DJing an “Insane” Show Tomorrow

ICP in Sarnia

I’m DJing the Insane Clown Posse concert at Station Music Hall in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada tomorrow. This should be a huge show. Hope to see you out!

North 2 West Promotions Presents

INSANE CLOWN POSSE RETURN TO CANADA

For years they have not been allowed in Canada, and finally, its the return of ICP..

Hosted By Bradie Whetham

DJ Chase March on the 1’s an 2’s

with local support

+LAST BREED
+MARMEL ENT with Mercy Gang
+WYCKED TRUTH
+ O-Beast

Special appearance by :

FenyxFyre “as seen on AMC’s FreakShow” and MaddGuyver (StrangeOrDanger Thrillshow)
This Thrill Show will take place inbetween performers

tickets online at : https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/15375/

Advance | $35
Door | $40

You can now get tickets at :

In London :

Grooves : 353 Clarence St London ON N6A3M4
Canada. (519) 640-6714

O-Beast

In Sarnia :

Cheeky Monkey : 130 Christina St N, Sarnia ON N7T 5T6, Canada +1 (519) 332-0978

Picker’s Alley : 430 Exmouth St, Sarnia ON N7T 5N9, Canada. +1 (519) 344-7740

The Station Music Hall : 505 Campbell St, Sarnia, ON N7T 2J1 +1 (519) 383-0006

In Chatham :

Tony’s One Shoppe 83 Center St, 519-351-4885

The Vinyl Room 325 Queen St, N7M 2H7 519-351-2727.

Each store has limited tickets, so get yours before they are gone.

Also don’t forget to hit up WYCKED Truth for tickets, they will sell quick.

O-Beast in London
Suspect in Cambridge
Last Breed Oshawa

VIP Meet & Greet | www.hatchetgear.com

Door 8:30PM
19+ Plus Event
The Station Music Hall
505 Campbell Street, Sarnia Ontario

VIP Meet an Greet will take place at The Station Music Hall
@ 7:00, so make sure you bring your VIP print out, or tickets.

OFFICIAL TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT:

“Attention all Canadian juggalos and juggalettes — we’ve got some great news. Untouchable Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse are embarking on a massive Canadian tour.

That’s right, it’s time to stock up on face paint and Faygo, because the dynamic duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope will bring their music (and worldwide movement) to various venues around the country.

The trek kicks off at Quebec’s previously announced Amnesia Rockfest on June 24, and continues with shows throughout our great land before concluding in Victoria on July 17.

This is the first time ICP have brought their mythical Dark Carnival to Canada in over a decade, so this news is undoubtedly cause for celebration.!” – Exclaim.ca

Catch Me DJing Every Night This Weekend

Tonight – Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Sunday – Insane Clown Posse Concert in Sarnia, ON

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton goes down tomorrow night in my home town of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

It takes place at the Touchdown Pub right near the football stadium that is the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

I am excited to be deejaying this event and hope you can make it out.

Here are the details . . .

“Hip Hop Anonymous” is coming to Hamilton, Ontario on June 25th

Hosted By DWG ENT and Fresher Entertainment

FREE LIVE CYPHER
BEAT SHOWCASE
LIVE HIPHOP
GOOD FOOD ALL NIGHT

Featuring Performances by:

PB $tyl$
King Kimbit
Rowz
Scrapgang
JR
Lyrical Mind
Buck Zero
Bobby Fresh

With a Special Beat Showcase & Cypher By:

Jinx Beatz

Music By:

DJ Chase March

10$ Cover
19+
Food Served ALL NIGHT

Catch Me DJing Every Night This Weekend

Friday – So You Think You Can DJ at Martini Bar in London, ON.

Saturday – Hip-Hop Anonymous Hamilton

Sunday – Insane Clown Posse Concert in Sarnia, ON

A DJ Showcase You Won’t Want to Miss

So You Think You Can DJ

Here is the press release about the super-cool DJ showcase event going on tomorrow night that I cam proud to be part of.

DJ Arctic currently holds down a residency at this bar but has opened up the night to showcase some of the great DJ talent we have in this city. I am honoured to be kicking off the night. Come early to catch my set!

