Archive for March, 2010

Firm When It Comes To Educating My Babies.

March 30, 2010

As and educator, sometimes it can be a challenge to get an appropriate return on homework assignments.  Approximately three years ago, I started a policy that allowed students to get a 15 minute head start on their assignments and the opportunity to complete the rest at home.  Well as we all know sometimes, a good thing at times can be taken for granted.

My all male sixth grade class for some apparent reason took it upon themselves to either not submit or turn in incompleted work.  Due to loving my boys, my heart told me to let it slide.  The teacher in me however chose to implement a consequence. 

Aware of the fact of how much my boys love physical education/gym, I had to take it from them this day.  In addition, the individuals who did not  turn it in had to stay back and still complete it while the remaining of the peers had the opportunity to attend.  They were not happy with me.  And yes, a few even shed a couple of tears.  Let’s just say if looks could’ve killed the good father may have taken me that very day.

After the hour had passed, I asked the students who could not attend gym if they understood why a consequence was implemented.  There reply to me was yes.  Surprisingly, my home work grades have improved tremendously. I had to be firm and provide some type of detention yet my boys learned a valuable lesson when it comes to being responsible.

Doing Things You’ve Never Done Before!

March 30, 2010

You’ll never know until you try is a statement that we are all familiar with.  More importantly, It truly hits home with me.   Four the past five years, I had this idea to put on this show for women as a tribute to Women’s Month.  My mission in putting this monologue show on was to spread a message to women everywhere about how we should build each other up versus tearing each other down.

In my mind for days and years I could actually see this show taking place, but I was simply too afraid to take the risk.  I even had a cover page with the title that remained in micro soft files.  In November of 2009, after leaving the Black Women’s Business Network Exchange created by author Tara Michener, I could not take it any longer.  I had to give birth to this dream.  After sharing the information with literary artist, and  my business partner Tracie Christian we agreed to make it happen.

In January of 2010, we auditioned our beautiful cast.  Without the help of these Detroit born actresses,  Crystal Brock, Mahulie  Christmas, LaSonya Jones Lamine, and Juanita Philliphs,  Our show titled,  “From the Outside Looking In” would have not been possible.  On March 27th 2010, not only did Ms. Christian and I pull this event off, the event was sold out.

More importantly, we accomplished our mission at raising revenues to support the Day House Shelter in Detroit, and UNA Young Professional’s association for the  Detroit Chapter.  Now that the show is over with, I’m asking myself, “Adra what the hell took so long and what were you afraid of?” As of right now, due to the success ratings of the monologue show and still floating on cloud nine from Saturday, I still don’t have the answer.

Tips on Establishing Communication Bonds Between Parents and Teens

March 30, 2010

As an educator of over 14 years and author of  The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Series, I’ve discovered through communicating with my parents that often communication ties with their kids in regards to  communicating daily are not there due to the everyday life’s demands.  Here are some helpful tips that I provided to assist.

Ask each other daily how your day has gone.  This gives both the teenager and parent the opportunity to express yourselves.

Show affection.  All teens are not affectionate however from time to time everybody needs a hug.

Parents and teens both should express their love for one another.  Days that I am absent from teaching, I always return informing them how much I missed them.

Parents and teenagers should both learn to read body language and facial expressions.  Your mouth might be saying that everything is okay yet your demeanor at that present time may be saying another.

Parents and teenagers should learn to do things together that are free.  Take more walks together or read together.  Go and feed the ducks together.  In the long run parents, when your teenagers become adults it will be these kinds of experiences that will be remembered.  It won’t be the trips to the mall.