Kids In Shock

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Kids In Shock

Kids In Shock

Yesterday, my Google Image results showed up in my classroom computer. Not that it’s uncommon, but more who made it show up. A few of my students looked me up online and thought it’d be cute to revise my photos for some reason.

Photo #1: Looking out towards the sky. Photo #2: Fresh in greyscale. Photo #3: Here’s lookin’ at you, kid. By the time I realized what was going on, 1/2 the glass was staring at my pearly whites, wondering how their teacher actually found his way to the top of the search results, and what was this double life he was leading. On the one end, here’s this mean teacher who only talks about math, has a smart mouth, and a mean scowl. On the other end, the same man’s out there with his own .com, his long-form poems, and a “girl” by his side in picture #4.

Naturally, I do the first thing that came instinctively: I shut down the monitor. No, really. I said, OK, time’s up people. For one, I was annoyed that these gentlemen, all of whom merit an 85+ grade in my class, were focused on something else besides their quarter project. But more than that, maybe it’s my recalcitrant attitude towards my kids finding out that I have this whole ‘nother online personality.

And I took care to introduce them to my “Mr. V” entity. I have an account on AIM, GMail, and MySpace specifically dedicated to most of the inquisitors. Alas, that was not enough. People still got inquisitive.

Teachers in my building have this thing on their RSS feeds. Administrators skim over it to see if I’m alluding to them (I’m not). NYC Department of Education has my site blocked indefinitely.

And isn’t that kinda what I wanted all along anyways? To be ubiquitous and everpresent, particularly for my writing purposes? Isn’t that what’s given me all these opportunities I hold so dear to me? The reason why I’m able to positively influence the lives of dozens (possibly more) past, present, and prospective teachers and so quickly? The platform to voice my opinion when every other section of my life is met with some form of censorship?

Well, looking back at the incident, I probably should have addressed it better. It’s not that I don’t want them to know about this side of me. It’s really freakin’ easy to do so. On the other hand, maybe I should have told them that blogging isn’t a crime. Freedom of expression is a treasure we often don’t take advantage of. Yet, as with anything we do, there is a time and place to do what we do.

And looking up your math teacher in the middle of school when you have a project to do? Nott appropriate.

Anywhere else? Who am I to tell you what to do outside of school? After all, it’s that very freedom that let me write this story to begin with …

Jose, who wishes his younger brother a happy birthday.

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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Comments 8

  1. MarcyWebb

    Ha, ha!

    You’re story reminds me of the “Leave it to Beaver” episode when the Cleavers invite Beaver’s teacher, Miss Landers, to dinner. They discover that not only does she eat, but she also has toes.

    We intrigue our students. While I don’t condone students exploring their intrigue on class time, they are fascinated by the fact that we are more than just “teacher.”

  2. JP

    I am really s-o-o-o surprised! He was so quiet, always kept to himself, never caused any trouble. It is hard for me to imagine that he would actually do such a thing! He needs to be stopped! What if his students began to develop as individuals, even started to think for themselves!? To think that such a nice quiet man could actually bring about such radical change. It is too scary to comprehend.

  3. Aaron

    Your blogging is constantly getting you in trouble. I’d say “I told you so” but you already knew this was happening. haha.

    On the bright side, thats a few more clicks on those lovely google ads in the sidebar…

  4. Jeff

    You know what’s even more fun than having your students find your blog on which you write about matters educational?

    Having them find your band’s website, sign up for the email list, and start sneaking into bars to see your shows.

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    Jose

    Marcy, that might be the first mention of Leave It To Beaver in my 2+ years writing this blog. Hilarious.

    JP, doesn’t it always work that way? Then they put you in a dark room and tell me if I use WordPress or Movable Type, and if I use the wrong hosting site, I have to watch Mike Bloomberg speeches without a bucket.

    Aaron, to tell me “I told you so” would be asinine. I knew exactly what I was getting into when I switched from the X right? :-)

    Jeff, that rocks. No, really, it does. You’re officially cooler than I am now.

  6. L Winebrenner

    Jose,
    You piqued their interest. You opened a door and moved out of the way. Isn’t that one part of what educators are supposed to do in support of transformative learning?

    If their teacher is on the net…who else is out there? I gave some computer workshops at the local library and before we searched for scholarship opportunities, the students use CVGadget and Google (checking links, images, maps) to search for themselves. Students are sometimes surprised what they discover about themselves on the net and of course they go searching for their favorite (or not so) teacher, mentor, or influencer.

    I just asked them to pass it on through their own networks because that is what their future employers, scholarship award decision makers, and background checks will discover as they apply for a variety of life long opportunities.

    Some of your students will become your new blog subscribers and others will show your site off because you influenced them in a way no other teacher did. In time more teachers will include their net folios as part of their “Welcome to my class” introductions. Your students will continue to learn outside of class because of this event.

    Keep on blogging and teaching!

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