My Quest To Teach

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

 

 

 

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April 9, 2018

Getting Children Involved in Business with Kids Camp and WordCamp Conferences

Kids Camp
Kids Camp Miami 2018

Getting Children Involved in Business with Kids
Camp and WordCamp Conferences
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

A reflection on WordCamp Miami and its Kids Camp.
The recent WordCamp Miami conference and the
upcoming WordCamp Jacksonville (Saturday,
April 7th and 8th) that have Kids Camp
involved for youth, teens and young adults
from 7 years to teens has shown that youth,
teens and young adults are using Social Media
for more than social engagement, they are
involved in building their Brands, business
transactions, marketing strategies, and other
activities that are entrepreneurial in nature.

The development of new technologies geared to
youth, teens and even young adults are allowing
more to be engaged in online environments through
apps that allow increased communication,
collaboration and children’s business ventures.
Youth, teens and young adults need training at
an early age to teach how to develop a business
relationship and networking.

The numbers of youth attending Kids Camps are
growing. The recent WordCamp Miami had an
attendance over 900 and the Kids Camp had
over approximately 100 participating.

Social Media platforms are allowing those
under 18 to communicate on platforms which
offer no training with online behaviors and do
not address ethics and morals that are important
in business. Because of the potential for
inappropriate actions that could have a high
impact on youths presence and can influence
educational opportunities, employment, and
even relationships in the future, it is key
that youth are trained and mentored.

Many young people ages 13 to 19 struggle with
building stable relationships, often due to
peer pressure, media advertisements and other factors.
Business relationships are different on so many
levels and if parents are not knowledgeable and
involved in some type of business they may not
know how to guide their children in an online
business, e-commerce or building a Brand and
how to Market that Brand correctly.

Parents are increasingly challenged with raising
children in a digital age and incorporating
building online relationships, transferring
online and offline behaviors and the influences
of peer pressure.
As an elementary teacher I regularity have students
from 3rd to 5th grade tell me about Game of Thrones,
Empire, and other content that has adult content,
language and situations.
Kids Camp a component of WordCamp provides exposure
to educators, CEO’s, web developers, coders,
business owners, e-commerce experts and leading
developers that understand how business is conducted
online and being aware of harmful and even dangerous
situations.

As an advocate for parents to be proactive and set
expectations for behaviors online. Have open and
honest discussions with your children about the
potential hazards and encourage them to speak to
if they sense potential dangers.
Parents and their children can be involved in
local Meetups, WordCamp and Kids Camp conferences,
Bar Camp technology Meetups and promote the
entrepreneurial spirit that youth, teens and young
adults have when it comes to creating a Brand and
starting a business.

Empower, Educate, Engage, and Employ youth, teens and
young adults now so they will be the business owners of
the future. Support Kids Camp by allowing more
children to attend and learn.

WCM

Resources:
WordCamp Miami – Kids Camp
https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/

WordCamp Jacksonville – Kids Camp
https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/

William Jackson is a past Professor at Edward Waters College,
where he designed a curriculum that embraced Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEAM.
He is a WordCamp organizer, blogger, volunteer, speaker and digital
community activist for TEDxFSCJ, Social Media Manager for
Jacksonville Sister Cities Association and New Town Success Zone.
He blogs about his life experiences as he travels speaking to
youth, teens and young adults and is a member of the body of
Christ with Northside Church of Christ in
Jacksonville, Florida.
William is a national and internationanl blogger and manages
My Quest To Teach https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
He has 28 years as a public school educator in
Physical Education and Technology Instruction

William Jackson My Quest To Teach

March 7, 2018

HBCU Students can be Dynamic Content Creators 

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HBCU Students can be Dynamic Content Creators 
by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson @latinapheonix

Speakers at WordCamp Miami March 2018
Attend WordCamps in 2018
HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and University students are
growing as content creators and the need for training is increasing.
WordCamp conferences meet the needs of Bloggers, Micro-bloggers,
Podcasters and VBloggers. As speakers and participants of WordCamp
conferences Aida and I provide a few hints for HBCU students before
registering for WordCamp.

HBCU students should already have expectations for learning.
Having attended and spoken at several WordCamps in 2017 the
benefits are lasting. The potential for continued collaborations
are endless and possibly life changing starting careers in diverse
areas of technology.
The motivation is that less than 1% of tech companies are owned
by people of color.
There are different expectations for each person, there needs to be
an established plan that fits individual needs based on the session
or track that is available.

As a past professor at the historic Edward Waters College I regularly
took students that could attend with me to expose them to industry
experts and leaders.
Deciding what your goals are as a content creator and how you mesh
or combine your plan to learn, integration of technology that can
aid your business and personal growth, build a Brand and Market
yourself. There is more to gaining readers, viewers and engagement
than a flashy web site, dazzling coding and eye candy photos, it
takes planning and engagement.
How you’re marketing your Brand and integrating content as an
engaging and interactive developer makes a difference in achieving
the goals you have set as an entrepreneur and future professional.

Attending WordCamp assists in finding out what products, services
and resources can benefit you and your customers. Security updates,
SEO changes and coding tips and tricks and learning the language.
Make sure you have plenty of business cards, your appearance
matches your Brand, you have questions after or during sessions.
Building a Brand creates future opportunities for investments
and expansion outside of normal business lines. The benefits
resulting from investing in attending WordCamp may lead to
internships, new career options or second jobs.

As a content creator you represent your business so consider
the potential of building business relationships. Never judge
a person by attire, color or culture, gain insights during
conversations and interactions.
Events like WordCamp provide opportunities to expose HBCU
students to applying social skills and learning business skills
that are important in commerce, finance and knowledge
based careers.
HBCU students are establishing businesses and building
awareness for their contributions. Building relationships
in business and the connections to
future careers starts with networking.

