Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison Speaks To Me About Racism [The Work]

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For Lent, I’ve given up. Actually, that’s not true at all. If anything, I’ve re-dedicated myself to loving in spots that I shouldn’t, and letting go in spaces where I wouldn’t. The issue with many racists is that they’re heavily-armored in pushing some of us to the edge. In turn, …

My Classroom

The Beautiful Teacher Struggle

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My feet on the ground actions are simple-not-easy. For the last three weeks sans EduCon weekend, I spent every “free” period plus lunch, after-school, and my birthday weekend grading papers. It’s the type of paper streak that makes non-teachers go from “Your job is so easy, plus you have summers …

One of my first website looks.

Design of a Decade: Moments From 10 Years Of Writing

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People forget that, ten years ago, the idea of blogging aloud made no sense to the average reader. The mainstream media had the stranglehold on public opinion, and trying to get an op-ed into any space requires a lot of know-how and a little know-who. Teachers were always talked about, …


What Do You Mean, Excessive Paperwork?

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Please do tell me I should be doing more. The job of teaching itself is a pleasure, an honor, and it is work. The acts of building relationships with students that make sending them to the dean’s office unnecessary isn’t a simple matter of standing there and expecting them to …

Martin Luther King Jr. Pledging Allegiance at the Lincoln Memorial

Are You About That MLK Jr. Life?

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My latest at Medium delves into the questions I have for those who invoke Martin Luther King Jr. in their crusades for personal gratification. Here’s an excerpt: Even before the Common Core State Standards came into vogue, our entire system, whether public, private, or otherwise, have sought to keep children …


My Reaction to the President’s State of the Union Address

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Anytime the president of the United States shouts out teachers, that’s definitely a plus. Well, sorta. As a math teacher, I appreciate the emphasis on STEM in that it has the potential to open doors to students who normally don’t get those opportunities, or that’s the presumption. I graduated with …

Jose Vilson, US Department of Education

My New Year’s Resolve

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I’m supposed to tell you that I want to lose weight. I’m rounder than ever, so that’s a lofty goal. But that’s no fun, and I’d rather not spend your time talking about dietary supplements and instead tell you about my visit to the US Department of Education, my second …


These Feet Will Drag (A Poem)

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I haven’t written a poem in a few months. Don’t judge me. These are the words I choose to recite while getting back to work tomorrow. I’ll drag my feet to the classroom, but, once present, these words will flow these ideas will go these desks will hold these minds …

c/o Rafranz Davis

The Top JLV Posts of 2015 (According To You And Me)

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According to thousands of you, here are the top ten posts 2015 with a few words from each post. This blog surpassed a million views since inception. Considering I’m doing this without any major sponsorship, publications, or well-regarded co-signs, I’m ecstatic about this and so much more. Without further adieu, …