Teacherpreneurs, The Book

My Feature In The New Book, Teacherpreneurs

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 0 Comments

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 …






Grant Wiggins, What issss UBD?

Grant Wiggins and How I View Math Curriculum

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 4 Comments

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 …






Don't Drink and Derive

Math As A Merit Badge (And Other Comments)

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 3 Comments

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, …






No One Puts Baby In The Corner

No One Puts Algebra 2 In A Corner (Math For All Kids)

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 23 Comments

First, let me say that this Nicholson Baker article already starts off wrong by not discussing al-Khwarizmi’s contributions to algebra, mainly NAMING it. Secondly, this conversation about math reminds me of the conversation we had about Andrew Hacker’s article last year. Here’s another guy who ostensibly doesn’t have a focus …






Isaiah Mustafa in Old Spice Commercial

A Thought On Graduations As A Whole

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A list of the common complaints about graduations from K-12: Not everyone deserves to graduate. A more detailed subset of that list: At this rate, should we have to make special accommodations for our kids when we’re trying to raise the rigor of all curricula? Better yet, can everyone just …






Serious cat.

Why So Serious? [On Demeanors In The Classroom]

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“Why are you so serious all the time, Mr. Vilson?” The students just finished giving me my student evaluations, something I thought I’d try this year, but probably waited too long in the year to do. “Well, it depends …” And before I could finish, my co-teacher put me on …