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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.

The Difference Between “Best Practices” and Teacher Expertise [TransformED]

July 29, 2013 Mr. Vilson

My latest at TransformED. It’s been a long time, but I thought I’d share. Check this: Obviously, I would love for the students to prove me wrong, but in my experience, I haven’t yet. If anything, it tells me that, if I know the existing issues, I can spend more time working with students and […]

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#HerePastJune, A Primer On Teachers’ Summers [Collaborateurs]

July 8, 2013 Mr. Vilson

Here’s my latest at The Collaborateurs, where I discuss my reason for joining #HerePastJune, a United For Public Schools project: … we actually need to reconsider how we look at time in school. According to many reports (including some that US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan quotes), the United States already has the highest teacher-to-student […]

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A Thought On Graduations As A Whole

June 24, 2013 Mr. Vilson
Isaiah Mustafa in Old Spice Commercial

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 get an intervention plan so […]

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Why So Serious? [On Demeanors In The Classroom]

June 18, 2013 Mr. Vilson
Serious cat.

“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 blast by saying that it […]

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Learning To Fly (Reminding Ourselves That Students Are People)

June 6, 2013 Mr. Vilson
Kingda Ka, Six Flags Great Adventure

Confession: I had the best time yesterday hanging with my students at Six Flags Great Adventure for their senior trip. From discovering that Adventure Time is my new favorite show (and I ain’t even know it) to testing out my intestinal fortitude (just fine for now, thank you very much), I got to see a […]

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