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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.

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

August 19, 2013 Mr. Vilson
No One Puts Baby In The Corner

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 in any math-related subjects trying […]

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Know Your Stuff (And Other Thoughts On Teacher Leadership) [Edutopia]

August 8, 2013 Mr. Vilson
Bayard Rustin

I wrote an epic post on Edutopia about transforming teacher leadership, especially for those just starting out. Here’s something you ought to know: 1. Know Your Stuff My advice to any teacher leader, new or old: know what you’re talking about. Teachers respect leaders who have expertise and demonstrate confidence in that expertise. Having classroom […]

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