Let Kids Make the “Cheap Mistakes”

Cheap MistakesSometimes as parents and teachers, we are afraid to let our kids make bad choices. We want to steer them in a direction that will avoid a negative consequence. So, we tell them what to do and what to think. But ultimately, this harms them in ways we probably never even considered.

Barbara Coloroso breaks if down in her book, Kids are Worth It!

Give Them Info and Let Them Go

“What kids need instead of being told what to think, is lots of information about themselves and the world around them, and the opportunity to make lots of decisions, including some less-than-wise ones. As long as their decisions are not life-threatening, morally threatening, or unhealthy, let their choices and the consequences of those choices be their own to grow with and learn from.”

Cheap Mistakes

There are mistakes that we can let our kids make that don’t cost them a lot. These mistakes may come with minor consequences, but these consequences will help them learn and prepare them for the future. We shouldn’t be afraid of these “cheap mistakes”

“I believe if you let kids make choices and mistakes when they are cheap, they rarely make the expensive one later, Kids learn from the cheap ones”

Build a Strong Sense of Self

Letting our children make the cheap mistakes gives them experience in forming their own opinions. They are not just doing what they are told. You might think that is a good thing, but at some point, kids stop listening to their parents (even if only for a little while) and that’s when trouble can arise.

The major problems arise when the teen decides he doesn’t want to please his parents anymore. . . He’s been listening to somebody else tell him what to do. He’s been doing it. He hasn’t changed. He is still listening to somebody else tell him what to do. The problem is, it isn’t you anymore, it’s his peers. The kid hasn’t learned how to think.

Lacking a strong sense of self, these teens define themselves only in relationship to whomever they have attached themselves.

Barbara Coloroso has some great advice for parent and teachers in this book. I recommend reading it if you have enjoyed this post!

Kids are Worth It

Teaching Tip Tuesday – weekly advice and inspiration for teachers (over 200 tips and counting)

WIB Rap Radio – Constant Deviants

Constant Deviants are the special guests for this edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio.

I talk to rapper M.I. and we get in-depth on a lot of topics pertaining to songwriting. hip-hop culture, the underground scene, and much more.

I also spin some of their great music including . . .

Part 1

Right Moment
It’s Like That
Whatever You Call It

Part 2

End All Be All
Won’t Stop
Breathing
I’m Still Up

#WIBRapRadio – Mondays midnight to 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning on 94.9 CHRW

A Cool Peek & Play Book

I am an avid reader and love sharing great books with my blogging audience. That is why some publishers send me books that they think I will enjoy. This is the latest one to come in the mail

It’s called “Take a Peek with Peek-a-Bear” by Jill Mangel Weisfeld.

Sticky Note

The publisher who sent this to me drew a post-it note of a rapper rocking a gold chain. Talk about personalizing the experience for me!

Curtain

This board book goes beyond simple lift-the-flap pages.

I love that kids get to peek behind a curtain . . .

Car Window

that they can roll a window down (with a pull tab)

Ferris Wheel

and they can spin a tab to change the characters on the Ferris Wheel.

This is a wonderful book that kids of all ages can enjoy. Each page offers a new discovery and some nice rhyming prose. This would be a great gift for any kid in your life. They will love it!

On the Record: The Scratch DJ Academy Guide

Scratch DJ Academy Guide

On the Record: The Scratch DJ Academy Guide by Paul White and Luke Crisell with Rob Principe

I love the entire idea of a DJ Academy. Giving children the tools to create and participate in hip-hop culture is priceless. Especially since DJ gear can be quite expensive. The cost point shouldn’t deter people from picking up the art, however. That is exactly the mission of the academy.

This book shows how the academy grew from just an idea to something that has served thousands of people. It gets into the history of DJ culture and has exercises and coaching sessions for any would be DJ who can’t visit or enroll in the academy.

Here are some of the highlights from my reading . . .

The Disc Jockey (DJ)

“In 1935, American newspaper and radio commentator Walt Winchell coined the term ‘disc jockey’ in reference to Martin Block, whose ABC radio show Make Believe Ballroom was receiving twelve thousand letters a month. The moniker seemed to suggest that the announcers passively “rode” the disc, implying that they were cursory figures. But the term stuck.”

