Courage to Teach

Jose Vilson Education

Every morning for a good 3 weeks or so, I’d been reading Teaching With Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach, a poetry compilation …

New Words

Jose Vilson Education

My first day in my middle school literacy course has already made me reflect a little bit. We were discussing what it means to read. …

The Full Circle

Jose Vilson Education

I love existential titles; don’t you? Well two days ago, I completed my greatest public speaking gig I’ve ever had. I spoke for the NYC …

The Rookie Sensation

Jose Vilson Education

I was riding the train with a rookie teacher who, despite her numerous issues with authorities and her own personal business, has done very well, …

The Breaking Point

Jose Vilson Education

Today, I found out that, allegedly, a teacher physically assaulted a few students in his classroom. Just hearing that ring off my ear made me …

Sons and Daughters

Jose Vilson Education, Jose

On Wednesday, during the afternoon homeroom period, a couple of my boys were walking with girls’ shoes in their hands. I didn’t understand why until …

Redefinition

Jose Vilson Education

Today, I could start off with an anecdote about a kid whose own inner complexities make her sensitive and bossy, sweet yet callous enough to …

Generation Degeneration

Jose Vilson Education

I don’t often post about my job, mainly because I don’t need to hear the feedback about my posts through administrators or, for shame, my …

Actions Affirmative

Jose Vilson Education

One of the teachers in my school said this in his ever-so-Dominican Spanish: “What some of these kids need is another option besides the regular …