Turn Turbo Fridayz Presents…..

The ultimate DJ lineup live and direct at the Martini bar on 645 Richmond Street, London, Ontario Canada on June 24th 2016.

Lineup:

Chase March -9:00-9:30
Wiskaz – 9:30-10:00
DJ Starchild – 10:00-10:30
DJ Milla – 10:30-11:00
DJ Hullewud – 11:00-11:30
Mark the Mechanic – 11:30-12:00
Bnutz – 12:00-12:30
Gripski – 12:30-1:00
Arctic – 1:00-1:30
Divinyl – 1:30-2:00

Bnutz – is a madman on the ones and twos watch out for this performance as he has previously competed in the red bull threestyle competition in london and knows how to hold it down like the gravity of a true star. he didnt earn the name Bnutz for no reason. Be sure to check him tear the roof off.

Gripski – the cut magician is going to destroy the evening im sure as he comes out to spin pure fire. He has been involved with the scene for over a decade from PHC to Londerground this Toronto native has made a name for himself in london.

Hullewud – Not much is needed to be said as possibly the most notorious DJ in london makes his way to the stage. with accalaids to long to mention he has made the scene what it is today and has shaped the london landscape for over 2 decades.

Wiskaz – Pioneer of the londerground battle scene and long time battle DJ Wiskaz is coming out to tear it down with his precise cuts and 90s jams.

Arcitc – Turn Turbo Fridayz creator and martini bar resident DJ is coming out to make an impact on the scene for all the DJs out there that need to learn how to do it right.

Starchild – The first person to bring the scratch to London. What more needs to be said other than that alone. his long accredited career includes radio dj for over a decade, club dj, and host of many infamous events. from meeting jam master jay to maestro fresh wes this man has literally built the scene by taking the first shovel full of dirt out of the underground.

Mark the Mechanic – long time dj (redbull threestyle) and scratch master Mark the Mechanic returns to the Martini bar to rip it up on the ones and twos. trust me you dont want to miss out on his unique songs selection and precision scratches.

DJ Milla – DMC champ DJ Milla is coming out to show everyone what it takes to be a champ. D & B will be his focus as he breaks the richter scale and moves the earth this night.

Chase March – No doubt about it thee most hardest working DJ I have ever seen in the radio biz. There isnt an idea this man hasnt come up with first when it comes to promotion.

Divinyl – Straight off the streets of Byron is the one any only Divinyl. I seen this long time freind of mine start from the very beginning in his bedroom and now hes has come so far it blows my mind how much he has accomplished with DJin.

19+
no cover

Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/261367264235489/

Hope to see you there!

Also, I am deejaying Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Come back tomorrow for more details!

Conscious Men – Why We All Need to Wake Up!

Conscious Men

Conscious Men by John Gray and Arjuna Ardagh

It’s nice to see a book like this. I think far too often in the world, men go around blind to what it means to be a man. We don’t think about the gender roles we play in our daily lives. We are not conscious of things that we can do to improve and make changes.

“We feel that there are a number of simple things that a man can recognize about himself that radically increases his sense of wellbeing as well as his positive impact on those around him”

What a great mission for a book. Here is some of the advice they offer . . .

“… stress is a byproduct of doing things that are not right for you.”

They authors suggest that when you live your life according to a mission or sense of purpose, you can feel comfortable and strong with yourself and stress won’t be as much of an issue.

The title of this book helps us to think about some of the drives that motivate and cause us to act in ways we don’t think about. Becoming conscious of these thoughts and drives, help us to overcome then and live a more purposeful life.

I identify with this quote . . .

“… couples  fall in love but lose their passion quickly because they don’t create enough distance between themselves to maintain attraction. A conscious man is able to recognize that he has a need for intimacy, but he also has a need for solitude and silence.”

It all comes down to balance,  in my humble opinion. That is one of the reasons I go for trail runs. I need that solitude, isolation, and alone time. It benefits everyone.

Here is a key point; what works for you might not work for someone else. We can’t assume that  it every will. If we do, we will get frustrated and not truly understand the other person.

The authors tend to make some blanket statements in this book. Here is an example . . .

