each other and
inspiring each other. The educational goals are to engage the whole
child and foster achievement in all students. Students should be
challenged and guided by teachers to be creative, innovative, and
adaptive thinkers.
“EdCamp is an organic, participant-driven professional
development experience, created by educators for educators.
Educators and administrators are turning to EdCamps to
provide valuable, relevant and transformative learning so
teachers can grow in a profession of consistent adaptation
and educational foundations.

Teachers now have a professional development tool
to aid in instruction, building self-confidence and to drop
some knowledge to those entering into the field that
influences other fields of study and change.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow
belongs to those who prepare for it today.”  Malcolm X
EdCamps have a purpose driven life to help teachers help
each other. An educated society is a growing and progressive
society.

EdCamp Global
http://edcampglobal.wix.com/edcamp
EdCamp Nigeria
https://www.edcamp.org/content/edcamp-nigeria-2018

Hello from William Jackson to EdCampNigeria
https://youtu.be/2bz5lOufH6s

Sule Jacob Olaoluwa
Jacob Olaoluwa Sule
Twitter @SuleJacobs

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September 1, 2017

Thoughts for Male Teachers in the New School Year 2017 – 2018

Wm Jackson and Harris Family

 

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 many duties that a
teacher must perform,  male teachers the mental preparation
is important and planning is vital for success.
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. Too many male educators get distracted by a smile,
a flirt, a handshake, a seemingly innocent hug.
Be a professional always……….
2. Your not trying to be a substitute daddy, sugar daddy,
surrogate daddy or potential baby 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,
hurting your reputation and Brand as a professional.
3. Don’t get in the habit of telling your personal business
to students to share at their homes. Students want to know as
much as they can about their teachers this is natural for children
to make connections and build relationships.
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 amale 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 judged 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 else’s 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. “Integrity”
Never talk to students, parents and even other teachers alone
with the door closed. If you think meetings maybe uncom-
fortable 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. Don’t wait to be pushed into
doing it or losing your teaching certificate.
14. Always seek professional development opportunities
thatbuild 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, community 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 separated.
21. If possible get to work 20 minutes early to alleviate
rushing and forgotten duties and responsibilities.
22. If parents have concerns have them make an appoint-
ment to talk, do not allow any parent to run your class or question
your professional behavior in front of other teachers and
students.
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.
26. Don’t bring your personal dramas to school/work.
They will destroy your professional and personal
Brand.
27. If your going to date a students parent be sure to
to keep it honest and never set expectations of you
working the system for them. Keep your business off
campus even in a playful manner.
28. Social Media can destroy you, so be careful who
you tag, who your friends with and associations.
29. Never Sext…..
30. Obtain a mentor to run ideas and questions by.

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 rituals and routines to
keep yourself consistent.

William can be found online at:
Instagram: http://instagram.com/williamdjackson
Twitter: @Wmjackson
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July 15, 2017

My Adventure to WordCamp DC

My Adventure to WordCamp DC Dopeness in the Capital
and what I contribute to my family and community.

Building a Digital Network of Nerds, Geeks, Blerds, Bleeks and
cultural / religious Diversity.
I love the diversity of blogging, connecting with people, the smiles
the laughter the building of community.
The Dopeness of people that are either Introvert, Extrovert or a
combination.
Engaging in Professional and Personal Learning Networks, the Building
of Professional and Personal Learning Communities and being blessed
to have a growing Personal and Professional Family.

Sharing my knowledge with my children and the others that call me
DAD……

Who am I???
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Speaker, Community Activist
Mentor, Man, Brother, Intellectual,
Conservative Liberal, Church of Christ Member of the Body

#MyQuestToTeach on Google !!!! WordCampDC

Workshops, Seminars, Empowerment 

 

I have more kids than I can count

 

Teaching in higher education – Educational Technology – Social Media and STEAM
from 2004 to Present

 

July 10, 2017

EdCamp Leadership Building PLN + PLC = PLF

Group Photo

EdCamp Leadership Building PLN + PLC = PLF
by Wm Jackson
Educator, STEAM Advocate, EdCamp Organizer
and Participant

Professional Learning Networks + Professional Learning Communities =
Professional Learning Families

The voices that help to manage EdCamp inspires collaboration and professional
development on a foundational level for educational professionals. To inspire and
engage teachers as professionals, embrace the humanity that is in each teacher,
to aspire and guide students beyond their perceived limitations of themselves and
of what others perceive them to have.
Sharing the dynamics of Professional Learning Communities, building and using
Professional Learning Networks and enhancing the importance of each because
it takes a village family to help raise and develop children; this is the Professional
Learning Family.
Professional Learning Families where educators look beyond the profession to
see the value of a family structure in education. Each classroom, each school and
each community is a culture that must be managed to guide students and even
families step by step in the educational process. A holistic approach to learning
that inspires and even agitates teachers to do better.

Takeaways from 2017 EdCamp Leadership that had 8 counties represented.
a. Every behavior a student shows in not a consequence for discipline. Look
beyond the behavior to find the reason and situation for the actions.
b. Preserve your academic learning environment. Set the atmosphere for
respect, high expectations and building bridges for success and relationships.
c. Start using parents as a resource to help manage classroom management.
Always have something nice to say about all your students because they
deserve to feel safe and wanted in the classroom and school.
d. The importance of relevancy and the connection that all learning is important.
Learning is a life-long endeavor that should be taught along with why learning
is valuable.
e. Administration should be listening to the classroom teachers about how to
improve the school environment. Teachers should also feel valued and needed
for their passion, experience, intelligence, sacrifice and humanity as people
not robots or programs.
f. If teachers have something that works in the classroom they should be
encouraged to share it.
g. The environment of the school should support high levels of confidence in
every teacher and moral should be maintained at every opportunity.  Every
person from teacher, custodian, office personnel, lunch room, etc should
feel valued and needed.
h. Teachers should be authentic and transparent, never be fake, rude or
sarcastic to students, parents or peer professionals.
i. Teachers should share what does not work and remember every lesson
is not for every student.
j. Consistency sends a message to students that they can trust you and
rely on you to be the same person all the time. Don’t go and get
“new” on them.
k. Teachers should communicate with parents consistently and invite
them into the classroom to watch and participate in learning.
l. Technology can bridge the gap between single parents, grandparents and
teachers if applied correctly
m. Teachers don’t assume your children’s parents are of the same educational
level. Just because your students’ parents speak Spanish do not assume
they can read Spanish. Just because your students’ parents or family are
professional and college educated they are providing
all the emotional and cognitive needs of their children.
n. Teachers take the time to read and comprehend your student’s academic
folders, drive their neighborhoods and look in the grocery stores in the
community to see their environment.
o. Before a teacher can teach they must build a relationship with their students.
p. Teachers must share their educational, social and behavior expectations
for their classroom and the school.
q. Teachers are responsible for building their classroom culture and the
administration is responsible for the school culture. They must work in unison
and collaboration.
r. Teachers should let their students know their stories are important and
all learning should be purposeful.
s. Teachers should let their students know that they embrace and
respect diversity.
t. Teachers should take a stand on student learning not just related
to assessments.

Teachers should have a homework assignment for their parents in the form
of a written assignment. Beginning  the new school  year ask your parents
to write in 1000 words or less what do they want
you to know as their child’s teacher to learn about their child.
“Open the doors for information exchanges early with parents.”
Comment shared at EdCamp Leadership, “students that are loved at home
come to school to be taught, and students that are not loved at home come
to school to be loved.”

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