And The Crowd Goes Wild

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200414000-001.jpgBy the way, I didn’t know my last blog was blocked from comments, but that’s fine. It was a post I just needed to exhale. Thanks for your concerns again, though.

On my way back from Florida, I had to think of what poems I wanted to perform for the Tavern of Creativity (presented by Cathy Delaleu and hosted by Rob Bless). I was invited by Cathy, so for that I was grateful. I was a little nervous; I just got back from seeing my father in a hospital bed, and I didn’t know if I was even up for it. Little did I know that the performance was exactly what I needed to relieve my stress.

Besides the great atmosphere, the food, and the performances, I also felt I had grown so much since the last time I performed in front of people. With all the teaching, speeches, and blogs, I felt I got a better sense of what it means to reach a wide audience. So I got up there and did “I’m Full,” “Whoops,” and “Armaggedon is Upon Us.” (I can’t put those online, but if you want them by e-mail, I can provide that.) I even did a little “I Wonder” by Kanye West. I can’t speak on everyone else’s experiences there, but with a packed house receptive to a crazy middle school teacher’s rantings, I felt anything was possible.

What’s more is that many of the artists up there were already published, and had works up for sale at the event, and I couldn’t provide that at the moment. It was interesting to see how they responded to me. Sometimes you’ll get the snide comments, but the artists there were so open about things and genuine, so it was cool.

Anyways, school’s still cool. I’m still optimistic, but I’m already starting to see where I’m going to have issues, and that goes for everything and one in the school. So far so good, though, and I’ve been dressed professionally every day, which is a result of and has helped cause my rather optimistic and positive attitude. I don’t feel the pressure I did before, and it’s helped a lot. Tomorrow, I’m teaching the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic (basically, every number greater than 1 has a unique set of primes, etc. etc.). I’ve already taught the sieve of Eratosthenes, so that’s exciting. I’m sure JD2718 appreciates that, especially since I’m teaching 6th graders this.

Anyways, week 3 is upon us NYC teachers. Holla back …

jose, who has an education rant just waiting to come out of him …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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  1. Jonathan

    FTA! You can use it, if you want, to explain why it is useful not to consider 1 prime (we lose uniqueness, 6 = 3 x 2 but 6 = 3 x 2 x 1 and 6 = 3 x 2 x 1 x 1)

    But even if you don’t, there’s nothing like having kids play with their numbers. I hope you (and they) have some fun with it.

  2. BK Teaching Fellow

    yea man.. week 3.. week 2 was quite nice, i must say.. 3 days!! could you imagine having a 4 day wknd every week!!! im just curious about what is considered dressing professionally at your school. my school seems to be quite loose. i would feel comfortable wearing a dishiki in any professional dress standard in the US, but some of the teachers at my school be OD’ing.. wearing jeans and t-shirts!! lol. and the chicks- don’t get me started.. the math teacher was wearing some rubber flip flops on the 1st day of school! i was shocked. lol..- how u otherwise my dood?

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    @ Jonathan: I like the idea. I’ve already shown why #1 can’t be prime nor composite in the general sense (because it’s part of the “prime” definition and because of the sieve of Eratosthenes).

    @ BK: I’m good, after all that madness I’ve been through. I usually do the jeans and t-shirt thing later on in the year, when I feel like rebelling. A dishiki is professional, and rather royal actually. I likes, I likes. 4 day weekends every weekends? ::kicks back in his chair:: ahhhh …

    @ Frumteacher: Yeah, but coincidentally, I think being able to teach and with energy has helped me perform in front of people.

  4. BK Teaching Fellow

    I feel you on the royal-ness of a dishiki. Thats what I was trying to explain to one of my students who thought it was an early halloween costume.. You know, we’ve been brainwashed to think everything African is bad.. So we MUST reverse that! I still think them white teachers be O-Ding with their t-shirts and shower shoes!! lol

  5. LuzMaria

    You were absolutely wonderful!!!!! It was great to see the magic unfold on stage. Cannot wait for your book to be on display for your fans who await.

  6. Repairman

    I’m not sure which is more on the edge…doing your own poetry in public or teaching middle school math! :-)

    Either way, you’ve left me in the dust.

    Glad your return from Florida was a triumph in all ways.

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