Intellectual design is key because knowledge based careers
are expanding.
Knowledge is power when applied strategically and effectively.
Building self-confidence, self-awareness, self-determination
and self-respect. WordCamps are in every state
and have after conference Meetups that provide additional
learning and networking.

Technology contains and embraces diversity so students can
gain opportunities. WordCamp venues contain great potential
to be an awesome experience. To build life-long and generational
intellectual learners. Access to wealth resources, intellectual
design, community activism throughdigital community
engagement.
Building entrepreneurial vision that allows the embracing
of adaptation, change and growth. WordCamp is unique,
engaging, interactive and empowering.

How To Be Dope On Social Media:

William Jackson, graduate of South Carolina State University,
Professor 2004 – 2017 Edward Waters College
teaching Educational Technology, Social Media and STEAM
WordPress TV – https://wordpress.tv/speakers/william-jackson

Resources:
WordCamp Jacksonville – https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Atlanta – https://2018.atlanta.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Greenville – https://2018.greenville.wordcamp.org
WordCamp Miami – https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/
WordCamp Central 2018 – https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/
Your complete listing nationally and globally.

 

January 31, 2018

The Book Deserts of Underserved Communities

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The Book Deserts of Underserved Communities

by William Jackson and Aida Correa
@wmjackson and @latinapheonix

There are deserts that span vast distances around the world.
They lack the resources to support the diversity of life seen in
places that have sufficient environmental conditions that allow
for growth of foliage allowing animals to live, survive and thrive.

The definition of a desert by Wikipedia is:
“A desert is a barren area of landscape where little precipitation
occurs and consequently living conditions are hostile for plant
and animal life.” The application of this definition in many ways
can be applied to under-served communities across this nation
that suffer from lack of educational
materials promoting reading.

Even though there are books in schools, libraries and community
centers conditions may not be motivating for children in
under-served communities.
Looking at the Twitter tags #BookDeserts #BookDesert
#ReadingDeserts there is a serious discussion promoting literacy
in communities. When there are children that love to read it can
be challenging to find materials that excite them and their passion
to learn about the areas they love.

Stated by Derrick Young (Mahogany Books in Washington, D.C.)
about book deserts, “A book desert isn’t a community-created
situation.”
Derek Young states, “It’s because other people have decided not
to invest into these communities. It’s not because these
communities aren’t readers.”

As an educator and two children attending universities I
understand that education is an investment that has long term
applications, people living in distressed areas are on survival
mode and not seeing long term events because they are surviving
from day to day. Aida a mother and grandmother understands
the value and importance of reading. She taught her children
that reading is a foundation to educational success.

As an inner city Title 1 teacher over 20 years I have seen students
attention directed to just living, not worrying about where the
next book will be coming from.
So books may not be available to inspire reading. Studies in 2015
and 2016 have shown that book deserts exist when there is a rise
in income segregation, lack of infrastructure investment or
financial stability is affected by job loss, incarceration and even
when a school receives a failing grade on state assessments
and funds are cut.

Negatively impacting a family’s and community’s capability to
provide reading material. The focus changes and diminishes the
chances of academic success. The impact on adults is big as well,
children do not see their parents reading the newspaper or
books so they do not have role models or engagement to talk
about the news and current events.

Even neighborhood libraries face challenges because their
materials maybe old, outdated and not culturally relevant.
If a child does not see themselves in a book they may not
want to read it if there is no previous exposure.
Jacksonville Public Libraries often work within communities
to provide resources and materials that broaden the vision
of children and create a welcoming environment for Black,
Latina, White, Asian, etc. There are still some parents that do
not access the resources because of their lack
of reading skills or past experiences.

In Jacksonville, Florida there are book stores “Chamblin”
that have books bursting out of the walls to be purchased
and can even be returned in exchange at a lower cost for
other books. Teachers can even have accounts setup for
their classrooms so students can purchase books and the
teacher can pay for all or part of the book.

In this digital age where information sharing, collaboration
and knowledge based application is important. Reading
is an essential skill that transcends generations, genders,
lifestyles and cultures. Communities of color
sometimes lack the educational investments necessary to
inspire children, youth, teens and young adults to read,
but parents do guide their children to educational success
and movement, parents are the first role models by
modeling.

Too often the societal perception and even the media has
the idea that people in challenged or poor neighborhoods
don’t care about the achievement of their children. This is
further from the truth, parents in under-served
neighborhoods want the best for their children, because
of circumstances in finances, educational lacking, and other
social issues do not have the means to provide proper and
lasting resources.

Book stores like “Chamblin” and Jacksonville Public Libraries
fill the gap in book deserts so long as there is proper investment
and a vision for growth and success to meet the needs of
diverse communities.

Parents make 2018 the year for engagement with your
children to get them to enjoy reading. Make it a part of your
and their life every day…
Over 200 Books for and about People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
https://youtu.be/Uo6UDfrJgqk

Resources:
Twitter: #bookdeserts #bookdesert
Book Deserts
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/book-deserts-leave-low-income-neighborhoods-thirsty-reading-material-n833356
Chamblin Book Store – http://chamblinbookmine.com/default.aspx
Facebook for Chamblin Book Store
https://www.facebook.com/chamblinbookmine/
Jacksonville Public Library Twitter – https://twitter.com/jaxlibray
Jacksonville Public Library Online – http://www.jacksonvillelibrary.com
Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library – http://fjpl.info
San Marco Bookstore
@SanMarcoBooks – Twitter
Jacksonville, FL
http://sanmarcobookstore.com

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