Recently I’ve found that more than discipline, referrals, suspension, and medication, many underperforming inner city children need one simple thing to increase their performance—access. Access to what? Access to anything their better-off (or well-to-do) counterparts have access to. While I’m not a clinician or therapist, my cursory assessments of the children I’ve taught over the years has made it clear that their behavior problems could be reasonably curtailed, over time, when these children simply have access to things. Continue Reading
My classroom has practically no natural light, even though I have far more plants than anyone else in my school. The overhead fluorescent lights are horrible so I move my plants to another classroom several times per week to get sunlight (yes, it’s a lot of work). It’s amazing how much the plants perk up with exposure to sunlight, and how great the other classrooms look when my babies come to visit. Continue Reading
My students reside in low-income parts of Brooklyn, NY, where options are limited and exposure to the arts is rudimentary, if it happens at all. The Executive Director of my school insisted that he wanted my students to have what the schools in Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights have in their schools. I have to admit that’s a tall order! We have neither the budget nor the staff, the infrastructure nor the support, so I was tasked with pulling a rabbit out of a hat to fulfill that lofty ideal. Continue Reading
I made one of my favorite juices this morning after an amazing yoga session: grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. Some call it an immune booster, I call it delicious.
I took a quick trip to the #AfricanBurialGround in #NYC after #church today. Needed to reconnect with the other #spiritual side, to revisit the other spiritual warriors whose faith carried them through the most unspeakable suffering that humans could endure…who cried out for deliverance from oppression…who knew better days were coming if they kept up the good fight of faith. I admire these #spiritualgiants who paved the way for me to walk with my head held high without chains on my hands and feet. I owe them so I have to make a brighter day for the future generations. That’s why I’m a #teacher. #HappySabbath #Saturday #VideoSketch #Slavery #KeepYourEyesOnThePrize #Amandla #EarlyChildhood #PreKTeacher #BlackMaleTeacher #MaleTeacher #PreK #Preschool #PreK #Ujima #Kuumba
I filmed this brief web video on a Canon EOS 60D with an 85mm lens on my kitchen table. My subject was a bowl of cherry tomatoes, snacking tomatoes, and habanero peppers. These three ingredients made a beautiful harmony of red, yellow, and green—a bold, colorful contrast to the static white environment they performed in. Continue Reading
Years ago, back when I used a Canon HV20 (an amazing tape-based HDV camera that I caught the filmmaking bug with), I filmed a snippet of my son in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park reciting Proverbs 26:4. I used a Rode Video Mic mounted to the camera and edited the 33 second video in Final Cut Express 4 on a 20” iMac with 2GB or RAM (antiquated, I know). It was a great little movie with some advanced camera work (I used one camera to record several angles) and good color correction. The exposure and sound were acceptable to me—back then. Today? Not by a long shot. Continue Reading
I received an unusual, last minute request to photograph donuts for a same-day publication. What was the rush? Today, June 6, 2014, is National Donut Day. Really (I never heard of it, either). The client wanted to seize the moment and be relevant to the confection-minded Googlers around the world.