“Men take things more literally than women do and are not always so intuitive about anticipating another’s needs.”

I’m not sure this is always the case, but it does stimulate thinking. And that is the point of the book. To get us thinking about being a man, to recognize the masculine and feminine way of dealing with things, and to understand that we have access to both.

Here is another key point,

“In order for a man to feel motivated and to achieve and accomplish his soul’s mission,l he needs to be able to make promises that he can keep . . . 

Following feelings is fine, but you also need the part of you which can be analytical that can ask, ‘Why am I doing this? What are the things I want to accomplish and achieve in the long term. This means choosing long-term satisfaction over short-term pleasure.”

Here are some closing thoughts . . .

“… conscious masculinity is all about epigenetics: allowing conscious choices and understanding to override automation and instinct.”

and . . .

“A conscious man is aware of the pressures imposed upon him . . . he is aware of his reaction and rebellion against those pressures, and so he wakes up to doing the right thing, no matter what.”

Words to live by, that is for sure!

My List of 2016 Reads – a detailed, personal reading log with links to every title I have read over the course of the year.

Paying Tribute to Muhammad Ali on Word is Bond Rap Radio

I had to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali on the radio program last week. Without him, I don’t think we would have hip-hop music and culture. He was a forefather of the art-form. He rapped before anyone knew what rapping was. He had a braggadocio flow that emcees still try to emulate. He is mentioned in countless songs as well. I start off the show with a few of them.

Rest in Peace, Muhammad Ali! You will never be forgotten!

Press play and enjoy the show!

Muhammad Ali – clip
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Common – The Game
Gangstarr – DWYCK
Fugees – Ready or Not
Craig G – This Man (That Ain’t Cool)
Sa-Roc – Eye of the Phoenix
Zoetic Minds – Like This Son
The Sunchild – One Love
Moore & Exit Only – Write 2 Know
Gigi – Extravagant
Cold Lo – Ravenous Wolves
D-sisive – The Stranded
db Sota – The Road to Brooklyn
Apathy – Blow Ya Head Off
Relic – Not Alone
Complex Theory – Long Road
Lincoln Marshall – Tombstones
Moka Only – Right
Seek the Northerner – One of a Kind
Jeff Spec – I Put a Spell on You
Aspects ft Raekwon – Wulocks
Stargate – Dimension
Cymarshall Law and Mr. Joeker – My Soul
The Polish Ambassador ft Mr. Lif – Lost and Found
Jon Corbin – A New Direction for Jon Corbin
Pro Era – Tres Passing
Wycked Truth ft Tempomental – Behind the Mask
Phoniks and Rashan Ahmad – Manuscripts
Beneficience – The Block
Dex Amor and Goldenbeats – What Do Ai Say

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Introducing . . . Sons of Boombap (World-Wide Hip-Hop Collective)

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What is the Sons Of Boombap (S.O.B.)???

S.O.B. is a newly formed collective of close to 50 artists, mc’s, producers, DJ’s, scene builder and heads across the globe, with the shared goal of preserving old-school, boom-bap, hip-hop music.

It was founded by Sharky with a tonne of help from Cable and in just a few weeks time we now have reached 4 continents and continue to grow at an exhilarating pace. The best part is that everyone is incredibly dope!!!

Don’t believe me…check the roster! (In no particular order)

Sharky
Cable
Fraction
Illtone
Prologic
Know-it
Branded Moore
Exit Only
Substance
Es
Lakes
Oskeptical
Age
Notion
Cee
Dynamic
Jux Cain
Mighty Rhino
Ultra Magnus
Madhattr
L.E.O.
Sennes Gregory
Jukebox Verbal
Donny Yonder
MLNY
Definition
Weapon ESP
Applied Science
Dopey Zeigler
Sevven
Otis Mensah
WEARELABRATS
Kingz Of Vocals
King Kimbit
Ahlee Ahlee

Producers/DJ’s/Scene Builders

Klubba Lang
Phadetoven
Spencer Jones Armstrong
Digital Junkie
Tyler Hetherington
Chase March
Cali Spit Club Robert Harris

…less than 2 weeks.

This is just the beginning of the S.O.B. movement.

