My Quest To Teach

January 11, 2019

Teach for America Uses “RaceCards” to Guide Training

It is great working with such passionate and professional educators,
community activist, community stakeholders and parents.
School and community partnerships make a big difference when
working hard to provide equitable classrooms and schools.
William Jackson, M.Ed.
31 years of professional educational service.
#MyQuestToTeach

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August 15, 2018

Reading is Fundamentally Fun

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Reading is Fundamentally Fun and Powerful
by William (Coach) Jackson and
Nancy (Fancy Nancy) Rentz (Media Specialists)

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.
One of these is roots; the other, wings.” Hodding Carter

The celebration of reading is special, storybooks ranging from the
Cat In The Hat, High School Musical, Clifford The Big Red Dog,
Naruto, Star Wars, Captain Under Pants, Spiderman, Billy Goat Gruff,
Skippy John Jones, Ramona Quimby and other novels opens doors
to imagination for youth, teens and young adults.

Grades Pre-K to fifth should be reading,  experience the joy,
excitement, engagement and imagination gained from reading
diverse books. All learning embraces reading that opens doors to the
imagination as a lifelong value and direct impact on future success
academically and career choices.
Reading has the inclusiveness of all ages even infants in the  celebration
of literature. Involving the community that brings about change in
mentalities and values.

Community involvement is critical to the success of all students,
they must have reading mentors and role models. Parents should
be seen reading, newspapers, novels, comic books, the Bible and
diverse literature. Children will copy what they see the adults in
theirs lives do.

The libraries in and out of schools are a parade through the
neighborhoods and provide an opportunity for the community
to see great successes in literature. Books are the key to sparking
imagination, dreams and looking up to see what is never
impossible or implausible.

Mrs. Nancy Rentz AKA Fancy Nancy encourages reading and the
beauty of language development for children.  Encourages parents
to promote reading at home. Reading embeds in youthful minds
that they are capable of graduating high school and attending
colleges, vocational education and even owning their own businesses.
Children need to see their parents, relatives and friends reading
to see themselves as readers.

This takes the term, “It takes a village to raise leaders” to a new
level of accountability because readers are leaders.
“Reading is Fundamental” to the success of all students, from infant
to toddlers, to elementary ages, to rising middle school students
of graduating high school students. National and district reading
scores have shown that early success in reading leads to academic
success from elementary school to high school and influences
higher education and career success.

Students that are reading on grade level are more likely to graduate
high school and enroll in college. Learning is continuous,
comprehensive and can be made fun.
Students should be taught to take advantage of every moment to learn,
to apply their learning and encourage their peers to read and learn.

Looking at the joy and excitement of the written word.
The pure desire to become great readers and given the opportunity
to show what they (students) know when time comes to begin
the process of graduating, finding internships, scholarships or
start careers.

Reading is Fundamental to not just academic success, but career
and economic success and stability.

William Jackson, M.Ed.
Teacher DCPS

 

 

 

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.

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March 13, 2017

EdCamp St. Augustine What An Adventure in Learning

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EdCamp St. Augustine What An Adventure in Learning
by Elisha Taylor and William Jackson
Jacksonville, Florida

Welcome from William and Elisha
https://youtu.be/hYl1-q6tP6w

The exposure to diverse technologies, the collaboration with
educators with years of experience is important for new educators
and pre-service educators choosing a career in education.
Diversity builds strength and the understanding that education
requires diverse people to educate a growing student
population in schools and strengthen the literacy skills of
communities. Schools are a microcosm of their communities,
those that are struggling, in need of community services and
other intervention requirements show that extra care is needed
to meet the needs of students and in some cases families.

Communities that are flourishing and vibrant have schools in
many cases that are successes and energetic not just in schools,
but this vitality spills over to the community.
EdCamp provides a casual format for those in education from
teachers, administrators, support staff and even students to
come together and share in open discussions about how to
improve the educational culture and atmosphere of schools.
EdCamps are valuable for teachers because they can network
freely, talk passionately and praise each others successes with
pride and offer realistic strategies to help educational peers
improve classroom instruction. Instruction that is balancing
teacher centered and student centered instruction.
EdCamp; what better platform for pre-service educators still in
under-graduate programs to learn than on a weekend with free
breakfast, free lunch, high energy, diverse experiences and
seasoned professionals that have wisdom, knowledge and
PLCs/PLNs that work.
EdCamp is not influenced by political affiliations, special
interests groups, lobbyists or the infection of governmental
policies. This blog written by Elisha Taylor a 8th grade student
and William Jackson a public school educator and professor with
Edward Waters College teaching in the Education and Urban
Studies Dept. has attended and spoken at other EdCamp
venues in Florida.
The exchange of ideas, resources and developing technologies
that strengthen the engagement of student lead instruction and
hands-on learning are highlights.

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Florida educators some of the best in the
nation…. EdCamp veterans

Because of the successes for teachers, students more and more
are attending and participating in EdCamp sessions. Students
can enjoy the engagement not just with teachers, but with their
peers and spark the interest to seek careers in education.
The educational model is changing so the faces of education
must change to meet the needs of the students that are walking
through the doors. Classrooms are global environments of
international mystery and sometimes language complexity.
Elisha has stated that, “I believe that there should be student
lead EdCamp so that many students around the state and the
country can share new ideas and thoughts, opinions on education
that influences our learning and use the best technology that we can
apply in our every day lives.

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Elisha https://youtu.be/lmeRdMxGTbk
Give students the tech and see them fly
https://youtu.be/mQazaS4IBbE

Elisha provides take away for his EdCampStAug experience
as he has done for EdCampMagic and WordCamps he
has attended.
1. The importance of coding and technology integration is
important and there should be certified teachers teaching.
2. Every child should learn some kind of coding because it
is the language of the future.
3. Code should be taught at a young age to build an eye for
detail and build patience.
4. Coding is everywhere and should be respected and recognized.
5. Students should learn or be exposed to as many programming
languages as they can and how to apply to real life experiences
not just because they have to.
6. In school coding can count as a core class because of its
affect on society and importance in starting jobs and careers.

Elisha had the honor of speaking and attending EdCamp Magic,
TEDxFSCJ and blogs with Professor William Jackson about
STEM, STEAM, Robotics and other areas. Elisha aspires to
attend MIT to be part of the growing climate of technology
integration and innovation in the country and the world.

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Experienced and seasoned educators sharing
Tammy G. Neil – @TG_Neil
Google Certified Trainer, #FLedChat #RuralEdChat

If teachers do not prepare students to sit at the tables of
business, commerce, finance and education then students will
be left behind and out of the decision making process of
building communities and prosperity for its citizens.
I teach these lessons to my higher education students for
them to understand that they do value as future educators
and the educational system is still one of the best in the world.
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Teacher discussion and demonstration is important
to learning.
https://youtu.be/cSHtWf6bkWI

 

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