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  1. I was not expecting so much content, and life experience in the instructor. As a choir director, I am used to kinesthetic movement in class and how it helps students understand concepts and ideas. That being said, I never knew thought that all departments should utilize movement in their lessons. Dr. Jackson’s “Fifteen Do’s & Don’ts” affirmed a lot of my teaching strategies, and also made me more aware of how to teach male students. I also loved the lecture about “How to Motivate the Unmotivated”. We always need to challenge students warped beliefs, negative thoughts. and to change them to positive ideas.

    • The instructor was beyond my expectations.

  2. I enjoyed reading the book and watching the videos for the College or Prison Course. I think one of the most striking notions that stood out to me was the fact that Vocational School is in fact a form of college. It is post secondary education and is on the same level as attending college. I have thought this on my own for a long time, and the fact that the author put into words my own notions was exciting for me. I plan to present this idea to my students in the future. In our culture the idea of not attending university and instead pursuing a certified positions, as in vocational training has been frowned upon. It needs to be presented to our young men as a worthy and viable option as well as attending a four year college.

  3. I really enjoyed the videos by Dr. Jesse Jackson III. I enjoyed his discussion about how fathers are essential in the raising of the children. I feel that too often we as males sometimes give up and think we are insignificant in our children’s life. The clarity that the presenter gave was helpful in understanding my role as a father past just a provider. In regards to the school to prison pipeline, Dr. Jackson knows his stuff. I will share with my colleagues the many things that we can improve on in our school to minimize the students going to prison.

  4. When I was watching the Video presentation of Dr. Jackson the portion about distractions in the classroom literally floored me! He explained that all the things on the walls and the board provide distractions to our pupils who are already overly distracted, yet we expect them to focus on our lesson? Plus factoring in cell phones with unlimited data streams just compounds the problem. I have been without even knowing a supporter of Dr. Jackson’s views because I tell my colleagues frequently that our kids come from an unstructured and unfocused lifestyle and it’s our responsibility to provide the with rigid structure and focus and all the board objectives etc are just “pretend” or “fake” teaching techniques. The real meat of the lesson comes from teachers, who are in the classrooms daily and who know what makes each or at least most of our student’s tick

  5. There are so many interesting facts I learned from this course. I didn’t know that 2.2 million adults were incarcerated in 2010 and that almost 1.5 of them males and about 1 million were black. I didn’t even know what juvenile detention was before taking this course. But I’m a little confused, if most places don’t give treatment to those in juvenile detention, then why is it so expensive? Before this course, I also hadn’t heard that fathers and teachers are considered the ones to blame for the high incarceration rate.

  6. Reflecting on the course, what I found to be most helpful is the chapter on the 7 stages of Negative Behavior Correction. Too many times a student will come back to class after being sent out for inappropriate behavior only to repeat the same behavior the next day. It is frustrating as a teacher! Administration needs to follow the steps to correct the behavior. Assigning detention for the same behavior over and over is not going to correct the behavior. I really think the first stage is so important. Accepting responsibility for their behavior and understanding why the behavior is wrong will hold the student accountable. It might take more time in the beginning but will help in the long run because they won’t continue seeing the same student with the same behavior in the office and that student losing classroom instruction daily.

    • I remember one year at our intro faculty meeting, the principal commenting on this very thing. It’s the same repeat offenders doing 90% of the discipline infractions. Obviously whatever they’re doing is NOT working. Besides, most behaviors are a symptom of a greater problem.

  7. One thing I found especially interesting from the book and video lectures was Dr. Jackson’s insistence that college is for everyone. A college degree is not for everyone, but some post-secondary education – training, classes, certificates, etc – is required to have success in today’s modern economy. That also relates to his ideas about a teacher’s job from the government’s perspective – make taxpayers. So if I’m going to be successful as a teacher, I need to make sure my students get through high school with the tools they need to be productive members of society.