The First Mixset 

“In 1965, Terry Noel, resident DJ at New York’s Arthur club, became the first well-known spinner to build what we now refer to as a set (series of records mixed together) although these sets with technically imperfect by today’s standards due to the dearth of dedicated DJ equipment.”

Live DJs can Control a Crowd!

“Young people realized that their favorite tracks and exciting new music creatively blended together by a skilled DJ was better than anything a jukebox could offer, and sometimes even better than watching a love band.”

The Invention of the Scratch

“Grand Wizard Theodore is also credited with pioneering the needle drop (whereby he dropped the needle onto the starting point of the record instead of cueing it up. “I also lifted up the needle and dropped it back on the record so it sounded like I was looping it,” he says.

One of the biggest markers of the growing influence ot hip-hop DJing was the commercial and critical success of the 1983 Herbie Hancock single “Rockit,” which prominently featured Grandmixer D.ST, aka Grandmaster DXT, scratching. In addition to gaining a Grammy, the video won all five categories it had been nominated in at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.”

You can Teach Yourself

“Teaching yourself is about being an autodidact. The strength of autodidacts is coming up with their own solutions to problems, and the solutions you come up with sometimes have an interesting curve or texture to them, which give them character. And really, in art, character is what it’s all about. It’s about fusing the techniques that you learn by copying with your own identity and experience that moves things on.” – Matt Black

DJ AM (Rest in Peace)

DJ AM quote

 

I absolutely love this quotation and this book. I borrowed it from the library but am planning on buying it soon. It has great tips and tricks for DJs and explores the history of culture beautifully. It’s a must-have for all DJs!

I’ll posts more great quotations from this book next week too!

My 2015 Reading Log (with links to every title I read this year)

Daredevil – Perfect Television

Daredevil premiered on television with his very own series this past weekend and I couldn’t be any happier.

netflix-daredevil-series-poster

This isn’t the first time we have seen Daredevil on our screens. He started appearing on television in the late 1980’s. He was in the live action series of The Incredible Hulk and the animated series of Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. He also had his own feature film in 2003.

It’s been nice seeing Daredevil on the screen in these limited edition runs, but having a long-form television series is simply perfect!

Netflix is a great platform for this series. It allows for a grittiness and realism that we wouldn’t have been able see on network television.

daredevil-charlie-cox

This thirteen episode arc drew heavily on Frank Miller’s The Man Without Fear without simply retelling that story. Just like in the graphic novel, Matt Murdock goes out to fight crime without a costume. He simply covers his face and eyes and wears all black.

The first time we see him in costume is the very last episode. He is standing on top of a building and holding his mask. The lights of the city make the cowl appear to be yellow for a brief moment. That really made me smile. It was a nice nod to my favourite retelling of his origin in Daredevil: Yellow.

daredevil

The fight scenes in this series are the best and most realistic I have ever seen on television. They do get a little gory at times though. But I like that the characters don’t stay down when they get hit. The hallway scene is simply brilliant in how exhausted each character is as they get back up and try to win the fight.

DD hallway scene

As a long-time Daredevil fan, I am impressed with how well the creators of this series have set up this fictional world. There are characters introduced here and hints of where this series can go villain-wise in additional seasons.

I also like that they simply didn’t just adapt some of the more well-known stories from the comics. This feels like a new comic story and keeps us guessing. And just like Game of Thrones, they aren’t afraid to kill off some characters .

I highly recommend reading Daredevil and checking out this Netflix series. We can expect much more great super-hero TV too. This season is to be followed up by a season of Jessica Jones: Spider-Woman, another season focusing on Luke Cage, one on Iron First, and finally bringing all of the characters together in The Defenders .

We are a golden-age of television drama and I can’t wait to see more!

Popcorn Math

Popcorn MathStudents should work with numbers on a regular basis. Adding, subtracting, dividing, multiplying, solving for x; all of these things have their place and value in education.

Unfortunately, over the past few years, mathematics pedagogy has suggested that students need not waste their time learning number facts. Teachers have been dissuaded in using any of the tried and true methods of mathematics instruction.

Gone are the so-called “drill and kill” worksheets. And I agree that simply doing a task over and over again doesn’t necessarily benefit students. But I think it is one of the best ways to learn number facts.

