Ask yourself the question… What is the goal of education? Is it to gain specific knowledge and skills in order to get a good job or start a business? Is it to learn how be social and civic minded so that you can make the world a better place? What about this one; education’s goal is to teach people essential interpersonal skills and tolerance so that they can form successful relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Or maybe, it’s more simplistic than that. Maybe, the goal of education is simply to help people attain their goals and realize their dreams. Continue Reading
January 11, 2013
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January 31, 2012
Very briefly…. I prepared this document for Nia’s school and decided to post it on my blog in the event that there are any teachers, parents or administrators out there who need a quick and last minute resource to begin their Black History Month celebrations tomorrow! It’s a “On This Day in Black History…” and gives an important fact for each day of the month… Continue Reading
December 18, 2011
OK I know it’s the holiday season and everyone is supposed to be of good cheer, but again, I got frustrated and had to get this off my chest. I’ve been so busy lately that I am just now getting to sit down to write about it…
A few weeks ago, I was in the library doing some work. As I was working, an interaction between a teacher and student caught my attention. The teacher was going over incomplete assignments the student had to finish before the end of the semester. She points out what he had to do and tells him to sit at a table and get started; she was getting ready to give him an exam after that…
I had to ask
I made eye contact with the teacher and smiled. She smiled back and we started to talk. Continue Reading
September 27, 2011
Ok, Family I need your help… I was asked by my Asst. Principal at Nia’s school to serve as the Parent Council Representative of the local chapter of the NAACP. In that role, I am charged with bringing together African–American parents in the school and creating an opportunity to share information, network, and discuss issues that affect our children in the school.
In preparation for this, I began reflecting on my past experiences as a teacher…. Wondering what am I going to do?
August 2, 2011
How is everyone doing? Those following me on Twitter saw my tweet earlier today about having to do lesson plans for a class I got late notice that I will be teaching beginning tomorrow. In fact I started a hashtag, #lessonplanningalldaylong LOL; feel free to add your tweets to share about last minute lesson planning! However, all day long, instead of lesson planning, I’ve been working on my addition to the video archive sprouting up all over YouTube. Now, I want to write a short posting on my blog.
July 5, 2011
I taught in the public schools for over 10 years. Coming right out of grad school I was impassioned to share my new knowledge and skills with my first class as a teacher in a school district in East Palo Alto, CA. I was teaching 2nd grade. I loved those kids and they loved me… Each day was like an adventure in learning; for me as well as my students. I remember one day conducting a science experiment with my class that went totally bust! LOL The intended outcome did not even come close to happening. But instead of panicking and feeling that the lesson’s objectives had been ruined, I regrouped and asked my students to help me figure out what went wrong. Continue Reading
April 25, 2010
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Monday, March 17, 2008
In Memoriam: Dr. Dennis Pett
It is fitting that I begin this journey by paying homage to my teacher and mentor, Dr. Dennis Pett; an Indiana University professor for over 30 years and icon in the educational technology industry.