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Chasing Content This Winter

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

Click through to read all of the posts from last January . . .

or take in these winter highlights.

Winter Trail Hike

If you follow this blog, you will know that I am an avid trail runner when there is no snow on the ground. I normally take the winters off from running completely and never venture out on a trail until the early spring. But for some reason, last year at this time, I decided to go on a winter hike. Here is the recap of my adventure.

Lyrical Mind’s Birthday Bash

This year, the annual birthday bash concert will be back in London, Ontario. It will be on Friday January 12th this year if you’d like to stop by.

The Martian – Book vs Movie

I really enjoyed reading The Martian, a story about an astronaut who gets abandoned on Mars and has to fend for himself against all odds. It was a great story filled with adventure, suspense, and humour. The movie was fairly well done as well. But which one is better?

Music Teaching Plans and Resources

I shared my semester plan for Grade 11 instrumental music last January as well as several other resources. This year, I will be teaching an electronic music class and will be sharing resources from it as well.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Please click on the links above to explore these posts in more detail. I’ll see you at the start of February for another edition of “Chasing Content.”

2018 – Here I Come

I have never been one for New Years Resolutions. I always thought if I wanted to, or needed to change, I could just commit to making that change and stick to it. It didn’t matter what time of year it was.

However, there are two times during the year where I just naturally reflect on my life. New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving.

New Challenges for 2018

This year I have a few new challenges ahead of me.

1st Wedding Anniversary

I will celebrate my first wedding anniversary and am very excited about hitting that milestone.

New Music Class

I will teach a brand new class that I have designed myself. It is a Grade 11 high school music class that will focus on electronic music production and performance. I am glad that my school had the confidence in me to try this and the students are lining up to be in it. It is going to be a lot of fun.

Masters Degree

I will continue to work on earning my Masters of Library and Information Science degree on a part-time basis. I might even complete it this year if all goes well.

New Mixtape Project

DJ Hullewud and I will be releasing a follow-up to The MIX(ed)TAPE with brand new exclusive hip-hop. The project will drop this summer.

Radio Milestones

Word is Bond Rap Radio and DOPEfm will present the 8th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular.

Word is Bond Rap Radio will also celebrate it’s 300th episode and its 6th anniversary.

New Website

I plan on launching Chase March DJ Services as a separate website to help attract new business and get regular DJ gigs and engagements.

Small Projects and Tasks

I will work on some small things over the course of the year as well. Hopefully, I will actual take steps to get my fiction published this year.

This Year is Going to Rock!

I look forward to all that 2018 has in store.

St Clair River Trail (Corunna, ON)

The St. Claire River Trail is part of the larger Great Lakes Waterfront trail.

Only portions of it run alongside the river.

There are sections of the trail that detour onto neighbouring streets.

My run  took me from the First Nation community, Aamjiwnaang, all the way to the small town of Corunna.

I went for a run in coRUNna today. See what I did there?

There are all sorts of interesting things to see along this route. This is the historical Stanley House.

It’s always nice to run alongside a waterfront. There is much more of it to explore as well. Have you can any portion of the St. Clair River Trail?

Want to explore more trails?

Photographic Tour Archive – over 50 great places to run or hike

Paperless Classroom Solutions

I am teaching a Grade 11 Communications Technology class this term. It is my first time teaching anything like this. The students are creating websites, making photo edits, producing, recording, and editing audio and video files, and other digital projects. As such, I thought it would be a great idea to have a paperless classroom this term. This is what I tried.

Edmodo

This is a platform made specifically for teachers and students. It looks like Facebook and is pretty easy to use. Only your students have access to the page and they have to sign up using a code that the website provides for you.

I have used it for almost two months now but I think I am going to stop using it for the simple fact that posts get buried in the timeline easily. This happens in Facebook too. Edmodo has modeled itself on the Facebook platform and I don’t think it is the best fit for education.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a great solution for sharing files with students. It is easy to organize your files into folders and you can choose how to share them. You can invite people via email or share a link for anyone to access the files.

Right now, I only have one folder set up for all of the classroom assignments. I also attached the class syllabus here.

Clicking on the Assignment folder will give you access to the subfolders for each assignment. I number and title every assignment so it easy to keep track of everything.

When you click on an assignment, you get all the materials needed to complete it. The word document is there for students to download and edit. They can then submit their work in a .doc file and I can add comments and send it back to them. It’s a great way to target feedback and keep digital records of student work.

Email

Even though I use Gmail for pretty much all of my email communication, I make sure I only use my school email account to interact with students. This is just good practice and gives you protection as a teacher

Rubrics

I have been saving the rubrics and comments I make to each student in a PDF file that I store in a folder on my computer entitled “TGJ3M Portfolios.” Every student has his or her own folder and it serves as a portfolio of their work and marks.

Student Websites

Each student in my class created a blog for the first assignment of the term. Much of the work I want them to do can be completed there so they don’t have to hand in any papers or email me assignments. It saves us all a lot of time.

What Do You Do in Your Paperless Classroom?

I’d love to hear what tools and strategies you are using, please leave a comment below.

Teaching Tip Archive

Visit the Teaching Tip Tuesdays archive for over 200 great tips, tricks, and lessons from my classroom to yours. Teachers helping teachers is what it is all about.

The Dow Wetlands (Sarnia, ON)

The Dow Wetlands is located at the corner of LaSalle Road and Highway 40 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Today, I decided to go for a run around the trail there.

There are plenty of places to take in the natural beauty of the wetland and enjoy a picnic.

