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Another Reason I Don’t Like FOIL In Math

August 7, 2014 Mr. Vilson

I recently wrote an article for Edutopia about factoring polynomials using areas and why FOIL is absolute crap: For one, I’m not a fan of FOIL (first-outside-inside-last) for a plethora of reasons. While I think it’s handy to have an acronym that reminds students of a procedure, it only works in a very special case. […]

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Eduflack’s Review of This Is Not A Test, For Argument’s Sake

August 6, 2014 Jose

Today, Patrick Riccards of EduFlack wrote a review of my book This Is Not A Test, and it moved me in a major way. Read this excerpt: But most importantly, I walked away thinking I want someone like Vilson to be teaching my kiddos. This is a teacher who cares and a teacher who is […]

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Personalization Depends On The Person

August 4, 2014 Mr. Vilson

Any so-called innovation deserves a second and third look when it’s brought to kids, even if it’s from Sir Ken Robinson. I saw this in my timeline, which says the following: “Education doesn’t need to be reformed – it needs to be transformed. The key is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to […]

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Here It Is, A Profession Transformed

July 29, 2014 Jose

I just got back from three packed-house events in Chicago, Chapel Hill, and Philadelphia in July. In each space, the energy in the room took me aback because I’m still not used to the idea that a bunch of folks with busy lives want to hear my mouth run for two hours. Yet, by thinking […]

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Reframing Expertise in Education (The Habitual Line-Stepper)

July 27, 2014 Mr. Vilson

In my travels this summer, I’m often asked to ponder this idea of expertise, and specifically, how education researchers and those in higher education can help K-12 teachers. Since I entered the teaching profession almost a decade ago, I’ve had this struggle with this idea. From articles where a writer with a PhD in education […]

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Teachers of Color Caught In The Windmill (On Real Equity)

July 14, 2014 Jose

  Last week, I delved a little deeper into this issue of teachers of color, hoping to sow some of the prevailing narratives up and construct something more cogent. Yet, when it comes down to it, the lack of teachers of color is a symptom and not a cause of the education gaps we currently […]

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Teacher Quality And The Decline In Teachers of Color

July 9, 2014 Mr. Vilson

This morning, I came across this article on Huffington Post (I know, I know, hear me out, though) and thought I should ask questions about President Obama’s initiative to enforce former President George W. Bush’s mandates for “excellent teachers” to stay in the highest-need communities. Read this: President Barack Obama’s new initiative, titled “Excellent Educators […]

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