Chasing Content – February 2010

Image via Wikipedia The chase is on! It’s time to hunt down that elusive content that tries to leave us in the dust and tuck away into the archives. We do this at the start of each and every month…

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Know Your History: Season 1

Know Your History is a half radio program I produce for DOPEfm that focuses on the rich history of rap music and hip-hop culture. As a hip-hop historian, I wanted an outlet to celebrate this music that I hold so…

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Know Your History – Gangsta Rap

Rap music comes in many different shapes, forms, and styles. To the casual listener though, there may only appear to be two distinct categories of rap. First, we have artists like Solja Boy or The Black Eyed Peas. These artists…

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Ten Intentions for a Better Classroom

I found this on Tumblr today and my first thought was, “Wow! I’d love to adopt this for my classroom.” I like how it uses the word intent. These aren’t rules. These are ideals, and while we might not always…

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Teaching Tip – Visual Prompts

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I don’t expect my Grade 3 students to write a thousand words but I do want to see them writing. Perhaps with a little encouragement, they will write longer and more…

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Rap Calls Attention to Real Issues

Image by 216 wear via Flickr In the 1980s rap exploded in popularity. This allowed a brand new voice to be added to popular discourse, the voice of the black man.  Rap groups started to call attention to issues such…

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Know Your History: Episode 11 – Political Rap

Some people think hip-hop is totally devoid of a message. Granted, there are songs that are meant to be fun and pointless, but you will find this in any genre of music. Likewise, you will also find plenty of songs…

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Hear This – Cradle Orchestra

I came across this amazing album by Cradle Orchestra quite by chance. Sometimes all it takes is a name or a creative album cover to catch my attention. This one certainly did that. It’s called “Transcended Elements.” As I scanned…

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Alan Davis Autograph

Alan Davis is a comic book artist and has been producing published work since 1979. He has worked on Batman and The Outiders, The Uncanny X-men, JLA, Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-man, and countless other titles. I found this autographed copy…

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Teaching Tip – Get Them Writing

Image via Wikipedia Our students need to be writing every day. Unfortunately, some of my students don’t see a purpose behind their morning journal. I have students who simply won’t start writing anything. They will talk to their classmates, play…

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