Category Archives: Chasing Content

Continuing the Chase in 2017

chasing-contentEvery month, I like to take a glimpse back into the past to see what was happening exactly one year ago.

I highlight some of my favourite posts from that month and share them here in a little feature I call “Chasing Content.”

Read all of the posts from last January

or just these highlights

Exploring Swearing in Hip-Hop

I had a lot of fun producing this radio documentary on swearing in hip-hop music. It’s part of the monthly series I do entitled, Know Your History. 

How to Properly Reboot a Franchise

I hope filmmakers can learn something from the Planet of the Apes movies. The reboot movies are extremely well done and are faithful to the original material in a way that can only please fans both new and old.

Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide

This is a fun read for anyone who truly loves hip-hop. The editor takes us on a journey through 60 classic albums with in-depth articles from noted music journalists.

The Death of Spider-Man

I did a lot of comic book reading last January. If you scroll through all the posts for the month, you’ll see tons of great Spider-Man reviews including Superior Spider-Man, Miles Morales, and this huge event that brought tears to many an eye.

Star Wars: The Force Retread

I still haven’t seen Rogue One yet, although I have heard good things about it. It can’t be worse than The Force Awakens. I was so disappointed with that movie that lacked any originality and I vented about it here.

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Chasing Content – December Again

chasing-content-1It’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that has us looking back at what was happening last year at this time right here on Silent Cacophony.

So, please click the links, share posts, and leave comments. Let’s not let great content get buried in the archives, never to be seen again.

Thanks!

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or just these shiny ones.

Little Brother – A Great Read!

I really enjoyed this science fiction, thriller, YA novel. You probably will too.

Flashpoint – One Moment Changes Everything

I read the iconic comic book story that this season of The Flash on television is loosely based around. The comic tells a heartbreaking story and if you are a fan of the TV show, I highly recommend taking a look at this graphic novel.

Bridgeview Park Nature Trail

I got one last trail run in late last season. It was kind of late in the evening for me to be doing it too. It was dark by the time I completed the 5 kilometer run. But it was fun. I’m already sad that this year’s running season has come to a close. I will be blogging a bit more about it this month, however.

Sound Unbound – Sampling Music and Culture

“Sampling is perhaps one of the least understood concepts about modern music, and, in particular, hip-hop. But believe it or not, some very respected musicians have worked with this form and even helped develop it. Artists that you would be surprised to hear about. Artists like The Beatles.” – click through to read more.

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Chasing Content – The Top 5 of Last November

chasing-content-1At the start of every month, we take a moment to look back at what was happening exactly one year ago. This lets us look back at the best posts this blog has to offer and to relive some great moments.

Read all of the posts from last November

or just The Top 5

Record Collecting is for Everyone!

I had to read this book simply because it was titled Record Collecting for Girls. I wanted to see the feminist spin on this topic. It reminded me of bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody!

My 2015 Running Season

I really enjoyed having data on my phone last year and using this running app. It gave me all sorts of interesting data on my running times, distance, and habits. Too bad I had to get rid of data this year. I just couldn’t afford it anymore. I really did miss this app though.

Hawkeye – Avenger or Weapon

I finally got around to reading the entire series and the next two runs of the title as well. I will be blogging about them soon.

Laurier Woods Trail

Last year at this time, I visited North Bay and got a trail run in. It was a beautiful run with some interesting landscapes and a field of inukshuks.

Schools Can Be So Much Greener

I think schools need to be transformed on so many levels. This is an interesting post that I hope someone in power will take note of.

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Chasing Content – Last October Revisited

chasing-contentIt’s time to dip into the archives and revisit some posts from last month at this time with a little feature I like to call, Chasing Content.

You can eead all of the posts from last October,

or just revisit these  highlights.

Rich Writer / Poor Writer

Rich Dad / Poor Dad was an interesting book and I took a few things away from it. Click through to find out what I learned about writing while reading a book on financial literacy.

McLennan Skatepark (Kitchener, Ontario)

This is a great skatepark that is actually illuminated at night. I was surprised to see the street lights there one evening that I stopped by. It was so well lit that there weren’t any awkward shadows or dark spots. Definitely a great place to skate.

This Box Shows Why We Broke Up

I really liked the idea of this story and it pretty much compelled me to pick up the novel when I saw it at the library. I think we can all relate.

Delaware Lions Skatepark Opening

The Lions Club is an amazing organization, always striving to make their communities a better place.  Last year, the Delaware Club, opened a brand new skatepark and put on a great show.

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Chasing Content – See You in September

chasing-contentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that gets us looking back at what was happening last year at this time.

Let’s just jump into things, shall we?

You can read all of the posts from last September . . . 