I want my students to know their number bonds (all of the combinations of numbers that add up to 10) their multiplication tables, and the divisibility rules. Learning these things does not take away anything from the problem-solving and collaborative learning environment that is encouraged these days. In fact, know basic number skills helps students in that arena tremendously.

So, here is a good alternative to drill worksheets. I love the randomness of it too. All you need is a popcorn box for each student and some crumpled up paper. The operations go on yellow paper and can include greater than and less than symbols.

I bet the students would like to make up the cards and then trade their popcorn boxes to solve each other’s math facts. We could make sure that the same number of cards go in each box.

I hope you find this Teaching Tip useful.

If you have anything you’d like to share in this series, please leave a comment below or contact me to write a guest post.

WIB Rap Radio – MKV Interview

The latest edition of The Word is Bond Rap Radio Podcast features an in-depth interview with MKV.

I’ve been playing his music for years but had no idea how to find him online. I finally caught up with him and we had a great discussion about music, the writing process, his work with the group Lucid Music as well as his own solo releases, and much more.

Press play and enjoy this in-depth and exclusive interview.

Part 1

The Path
Dreams & Reality
Rockit Science (Lucid Music)

Part 2

Late Night Music
Joy and Pain
All Day All Night (Lucid Music)
Changes

Word is Bond Rap Radio – Mondays Midnight EST on 94.9 CHRW

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The Word is Bond Hiatus and Relaunch

WIB RelaunchThe Word Is Bond.com will is going on a hiatus for just over a month starting today.

We need this time to work on the relaunch of the site and a brand new iPhone app. Unfortunately we need to close the website for the transition.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but it’s truly for the best…we can’t wait to share the new website and app with you all.

Don’t fret though, Word is Bond Rap Radio will continue as normal. Tune in to the broadcast each and every Monday night from 12:00 midnight till 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning on CHRW. Check the Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for updates during this time.

We will still podcast the show every week as well on Mixcloud and Soundcloud. And I will be doing the weekly posts I normally do at The Word is Bond right here on Silent Cacophony. 

St. Julien Skatepark – London, Ontario

Skateboard season is back!

St Juilien Skatepark

Let’s go to 15 St Julien Street in London, Ontario, Canada and explore the skatepark that’s there.

St Julien skatepark

I’m not sure why this park doesn’t have an official name or any signage . Everyone just calls it St. Julien Skatepark or St. Julien’s.

spine

It has some pretty cool obstacles and enough room to just zoom around.

launch ramp

Here’s a mini-launch ramp.

quarter pipe twins

These twin quarter-pipes are nice!

ramp

I like that this park is clean (not a lot of graffiti) and the skate surface is really smooth.

block and rail

I hope you enjoyed this visual skatepark tour and that I will see you out at one of these parks this summer!

More Skatepark Tours

Come on Writers, Use Your Wild Voice!

Wild Women, Wild Voices by Judy Reeves

Wild Women, Wild Voices: Writing from Your Authentic Wildness by Judy Reeves

I love the subtitle of this book, “Writing from Your Authentic Wildness” and I really want to see exactly what that entails. Part of me had to put away the actual title when it read it though because I am not a woman. I am, however, a feminist and a writer, and I do have my wild side, so I guess it fits.

Write By Hand

Reeves recommends writing by hand and she’s a big proponent of timed writing assignments. She believes that is the best way to get to our wild voices out and on to the page. I write by hand only when I am journaling, but I can see how doing creative exercises could also benefit from this tactile way of writing.

She explains, “Sometimes when I’m doing timed, focused writing and the time is up but the writing is too hot to quit, I’ll set my timer for another seventeen minutes and continue writing. And still again if the urgency to continue persists. This way I sustain the tension and intensity of the times writing, which for me keeps the pen moving and me pretty much out of the way.”

Her last thought there highlights the fact that we often make excuses, throw up blocks, or stifle our own creativity. We all have an inner-critic that we need to push out of the way to be effective writers.

Cultivate Your Wild Voice

Reeves says, “Wild voice is natural to us all, but even the most experienced writer will tell you it doesn’t always come naturally. Like a garden, sometimes it requires our attention, and sometimes we have to get out of its way and let it do its own wild and natural thing.”

