The Dream Upgraded

Jose Vilson Education

  It all started when we had our ELA tests and the kids were acting out, and really, acting out. After a while, I just got …

Paranoid Android

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Today would have been a regular day at the office, had it not been for a terrible observation and an overall feeling of listlessness from …

Reminding Me of Self

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At this point, everyone’s frustrated. The students have been on a huge sugar rush for the last 3 weeks, sucking on Jolly Ranchers of all …

Hooray Accountability …

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I like sitting down listening to Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and thinking whether they had a worry in the world while smoking their drugs in …

The Message

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Part 2 of The Hip-Hop in the Classroom Series: The mainstream rap of today continues to perpetuate the same themes of sex, drugs, and violence …

Step Into a World

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In a recent conversation about rap over at Bionic Teaching, I highlighted the essence of how teachers should approach rap and hip-hop in general: I …

Tomorrow May Never Come

Jose Vilson Education, Jose

Today, I had an emotional and heart-wrenching day at the school. I’m still unclogging myself from the excess amounts of frozen margaritas, quesadillas, and shrimp …

Toy Soldiers

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Every morning, I’m usually in the class, setting my board up for my homeroom class, who also happens to be my first period class on …

The Mamas and the Papas

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I was eating dinner at a fine Irish establishment at Washington Heights in the middle of the parent-teacher conferences at my school when someone mentioned …

Tan Joven

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Honestly, today’s professional development didn’t do anything to make me a better teacher, and I’m pretty sure I have a ways to go before I …

Student of the Month

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I have this one girl in one of my classes who’s awesome. She’s one of the sharpest students I’ve ever had as far as math. …

Take a Bow

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I’m not sure if I still have a couple of sports fans reading, but notice how as soon as the Red Sox won the World …

Penny Harvest Math

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Ah, I’m taking a breather from politics. Not that I don’t like duking it out with different individuals on my beliefs, but because I like …

Incalculable

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Every year, sometime in September, teachers and administrators get a huge stack of papers describing to us exactly how our kids performed in the 2-3 …

Who’s The Savage?

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This kid in my school’s about 5’10, Black Latino, raspy voice, and a good 225-235 pounds easily. The first time I ever observed him, I …

Let It Be

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When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be … While everyone’s been hitting …

We Can Work It Out

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Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend. I have always thought that it’s a crime, so I will …

Ms. B Does Her F*(k!n Job!

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Today, I had the grand opportunity of observing a “veteran” teacher, and I hate to go into details, but let’s just say that this person’s …

The Common Factor

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“The mediocre teachers tell. The good teachers explain. The superior teachers demonstrate. The great teachers inspire.” – my good friend Indira, who quoted someone else, …

Do Your F*ck!n Job

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Mayor Bloomberg’s latest ideas on creating incentives for people doing what they’re supposed to do annoys the shit out of me. I hate to curse …

Walk On Water

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When it comes to my principles, I didn’t tell them who I quoted from, but I had a discussion around them. What’s great about these …

Give It All You Got

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My second day started off with a huge group hug from some of my former 8th graders, and a lot of screaming up and down …

Welcome to the Jungle

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Less than a month ago, The Village Voice published an article about the NYC Teaching Fellows entitled “Your Own Personal Blackboard Jungle” by Stacy Cowley …

The Not-So-Reluctant Disciplinarian

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For any new teacher, I would recommend Gary Rubenstein’s The Reluctant Disciplinarian, a book of one teacher’s journey towards becoming the ultimate disciplinarian. Well, it’s …

48 Laws of Education

Jose Vilson Education

Believe it or not, I’m a peaceful guy. I have some rather strong opinions and people believe that’s belligerence, but it’s really not. It’s just …