Monthly Archives: March 2017

Teaching is Very Rewarding

A student surprised me today with these very thoughtful gifts.

Teacher Gift

I was overwhelmed to see the time and effort he put in to them. He 3D printed my logo and my favourite picture from my wedding.

Wedding 3D Print

When you hold it up to the light, the picture reveals itself.

Fairy Tale Wedding

I still can’t believe that this is actually me. It’s a photograph that looks like in belongs in a magazine. It’s absolutely perfect, as are these presents from a student. The computer disk contains even more pictures.  I just need to hook up my Commodore 64 to access them. I can’t wait.

I have gotten gifts from students before and appreciate every single one. I don’t normally share them online, but felt I had to today. It’s a part of teaching that is worth sharing. It shows that I make strong connections with my students and that I make a difference in this profession.

What are some of the best gifts you have gotten from your students?

Please share below in the comments.

Teaching Tip Tuesday – inspiration and ideas from my classroom to yours

Word is Bond Rap Radio Celebrates 5 Years

WIBayblon 5 Rap Radio

I started Word is Bond Rap Radio five years ago. The tagline of the show has always been “real hip-hop music and talk” and I have been happy to share some of my favourite music with you week in and week out for the past 250 episodes.

I have had in-depth and exclusive interviews with some hip-hop legends including Atmosphere, AZ, Brother Ali, Classified, Del the Funky Homosapien, Masta Ace, Michie Mee, Ras Kass, Sadat X, and Shad.

I’ve have also had these amazing artists on the program; Apollo Brown, Bishop Nehru, Cesar Comanche, Constant Deviants, Dessa, Dilated Peoples, DJ BNutz, DJ Format, D-sisive, Eternia, Fresh Kils, Ghettosocks, Homeboy Sandman, J Rawls, John Robinson, Lightning Rod (Last Poets), Moka Only, More or Les, M-Rock, Nilla, Rapper Big Pooh, Relic aka Rel McCoy, Skyzoo, Substantial, Termanology, and The Left.

And of course, I have had countless local artists, upcoming talent, and independent artists on the show. I’ve produced dozens of documentaries on hip-hop music and culture, celebrated the Women in Hip-Hop every year for International Women’s Day, and had guest deejays providing mixsets.

It’s been an absolute blast bringing you this show every week. I’m looking forward to the show tomorrow night. We have big things planned to mark this anniversary. We will have live guests, a cypher, some trivia, and of course, great music mixed live by yours truly.

Tune in tomorrow night to 94.9 CHRW to catch it all live. It starts at midnight and goes straight through to 2:00 a.m.

Word is Bond Rap Radio 5th Anniversary Special

What: 5th Anniversary of Word is Bond Rap Radio
When: Monday March 27, 2017 – Tuesday March 28, 2017
Time: 12:00 midnight to 2:00 a.m.
Radio Frequency: 94.9 FM (CHRW)
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UGK – London’s Rap Battle League (Volume 1)

UGK London Vol 1

UnderGround Kings Battle League London

makes its debut this Friday.

It’s a brand new, premiere rap battle league. There will be live performances, several battles, special guests, a main event match, and live deejays. The event will be professionally filmed as well. It is sure to be an amazing night and I hope to see you there.

Hosted By:

Tyler Hetherington of CHRW’s Consignment Show
and LondonBoiWatts

Main Event:

Chilly Palmz vs. Ender One

Also on the Card

Brewza vs. That Guy
G Langs vs. Chronic Clepto
Craze vs. Adam McNope

DJs for the Night

Dj Wiskaz and Chase March

Special Appearance By:

Kehmak

Performances By:

Young Prince Beats
Big Mouth Records
SirReal

Special Guest:

Del Reze

Check the Facebook page for more information.

WHEN: March 24th, 2017
WHERE: Grinning Gator – 391 Richmond St. London, ON.
DOORS: Open at 9:00
TICKETS: Free Admission

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (Book Review)

Close-Your-Eyes-Hold-Hands-novel

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

Emily Shepard used to be a regular teenage girl. She had to deal with her parents who often drank too much, but her life was fairly average. At least, I gather it was from reading this story written in her own words. The problem is that she isn’t the most reliable of a narrator, and she isn’t even that great of a storyteller. In fact, she is rather troubled.

When we first meet Emily, she is homeless and living in an igloo made of trash bags. We soon find out that she has recently become an orphan due to a disaster at the nuclear power-plant. The tragedy has forced the whole town to evacuate and so, not only has she lost her parents, but she has also lost her home.

Even worse than that, her parents served as the scapegoats for the entire tragedy. The news blamed the meltdown on operator error and made reference to the fact that they were both alcoholics and had been drunk that day.

Emily learns that her name isn’t an asset. People angrily lash out and accuse her parents of ruining their lives. So, she adopts the pseudonym of Abby Bliss, after a friend of her favourite poet, Emily Dickinson, and tries to survive on her own.

She is a likable character so it is a little hard to see her go through all of the hardships she does. She is a troubled teenager, and might very well have been one had this tragedy never occurred. But she would, most definitely, had more ssupport and probably not had such a terrible year.

I haven’t read a book like this one in a while. It is told completely from Emily’s point of view and bounces around a lot. It feels like it was written by a teenage girl and is a first hand account of her troubled life.

Here’s an interesting fact about this book. The audio book is read and performed by the author’s daughter. In the afterword of the CD, we hear an interview with Chris Bohjalian and Grace Blewer. It was a really great way to end the story and learn more about how both the text and audio were created.

My List of 2017 Reads – a detailed reading log (made to share)

March to the Past (Chasing Content)

vLet’s March into a new month by looking back at what was going on last year at this time right here on Silent Cacophony.

Read all of the posts from last March

or just these highlights . . .

How I Feel Doing Midnight Radio

This comic by Ehud Lavski and Yael Nathan is absolutely brilliant and it’s exactly how I feel about doing my radio show.

The Gift Must Always Move

The First Nations’ people have a great concept of gift-giving. This story clears up the misconception of an “Indian Giver” too.

Look At Me – Making Our Students Visible

Our students need to see themselves reflected in the texts that we have available in the classroom. It might take a little bit of work to build a diverse classroom library, but it is worth it.

A Novel of Scribbled Notes 

This novel takes place entirely on the refrigerator door with notes that family members leave for each other. The concept pulled me in and the story kept me engaged.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me! 

Click the links above to explore theses great posts that otherwise might get lost in the archive. Thanks for being on this journey with me.