  • Here are a few tips on how to develop and nurture your wild voice . . .
  • Write often; practice daily
  • Freewrite
  • Take risks. Don’t stop when your hand gets shaky
  • Remember to breathe

Make Lists

“Lists – to-do, shopping, notes-to-self – are kind of practical shorthand that most of us use every day . . . Explorations, gets the ‘thinker’ out of the way and allows the deeper, more intuitive thoughts to arise. It’s here we’re given access to material that we mightn’t have come up with if we’d tried to think our way into what matters to us. The more we work intuitively, free of conscious purpose, the more meaningful images and impressions come to us. Also, on the practical side, making a list helps us to compile prompts for additional writing sessions. If it shows up on your lists, there’s likely a story that longs to be told.”

A list can be an effective brainstorming technique. It can give you ideas that you wouldn’t have normally come up with otherwise. And by writing with a pad and pen quickly, you can get your inner critic / censor out of the way.

Pick One Item and Expand on It

“After you rest your fingers from that flurry of writing, choose one [item] from your list and do an extended writing.”

Listen to Your Inner-Voice

“Too often it seems that our rational, orderly mind tells us to accomplish something, check something off our to-do lost, to be productive. On the other hand, our wild nature may be telling us to go and play, or to be lazy, to sit under a leafy tree and daydream. Follow the direction of your inner guide; it knows what you need.”

I like that thought. We can’t always be productive. Sometimes we need down time. We should listen to what our body is telling us and be lazy without guilt (occasionally, of course)

Trust Intuition

“For eons men, and sometimes women, too, have made light of ‘women’s intuition.’ Yet a more powerful, knowing force does not exist. All humans are gifted with this sixth sense . . . but intuition is strongest in the feminine.”

Writing Exercises aka Explorations 

Reeves offers up several writing exercises that you can try. She calls them “Explorations.” I tried one a few days ago, Voice of the Body and it was quite fun and illuminating. I will most definitely be trying more in the coming weeks.

Win a Copy!

If you’d like my copy of this book (complete with pencil underlines and notes,) please contact me and I will send it your way (Canada and USA residents only) If I get multiple requests, I will choose a winner at random. Good luck!

My List of 2015 Reads – my annual reading log with links to every title I read

Artist Wanted for a Teaching Resource

Artist WantedI have a great teaching resource that I want to develop. The only problem is that I am not much of an artist.

I am looking for someone to draw 130 clip-art style images. These sketches need to be easily recognizable and in vibrant colours. They also need to be equally sized in a square shape .

If you are interested in working on this project with me, please let me know. I will send you the list of objects I need drawn and then we can work together to create this amazing classroom resource.

So far, I have been giving away all of my resources for free on this blog. This new project is going to be part of an entire program that teachers and students will find extremely useful. It is going to take some time and effort to put together. That is one of the reasons that I will be selling this resource when it is completed.

Artist Wanted!

I have big plans for this project and need your help! Please send an email to chasemarch(at)gmail(dot)com if you’d like to be part of this amazing project!

It’s Time to Stop Using a 12 Hour Clock

I hate the 12 hour clock. Hate it!

There is absolutely no reason for us to continue to use it in this day and age.

I don’t anyone who still has a wind-up watch. Some of us still use the traditional 12 hour clock, but that’s usually the one hanging on the wall in our kitchens, offices, or classrooms. Almost everyone had a digital watch or a phone in their pocket that displays the time digitally.

So why do we insist on calling two completely different times of the day by the exact same name?

Why?

It makes no sense!

I’ll tell you a story that happened to me this week. I stayed up till 4:00 in the morning Monday night (04:00 hrs) because my radio show had special guests in the studio and we had a great time. I love doing radio and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I knew I’d be paying the price though because I had a meeting to attend in the morning at 8:30.

So, I got about three hours of sleep. Left myself just enough time to get to where I was going. And normally that would have been fine. But it had snowed in those three hours. Completely unexpected too. It was the day before April and it had been warm the past week. I thought we were done with winter.

