January 2012

  • The Way You Speak Depends on the Situation (Teaching Tip)

    Image by mp3waxx.com via Flickr I got the idea for today’s Teaching Tip as I read the memoir by rapper, actor, and songwriter, Common. His book is entitled “One Day  It’ll All Make Sense” There are a few passages in the memoir that were written by his mother. When I read this one, I immediately thought […]

  • Arctic Air Soars

    I like uniquely Canadian television and that is precisely the reason that I have been enjoying Arctic Air. Arctic Air is an ensemble drama that can be seen Tuesdays at 9:00 on CBC. The show is set in Northern Canada and revolves around a small airline that has outdated planes. The pilots must navigate through […]

  • Know Your History – The Complete Second Season

    Here it is, The Complete Second Season of Know Your History, your monthly dose of hip-hop knowledge. You can download all 12 episodes from the 2011 season in one handy zipped file. This is 6 hours of hip-hop radio brought to you by DOPEfm and your host and producer of the program, Chase March. We […]

  • Batman: The Mixtape

    Batman deserves a mixtape, doesn’t he? After all he does to protect the city from crime, the least we could do is honour him with a mixed CD. The tape starts out with the theme from the television series and then moves in to Snoop Dogg’s “Batman and Robin.” The song blends into The Last […]

  • Lighter or Darker Words

    I found this excellent teaching tip today on the local message board. You need to be a member of my school board to access the site so I thought I would share this tip with you here. It was originally posted by Dr. Megan Cyrisse Parry-Jamieson. “Hi all — I’ve been having good results with word […]

  • Spotify: A Review

    Image by Dekuwa via Flickr Many online music players have become available in the last few years, including popular sites such as Pandora and I Heart Radio. With the rise of social-networking sites, some players have been developed for the purpose of listening to and sharing music on these sites. Spotify is one of the […]

  • Lissa Monet at The Stylus Awards 2011

    Lissa Monet: “How are you guys doing? Here for another interview?” Chase: “We’re doing awesome. Yeah, it was a great interview with you last year. Did you get a chance to hear our International Women’s Day show we did earlier this year?” Lissa Monet: “No, I didn’t.” Chase: “You should check it out. We dedicated […]

  • Redefining Masculinity in Hip-Hop Part 2 (Know Your History: Episode 24)

    Welcome to Know Your History. I’m your host Chase March and today we are continuing to explore masculinity in hip-hop culture.You can listen to this episode with the player below, download it for free, or just keep reading. I hope you were with us last episode as we discussed what it means to be a […]

  • Music and Movement (Teaching Tip)

    This is brilliant! Bobby McFerrin takes an audience that was there to simply watch a panel discussion and he has them signing in unison with very little instruction. I can see how this sort of thing could be useful in the classroom or at a school assembly. He doesn’t have to explain what he is […]

  • Stealing Time at Work?

    As a society, we are overly obsessed with time. In fact, certain employers have started accusing their workers of “stealing” time. I think the idea of stealing time is ridiculous. As far as I am concerned there are only two ways to steal time at work. The first one has to do with the time […]