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On Why IDGAF About Dress Code … Kinda [Future of Teaching]

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Excerpt: Having a dress code matters in far too many schools. I know of schools where, on dress down days, kids wear strictly primary colors depending on their affiliations, or look down on one another for inexpensive wardrobe. It also sets a tone, teaching students early that coming to school is like coming to work in a way where looks …

Jose VilsonOn Why IDGAF About Dress Code … Kinda [Future of Teaching]

Edutopia + Jose Vilson = Back To School [... And Another One]

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To my readers: Thanks to your support, I am happy to announce that Edutopia has invited me to write a guest blog for their website. (Full disclosure: they’re sponsored by the George Lucas Education Foundation. Yes, that George Lucas.) Here’s an excerpt from my back-to-school posted entitled “Cheat Sheet for the First Days of School”: As the bulletin boards go …

Jose VilsonEdutopia + Jose Vilson = Back To School [... And Another One]
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Why You Should Worry About Khan Academy, Not Just Math Geeks [Future of Teaching]

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Excerpt: The trend of gamifying our culture has had some benefits in other areas. Weight Watchers uses a points system to discourage customers from eating fatty foods. Nike+ has developed a specialized program (with shoes!) that help you compete against others through exercise. Klout uses equations to help rank people and brands through social media. Games often find themselves in …

Jose VilsonWhy You Should Worry About Khan Academy, Not Just Math Geeks [Future of Teaching]

How Many Houses Have You Built? [On The Future of Teaching Blog]

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Excerpt: However, I can’t help but feel some sort of way about the risk / reward dynamic that’s played itself out when it comes to advocacy. As professionals, how long can teachers wait until our profession gets completely stripped away from us? How much will we tolerate policy committees and education panels without so much as a former teacher, much …

Jose VilsonHow Many Houses Have You Built? [On The Future of Teaching Blog]
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The Not-So-Secret Secret [A Piece of My Manuscript] [Middleweb]

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For a while, you’ve been told of this magical manuscript in the works now for the last two years. If you’re still here after waiting that long, congratulations. As a gift for your perseverance and dedication, I present to you an excerpt of said manuscript, sponsored by Middleweb.com: One time I kept the kids after school because they kept uttering …

Jose VilsonThe Not-So-Secret Secret [A Piece of My Manuscript] [Middleweb]
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On Rue, Trayvon, and All Of Our Children [My First CNN Exclusive]

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Excerpt: Teens are the predominant target group for this movie. At some point, don’t we as a society have to step in and question what we’re teaching our children about race? Isn’t it our responsibility as caring adults to tell our children that our differences only make our country richer in experience? How do we get our young boys and …

Jose VilsonOn Rue, Trayvon, and All Of Our Children [My First CNN Exclusive]

We No Speak Americano [Future of Teaching]

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Excerpt: While we should always have a skeptical eye towards new research, here’s hoping this movement towards bilingual education doesn’t die the way the movement towards the metric system. (As a math teacher, I’m still annoyed at having to use inches instead of centimeters.) At this point in education, we’ve only had a passing fancy with other languages. Spanish, French, …

Jose VilsonWe No Speak Americano [Future of Teaching]
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Do You Have A Trayvon Martin In Your Class? [Huffington Post]

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Excerpt: The first step always starts with a teacher’s current crop of kids. The one question I always ask myself when students walk in is, “What do I see?” Then, “What do I think I see?” I’m laying down some of my general assumptions for me to probe, then trying to understand why I feel that way. Sometimes, these assumptions …

Jose VilsonDo You Have A Trayvon Martin In Your Class? [Huffington Post]

A Profession and a Promotion? Why Not Both?! [On The Future of Teaching]

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Excerpt: John Holland’s move back into the classroom demonstrates this almost to a tee. One might wonder why someone who has so many accomplishments and got the title of “child development specialist” would go back to a simpler title of “teacher.” People who acquire the former title often get even fancier titles, promotions, and salaries. With that comes the knowledge …

Jose VilsonA Profession and a Promotion? Why Not Both?! [On The Future of Teaching]
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Teachers Teach and Do The World Good [GOOD Magazine]

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Excerpt: In light of the lack of diversity in thought and culture within our teaching corps, there’s an astounding disconnect. I don’t believe that only teachers of color should teach diverse students, but only 17 percent of public school teachers and 19 percent of principals are of color, and out of the 7.2 million-plus K-12 teachers, only about 534,000 elementary …

Jose VilsonTeachers Teach and Do The World Good [GOOD Magazine]