The roads were messy and it took me a while to get to the spot. I was tired and hadn’t had breakfast yet either. And when I finally got there, it turns out that there was no meeting at 8:30 a.m. (08:30 hrs.) It was scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (20:30 hrs)

I sacrificed sleep, battled weather and traffic, and all for nothing! Because we can’t tell time properly in our society. It seemed natural to have a two hour meeting at 8:30 a.m. rather than 8:30 p.m. This whole misunderstanding would never have happened if they had simply told me it was at 20:30 hrs.

So, let’s still use these clocks on our walls.

clock

But let’s stop saying it’s 1:00 (one o’clock) and let’s start saying it 13:00 hrs. It’s the 13th hour of the day. It’s not to hard to remember the 24 clock either, especially when you can set your digital devices to read it that way for you.

digital clock

This time reads as 13:12 but people usually call it 1:12 p.m.

We could read the time both ways on this clock.

dual clock

Let’s replace all analogue clocks with this face, set our digital clocks to the 24 hour mode, and start saying what the actual time is.

I don’t want this to happen again!

Voice of the Body

Mind BodyRight now I am reading a book with the subtitle of “Writing from Your Authentic Wildness” by Judy Reeves and I decided to try one the explorations she suggested.

Here is a dialogue between myself and my body.

Voice of the Body

Body: Enough is enough.

Chase: I know.

Body: Pale words my friend. Pale words.

Chase: I’m gonna start getting more active again now that it’s spring.

Body: It’s already April and you haven’t started yet.

Chase: There’s still snow on the ground.

Body: Good! Go tobogganing. Pull your kids around or some of the neighbours. Get out and get active!

Chase: It has been a slow winter for stuff like that, Not sure why. Running season is almost here though.

Body: Other people run all winter long. Those who don’t do it outside go to the gym track or use a treadmill.

Chase: I need a trail to run. I can’t run in a gym.

Body: How about a sport then? Your girlfriend is in a volleyball league. You could do something like that?

Chase: I’m gonna start running again next week. And skateboard season is back on..

Body: Aren’t you getting a bit old for that? I still ache from when you wiped out at Christmas time.

Chase: I refuse to get old!

Body: Oh, I know, which brings up the subject of junk food! You can’t keep eating like you’re a kid either.

Chase: Hey, I eat okay, for the most part.

Body: Three words – Popcorn.for.dinner!

Chase: Only occasionally . . . but you’re right, okay? But remember the salad I had for lunch today?

Body: Of course I do, I was practically shocked! Can’t remember the last time you had veggies.

Chase: It’s not that bad, is it?

Body: Come on!

Chase: Alright, I know I can take better care of you. And I will. In fact, I’m gonna go play some hacky sac right now.

Body: That-a-boy!

Chase: Alright, take care!

Body: No, you take care! It’s your body and your responsibility.

Chase: Right, I sometimes forget and just expect you to be there. Sorry, I’ll do better.

Body: You’d better. See what I did there?

Chase: You’re hilarious! Come on, let’s go work!

That was fun!

Why not try writing your own “Voice of the Body?” You might learn something interesting about yourself. And if this peaked your curiosity about this book, stay to tuned for an upcoming review post!

Chasing Content – April 2014

Chasing ContentToday, we can travel back in time with the simplicity of a mouse click. And that is no April Fools joke.

We do this at the start of every month by looking back at all the things this month had to offer last year. It’a best of list, making sure that great posts don’t get buried in the archives.

Read all of the posts from last April . . . 

or just these highlights . . .

Arthur and the Dragon: Integrated Drama Unit

I love this drama unit that brings a very good picture to life in creative ways. Arthur finds a large egg one day and decides to bring it home. He helps raise a nice and friendly dragon, but some people can’t see passed the fact that it is a dragon. Children love this book and all of the activities that you can do with it. This unit is completely free too. Why not use it in your classroom or theatre group?

Ruby Sparks – I fell in love with you too!

This was such an amazing movie. It shows the true power of writing and does so with a quirky story and great acting. I implore you to watch it and not fall in love with the title character. It’s just not possible to do so, in my humble opinion!

Short Term Self vs Long Term Shelf

Sometimes a picture really does speak a thousand words. I found this great image on Tumblr and it really got me thinking. This image would be great to use as writing prompt in school too.

