So I’m over at the Woodward Park Middle School library being impressed by their images of Black role models displayed throughout the building. I took a picture of a poster board that made note of my Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorors (and adult educator) Septima Clark and Toni Morrison.
Suddenly a familiar book caught my eye in the section of the library that highlighted Who’s Who in Black Columbus. I particularly noted the New Millenium Edition because of its lovely silver color. Also, because I remember being included in it as one of Central Ohio’s “On the Rise” professionals back in 2000 (I also have a copy of the book in my Georgia storage unit). So I scoured the book and there I was on page 108. I swear I don’t seem to have aged much over the past 17 years. I also want to note that I was rockin’ the “blond” hair way before Beyoncé!! :p
The Seniors brought in some delicious African Sambusa during our the 7th period US History class. I was the Substitute Teacher benefactor having to cover for the ESL teacher today. I enjoyed these delicious treats so much that the Seniors gave me the extra leftovers in order to take home for dinner tonight. 🙂 #Winning #ILoveBeingAnEducator ❤
Shortly, I’m going to be doing my end of the school year teaching highlights blog post (with pics). It will cover my time with the Columbus City School District Pre-K babies all the way up to our 12th-grade young adult seniors. For now, there are only 7 more days left in the academic school year. Then, my Summer and Fall adventures 2017 will commence.
Tchakiri Recipe from Senegal, Africa
This is my first book review (and chapter highlight) as a new PhD. Below are some of the author’s comments about my section in particular:
“For those looking for evidence and rigor regarding pedagogical practices, there is a considerable range in the depth of discussion within these areas. A few chapters are even concerned with design, implementation, and effects on learning. Some of them deal with these issues better than others. For example, Lisa Rochelle Brown’s ‘Spiral Dynamic Theory as an Instrument for Praxis: Memetic Racism and Cultural Transfer’ or Martha A. Brown and Traci P. Baxley’s ‘Transforming Whiteness in Teacher Education: The Call for Anti-Racist Pedagogy’ stand out in this regard.”
Jones, S. (2017). [Review of the book RIP Jim Crow: Fighting racism through higher education policy, curriculum, and cultural interventions]. Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 27, 2017 http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 21886, Date Accessed: 4/21/2017 3:04:06 PM
Link to Full Review
I told my friend Malahkiyah that I was going to explain one of my teaching strategies or “parables” that I shared with my student(s) who were being disruptive during the class. Here goes…
ME: Let me explain something to you all. This classroom is a bank. I am the bank teller and the knowledge that I dispense to you is the money. Each of you are here to make a withdrawal. Some of you need your money (knowledge) to one day pay for college. Others may want to start a business or maybe buy someone you love something nice.
Gone are the days that simply finishing high school will be enough for you to survive in this world. You will need post-secondary education whether it is formal like in college or university study or informal online self-training. Let’s be clear, you will need continuous education to make a living for yourself and family.
Taking all of that into consideration, when someone comes into this classroom to disrupt the learning process they are robbing you of the opportunity for that better life. You only have control over yourself in this classroom and no one else. All I’m asking today is that you don’t be a “Bank Robber”. Any questions?
#AdultEducation #CivicEngagement #STEAMEducation4Youth #LivelongLearning
As a new Ph.D. graduate actively engaged in the faculty search process I have been fortunate to have a plethora of wonderful experiences post-graduation. Currently, I am finding myself in a position to give back to the students who served to motivate me to pursue my doctorate degree in Adult Education Learning and Organization Development.
I am applying for university professor positions and was also blessed to be welcomed back as a long-term substitute science teacher with the Columbus City Schools (CCS) district in Ohio. There are no words to express the joy that I have for teaching and learning. This is especially true as I am able to work with our ESL, immigrant and racial minority group students attending CSS. Being a substitute teacher with the capacity to accept long-term working assignments with pre-K through high school students has been great! It has allowed me to introduce my scholarship, perform community engaged work, and utilize the academic training I gained during my time at the University of Georgia.
Additionally, the invaluable experiences that I gained as an educator living abroad in Chile, South America, while also serving as a visiting scholar at the Universidad Católica del Maule, have all come together as applied learning to the benefit of the students that I am now teaching here in the United States. Below are some recent photos from my assignment at Independence High School and words of thanks I received from both my students and instructional professionals who evaluated my teaching this past October. I was able to effectively use the learning style and problem-solving constructs obtained through my research using Spiral Dynamic Theory in order to help ESL students learn. I also was able to use foundational adult learning philosophy such as co-generative group learning in the production of lesson plans and the delivery of academic content that helped our immigrant population of culturally diverse students to learn mathematics more effectively.
Powerpoint presentation used to test prep for examines.
My incentives and tactile learning games helped make learning engaging and exciting!
Using games to promote collective group learing and mastery of mathematics core competencies.
Using whatever materials and resources avaialbe to make high-quality learning be realized in our classroom.
Sharing best practices and teaching pedagogy with ELL/ESL Instructional Professionals.
Teacher Evaluation from my students.
Homemade cards and letters of thanks from my students. ❤
Our ESL students arrived to the US from different countries around the world. Many enroll with limited English language abilities
The story of America and Cuba is a lot older than the Cold War.
Source: Watch: 150 years of US-Cuba history, told in 6 minutes – Vox