#‎THEPASTISNOWTHEFUTURE‬ August 2016

‪#‎SOB

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Carving Out Some Time

I share things on Instagram and Facebook that I don’t necessarily share here. That’s probably because of the immediacy of those platforms.  It’s easy to throw up a quick update and move on.

With my blog, I am a little more deliberate of what I post and take several hours each week crafting entries. At least, I used to.

These days, I am finding myself with too many things to do and not enough time. I don’t even have a queue of drafts ready to schedule and keep the blog running on auto-pilot. For that, I apologize.

If you don’t follow me on other platforms, here is an update on what has been keeping me so busy.
Western University Letter
I am now a graduate student at Western University and working towards a Masters Degree in Library and Information Sciences.

I am working full time in a job that doesn’t earn me enough money to pay the bills. I am looking for a better paying gig and applying to teaching jobs for September. The truth is, I love teaching and I’m good at it. I want to pursue a library career, but I can do that on a part-time basis even if I head back to teaching.

I continue to deejay every week on the radio station. I’m looking for concerts and events to rock as well.

I continue to go for trail runs at least three times a week and spend time with my girlfriend. Those things are important.

A few things have fallen by the wayside, however. I’ve gone from blogging three times a week to once a week. I haven’t done anything to further my writing goals of being published, I haven’t been able to work on any new writing projects, and my place isn’t as tidy as it normally is.

I am pursuing a dream and working hard to better myself. That’s something I always strive to do.  Finances are super-tight, but they won’t always be. Bright things are on the horizon.

Wish me luck!

The Inaugural “Instagram Immemorial”

I started using Instagram 111 weeks ago.

It’s hard to believe that it has actually been that long.

Chase March 1st Instagram Post

This is my first post from April 2014. It shows a small part of my Daredevil collection.

Atmosphere Concert

I saw Atmosphere in concert and took this terrible photograph.

I did get to talk to Slug backstage and record an amazing interview with him though.

Spock Scrabble

I almost got to play this amazing word in a round of Star Trek Scrabble.

Smile and Wave

I made some punny jokes.

I made another one there. Pun + funny = punny. Get it?

Chase March Radio Selfie

I took some selfies at the radio station,

trail run

documented some amazing running spots,

skatepark

shared some skatepark memories,

DW cosplay

And even did some Doctor Who cosplay at Toronto’s Fan Expo.

If you haven’t been following me on Instagram, you might have missed all of this cool stuff.

I still have 91 weeks worth of  images to catch you up on. That is why this post is titled, “The Inaugural Instagram Immemorial” because there will be more.

If you don’t want to miss any of my great content though, please head on over to Instagram now and follow me. Thanks!

Teaching Yard Sale and Resource Exchange

I have been collecting teaching resources for the past 15 years. I have a lot of great items that I will be selling this weekend.

Other teachers will also be selling some of their tried-and-true teaching resources at the ETFO Yard Sale and Resource Exchange. Here are the details . . .
Teacher Yard Sale

I will have a parking spot at the London. Ontario office and will be selling bins of material grouped by grade this Saturday, June 4th. Here is what I have to offer . . .

Kindergarten to Grade 2

BOOKS – Grammar Handbook 1 (Part of the Jolly Phonics Program – I love this resource) Teaching with Ezra Jack Keats Books, Crayola Imagination Book 1 and 3, Painted Words, Learn Every Day: Grammar Skills, OPHEA: Jigga Jump, Creative Reading Gr 1, Guide to Effective Instruction in Writing, Connect with Words, The Teachers Guide to Building Block, Jump Start – Outer Space Unit, Fun to Learn – Finish the Picture, The Complete Book of Science Gr 1-2, Basic Skills Helper, Brighter Child Math, Family Fun Games, Learning Land – First Words, Lightning Lessons – Graphing, Hands On Physics Experiments K – 2, Calculator Math Level A, Funtastic Frogs Measuring.

BINDERS – Come Play With Us Unit, Skills for Success for Your First Grader, NaNoWriMo – Young Writers Program, 100th Day of School, My Little Grammar Books, A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Show Me – Teaching Information and Visual Texts, Art Ideas.