Life on Mars – Perfect Television 

While this show was only on the air for two seasons, it really captivated my attention with a unique premise that was delivered it beautifully. The final episode tied everything together and gave us a great sense of closure. I love when television shows actually do that.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Occasional Teacher Interviews – Getting the Job You Want

1So you want to be a teacher and you don’t have any experience in the classroom outside of what you learned in teacher’s college. Don’t worry, you can still rock that first job interview.

Here are things you should think about before going to that Occasional Teacher Interview.

What would you do / have you done questions

Here is a handy mnemonic device to help you answer these questions.

S – SITUATION (tell them circumstances, what it was about)
A – ACTION (what you did, how you did it)
R – RESULTS (what the outcome was, impact, reactions)

It’s a good idea to have a story or two on hand that you have thought about or rehearsed. Think of how you handle difficult students, defiance, and what you have done when there are no plans left for you to follow.

Behaviour Management

When you enter a classroom for the first time as a supply teacher, there are already established rules in that room that you can readily use. Go to the school early and read whatever notes the teacher has left for you. If there is an incentive program in place, use it. Give points and rewards readily for any positive behaviour.

Connect with the Class

I like to share some of my interests with the class early on. I let them know that I am a rapper and can beatbox. if we have a good day together, I promise to showcase that ability for them I built up a reputation for that when i was supplying and certain classes really looked forward to it.

Be Prepared

Bring some activities that you can do in a class at a moments notice. Consider having a reading lesson or math activity for every division. I would have one that would work for Kindergarten, one for Grades 1-3, one for Grades 4-6, and one for Grades 7-8.

This is really important because there will be times when you show up for an assignment and there will be no lesson for you to deliver, no resources for you to use, and really nothing written down for you to follow.

Part of the job is being able to improvise and go with the flow.

What Would Your Class Look Like

Even for a supply teaching job, some principals will ask you specific questions about what your own classroom would look like.

Make sure you mention,  RIGS (Reading that balances Independent, Guided and Shared Reading lessons.) Don’t forget that this acronym applies to writing as well.

In Math, research the three-part problem solving lesson. Don’t mention doing drills or having students memorize number facts. Math has moved in a completely new direction that last few years and you will want to be able to speak on that.

Assessment

Growing Success is the document we use in Ontario. This is the guide we use for writing report cards and gathering marks. Even if you simply mention the document, you will be ahead of some of your peers applying for the same job.

Be familiar with the terms For, Of, and As Assessment.

Don’t forget to . . . 

  • Dress Professionally – If you are male, wear a shirt and tie. It might be old-school but it pays to look smart.
  • Be Early – I always aim to be 15 minutes early. You will be calm and relaxed when you don’t have to rush.
  • Bring a Book – I read a book while I am waiting to be called in for the interview. Sometimes this becomes a great ice-breaker and leads to intelligent discussion before they ask you the tough questions.
  • Smile – You might be nervous and not naturally smile in a job interview situation. be conscious of this and do your best to smile.
  • Don’t Ramble – Keep your answers succinct. Think of the rule of three; mention three things only and wrap up your answer with confidence.
  • Sit up Straight – Posture is important in an interview
  • Don’t use Slang – Teachers need to model proper English. Make sure you do so!

I hope these tips will help you get on the Supply Teacher / Occasional Teacher list in your area. Good luck with the job hunt!

Teaching Tip Tuesday – your  weekly resource for great resources , tips, and tricks for classroom teachers!

FBP – Federal Bureau of Physics

FBP Vol 1

FBP – Federal Bureau of Physics: Vol. 1

The laws of physics that we take for granted seem to be broken. There are localized gravity failures, pockets of the city where time moves at a slower rate, and bubble dimensions.

We are used to the universe abiding by predictable constants. It is a terrifying world when the impossible is always possible. Hence the need for a government agency that helps to fight these local disturbances and protect the public.

The main character is Agent Adam Hardy. He is a bit of a slacker but good at his job and fulfilling the motto of the FBP, “Prevent and Protect.”

But things seem to be changing and not for the better. Not only is the fabric of the universe weakening, but people seem to be cashing in on it with the advent of Physics Insurance, and a conspiracy is brewing that just might topple the entire balance of the world.

