My Quest To Teach

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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July 26, 2017

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility 

WordCamp and Building Your Synaptic and Linguistic Agility
by William Jackson
Speaker: WordCamp Jacksonville 2017, WordCamp DC 2017
Parent, Educator, Blogger, Social Media Visionary, Content Creator

Attending any WordCamp should not just be an esoteric experience.
Being a part of WordCamp should be an experience that allows
for the spirit of innovation, the imagination of creativity and the
thirst for unquenchable knowledge to grab hold of a person’s
mind. Applying new knowledge to current/past knowledge, being
able to find new ways to create, share and transport knowledge
that can be applied to the diversity of life.
The body is a vessel that carries the brain, the heart and other
physical organs, but it also transports the spirit of passions and
the dreams of ingenuity and imagination. Technology does not
dwell in a sterile one dimensional environment, technology
embraces the diversity of the firing of the synapsis in the brain.
The thoughts that are as powerful as bursts of lighting and
applied linguistic agility.
Thoughts are electrical impulses that give rise to reality and
an entrance to the depths of the mind.
When a person thinks each thought is the result of a stimuli
that can result from a simple smell, a taste, a sound or even
a physical feeling. The site of a face can create a myriad of
emotions that can be pleasing, frightening, or overwhelming.
Technology is part of the mental and emotional selves that we
as humans create and share in our world. When attending a
WordCamp a person cannot just stay within themselves they
must venture out and connect, collaborate and create the
foundation of building real and lasting relationships.
WordCamp is an environment resulting from a seemingly
simple application of WordPress, an online environment that
allows for mental agility, emotional creativity and innovation
in an environment that allows the synapsis of our brain to
think, dream, speculate, consider, communicate, collaborate,
calculate and connect.
The ability for humans using technology to emerge from the
binary melting pot of coding to create the ability to communicate
on diverse levels. Seeking parity is not the priority, but the
transcending of current realities that have limited physical
actions. The mind knows no limitations only those created
by limited imaginations and self-perceived confines in a world
of rules and realities begging to be broken.
What is WordCamp; not just a simple or mundane explanation,
it is being adapted because the men, women, boys, girls and
diversity of nations, cultures, and ideologies are opening digital
doorways to a matrix of dynamic and infinite possibilities of
thinking, feeling, creating, innovation and being. Open Source
is an opening for the mind to fly though at light speed without
limitations to achieve wonders on digital platforms.
WordCamp and Building Your Linguistic Agility is requiring
modifying languages to adapt to new forms of communication
outside the spectrum of physical verbiage, it is demanding the
ability to create new languages that binary coding and human
thoughts are equal partners in communication.
When attending a WordCamp take the time to listen to the
conversations, attempt to enter into the minds of programmers,
developers, graphic artists, users, developers and others as
they share experiences that only those that apply WordPress
can only understand. Open the source of creativity that lives
and grows in minds that enjoy creativity, imagination and the
challenge of coding that machines only listen to.
Challenging people to share their stories is the easy part,
having people accepting the challenge to apply their mental
synapsis is the challenge and my quest.
#MyQuestToTeach

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July 24, 2017

African Americans Need to Attend Conferences WordCamp Philly, DC and More

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African Americans Need to Attend Conferences WordCamp Philly, DC and More
by William Jackson
Speaker at WordPress Jacksonville 2017 and WordCamp DC 2017
@wmjackson Twitter #MyQuestToTeach Google
As an educator, blogger and speaker I encourage not just my
students to attend conferences, but those that are entrepreneurs,
small business owners and even community activists seeking to
gain and share information.
No matter the level of participation, encouraging involvement
to attend and speak on the areas passionate about.
To share knowledge, wisdom, skills, that learning is a life-long
adventure and African Americans need to recognize this and be
involved.
To be involved in their communities to help them to grow
requires gaining, sharing information, resources and building
Learning Communities and Learning Networks within the c
community that fosters Learning Families. This shows gener-
ations that each of us has a responsibility to our future to
build knowledge leaders for the future.

If African Americans become complacent allowing themselves
to be lead the wrong way by misinformation we will loose the
very rights, privileges and very humanity we fought so hard
for. Those that have influence are those that embrace learning
and understand the value of networking and collaboration to
build communities that are diverse and connected.
Companies and industries are not just built by one person it
takes a collection of visionaries, dreamers, strategist, developers,
thought leaders, smart creatives and innovators. The opportunity
to exchange ideas, to collaborate with like-minded individuals
of color and culture and building Professional Learning Comm-
unities that build on professional relationships is immeasurable
in its power to make and sustain change.

The presentation “How To Be Dope on Social Media” is not a
cultural relevance, but how to connect with the diversity
of community residents related to the integration of Social
Media to share information not just the stupidity that youth,
teens and young adults are doing online.
How to learn the languages, the nuances and be able to effec-
tively carry on conversations that are beneficial to building
relationships and accept diversity.

The presentation “How To Use Your Blog to be a Community
Activist” too many African Americans do not think or plan
for the future, they live for the moment, do not participate
in opportunities to build generational knowledge to tran-
sition into generational value for learning and success.
Attending conferences opens the mind to new ways of
thinking and exposure to opportunities of change and
growth. African American are a growing entrepreneurial
force across the nation birthed from necessity and need.

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The availability of conferences, workshops, seminars and
other learning/networking chances should be attended
and followed up from exchanging business cards, followed
by emails and phone calls brings about beneficial business,
educational and entrepreneurial connections.
African Americans should be building their marketing
plans, growth plans, and developing Branding strategies
to take them into the future.
Parents are many times the ones that start their entre-
preneur journey and followed by their children, genera-
tional wealth is obtained because of what parents pass
down to their children and then to their grandchildren.

Conferences and similar meetings allow for plans to be
developed that can be put into place that are relevant to
what the person wants to accomplish. Gaining knowledge is
empowering, but the application is more important because
it creates the opportunity to open Marketing and Branding
plans that will allow them to be implemented to build wealth.
This summer opens doors to embrace the business knowledge
and take that leap, to cast away fear and self-doubt.
Many times the only thing holding a person back is their
lack of self-confidence, self-motivation and the fear of failure.
Being a veteran of conferences does not just empower me it
allows me to share knowlede with my students, even if they
are elementary school age or in higher education at Edward
Waters College.

We have to share our knowledge, wisdom and learning so
each generation can grow to be better for the next one.
African Americans must be sure to think out of the box,
to be thought leaders, smart creatives, digital innovators
even on digital paper for the world to read. To look at
nontraditional careers and seek to grow beyond
self-perceived limitations and fears.

My greatest thrill as an educator is to take students with
me to introduce them to new ways to see the world with
technology, to network with industry leaders, web
developers, graphic designers, venture capitalists,
problem solvers, CEO’s, CFO’s, chairman and
chairwomen of boards, corporations and even Mayors.

“What we plant in our students and in our children
will grow to take them beyond anywhere we
individually can imagine.”
Professor William Jackson 2017

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