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Friday, January 17, 2014

On Becoming an Educator at the Imhotep Academy

I didn’t know what to expect on my first day as a teacher’s assistant for middle schoolers. It was my first teaching experience ever at the Imhotep Academy, a year-round program of The Science House at NC State University (NCSU) that introduces traditionally underrepresented students in grades six through eight to science, mathematics and technology (STEM). I was a first-year graduate statistics student at NCSU, so I still had a lot to learn, but now, I had the opportunity to get young students excited about mathematics and statistics. It was very important for me to a good job and present the field in a good light. The teacher for the class was very confident and had taught that age group before, but I was still nervous.
On the first day of class, we talked to the students about ratios and proportions. We garnered their interest by showing them a picture from the internet of what appeared to be thousands of shark fins drying on a rooftop. The question we asked them was, “How would anyone be able to provide a close estimate of the number of shark fins in the picture without actually counting them?” The students then brainstormed ways in which they could count the fins on the rooftop. The students thought of different strategies such as figuring out an average, using area, and even using volume to come up with a number. We really wanted to show them how the mathematical concepts they have learned in school could be applied to real-world problems.
We then transitioned the concept of estimation into developing scales and using proportions over the next couple of classes. The students received a picture of a crime scene and a scale for the scene. We then asked them to calculate the area of different parts of the crime scene using the picture and scale. We made it fun by recreating the crime scene so that they could check their work by physically measuring the scene. The students asked lots of questions as we walked them through the process of using fractions and making sure that the decimals were in the right places. We also had the students carry out the calculations by hand. We wanted to make sure that they knew how to manipulate fractions without the aid of a calculator. As the students asked questions, I started to realize how much of an impact that I could make. The strategies that I have used so many years ago to do long division and fraction multiplication came back to me and so I took the time to meet students where they were in their learning and explain step-by-step what to do. The individualized attention that I was able to give the students was something that they were missing in school.
Unfortunately, in a subject like mathematics or statistics, it is really easy to get behind if a student does not learn certain steps. I believe that in large and crowded classes, this becomes a common problem. Once students start to get behind, they start to think that they are not good at mathematics and they start perceive others who know those certain steps as “smart”. I think that these problems can be combated through more personalized attention in settings such as at the Imhotep Academy. I started to get really good at identifying where the gaps were for the students and explaining those gaps in a nonjudgmental and encouraging way. It was very gratifying because then, students would get that “Ah Ha!” moment and their frustration would immediately turn into exhilaration.
Transitioning from graduate student to teacher was a little daunting at first, but after interacting with the students, made me become really passionate about continuing to be an educator in academia in the future. I want to create and facilitate similar programs at my future academic institution to introduce and train young underrepresented students in mathematics and statistics. As a graduate student, I was reluctant to volunteer because I didn’t think that I would have enough time, but I am so glad that I did. The perspective that I gained at the Imhotep Academy has initiated a budding desire in me to become an educator.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ASA Statistics Song

The American Statistical Association is having a Talent Show to celebrate their 175th Anniversary this year, so I decided to write a song about statistics, since I am a 2nd year PhD student in Statistics at North Carolina State University. The video is not my best video because of the audio issues, but I think you can still hear the music and my voice well enough. Who knows, maybe this is something I can do more in the future! I hope you enjoy it. Tell me what you think!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Latest Video, "Let Love Live"

I really hope that you enjoy my latest video, "Let Love Live". It has photos that I think really speak to the meaning of the song. Feel free to leave comments!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Recording Studio Experience with Brandon Pierre, Singer/Songwriter, and Josh Gunn, MC and Rapper

On Saturday night, I went to the studio to help Brandon Pierre, the artist on the top, and Josh Gunn, the artist on the bottom, record a song that they were working on. Brandon has a beautiful voice!! It was the first time I met him. Me and Josh go waaaaay back, on the other hand. I've known Josh Gunn since middle school. I've always known Josh to be a talented lyricist and rapper. I met Brandon for the first time on Saturday and I was enamored by his voice! He sang with such passion and control. He was working with another songwriter that goes by Bread, and the song that they wrote together was a great song. It had a slow, soulful R&B feel to it, but the way Brandon sang it, it was so effortless and easy to get into. I really didn't have much to contribute to the song except for a high note, but I was glad to do it!! It's always great meeting new artists in the area and working with new talent. Once the song has been released, I'll be sure to show you where you can listen to it and buy it! Josh Gunn also worked on a song with Brandon that was really tight!! His lyrics fit right in with the song. He also played some of the music that he is planning to release this year and the songs are on fire! I'm really excited for him! He said he'll be doing shows all along the East Coast, so I can give you all updates regarding his project and shows as well!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Great Tips for Songwriters Given During Interview With Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and Jami Jackson

Songwriter/Producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins gave great tips for songwriters during the interview last night on Huffington Post Live! You may know Rodney for his work with with Lady Gaga, Brandy, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Michael & Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child and Justin Bieber, the list goes on. Rodney and his wife, Joy Enriquez, came on the show to promote their new upcoming reality show, "House of Joy", which will air on NUVO. The reality tv show will be about the life that Rodney and Joy have together with their family. Joy is a singer as well and is trying to start a singing career while maintaining a family. It sounds like a great show! Me and another songwriter had the pleasure of asking Rodney a question during the segment. Unfortunately, the time ran out so we only got one question in. I asked Rodney what is the most important thing that I can do as a songwriter to get my music heard by record labels and publishing companies and Rodney told me that I should take advantage of the opportunities online, such as with Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. He said if my music is great, then I will get noticed. He said things have changed from the past where songwriters had to ride buses all over and shop their music. This is good news for me and other songwriters that we have a greater ability to get our music out there right at our fingertips!! Also, the other songwriter, Christian Trent, asked Rodney what his experiences were working with Whitney Houston. Rodney talked about how outstanding a singer Whitney Houston truly was. She will be sorely missed. Check out more of the interview here at this link: Let me know what you think of the interview!!

Tune In To the Huffington Post Live Tonight at 8pm To See Singer/Songwriter Jami Jackson Featured in an Interview with Songwriter/Producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins

Greetings everyone!! Jami Jackson has been asked to speak at an interview with Songwriter/Producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, who is best known for his work with Lady Gaga, Brandy, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Michael & Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child and Justin Bieber. Darkchild is on the show to talk about his brand new reality show on NUVO. Jami and another songwriter will be asking questions about songwriting and the music business. The discussion will last approximately 25 minutes, will be moderated by the host Alyona Minkovski and will include members of the public. The interview will take place tonight, Monday, July 15, at 8:00 pm ET/ 5:00 pm PT at the following link: http://huff.lv/10X30yw. Tweet at Jami Jackson at @JamiJackson. Check it out!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Jami Jackson's Newest Release, "Let Love Live" is Now Available!

How are you doing?? It has been a year and a half since I last blogged!! Can you believe how time flies? A lot has happened to me during this time. I moved back to NC after living in NYC for 9 years and have started a PhD program in statistics at NC State University. Leaving NYC was a really hard decision for me, but I really needed to go back to school and further my education. So far, school is great! I have also finished a song that I have been working on for over 3 years and now it's finally released to the world! My song, "Let Love Live" is now available for download on CD Baby and iTunes. I appreciate your support!! Also, please leave a review on CD Baby and iTunes and tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter about the song to spread the love! You can take a listen to the song on my website at jamijackson.net. I hope you like it! Tell me what you think :) And if you have any ideas for a music video for this song, let me know.

Are you on Pinterest? I just started a board for "Let Love Live". Follow me and I'll follow you back!

What have you been up to during this time? I would love to hear your stories and updates!