Or just the highlights here

Hip-Hop in the Brydges

I threw a huge concert in a small town last year. It was a lot of fun. I really should do it again somewhere else. Any ideas of where?

The 2003 Blackout Explained

Fiction that takes real life events and uses them as the backdrop to a story can be wildly entertaining. This book does just that. More than once.

Highlights from last year’s Fan Expo

Last year’s Fan Expo was a lot of fun. I always look forward to this event and can’t wait for next year.

Daredevil Secrets Revealed

I loved seeing Alex Maleev last year at Fan Expo and all of the things he had to say about his tenure working on the Marvel comics Daredevil series. I even got his autograph!

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We do this every month to look back at the month that was last year. It let’s us all reflect on those times and helps make sure that great posts don’t get buried in the archives. So make sure you click on the links in this post that interest you. And feel free to leave some comments. I’d love to hear from you.

Chasing Content – Last August’s Best

Chasing Content - Aug 2015It’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that handy feature that has us looking back at the old, dusty posts from last year at this time.

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or just these favs

Ain’t Nothing Like the Old School

I dug up my old Commodore 64 computer to play some classic video games, including my all-time favourite game, Bubble Bobble.

Beasley Skatepark (Hamilton, ON)

The oldest skatepark on the Eastern Seaboard is in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. There is a very dedicated group of volunteers that help maintain and update the park.

The More You Do the Better You Feel 

It sounds odd, but it is true. I know from experience. Click through to find out how and why this works.

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Chasing Content – Highlights from July

Chasing ContentLet’s look back at what was happening last year at this time in a little feature I like to call Chasing Content.

You can read all of the posts from last July, 

or just these highlights . . .

Skate Port – Port Stanley’s Skatepark

Not the best skatepark I have ever skated, but it’s got one of the best names!

Why Do We All Have to Earn a Living

I found a quotation online that really spoke to me. Still haven’t figured out an answer to this question, but I hope to some day.

Transformers Comic Review

I really enjoyed this series. I need to find the next few trade paperbacks to read soon.

Kains Woods Adventure

I love running trails and not knowing exactly where I am going. It’s always an adventure.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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.

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Chasing Content – April 2015

Chasing Content (1)It’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that has us looking back at what was last year at this time.

Read all the posts from last April

or just these shiny ones . . .

The Art of the DJ

I read an amazing book about the deejaying entitled On the Record: The Scratch DJ Academy Guide. I shared a few quotes from it and the takeaways I took from reading it.

Let Kids Make the Cheap Mistakes

Sometimes we are too afraid to let our children (or our students) make mistakes. But the learning that can come from experiencing a mistake, figuring out what went wrong, and trying to correct it can have immense benefits. Click through to find out why and how we can allow our kids to make the “cheap” mistakes.

Daredevil – Perfect Television

Last year at the time, Daredevil premiered on Netflix. I was very excited to see my all-time favourite super-hero getting his own television series. It was so well done and actually blew me away. The second season is available now, although I haven’t had the chance to watch it yet. I will soon. And I will post about it too. Stay tuned!

St. Julien Skatepark – London, Ontario

It is officially skateboard season again. And there is no snow on the ground like there was last year at this time. So, let’s go explore some of the great skateparks in our community and beyond.

Stop Using a 12 Hour Clock

It makes no sense to continue using a 12 hour clock in this non-stop society we live in these days. Let’s all migrate to the standard 24 clock they use in the military. It just makes sense.

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Chasing Content – Run After It, Always!

Chasing ContentIt’s time to chase after that great content that can easily escape us and get buried in the archives.

We do this at the start of every month here at Silent Cacophony in a little feature we call, Chasing Content.

Explore all of the posts from last March or just these favs.

Make sure to click on the links and go exploring. You never know where this journey may take you.

Get The Teaching Job You Want

Some great advice for occasional or supply teachers on helping to secure that full-time teaching position.

Increase the Fun Factor at School

I am working on a research project right now about getting students more engaged in their learning. Teach Like a Pirate is a great program that does just that. I have used a few of these techniques already. I recommend it highly.

Word is Bond Rap Radio 3rd Anniversary Show

I threw a party at the radio station to celebrate this milestone last year. My 4th Anniversary Show goes down in two weeks, If you want to be part of it, hit me up!

Watch for this Title on the Bookshelf

I really enjoyed this science fiction trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer.

Lot of great content coming this month!

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Stay tuned to this blog for even more great posts coming this month,

Chasing Content – The Best of Last February

Chasing ContentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that has us looking back to see what was happening last year at this time on Silent Cacophony.

Read all of the posts from last February, 

or just these favs!

Rap Radio Shines Worldwide

Great hip-hop radio happens every week in places such as Hamilton, Guelph, and Toronto. The shows span from London, Ontario all the way to London, England, and even dip down to Winterpark, Florida. Click through and find out how you can listen to them no matter where you are.

