So as an avid listener of such thought-provoking and funny radio programs as ” The Tom Joyner Morning Show”, “The Steve Harvey Show”, and “The Michael Baisden Show”, I am aware of the importance of tangible role models for young people to look up to and learn from. Not too sound conceited (“but I have a [GOOD] reason”), I consider myself one of these earthy superstars who lives the “grind” and gains God’s excellence everyday.
As an educator, it is hard to measure your specific impact on the pupils you instruct but you get a few “shout-outs” from engaged students.
For instance, yesterday and today I am in the throes of Midterm Exam grading. My Literature students’ assignment was a four-page paper on what they have learned in the class since the beginning of the semester. My College Writing I students’ assignment was a five-minute PowerPoint Presentation of their proudest moment for their community.
So far, I have read some shamefully tragic forms of papers and witnessed some presentations that lack any decisive main idea and/or evidence of real learning. Luckily, there are a few that I can hold up to my ear and hear a student’s awakening from a life of dormancy. It is AMAZING! I am so privileged to be a conduit in this discovery of self, critical thinking, and literary appreciation.
Now I have empowered my students to take advantage of shaping their future by attending Mr. Michael Baisden’s One Million Mentors Event at Miramar Cultural Center tomorrow (Friday) at 7PM (doors open at 6). I just got my free tickets (so students, get down here EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TICKET).