Thursday, November 13, 2014

What would you put in front of your students? What videos would catch their attention? "Strange Body in Ear" corpo estranha de ouvido in Portuguese

People who are not teachers are sometimes find the most eye-catching videos.  Look at these remarkable images from videos found by a nurse.

This is real life...

Here is the "money shot"... you can see the insect in the ear.

Happy ending.  The insect
crawled out of the patient's ear

There is a happy ending to the video:  The cockroach crawls out of the patient's ear.

inside the ear...
Guidelines for selecting a video for distributing to partents:  Someone is going to be offended.

(2) for future medical professionals, show the video one-on-one and let THEM distribute the video to their friends and classmates.

Send your suggestions to  I want to see more "strange bodies"...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Principals who remember ths little touches know how to motivate this teacher

Look at the star I received from my principal.

She also underlined the importance of asking a student, "How can I help?"

She sent us an article that emphasized that our job as teacher is not "what can I teach today."... it's "How can I help you today?"   A child who is hungry doesn't need a bold new worksheet.

The article also emphasized global skills.

So it might mean more opportunities to talk to students about how they can use Skype in their homes to practice being BIB Penpals.

Students can go on and learn how to become conversation assistants over Skype for Jair da Silva Filho, a teacher in Brazil.  Here's a sample video.

My current focus is on Nathan McCall, an author of an autobiography that is difficult to read: Makes Me Wanna Holler. It is worth the effort

EBONY Article
  If you don't have time to read his book, at least look at the Ebony article (written 20 years after his autobiography was published in 1994).

If you have an opportunity to meet Mr. McCall, what questions would you ask him?
What does he see as the way ahead for young black men?

I read some of the reviews of Mr. McCall's book on Amazon.

Here is one review that hit me in the solar plexus:

As hideous as some parts of this book, I still gave this book to my nieces, daughters and other young Black impressionable females who seem to mindlessly believe anything a Black man tells them. Some months after my adolescent niece read McCall's works, she confessed that she completely broke ties with a young man she had been dating because he showed a lot of Mc Call's tendencies. Some years later, this same young man has impregnated several different women, 3 of which gave birth to his children in the same week (while he was unemployed). Today, he is doing a life sentence in prison for violent crimes.
As disturbing as Mc Call's work is, I have used it for good. Every mother should know where her son is at night. Also, blaming white people for your problems is no reason for McCall commiting the same sins (color casting, rape and robbery).
Finally, if Mc Call committed all the crimes he claims, he should now publish a NEW novel covering his efforts at some form of victim restitution to the individuals, businesses and others he has violated in his past. Well, how about it, Mr McCall?

I read much of McCall's autobiography.  Some parts were difficult to read, particularly his struggles with his mind while he was in prison and how he escaped from reality with drug trips.   Some of his tales could be told by some young males who live in my county, who have spent time in jail or who have roughed up people, treated women like furniture or worse.
His new novel

His lack of skill as an entrepreneur reminded me of my lack of initiative and follow-through.

I saw his description of shifting form nonfiction to fiction and learning along the way.  I would like him to be a mentor to my students.  Even his video is a way to show students how a man presents himself.

I hope my students will take time to look at this video and to hear his voice ... and perhaps take time to read his third chapter where he writes about what his experience was like in Key West watching TV.

See the Amazon Review


And here are some more thoughts to focus on, too...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Images from videos by Erik Friedl that describe and talk about principles in Big Picture schools

The following images come from several videos that Erik Friedl compiled between 2011 and 2014.

This video was the first visit by Erik Friedl to Highland Park High School
where Enrique Gonzalez was principal.

Enrique Gonzalez

The "Palabra" program is adapted to the students
in the Los Angeles area

In other schools, teachers just teach what’s on the board and switch to the next subject.  Here we have the opportunity to work on that subject for a couple of days.

Our principal is a man.  Unlike other schools, where it’s just some suit with a face.  Our principal has a personality and he gets through to us.

The video was completed in October 2013.

It is different here than where I came from.  I didn't have help from my other schools.  Here I have an understanding about what I'm supposed to do.  and what I'm going to do after I graduate.

At regular high schools, you don't really know what school is really about.
Here you learn a lot about yourself and what school is really about.  you want to educate yourself.

Over here nobody judges you.  We are all seen here as students.  

The Big Picture Website

We use a portfolio system but we bring it home by asking students to show us your best work.   What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses and deterrents?  How can we help you?  We bring in every parent to set up the learning plan to graduate.

By bringing in the community, lie the guitar and music, and having a place that is driven by the passions of young people, it changes everything.

at Nightingale Middle School:

Is the student guilty of a crime?  The educational community is guilty for not engaging the child to respect his environment.  Most young people in America don't believe that the school belongs to them.