Grade 2

BOOKS – Grammar Handbook 2 (Part of the Jolly Phonics Program – I love this resource) Connect with Words, Method Math, The Complete Math Smart 2, Sunflowering, Math Skills, Phonics, Reading Comprehension, Science Courseware Pack, Reading Workbook, Writing Mini-Lessons, How to: Inventions, Owl: Funbook, Learning Activities, Teach Children to Read and Write, Daily Language Review 2, Creative Reading, Daily Word Ladders, Write Now, Total Basic Skills, Words Every 2nd Grader Needs to Know, How to Make Books, Teachers Guide to Shared Reading, Think on Your Feet

BINDERS – Reading Assessment, Working it Out, Read and Understand, Strategies that Work, Reading Package K – 10, Art Ideas, Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Apple Attitude, AND a bin of Unifix cubes

Grade 3

BOOKS – Take it to Your Seat Literacy Centres (already prepped and laminated) Method Math, Science Courseware Pack, BrainQuest 3, What the Heck is a Grape Nut? Total Reading Grade 3, Words Every 3rd Grader Needs to Know, The Inuit Thought of It, Complete MathSmart 3, Creating Reading 3, Quick and Shirt Book Reports, New Start Canada, Nurturing Growth, ArchiGames – 50 Activities to Build Creative Thinkers, Math at School 3, Basics First Vocabulary Development, Canada Curriculum Teacher Helper – Art Lessons, Year Round Activity Guide – Planting the Seeds, Home Workbook – Word Problems, Daily Language Review Grade 3, Total Basic Skills 3

BINDERS – Show Me – Teaching Information and Visual Texts, Mapping Skills, Cursive Writing, Mad Minute Math, Let’s Write, The Write Genre, Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Get Writing, Land and Sea Unit

School Supplies

– 3 sets of 25 duotangs (red, yellow, grey)
– 32 page exercise book (50 blue, 50 yellow, 50 green, 25 pink)
– 150 loose-leaf paper packs (16 sets)

Craft Supplies Bin

80 foam sheets, 30 foam glider kits, 1000 craft sticks. 25 gingerbread necklace Christmas Craft Kits, 45 Reindeer Necklace Christmas Craft Kits, Assorted Christmas Craft Supplies Bin, Crayola Color Explosion 3D Kit, 3 Self Adhesive Vinyl Rolls, 16 Desk Magnet White Boards, 18 Plastic Clothespins, Artist Calendars (Monet, Van Gogh, DaVinci) Magnetic Calendar

Bulletin Board Bin

Lots of border trims of different themes and colours, letters of different sizes and colours, and magnetic border trim for the blackboard or whiteboard

Assorted Bin

Hanging Folders for your desk and filing cabinet, number line for the wall, various posters for the classroom.

Board Games Bin

Pattern Blocks Tub, Colour Tiles tub, 2 Colour Counters, Double 12 Dominoes Game, Princess Card Games, Math Board Game, Race to Read Board Game, Scrabble Junior, Parcheesi, Syl-la-bles Game, The Children’s Quiz Compendium, Early Discoveries Games

And More

I am still gathering things that I will be selling. So, come on out, say, “Hi!” and pick up a few things that you can use in your classroom

Hope to see you there!

The bins have anywhere from $200 to $500 worth of great resources in them. And I am selling them from $30 – $75.

Chase that Content – Don’t Let It Fade Away!

Chasing Content - Chase MarchIt’s time to stand on the precipice and look down upon all of the posts that compose the landscape of this blog.

It’s time to zoom in on what was happening last year at this time and highlight a few of the stand-out posts from last June.

It’s time for Chasing Content!

Read all of the posts from last June,

or just these stand-out ones

Teachers Are Such Failures

“It seems everybody is piling on teachers right now. We have become fashionable targets.”

People aren’t going to understand what we do. We will always face criticism and negative comments.

“Honestly, I don’t let it bother me and you shouldn’t either.”

Click through to read more!

I’m Never Running Here Again

I love trail running and am always looking for a new one to explore. I won’t go back to this one though. Click through to read why.

National Go Skateboard Day

Every year on June 21st, we celebrate skateboarding. There are all sorts of events., I am sure you will be able to find one near you. Go skate and have fun!

