My Quest To Teach

June 29, 2016

Summer Reading and Writing; Learning Does Not Stop

Summer Reading and Writing; Learning Does Not Stop
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College

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This blog is not about just one color or
culture, but about the value and importance
of reading, literacy, comprehension and
creativity of writing for all children.

The summer has made its appearance and
kids are excited about the opportunities of
“freedom” from schools across the nation.
Parents should still have their children
engaged in learning opportunties by visiting
library events, museum viewings and cultural
events that engage kids with fun
learning activities.

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Reading and writing during the summer are still
important and the the power of the written word
has been seen for thousands of years, individuals
and groups sharing thoughts, ideas, impressions,
feelings and to tell the life histories of
people and cultures.

Children, teens and young adults should be
introduced to writing as a way to learn how to
express their feelings, dreams, passions and
the challenges that they face. Writing can be
used as a coping mechanism and teach how to
manage the emotional diversity of children,
especially children of color and culture.
To develop intellectual thought and creativity.

Various cultures and societies have their
influences in writing as early blogging
(in my humble opinion). Chinese culture
writing was determined to come not from a
god but an ancient sage named Ts’ang Chieh.
He was a minister in the court of the legendary
Huang Ti (Yellow Emperor). While not godly the
invention of writing was supposed to serve as
a communication tool between heaven and earth.
The culture of writing has historical
importance around the world. Diverse
cultures througth history shared their
stories throught storytelling orally until
writing was established and education

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The Adventures of Moxie Girl

Blogging on a digital format continues to change
as writing is manipulated, transformed, dissected,
adapted and tailored to the increasing integration
of technology tools and platforms.
The foundation is the human mind that conceives in
thought the words that are transcribed into
written or typed words. In a way these words are
already in an electrical format because
thoughts are generated by the synapses
of the mind, thus electrical impulses
and birthed by the hands onto the materials for

Formats can be seen from the dynamic
platforms being used from Blogger, WordPress,
Twitter (Microblogging), Tumblr, Google+ and
even Ghost to name a few. Children, youth and
teens can embrace the diversity and creative
characteristics of blogging and learn to be
innovative in their words, phrases and extention
of their views. Writing helps
to develop vocabulary in children, making it
fun to combine words into stories. It is
wonderful to see a teen excited about reading
and the process of writing.

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Astronaut Star Bright @astroStarBright

Looking at the 15 Best Blogging Platforms
it is clear that blogging will remain as an important
historical tool to share and disseminate information
on multiple levels and students need to learn how
to write, the importance of the
writing process and that it can be fun.

Many children are excited to share their thoughts
with art work and drawing, this is the creative
centers of the brain, writing also encouarges the
mind to form ideas, challenges connections and
breeds innovation. What better way to build

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Children should be taught that not to long ago
it was illegal to teach slaves or those of color,
no matter what color or culture to read and write
during the time of slavery not just in America,
but around the world. Today Blogging is
responsible for showing the world the greatness
of people. There is estimated over 12 million
bloggers in America, African Americans need
to take seriously their ability to share stories.
(The State of Blogging 2014,
Pew Internet & American Life Project)

I always encourage people of color and culture
the beauty in blogging because it allows
the expansion into other areas of digital
communication. A platform of expression on
levels that allow for intellectualism where
students should be moving towards.
Students should understand blogging allows the
writer (them) to be creators in this age of
digital media that is changing social
interaction, allowing for collaboration,
a paradigm in alliances of the mind and taking
social networking to levels of
unprecedented growth.


Children, teens and young adults, bloggers of
color and culture and those of diverse
languages are important because they create
original content specifically addressing diverse
issues that may never be recognized by
traditional media or ignored
because of a lack of understanding or caring.

No matter the color, culture, gender,
generation and age kids of all ages have
something to say, this summer parents get
your children involved in some type of reading
and writing program to prepare them not
just for the next school year, but for life.



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June 10, 2016

Preventing Crime In The Black Community

Preventing Crime In The Black Community
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A video presentation with Malik Yoba and William Jackson
Sharing information to the youth, teens and young adults
attending this conference that is 31 years young and
still growing.
Preventing Crime In The Black Community Conference is expanding
the lives of children of color and culture through leaders in
industry, education, technology and medicine.

Malik Yoba is an actor and director.

William Jackson is an educator, blogger and parent.

April 4, 2016

Blogging While Young Gifted and African American


Blogging While Young Gifted and African American
by William Jackson, M.Edu.
Edward Waters College

The need for youth to write has grown in importance and value,
in too many cases it is a challenge for many African American (AA)
youth, teens and young adults that have not developed the skill
sets to write coherently and in turn articulate what they have written.
There may be a struggle to develop, create and design comprehensive
sentences and paragraphs that combine together to tell a story.

