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These posts are focused on the more professional side of my writing. They include tips, resources, and stories from the classroom.

So What If It’s Not Relevant Right Now? (Just Math It)

February 23, 2014 Mr. Vilson

This week, I’m supposed to teach my students how to solve a system of equations by elimination. It’s the hardest of the four ways  for solving systems (graphing, substitution, guess-and-checking), and I’m not entirely sure everyone in the class gets the first three. The main point of the unit is to determine exactly where two […]

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No Really, Stay In Class

January 21, 2014 Mr. Vilson
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After lunch, students drag their feet to class, chatting it up with friends in the hallway, taking elongated sips of fountain water, peeking into their former teachers’ classes, and generally finding any excuse to not go to their next class. Even as passionate, deliberate, and rock star-ish as I am, kids still do this for […]

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and How We Plant Seeds

January 17, 2014 Mr. Vilson
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Confession: I didn’t get a chance to see Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom before taking my students. Confession #2: My kids wouldn’t have gone to see it either if I didn’t bring them myself. Here’s the thing about auto-bio pics that people don’t want to say, but will readily admit: if our youth don’t get […]

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Get Up, Stand Up, Before The PowerPointers Do [The Takeover, Part 1]

December 23, 2013 Mr. Vilson

Because I don’t really take breaks, I’m writing a three-part series at my other space. Here’s an excerpt: Generally, you get the idea, but you’re left wondering, “How can we do this better? How can I do this better?” Yet, when it comes down to it, too many of us are still waiting for someone […]

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Pop Your Collar For Parent-Teacher Conferences [New York Times]

November 19, 2013 Mr. Vilson
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A few weeks ago, I was invited to write for New York Times’ Room for Debate, a special web section of the Times dedicated to debating intense subjects of the week. This one was dedicated to parent-teacher conferences. I wrote: Critics call it a waste of time, of course. They argue that only the “good” […]

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I’m The M.E.T.H.O.D. Man (Classroom Questioning, Tiger Style)

November 12, 2013 Jose
Wu Tang Clan

Never be afraid to keep students at arms’ length from you work-wise. Therein lies the struggle right now with the immediacy of our work as educators. Too often, we torture ourselves trying to give away all the answers instead of waiting patiently for the right time to insert ourselves. The more we keep feeding them […]

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Monster (Teaching In The Era of Evaluations)

November 7, 2013 Mr. Vilson
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The way I taught this year, you’d think I had a chip on my shoulder. I do, and now I own it. The last two months, I revamped my whole teaching style, not because Charlotte Danielson or any other education expert told me to do it, but because I’m in my ninth year, and damnit, […]

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