Rita – My New Favourite Show

This show is available on Netflix and it is absolutely brilliant. Anyone who has ever taught will appreciate the series. Well worth putting on subtitles and immersing yourself in three short seasons of amazing television from Denmark.

Thanks for Chasing Content With Me

Click on the link above to see “Best Of” posts just like this one for every single month I have blogged. And the collection continues to grow. Stay tuned!

From the Graphic Novel Aisle

I love scouring the graphic novel section at the public library. It often leads me to titles and issues I never knew existed. And I get to read to great comics for free. What is better than that?

Here are the latest graphic novels that I have read.

Ant Man - Second Chance Man

Ant-Man – Second Chance Man

I didn’t know a lot about this character prior to seeing the movie last year. The film was incredible and I really enjoyed it. This comic pretty  much picks up right from there. If you saw the movie and liked it, I would recommend checking this one out.

Star Wars - Skywalker Strikes

Star Wars – Skywalker Strikes

This is my Star Wars. The comics are getting the characters, the universe, and the story right. Not like the latest film version, which was horrible, in my humble opinion.

I am enjoying how the writers of the on-going Star Wars series have filled in the gaps between the original film trilogy. This is the second title I have read in this series and I look forward to reading more.

Daniel Clowes - Mister Wonderful

Mr. Wonderful – A Love Story

I picked this up from the shelf and the story captured me right from the first page.

An older man is waiting in a coffee shop for his blind date. She’s late and his mind wanders. You can see his thought process throughout the story and how, at times, it takes him away from what is actually happening in front of him.

My girlfriend was with me when I picked this one up from the library. She read it before I did and also got into the quirky storytelling. When she got to the end though, she exclaimed something along the lines of “What? It ends there?” I guess she wanted more. I actually think it ended poetically.

Let me know what you think if you have read any of these titles.

Happy Reading!

My List of 2016 Reads – a detailed, personal reading log with links to every title I have read over the course of the year.

March – An Illustrated History

March Book 1

March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

This is the first part of a trilogy of books that tell the real-life story of John Lewis and his fight to end segregation in the United States.

The book opens a peaceful demonstration that is only met with violence. The civil rights activists are subjected to tear gas, batons, and arrests. And with the very real threat of violence always present, these brave souls never gave up.

They continued to fight unjust rules and customs by simply asking to be served in restaurants and conducting non-violent sit ins. If they got arrested, the refused to pay any fines and completed the jail time.

The violent time of the past is contrasted with the induction of America’s first Black President. Lewis tells his story on this day and it is illustrated beautiful and well-paced.

March Book 2

March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

This book continues the real life account of the Civil Rights Movement and how peaceful protests were met with extreme violence. It covers the years 1961 to 1963. You can see how the buses were targeted right on the cover art. The story opens with a particularly brutal church bombing as well.

It’s hard to believe that racism was so rampant back then and that people targeted regular people who only wanted to be seen, heard, and valued.

This is an important story and part of our history. I am glad that it has been told with such care and accuracy.

Book Three will be released this fall

My 2016  Reading Log – every single title I read over the course of the year will be compiled here. I have lots of books to catch up on and write about still. Stay tuned!

Trilliums on the Trail Side

This is the time of year that the Trillium are in bloom.

I always love seeing Ontario’s Provincial Flower along the trail side when I go for my runs.

Trilliums on the Trail Side (1)

Here is collage I made and shared on Instagram.

The images above were taken during one of my trail runs through Komoka Provincial Park.

Meadowlily Woods Trilliums (4)

Today, I ran through Meadowlily Woods and spotted some Purple Trilliums.

Beautiful!

Kains Woods

This is from a few weeks back. I didn’t seen any Trillium flowers during my trek through Kains Woods.

They are kind of elusive these flowers. They aren’t in bloom for very long. So get out on the trails this weekend. and find some.

And remember to follow me on Instagram for more great pictures like these!

The Inner Game of Work

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The Inner Game of Work by W. Timothy Gallwey

I started a research project to see how we could let students choose what they want to learn in school and it led me to some very interesting books, articles, and videos. I will be sharing some of that with you over the course of this year as I continue this exploration.

