The First Parent-Teacher Conference of One

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

I’m not supposed to be nervous about the first day. A couple of weeks ago, I told six hundred or so adults in Oak Park, IL that the first day doesn’t matter. I said it was the second day and beyond that ultimately determine a teacher’s effectiveness. But this first day …

A Brick In The Path (Promised Lands Are Never Promises Kept)

Jose Vilson Jose 0 Comments

“Originally a biblical reference to the land of Canaan promised to the descendants of Jacob, The Promised Land represented a new physical space where the old social order would be dissolved and from which opportunity would spring. The Promised Land was geographic, political, and simultaneously corporeal and non-corporeal.” From the …

Vacation Is Not Really Vacation, Pt. 1

Jose Vilson Jose 0 Comments

During my so-called vacation, and I call it so-called because my brain doesn’t have an off-switch when it comes to the work, I read, slept, and jumped into large bodies of water. The sun shone brightly above the Atlantic City Boardwalk, with parades, air shows, and confections for all visitors. …

Show Solidarity with Words & Actions

Rusul Alrubail Jose 1 Comment

Audre Lorde calls for our silence to be transformed into language and action in her 1977 speech. But if our silence will not protect us, then why do we hold on to it for comfort? Why do revert to silence when we witness, see and read about the injustices and cruelty of this world? Why do we let fear take over? Why do we let compliance sink in?

Microaggressions in School Culture

Kelly Wickham Hurst Guest Posts 4 Comments

I’m well aware that my role as an administrator took me directly out of conversations in the teacher’s lounge. My friends, who watched me take on this new role, joked that I’d “gone to the dark side.” Teachers and administrators are often pitted against one another in the education world …

What This Teacher Means By Self-Care

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

Confession: this is the first summer I haven’t thought about my school all summer. Not once. It’s been amazing. I love my students and I love my job, and I also gave them almost every ounce of me. Thus, even with all the stress I’ve had making it through July, I …

Five Ways To Show Students You Care

Jose Vilson Jose 8 Comments

“How do you show students you care and love them?” Someone asked me that this afternoon. And every other week. Shout-out to the other eighth grade math teacher who asked it. I’m not about the touchy-feely stuff; I prefer to discuss techniques, strategies, and content where possible. I prefer to talk about …