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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.

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

October 14, 2013 Jose
Christopher Columbus

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 […]

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Open Doors, Open Classrooms, Open Minds

October 3, 2013 Mr. Vilson
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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 […]

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

September 19, 2013 Mr. Vilson
Charlotte Danielson

“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 […]

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My Feature In The New Book, Teacherpreneurs

September 2, 2013 Mr. Vilson
Teacherpreneurs, The Book

First off, happy Labor Day to all. As you can probably tell, I’ve been writing my heart out. I’m surprised by some of the spaces that have asked me to write, too. News on that forthcoming. In the meantime, I wrote a personal confession about my job as a teacher on my new CTQ spot: […]

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Grant Wiggins and How I View Math Curriculum

August 22, 2013 Mr. Vilson
Grant Wiggins, What issss UBD?

This week, a few of us got into a discussion, and involved Grant Wiggins. He calls himself a troublemaker, but I don’t remember seeing him at the last few meetings, and I’m the treasurer. In any case, for his 100th blog, he wrote this: Algebra is a dumb course. It survives only by unthinking habit. […]

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Math As A Merit Badge (And Other Comments)

August 20, 2013 Mr. Vilson
Don't Drink and Derive

The responses to my last post about math (who said I’m not a math blogger again?) ranged from the plauditory to the super-critical. Here’s a selection of some of my favorite comments to my last piece. First, Michael Doyle sets the record straight: Algebra II has become a badge, one of many, that pretends to separate middle […]

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