As some of you may know, I quit teaching last year. There is an educator in me that just won’t quit, however. And so when I read this passage, I immediately identified with it.

A New Approach

“My first career was as an educator, a profession still notorious for being slow to embrace real change. Ironically, education is supposed to be about learning, and thus about change. It should provide insight and wisdom about change as well as set a good example. Yet it was not until I left the corridors of institutionalized education that I began to discover a profoundly different approach to learning and change.”

The distance away from teaching, as well as my continued research into finding a better way to teach and for schools to operate, has given me a new perspective. I am convinced that I am a much better teacher now because of that.

I love how Gallwey address my thesis topic in this passage too.

“I had to learn to give choices back to the student. Why? Because the learning takes place within the student. The student makes the choices that ultimately control whether learning takes place or doesn’t. In the end, I realized that the student was responsible for the learning choices and I was responsible for the quality of the learning environment.”

I think if students had more choice in school, there wouldn’t ne this lack of engagement and motivation that I see time and time again. School could actually be a fun place for kids to come and learn. There need to be some major changes in the public education system and the way we teach. We need to embrace change, as Gallwey contests.

Let Our Students Make Mistakes!

We also need to let our students flounder, to make some mistakes, and to discover things on their own. Here is why . . .

“Probably our parents, eager to be “good parents,” solved some of the problems that should have been left to us to solve so that we could gain skill and confidence. We come to expect this kind of help from the coach or parent. We may get an answer, but we don’t develop the skill or self-confidence to cope with similar problems in the future. In turn, we tend to validate ourselves as parents and coaches by solving the problems of our children or clients.”

We Can’t Solve Our Students’ Problems!

“Once you realize it’s not the job of the coach to solve the problem . . . for the most part the job of the coach is to listen well, but there’s more to it. Effective coaching . . . holds a mirror up for [students], so they can see their own thinking process. As a coach, I am not listening for the content of what is being said as much as I am listening to the way they are thinking, including how their attention is focused and how they define the key elements of the situation.”

Teachers as Coaches

Teachers should aim to be more like the coaches Gallwey describes in this book. In fact, if you substitute the word teacher in every place he uses the word coach in this book, the message becomes all the more clear on what we should be doing in schools to truly help and reach all of our students.

Teaching Tip Tuesday – inspiration and ideas for classroom teachers (an on-going series)

My List of 2016 Reads – an on-going reading log with detailed posts about each title

Hip Hop Anonymous – It’s Gonna Be Live!

HHA May 14

It’s going down tomorrow night at Gordy’s Brewhouse in London, Ontario, Canada.

Cquel and Abstract Artform will be making their way from Saskatchewan to the Forest City for this great night of hip-hop.

Local favourites Mad Hattr and Tempomental are also on the bill, along with some other great acts. Tempomental usually brings Nick Easton with him to rock the stage with a live flute and saxophone. Their performances are always off the hook.

I am really looking forward to deejaying this show and holding it down all night on the wheels of steel.

WHERE – Gordy’s Brewhouse. 1631 Oxford St. E. London, ON.
WHEN – 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
HOW MUCH – $5

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more info.

I hope to see you out!

Happy Star Wars Day!

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It’s a bad pun, but it has started a yearly celebration of everything Star Wars.

One of the slogans in the franchise is , “May The Force Be With You” and since today is May the Fourth and that sounds very close, fans have taken that and run with it.

Happy Star Wars Day!

I am going to celebrate my bringing my Darth Vader helmet into work and trying to wear it for a bit. I might not be allowed to, but I like to push the limits.

I also want to celebrate by looking back at all of the Star Wars posts I have made over the years. So read the descriptions, click through the links, and let’s explore the universe.

Star Wars: The Force Retread

I watched the film a second time with my son. I thought that I could see it in a new light if I watched it through his eyes. I did my best not to colour it for him beforehand.

After we watched it together, I asked him what he thought. He simply shrugged his shoulders and said it wasn’t that good. I agree, more than ever. Click through to find out why.

Free Comic Book Day meets Star Wars Day

That’s right, some years they actually fall on the same date. That was the case three years ago. Don’t forget that Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday. Make sure you celebrate both this week.

