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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December 7, 2016

What I Learned at WordCampUSA in Philadelphia 2016

What I Learned at WordCampUSA in Philadelphia 2016
by William Jackson, M.Ed
Instructor: Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida #MyQuestToTeach
Accompanied by
Joshua Rodriguez, junior Biology major
Jon Gregory, junior Elementary Education

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Attending WordCampUSA Philly was a great
opportunity to join over 1800 bloggers, developers,
programmers, users and even educators.
Joining together to learn, share, and collaborate
on a platform that allows for dynamic content to
be posted in diverse digital environments.

Attending with my students Joshua Rodriguez
a junior studying Biology and Johnathan Gregory
a junior studying elementary education, both students
attending Edward Waters College. Provided an opportunity
to apply what they are learning in the classroom in
real world situations.
These situations are not just educational, but involves
business, commerce and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Edward Waters College an HBCU building leaders in
diverse disciplines is working to build content creators
and innovators. In order for this to be successful students
must be exposed to industry leaders, developers and
programmers and marketers.
Conferences like WordCamp allow for exposure, it
encourages interaction and engagement. If students are
not involved they lose the chance to be inspired and
encouraged to think beyond their current community and
even economic level.

Learning from conferences is Dope and Lit, more students
of color and culture need to have the opportunity to
join in on the discussions to learn and contribute. To move
beyond consumers to change into developers.

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HBCU – Historic Black Colleges and Universities
should continue to prioritize learning on a foundation
level to liberate the thinking of the application and
integration of technology to produce not just consume.
Students of color and culture should not follow the words
of those who want to limit the abilities of them, because
students of color and culture and African students are
smart creatives, dynamic innovators and embrace
entrepreneurialism that opens doors to build people
and nations.  My students and I will take back to
our schools, our communities and our peers new knowledge
to share, to inspire, to ignite the fires of discovery that
change the way children, youth, teens and even young
adults see themselves.
“Children don’t care what you know, so long as they know
that you care,” is a quote the Jon Gregory shared with me
from attending EdCamp NASBE, it applies here as well.
We must share, encourage, engage, inspire, influence,
ignite and kindle the joy for learning so students will be
life-long learners to build a better tomorrow.

HBCU students should attend conferences, workshops,
seminars, meetups, EdCamps, WordCamps, Bar Camps,
and other technology events. If the mindset does not
change children of color and culture will find themselves
unemployable or under-employed in dead end careers and
jobs. This is economic and even political self destruction,
the lack of education creates a lack of economic and
political power.

Photos from our adventure to WordCamp USA 2016

 

August 29, 2016

Donald Trump to Black People – You’re Poor and Uneducated

Donald Trump to Black People – You’re Poor and Uneducated
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Father, Blogger, Educator,
Community Activist

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Shoutout to my friends at:
BG Bookclub @bg_bookclub
Black Girls Book Club bgbcuk@gmail.com
United Kingdom
Support literacy globally

Prove Donald Trump wrong
Over 200 Books for and about
People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson
#MyQuestToTeach
https://youtu.be/Uo6UDfrJgqk

The words of Donald Trump cut deep, psychological
blood was shed with comments that defied reason
and respect to people of color and culture.
If Donald Trump wanted to get votes from people of
color and culture he sure did it the wrong way. In his
mind how would he think that he would be received
when he made comments about the schools children
of color and culture attend, how did he think people
of color and culture would receive his comments
about being poor and who advised him that this
platform would gain him respect and get
more votes? If that is want he wanted?

This shows that Donald Trump is so disconnected
and out of touch he has no clue or he is a brilliant
creator of propaganda. The mentality of his is
potentially that people of color and culture have
no cognitive development. They are still someone’s
property like slavery.
The audacity of him to think to ask about the
options that people of color and culture have
pertaining to their political, economic and
educational stability and strength.

But wait……………………

Are these not the same issues people of color and
culture continue to fight with, are these the same
issues we protest about, are these the same issues
that we brought attention to Presidents for decades?
What is the difference today in this electoral process?
The truth in some capacity is that people of color and
culture are still struggling with the
educational process of this country, people of color
and culture are still fighting for political significance
and people of color and culture are still demanding
economic parity even if they do not have the same
foundation of economic stability and generational
economic application for the next generation.

Maybe the words of Donald Trump hurt because
in too many cases people of color and culture are
suffering from the exact issues that Trump is
throwing because those we elected in the past
have not made what people perceive are significant
changes. He hit a psychological and emotional
nerve, but was he right?

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Education is the KEY!!!

If people of color and culture want better schools
attend PTA meetings, if people of color and
culture want better schools they need to check to
make sure their children are prepared for school
with the right materials and attitude. If people of
color and culture want their children to gain success
then parents need to visit the schools, volunteer,
go on field trips, check classroom workbooks to
make sure homework and other work is done.
Talk with teachers, not at them and accept their
professionalism to help children of color and
culture be successful.

Sometimes when someone throws salt on a wound,
the hurt signifies there are situations of reality
and brokenness that are being either ignored or
denied in the mind. How many others feel this way
that are white, Asian and even African American?”
How many others have the impression that people
of color and culture are suffering, but enjoy their
suffering to the point where they are
comfortable in it?

Change only comes when a person is sick and
tire of being sick and tired. Change comes only
when a mother or father is tired of struggling and
goes back to school, change only comes when
parents are proactive with their children’s
learning and take them to the library during the week
or the weekends to read and study. Change comes
in when parents decide it is time to expose their
children to diversity and go to the museums around
their cities and get involved in their communities.

