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

Jose Vilson Jose, Mr. Vilson 7 Comments

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 and feeding them and feeding them, the less we can expect our kids to think …

Lion Roar

Monster (Teaching In The Era of Evaluations)

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 2 Comments

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, if I can’t do get ‘er done now, what am I doing with my life? …

Mary Beth Hertz Clutching Gadgets

On Taking Professional Development Into Your Own Hands [CTQ]

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Of course this comes from a real situation. Why else would I write it? Only on the Center for Teaching Quality: Yet, there’s a new type of professional development that’s arisen from connected educators. I’m calling it a third-rail professional development, a hybrid of tech savvy and a healthy dose of networking can make for professional development that neither stagnates nor overbears. The thing with PD right now is that, …

Questioning In The Classroom [Comment from Jim Doherty]

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One of my newer commenters, Jim Doherty, left this comment in reply to my Edutopia piece: The key piece to me is the questioning piece. I think that I always hope that my actions will serve as a model for my students, but I realize more and more that I need to explicitly point out the behavior that I want the students to see. I need to be clear when …

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On Paul Tough and The Four Words I Can’t Stand In My Classroom [Edutopia]

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My latest Edutopia article explores the four words I can’t stand to hear from my students (with an analysis of the lies we tell in schools): The discussion around “I can’t do this” can be broken down into three general levels: They genuinely don’t understand the material. They’ve had a long day and just don’t have the energy to work any more. They have a situation at home that currently …

Bridging The Digital Divide With Technology In Schools [EdSurge]

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EdSurge, a popular education technology website, recently invited me to write an article for them. My mouth was agape at the offer, mainly because everyone knows I won’t hold back on issues of equity. I applaud their courage for taking me on. Here’s an excerpt: Of course, this means I am advocating for tech as tool, not tech as teacher. A common misconception, especially for many education reformers, is that …

Deborah Meier, Mission Hill

On Teachers Writing Books (Myself Included) [CTQ]

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First, let me thank you for my support of my first solo project This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Rice, Class, and Education. I’m already seeing the uptick in pre-orders, and for that, I’m already appreciative. You have a few ways to connect with the experience, so be on the lookout for more as we finish up our edits. Secondly, let me speak more broadly on educators …

Christopher Columbus

Should We Teach Christopher Columbus In School? [Jose Vs. Mr. Vilson Part 4]

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In this post, we see an argument brewing between Jose and Mr. Vilson (my alter-egos, whose personalities you’ll see in a minute). Today, they’re arguing about the value of teaching Christopher Columbus in schools. Check: Mr. Vilson: Here’s this: we both agree that Christopher Columbus was at best, a wayward fool who didn’t fully understand his actions at the time, and at worst, was a megalomaniac hellbent on stealing, raping, …

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Open Doors, Open Classrooms, Open Minds

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 13 Comments

A few days ago, United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew asked a collection of us, “How many of you teach with your doors open?” I presumed he meant metaphorically, so I raised my hand. During breakfast, he reiterated the push for teacher professionalism, and one of the keys to school success in his mind is opening our doors to the rest of our school. I’m assuming he meant opening …

Charlotte Danielson

Boredom, Thy Name Is Charlotte Danielson (On Rubrics and Misuse)

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“And another thing!” I’ve always wanted to start a post off like that, like I was in the middle of an impassioned diatribe and you just happened to step in to the thousand-person auditorium to hear me just get cooking. But then I snapped out of that dream and found myself in another boring Danielson training. For those not in the know, the NYC Department of Education in conjunction with …