Darth Vader Lives on in the Comics

I really enjoyed this graphic novel reads. Check them out!

Darth Vader Unleashed

The very first Darth Vader comic I ever read. It was a great story too! Click through for myu review.

Princess Leia gets her own Comic

Once again, a great read and a nice addition to what we already know and knew of this heroine.

How to Properly Reboot a Franchise

Here I look at a few different franchise reboots to look at what they did right, what they did wrong, and what they maybe should have done. I look at Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica.

Star Wars Comic Reboot

This comic book series reboots the movie universe we all know and love. And so far, it is great.

James Bond in Space

Not really, but this Agent of the Empire is just as cool and the story will draw you right in.

I hope you have a great Star Wars Day!

The Shiny Month of May (Chasing Content)

Chasing ContentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that has us looking back at all of the great things that were happening last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last May

or just these shiny ones . . .

Updated Free Method Book for Beginning Band

This is a great resource for middle school teachers who want to have an alternative to the method book they already have. It is long out-of-print, so I have offered up each of the books as a PDF that you can download for free. I also show you how I binded the books and used the successfully in my music classroom.

WWW: Series Concludes with Wonder

Robert J. Sawyer is one of my favourite writers. This trilogy was very well done. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was pleasantly surprised by the ending. I never thought that it would have concluded as it did. Brilliant writing!

The Best Place to Teach

There are plenty of places that you can teach a class from. Not all instruction needs to be in the classroom. Get creative and spark some imagination in your students.

Word is Bond Rap Radio – Forest City Represents

This is a collection of all the local artists that have appeared on my radio show. Click through to get exposed to some great, independent hip-hop coming out of London, Ontario, Canada.

Juliet Naked (Nothing Inappropriate Here)

I love everything about this book. Click through to read my review and then thinking about reading the book for yourself too.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me! 

Click through the links above to discover great tidbits from the extensive archive here at Silent Cacophony. Thank you for being on this journey with me!

Scott Pilgrim’s London, ON. Connection

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Scott Pilgrim Vol 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

I saw the film, Scott Pilgrim vs The World a few years back and I was impressed with the quirky writing, hilarious scenes, and original story. I knew that it was based on a book but I knew nothing about the print version of it whatsoever.

I saw this book in the library last week and decided to pick it up. After reading it, I must say that the movie stays true to the source material. I haven’t read the entire story though, it continues on in a few separate graphic novels, but so far everything that has happened on the page, pretty much happened in the film too.

Reading the afterward was especially enlightening. I knew the story was uniquely Canadian but I didn’t know of the London, Ontario connection.

Scott Pilgrim Afterward

My radio show, Word is Bond, is on the very same station the author mentions in the afterward. I’ve been to concerts at Call the Office, a local venue. And I have shopped at Sunrise Records in Westmount Mall.

It was cool to see that Bryan Lee O’Malley was inspired to write this story from his time spent in London, Ontario.

This story was told so well on the screen that I can honestly say that the film version is better than the book. It’s hard to say that about any movie. In fact, I have only had one other film, in my opinion, that surpasses the book. Ironically, it was a comic as well. I am talking about V for Vendetta. 

The afterward is fairly long. It includes character sketches and information about how each character came to be. It shows how the author used real locations and photos to draw the scenes. It even includes the original pitch he made to get the series green lit. It is a nice window into the entire creative process.

I think you should check out both the film and print versions and get to know Scott Pilgrim. You won’t be disappointed.

My List of 2016 Reads – a detailed and continually updated reading log

Happy Earth Day – Let’s Leave Some of It Alone

“We should take about a quarter of the Earth and only let Darwin run the show there. It doesn’t have to be contiguous, doesn’t have to all be tied together. It should be part in the oceans, part on land. But we should not run every evolutionary decision on this planet. We want to have our evolutionary system running. We want to have Darwin’s evolutionary system running. And it’s just really important to have these two things running in parallel and not overwhelm evolution.”

– Juan Enriquez

What a great thought for Earth Day. Let’s get on reserving at least 1/4 of the Earth for just this purpose before it’s too late and we’ve used every available inch of the land.