Blogging allows the writer in this case AA children to “create content”
which is web based and tells their story, sharing experiences
through a story, their stories.
AA children cannot afford to have “educational incapacity,” there
cannot be a blindness to new learning nor to learning how to properly
integrate useful skills. As I discuss writing and blogging, I want to
make sure that blogging is understood as original content from a
writer, expressed through written words, a new talent in the ability
to communicate.

Writing is no longer a boring activity, it is dynamic and exciting
because its integration and infusion of multimedia elements that
allow for multicultural ideas, dynamic mental images and even
embedding descriptions of emotions. AA students can share with
peers and those of similar ideologies the same experiences of life.
“The Danger of the Single Story,”­­ by Chimamanda Adichie shares
why storytelling is vital for clarity and comprehension of people,
AA children have an important story to tell and blogging
is a platform to use.

Chimamanda Adichie

AA children draw, they share their stories by art. The use of writing
by free hand and digital tools are tools to transition from drawing to
writing. Educators are learning the value of writing/blogging for
creativity and language development of their AA students, some that
grow up in poverty may lack linguistically the exposure to words that
encourage intellectual thought, but the art work is there for expression.
Writing prepares students for the ability  to speak on a higher level of
engagement. Writing teaches “formal” skills past Social Media mentions
and likes. Students must not be allowed nor encouraged to write like
they talk or use cultural vernacular, when “proper” English is needed,
“cultural vernacular” or “cultural speech” is needed sometimes to
make a connection or show a value in culture and color.

As a higher education professor all students need to learn how to
write and even transition to blogging. The exposure to diverse
technology tools builds skills that can transition to areas of academia
and students of all grade levels feel ownership and accountability for
their content.

Wole Solinka (Nigerian)

Once a child starts blogging they create a digital footprint that can be
followed globally. Chinua Achebe, and Wole Solinka; (Nigerian)
African writers, emphasis that youth need to write as early as possible
to tell their stories and encourage others to enter into sharing content.
Parents are the key to encouraging their African American children to
read, write, comprehend and get out of their mental boxes to explore
new worlds that challenge their thinking. Parents must expose their
children outside of their communities to see other parts of their
cities, states and countries.

There is no age too young to write, storytelling was once told by
coloring on cave walls, then transitioned to stone tablets, then parchment,
and finally to the diverse resources of paper and digital parchment that
allows for continuous creation on unlimited pieces. African American
children deserve to share their stories, to show their personal stories
matter. Listed are suggestions to help youth, teens and young adults
to be excited about writing and telling their stories.

Suggestions to grow as a writer/blogger:

  1.  Put items in order from most to least important, learning
    organization is important.
  2. Write a short summary of your writing. This will develop into
    your first paragraphs.
  3. Expand on each item in your list to build on to expand.
  4. Read – re-read and modify your writing until you get is right,
    these are your words and you should have ownership of them.
  5. Avoid run on sentences, watch grammar, slang and cultural slang
    Be aware of stereotypes, slang can be used when making a point
    to that audience you are writing to.
  6. Check grammar and spelling as you write, no one likes bad
    grammar and spelling.
  7. It may help to read out loud what you are trying to write and
    read in a mirror, practice now for the future audiences.
  8. Listen to how each word sounds and try not to write like you
    talk, but write like you’re telling a story to an audience.
  9. Even if you don’t have one yet write for your audience and
    watch it grow.
  10. In your writing you’re not trying to impress your trying to
    educate – share knowledge.
  11. Speak in front of a mirror to practice expressions that
    emphasis key elements.
  12. Have a neutral and supportive teacher read your writing or
    a mentor to bounce ideas from.
  13. Attend conferences, workshops, spoken word and poetry
    readings, listen to the diverse styles of writers.
  14. Never give up on your writing, it is your story and never let
    anyone, but you tell your story.
  15. Listen and read other authors, find connections and experiences.
  16. The more you read the more you know, the more you know
    the more you grow.
  17. Allow your writing to help you to grow in new directions. Don’t
    be scared to move outside your comfort zone.

    Chimamanda Adichie


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March 3, 2016

Teachers Why Do You Blog???

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Presentation from the first Florida Blogging Conference for Educators
proud and honored to be invited to be one of the first presenters for this
historic conference for educators.

Presentation provided by William Jackson @wmjackson

Speaking to educators about the importance of engagement, passion, and the
interactivity of blogging to engage children in learning.

Wm Jackson, M.Edu
Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida

Duval County Pubic Schools
Jacksonville, Florida
Teacher of the Year for Venetia Elementary School

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