Let’s Influence and Empower Our Students

I finally got around to reading a book by education expert Barbara Coloroso. I like her ideas and uses some of them in my teaching practice. Click through to read what I took away from her work.

How We Can Edit Our Lives

This was another interesting read. Here is a quote from Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life.

“We live in a world where bad stories are told, stories that teach us life doesn’t matter and that humanity has no great purpose. It’s a calling, then, to speak a better story.”

I know that I am determined to live a better story in 2016.

How about you?

Teach Like a Pirate – The 2nd Day of School

I love the ideas that Dave Burgess presents in his book, Teach Like a Pirate. His ideas are far from the traditional, and that is why they work, why they connect with students, and why he is such a successful teacher. I highly recommend trying his techniques in your classroom.

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Chasing Content – The Best of Last January

Chasing ContentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that has us looking back at the best posts from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last January, 

or just these highlights

White Oaks Skatepark

Two years in a row, we didn’t have a White Christmas. The good news though, we were able to still skateboard, which is very unusual in our Canadian winters.

The Scotty Guide to Being Awesome

Chief Engineer Scotty knew how to build a solid reputation. He was able to get the Enterprise out of seemingly impossible situations. He had a secret though, and one we can all learn from.

Star Trek: Voyager Turns 20

Speaking of Star Trek, this spin-off series celebrated its 20th Anniversary last year at this time. And this year marks with 50th Anniversary of Star Trek. I’m very excited to see what celebrations will turn up this year!

Quitting Teaching Super-Sale

I didn’t sell all of my resources during my purge of education-related material last year. If you want to click through, browse, and contact me if you would like any of these items, please do so.

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Chasing Content – Last December

Chasing ContentRead all of the posts from last December, 

or just these personal favs . . .

Celebrate Christmas with 3 Hours of Music

I had fun making these Christmas-themed mixtapes. I have stepped up my game a lot since then and really should work on making a new one this year. I think I will. Stay tuned!

Write About It

I used to collect sayings and quotations from a variety of different sources. Not sure why I stopped being so proactive about that. This is a great quote about the power of writing.

Bubble Bobble on My Phone

Bubble Bobble is my all-time favourite video game. Playing it on a phone just isn’t the same as the old school arcade, or even my Commodore 64. That’s why I have dusted off my old computer to play it the way it was meant to be played once again.

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We do this every month to help keep some of the great posts from getting buried in the archive and completely forgotten. Thanks for clicking links and reliving these great moments with me!

Chasing Content – November

Chasing Content (1)At the start of every month, we take a moment to look back at what was happening exactly one year ago. This lets us look back at the best posts this blog has to offer and to relive some great moments.

Read all of the posts from last November,

or just these favs . . .

The Write Club – National Novel Writing Month at School

It’s National Novel Writing Month and there are all sorts of great resources that you can use in the classroom. I tried it last year and had kids excited about writing. It was a beautiful thing.

The Taylor Swift – Tiffany Connection

Taylor Swift has amassed more records, tours, and album sales than Tiffany ever did. But there is a connection between my love of both artists. I was surprised when I made this connection.

Northern Lights Art Project

This is one of my favourite art lessons to teach. It’s based on a photograph and looks closely at how a background source of light affects a foreground image. Plus, I just really love this picture and the art it inspires.

Fanshawe Park – Lake Trail

This trail is 21 kilometers and traverses through some very nice scenery. I really enjoyed running the small portion of it that I did. I need to go back and run more of it.

How Successful Teachers Lead

I get teaching inspiration from everywhere . . . even a book aimed at business.

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Chasing Content – The Best of Last October

Chasing Content OctoberIt’s hard to believe that it is October already.

Time is absolutely flying by, as are the blog posts. Let’s not let them get lost in the archives.

If you find something that speaks to you here, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, or any of the other places you hang out online.

You can read all of the posts from October 2014,

or just these personal favs . . .

Trail Run to Albion Falls

This is one of my favourite places to visit. I hadn’t been there in years, so it was really nice to see that nothing has changed. It is still beautiful and captivating.

Classroom Newsletter – Comic Strip Style

Last year, I made the communication between home and school a bit more fun. Instead of prose newsletters, I sent home ones in comic strip form. I found that they were eagerly anticipated and read. Regular newsletters are often just trashed. Why not give it a try?

Barracks Skatepark in London, ON.

This is a great skatepark with many unique features and ramps. It also has a bowl. I highly recommend visiting this park for a great skateboard session.

Is the new Spider-Man truly Superior?

He might not be, but the story is such a great read. And it keeps the possibility of Peter Parker returning to don the costume once again. Until he does though, I am in rapt attention with this series.

