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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Dear Hannah: BIG Ideas About Teaching and LEarning (#TheSeeSayShow)


Dear Hannah,

I am a brother from another planet.
Strange people think that I am strange.
I think that what I experience is strange.

I teach *students* – not *subjects*.


The "End" Game

I teach with a larger goal in mind.

That goal is to facilitate positive relationships and honest dialogue through small-group fellowship ... dialogue that catalyzes hope, healing, and change.

#TheSeeSayShow is my vehicle to create this fellowship.

#TheSeeSayShow is a 10-15-minute #StandupStorytelling "monologue" featuring everyday problem solving (like improving home Internet access) and stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things.

#StandupStorytelling fuses rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change.

These messages are powered by truthtelling that helps students become proficient (skilled) and efficient (productive with their time).

I want students to learn to ...

READ (interpret / understand organized thought)
WRITE (record organized thoughts)
COUNT (read & write with numbers, shapes, patterns)

... then ...

SEE (visualize)
SAY (communicate)
SHOW (demonstrate)

... then ...

LEAD (guide through yesterday, today, and tomorrow)
CREATE (generate new knowledge / ideas, products, and services)
THINK (care, respect, ask, explore, share).

Reach - Then Teach (Becoming A High School Teacher)

To refine #TheSeeSayShow, I needed to engage the same audience for an extended period of time.
I decided to do this by teaching high school.
To become a high school teacher, I completed the Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) in December 2022.
GTAPP is an alternate teacher certification pathway for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in fields of study other than education.

I earned “Distinguished” GTAPP Evaluating Pedagogy in the Classroom (EPiC™) ratings in 4 of 7 categories (Reflection on Pedagogical Strengths and Needs; Student Engagement; Respect and Rapport; and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy).

My teaching style has been criticized and praised by many.

In a strange way, both the criticism and praise validate my approach.

I am criticized by "traditionalists".

I am praised by "change agents".

Tradition begins and ends with change.

The documents below will let you see Daddy's teaching style "in living color".




Evaluating Pedagogy in the Classroom (EPiC™)
Key Assessment for Teacher Preparation Candidates - Part A

Lesson 1: The Pythagorean Theorem (11-1-2022)

Lesson 2: Special Right Triangles (11-3-2022)


 Lesson 3: Trigonometric Ratios (Sides) (11-7-2022)


 Lesson 4: Trigonometric Ratios (Angles) (11-10-2022)

About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)



I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2024 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.



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