Donald Trump stirred up a hornet’s nest by criticism,
but he had to get his information from someplace
that possesses some truth. Why are people of color
and culture not attending school board meetings,
why are they not attending parent teacher meetings,
why are they not taking their children to the libraries
to encourage reading, writing and arithmetic and
receiving free tutoring for struggling children?
Why is the only option for children of color that
are struggling in school Special Education
programs and medicine?

School Open House invitations are coming out,
many parents will tell their children they are not going
because they do not want to. How many parents will
tell their children if they act up in school they will beat
the crap out of them instead of being part of the
educational support system and being proactive? How
many parents will look at teachers as a threat instead
of a support system to help their children achieve
more than they currently have?

Poverty in many communities have the faces of people
of color and culture, but the effort to get out of poverty
seems to be lacking in too many cases. Refugees come
to this country of opportunity to make a difference.
Refugees take advantage of the libraries, the resources,
the networking, and the engagement of community
events and even cultural events that bring people
together to lift each other up with networking and sharing.

The process is not complex, it requires planning,
it requires determination, it requires discipline and
it requires a willingness to sacrifice time, energy
and even putting people out of your life that are
holding you back.
Change your mentality and your vision.

Maybe Donald Trump did people of color and culture
a favor by making those comments. Maybe it is time
for people of color and culture to change their
mentalities and their goals in life. To create their
own businesses, to improve their community schools,
to create generational wealth.

The word “Challenge” use to mean something, it
had fire, it was a call to make a change. How many
people of color and culture will accept this “Challenge”
of Donald Trump too improve themselves?

Parents, encourage your children to read, read, read,
read, study, study, study, comprehend, comprehend
and improve themselves. What kind of legacy will
you leave with your children?

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Here is an extensive list of books about people of
color and culture and by people of color and culture.
Share with your children, I challenge parents and
their children to read as many as possible and prove
Donald Trump wrong!!!!
What have you got to loose????

Over 200 Books for and about
People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson
#MyQuestToTeach
https://youtu.be/Uo6UDfrJgqk

August 27, 2016

Parents, What Kind of Student are you Raising

Parents, What Kind of Student are you Raising
A New School Year – A New Focus for Success
William Jackson, M. Ed. Edward Waters College
@wmjackson

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The new school year has arrived, parents are concerned
about the outward appearance of their children; rightly
so, children represent their respective families and
generational lineage (family history). No parent wants
their children to look scruffy especially the first several
weeks of school. The concerns of parents in their
dressing of their child or children is a representation
of the physical appearance that creates the initial
impressions that are temporary and quickly fleeting
during the school year.

Prevent Having A Tunsil Moment

The question:
Parents, What Kind of Student are you Raising??
thought provoking and  a serious discussion that
inquires parents preparing their children academically
for success in school. Parents have you encouraged
academic excellence using positive words and
positive expectations?
Parents have you purchased educational materials;
educational DVD’s, obtained library cards and
museum memberships? Learning occurs outside of
the school too and must be cultivated by parents
before school starts and during the academic year.

Parents are you talking too, not yelling at children about
your expectations for proper behavior and scholarly
participation (being a good student)? Parents need to
show that books are the gateways to new worlds and
new discoveries not just sports or entertainment.
Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author states,
“Children should be fascinated by books and encouraged
to read every day.” Ironically children of color and culture
are behind others and should not be, free educational
resources are available in communities.

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During over 20 years as an educator I have heard
parents verbally threaten, demean, dress down,
embarrass and curse out their children as the new
school year approached. Parent’s excuses or reasons;
children need to know that they (parents) mean business.
Comments such as these shape and mold a child’s
mind. It potentially creates a personality that the
perception is they deserve to be beat, they deserve to
be yelled at and cursed at. These actions may reinforce
in a child’s mind that violence should be accepted and
maybe even welcomed in order to be a good student.
Children should be taught with love and patience that,
“there is value in books and libraries,” and love is
stronger than violence.
(African Voices 2009 – C.Achebe) so they can look
forward happily to reading and learning.

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As a parent and educator, I urge parents to think about
and seriously consider two statements by two well-known
men. Both were parents and known for their wisdom in
their respective lives. Albert Einstein (1879-19550) stated,
”Way of thinking should be taught to all children, to be
tenacious in the way they think, to solve problems even
though they may take years.”
Einstein 2007, this is related to the patience of learning,
to the expectations of hard work and dedication to research.
It is important for parents to teach this to their children
through love, role modeling and patience.

Malcolm X (1925-1965) stated, “Education is the passport
to the future. Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for
it today.” Malcolm X promoted learning, he is known to
have read ferociously and regularly sharing his
knowledge and love of learning with his children, and
when applying it to why knowledge is important.
Malcolm X rationality can be applied to all cultures and colors.
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Parents must train up their children the way they should
properly go, valuing education and doing good works in
their community.
Parents should ask themselves who would they want their
child to follow; who would they want their children to be
like, who should be their role models beyond athletes
and entertainers.
Parents need to be the first model for educational value,
parents think about the kind of child or children you are
raising and what are your expectations for them?
Do you want your children to be better than you in life:
do you want them to be better financially, educationally,
and socially? Education is the key.

Join PTA and School Advisory Council, attend school
board meetings and other events during the year so
you will understand why schools are run the way they
are. If your child is not struggling be a voice for those
that are, be a child advocate because all children will
eventually grow into adults and still affect the
climate of their and potentially  your community.

How your community, your city, and your state is
managed and run is based on the education of all
citizens. Your participation may mean the difference
between and educated and employed society that
equally contributes to the tax base or an under
educated, or uneducated  society that struggles to
provide resources and services that build and make
a city and community stronger.

Encourage reading, comprehension, literacy and life
long learning.

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