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We do this every month to look back at the month that was last year. It let’s us all reflect on those times and helps make sure that great posts don’t get buried in the archives.

Chasing Content – Is it September Already?

Chasing ContentChasing Content is a monthly feature here on Silent Cacophony.

This is how it works, at the start of each month I look back at the blog entries I posted the previous year in that month and highlight some of my favourites. This gives us a chance to dig through the old posts and unearth some gems that might otherwise get buried in the archives.

It’s now time for the September 2014 edition.

Read all of the posts from Last September . . .

or just these personal favourites.

Reading Salad 

A great lesson that teaches students that they need to think while they read. It uses a hands-on and is quite visual. It is simply brilliant and a great way to start off the school year.

Hula-Hoops on the First Day of School

Still my favourite activity to kick off the school year. Click through and you’ll see why. It’s a bit unconventional but a lot of fun.

The New Spider-Man, Miles Morales

I really enjoyed this comic book series and would love to see this version of Spider-Man on the big screen one day. I highly recommend you read it.

Daredevil Autographs

I collected a few more autographs last year at Fan Expo. I’m really excited about going back to the event this weekend. Alex Maleev is going to be there this year. I would so love to get his autograph. I probably won’t be able to though since he is doing a signing at the same time at the Doctor Who panel. :(

Doctor Who at Fan Expo

Last year was so much fun.  This year, the ladies of Doctor Who will be on hand. I can’t wait to see Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman. Should be a lot of fun!

First Day of School Lesson Plan

I’ve used a variation of this plan every year for the past several years and it has never failed. It’s due for a tweaking though. I never just re-use units or lesson. I always strive to improve and build upon past successes.

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It’s always nice to look back and see what was. Hopefully this month will be just as good as it was last year.

Chasing Content – The Best of Last August

CC AugIt’s hard to believe that it is August 2015 already. Time seems to be flying by. That’s one of the reasons I love having this blog. I can take a moment to look back at what was. Won’t you do that with me right now?

It’s time for another edition of Chasing Content.

Read all of the posts from last August,

or just these highlights . . .

Grade 2/3 Long Range Plan

This is my newly revised year plan that I used to teach a combined Grade 2 / Grade 3 class last year. It is very detailed and can help you in your planning. Feel free to download it as a PDF or as a MS Word document that you can customize to your needs. Happy Teaching!

D-sisive Shout -Out

I got some great praise from a musician that I have been following his entire career.  I was so stoked to see this interaction on Twitter and Instagram.

Coyotes and Deer, Oh My!

It’s amazing what you can come across during a quiet and peaceful trail run.

Classroom Management for Dummies

A great video full of tips for both new and experienced teachers.

The Best of August 2013

I love doing these posts every month. It’s great to look back and relive / remember all of these great events, topics, and articles. I like how I wrote this particular one too!

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Chasing Content – July 2014

Chasing Content JulyIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content!

Read all of the posts from last July,

or just my personal highlights

(a best of from what this month had to offer last year)

West Lions Skatepark

One of the few outdoor parks with a full-sized half-pipe. I love skating here. If you are ever in the London, Ontario area, I highly recommend a visit!

Women in Hip-Hop 4 Complete Broadcast

Once a year, I produce a radio special to celebrate International Women’s Day. This is last year’s show with 8 hours of content shining a spotlight on hip-hop’s better half.

Star Trek Scrabble Win

I bought this game as a present for my dad. We share a love of Scrabble and Star Trek, so it only made sense. I made an incredible play that was noteworthy. Click through to see what it was.

5 Words

A great post about varying sentences and how much power 5 words can truly have.

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Chasing Content – The Best of Last June

Chasing Content (2)It’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that looks back at what was happening last year at this time.

You can read all of the posts from last June . . . 

or just these favourites!

Artists Don’t Have a Never-Ending Well

Art is worth something. It actually takes work and not everyone has an infinite amount of creative potential within them. This is a great post explaining how that works.

Classrooms are Irrelevant 

The public education system is broken. I’ve known that for a long time. I tried to fight against all the aspects of it I didn’t like, but it was impossible to enact any sort of change. Instead, I just got more and more discouraged. I am seriously thinking about starting my own school. Hopefully I can make that happen.

Get It Done – It Only Takes 15 Minutes a Day

Great advice for anyone who wants to create and simply can’t find the time. All you need is fifteen minutes, Seriously. It’s that easy!

The Rap Guide to Evolution

Baba Brinkman combines stage theatre, education, and hip-hop into brilliant presentations. I interviewed him on my radio show and also ran one of his TED talks on the program. Be prepared to be educated and entertained at the same time. Science and hip-hop unite!

What’s the Point of All This?

Here’s what to say next time a student asks you this question about what you are learning in the class.

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