I love this concept for a graphic novel series. There are so many things that are broken in our society. To see scientific norms being broken is probably a metaphor for that, but also ties into my belief that in order to understand our world we need to look passed science.

I look forward to reading more of this series!

My List of 2015 Reads – my detailed reading log

Batman / Superman – Cross World

Batman Superman - Cross World

Batman / Superman: Volume 1 – Cross World by Greg Pak and Jae Lee

In the DC Universe, there are all sort of parallel Earths. On one such planet, Batman and Superman have not yet met. Superman cannot even fly. He simply leaps over tall buildings and great distances.

These two heroes are somehow transported to an Earth we are more familiar with . Their more experienced counterparts are there as well. So, in this graphic novel we have two Batman / Superman teams.

The story revolves around an alien, who set all of this up to test the heroes. She wanted to to see which heroes were the strongest and thus which Earth would be more able to survive an upcoming threat

There is some interesting bonus content in the hardcover edition of this collection, including penciled pages, the written script for those pages, creator notes, and alternative covers.

My List of 2015 Reads – constantly updated all year long

Increase the Fun Factor at School

School Fun Factor“Sometimes it’s OK to do things in class because it increases the fun factor and fosters positive feelings about school. “

It’s Not a Waste of Time

Doing a quick game, activity, or challenge is not a waste of time. If you do such an activity, you might notice the following

– students cheering on and encouraging their peers
– students cooperating and offering great tips
– students who never interact with each other before, working together

All of that can come from a silly activity and not detract from the regular learning that happens in your room.

I love doing special activities in school and think we can find time to do them more often. We can do short challenges and tie them into the theme or context of the learning we want to see happen in that lesson.

Be Creative

In the book, Teach Like a Pirate, Dave Burgess writes about how he sets up a hike that goes around some of the outer fields of the campus. He plans out the route and sets up all sorts of props and scenes throughout. During the class period, they go for a walk, and stop at those areas to have a lesson, lecture, or activity.

These activities can be fun, energizing, and educational! And the best part is that it gets students excited about school and breaks the monotony of the traditional school setting that inspires very few of us.

Teaching Tip Tuesday – yours source for weekly classroom inspiration

Smallville Season 11: Chaos

Smallville Season 11Smallville was a television series that ran for ten seasons and revolved around a young Clark Kent before he became Superman. I own every single season on DVD and really enjoyed watching it.

I had no idea that the story continued in the medium of comics. My brother surprised me with the first 5 issues of Smallville: Chaos since he knew I liked the TV show.

It turns out though, that there are many issues of the comic before this mini-series. I am interested in reading those too since this story characters from the DCU that never appeared on the TV series. I’d like to see how they came to be in the story.

I also like how Watchtower has expanded. It feels like it won’t be long till the have the space station as seen in the Justice League animated series. It really feels like this comic was trying to seamlessly bring to be part of that continuity.

I think I would have gotten more out of this story if I had read the title from the very beginning. That being said, just like the regular Superman title, you can jump in anywhere and still enjoy the story.

The fifth issue of this series was a stand-alone story focusing on Zatanna and Constantine, just to show you how much of a collaborative title this is. The show was moving that way too. I would have loved to have seen Batman and Wonder Woman in it like they have been in this comic book series.

My List of 2015 Reads – a detailed personal reading log

An interview with BT Rockwell

BT Rockwell is an audio engineer, producer, and author. He produced Only Built for Cuban Linx 2 by Raekwon, has worked with The Wu-Tang Clan, and has most recently wrote a novel entitled “Burn Me Up Fast.”

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I had the chance to interview him on my radio show. We talk about all sorts of things from writing fiction to producing music to touring with Raekwon.

Press play and enjoy the show or download both parts to listen to the podcast at your leisure!

Part 1

Beastie Boys – Here’s a Little Something (Remix)
Raekwon – Range Rover
Wu-Tang Clan – Shame on a N
Redman and Method Man – Da Rockwilder

Part 2

Raekwon – Penitentiary
Wu-Tang Clan – Can It Be All So Simple
Classified ft. Raekwon – Only Say It if it’s True
Wu-Tang Clan – Visionz

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My List of 2015 Reads – my annual reading log with links to every title