The trail runs alongside five ponds

and includes a few foot bridges.

The trail isn’t very long and it is almost completely flat. I had to run around the different loops a few times to get in my five kilometers today.

There are even a few placards like this one to describe the importance of wetland areas.

There are several wheelchair accessible observation docks as well. This pond is full of fish, bullfrogs, and wild birds.

Check out the Dow Wetlands brochure for more information about this wildlife preserve.

Want to find other places to run or hike? 

Photographic Tour Archive (dozens and dozens of great trails to explore)

Much To Be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite times of the year. I love having the opportunity to reflect on all of the good things in my life, to sit down and have a great dinner with my loved ones, and to share a little cheer.

My Wife

Diana is an amazing woman. She’s understanding, kind, supportive, and shows her love for me every day. I don’t know what I did to deserve her.

Clean Water

Not everyone has access to clean water. I am thankful that I can drink the water that comes out the tap and that I can drive to a nearby beach to have a swim.

Music

I love being able to share music with a receptive audience. Deejaying on the radio, at rap concerts, karaoke, and special events is a lot of fun.

A Healthy Attitude 

Some people have a hard time at holidays and it affects them so much that they can’t stop to enjoy the moment. I’m not sure why I tend to have a healthy attitude, but I am very thankful for it.

Trail Running

I love running through a trail and having the sounds of the city fade away around me. It gives me time to think and reflect, much like this time of year. I have never meditated, but I think this is my own form of meditation.

Skateboarding 

I still skateboard and can’t imagine ever giving it up. I love being able to glide across the concrete, to soar over ramps, and to spend some time with my son doing so.

My Home

It’s nice to have a place to come home to every night, a driveway to park in, food in the cupboards, and all the other pleasures that come from having a house.

However you are celebrating (or not) . . . 

I hope you can take a moment to reflect on your blessings and the great things in your life. We all have something to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Colourful Characters at Fan Expo

There were so many great costumes at Fan Expo this year. I wish I had taken more pictures.

This cosplayer did a great job of The Flash from Earth 2. When I asked for his picture, he went into this pose that made it look like he was running through the convention centre.

These thugs tried to rob me at the train station.

This wasn’t just a clever costume. The Cosplay Medic had everything needed to do small repairs and touch-ups. He even helped my son with his costume at one point.

And I’ll leave you with this picture of dueling sonic screwdrivers.

More Fan Expo 2017 Highlights

Word is Bond Rap Radio Goes Back to School

Word is Bond Rap Radio goes back to school this week with a special edition of the show. I play some school-themed songs and talk about the lyrics, imagery, and stories in them. I interview an author about the problem of bullying in school, play a TED talk about bringing magic and wonder back to the classroom, and talk about how we need to reshape the entire institution of public education. We’re dropping knowledge, beats, and rhymes today.

Press play and enjoy the show!

Boogie Down Productions – You Must Learn
Young MC – Principal’s Office
Leaders of the New School – Case of the P.T.A.
2Pac – Old School
Eminem – Brain Damage
Brother Ali – Us
Shanaya Fastje – Word is Bond Exclusive Interview
Pharcyde – Passing Me By
Christopher Emdin – Teach teachers how to create magic (TED Talk)
Poor Righteous Teachers – Holy Intellect
Boogie Down Productions – Edutainment
Boy in a Band – Don’t Stay in School
Atmosphere – Don’t Forget
Shakespeare And The Last Empire – School H.I.T.
Jukebox Verbal – Dreams
Dustin Moore – The Truth
Kiv – Liar Liar
MC David – School
Large Professor – Bowne

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On the Radio in the Day – Stage at Night!

Catch me on the radio on a special day and special time as I will be the guest-host and DJ of The Come Up Show tomorrow.

I will be spinning some brand new hip-hop, mixed with some classics. Tanya Morgan will also be calling in to talk about their new album and extensive history in hip-hop. You won’t want to miss this live and in-depth interview.

Make sure you tune in live from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. om 94.9 CHRW.

WHEN: Saturday August 5, 2017
WHERE: 94.9 on your FM dial and streaming at https://chrwradio.ca/stream/
SHOW: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

After the radio show, you can come see me live at Hip-Hop Anonymous.

Dre Specs is going to be blessing the stage with some great beats and rhymes.

ADD will be doing a beat showcase (and probably sparking a cypher)

Spoken word artist Kareem Ig will also be performing.

And maybe even a few other acts.

These nights are always a lot of fun. Shout out to Danny Gable of DWG for always throwing a great show. Looking forward to this one!

WHEN: Saturday August 5, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
EVENT PAGE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/153638818523518/
SHOW: 10:00 p.m.
TICKETS: free

Highlights from Last July

Chasing Content (3)It’s time to go exploring!

Let’s dig through the archives and blow the dust off some posts you might have missed.

Here are a few highlights from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last July,

or just these favs . . .

Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer when it comes to skateboarding tricks. His flatland style is breathtaking and this new video shows that he is still the master of old school tricks and routines.

DJs Run It and Run With It

This book about DJs who use laptops and other electronic equipment specifically in the EDM (electronic dance music) genre. It does have some things to say about hip-hop music and culture and is a good read for anyone who loves the art of deejaying.

Guest-hosting The Come Up Show

I had the chance to guest-host and DJ for The Come Up Show last year. As a late-night radio disc jockey, it was nice to spin some great hip-hop in the day time over the airwaves. If you missed it, you can click through and listen to the podcast.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Please click on the above links to read some of the best of Silent Cacophony from last year at this time. Don’t let great content get buried in the archive. Thanks!