Short Notes: Don't Stop Believing - The Jose Vilson

Short Notes: Don’t Stop Believing

by Jose Vilson on December 9, 2007

in Short Notes

Believe it or not, mi gente, I do listen to the oddest of tracks. My latest iPod additions include:

  • Robbie Williams, “Millenium”
  • Journey, “Don’t Stop Believing”
  • Feist, “1234″
  • Timbaland feat. One Republic, “Apologize”
  • John Lennon, “Happy XMas (War Is Over)”

The New York Knicks suck. And I’m in pain right now just watching their sadness. We get beat by one of the best teams in the league (Boston Celtics) and the worst (Philadelphia Sixers). Any educator can tell you it starts from the administration. Someone fire James Dolan and make his father Charles sell the team, too.

I went to a bar on Friday night and there was a pretty little waitress there. She had these great facial features, and the only thing I thought to myself was “Yo, aren’t you my MySpace friend?” Social networks: another way to get great service at a bar.

We’re having a Secret Santa event at work, and while I’m a fan of what I received the first time we had a present exchange, I wanted to remove all doubt from whoever would get me something by telling the coordinator they could look me up on Amazon and pull up my wish list. I love it.

Last Friday, some of my children got disrespectful with me, and honestly, if I wasn’t a more reflective teacher, I’d probably consider taking the day off tomorrow, too. Even though the day itself wasn’t terrible, it didn’t end well. My only solace is that, as someone who constantly reflects on his actions, I can pinpoint where things started, and if not, at the very least, find a good solution to come in to class with. More on this tomorrow.

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I think of ways to change my energy
Match it to the level I want my pupils to feel
Anticipation of bad moods
Negative backstories
Improper namecalling
Anxiety over homework misunderstanding
Missed opportunities
Unplanned lesson plan
Fervor for a brand new day
Beautifully painted pictures
Correct and thorough answers
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Patters of sneakers and shoes hit the stairwell
Clean board
Buttoned-up collar
Rested mind
Chalk and attendance sheet in hand
Practices of my salutations
In between my classroom and the hallway
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Good morning
Come all my faithful
I await you with open mind and open-ended question
Amen …

jose, who needs a soul clap right now …

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Alisha December 9, 2007 at 2:54 pm

Love the wish list – might have to do one of those, myself!

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SolShine7 December 9, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Hello! I found your blog via Light-skinned-ed.

Your playlist doesn’t seem odd to me. I listen to most types of music. Folk, Celtic and Arabic music are some of my favorites.

I feel sad for the Knicks because Marbury is pretty cool because of what he did with his affordable shoe line at Steve & Barry’s. But…Go Pistons!!!!!

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Tracy December 9, 2007 at 7:39 pm

Jose I hear you. Coincidentally I also had a difficult last week – desk throwing temper tantrum from one student that lasted a minute but still vibrates in me.

Monday….7:30am write the daily schedule on the board, prepare a table with books, magazines, and newspapers for shared reading
breathe, remind myself that they give me their best when I give mine
7:45 in the halls, reminding about binders, homework, smiles, asking about hockey games and visits to grandmas
7:52 bell rings and we choose our texts, getting ready to read together, remembering to take time to sit with last week’s angry student…to start to heal.
amen is right.

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Jose December 9, 2007 at 9:18 pm

@ Alisha: Yes, you should. It’s wonderful.

@ Sol: Thanks for the love on the page, btw. Y’all come back now y’hear?!

@ Tracy: That’s pretty much my mindset, too. :: sigh::

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Hugh O'Donnell aka Repairman December 9, 2007 at 9:48 pm

“Any educator can tell you it starts from the administration.”

Ain’t that the truth.

Hey, remember, they’re just kids. What do they know? ;)

High five for a super teacher, Jose! :)

Hugh

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e December 9, 2007 at 10:08 pm

*soul clap*

wow you’re fast with the comments tonight son. i appreciate your feedback :)

i need new music in my life… in a serious way. may take your selection and run with it.

if you need me to trip a kid that’s not acting right, you know i’m down.

later son
e.

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Jose December 9, 2007 at 10:12 pm

@ e: you know my playlist is wide-open. and I’ll take up your offer on wrangling a kid up for me. At least after tomorrow, when I try to do what I can with my kids. Yikes.

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lizzie5apple December 10, 2007 at 1:11 pm

A couple of months ago, one of our voice teacher’s student, sullen and inattentive, was having his lesson. That voice teacher would sometimes allow his students to text on their celphones during the lesson, and on that particular day, he received one on his. He checked his message and it said: “I hate voice lessons! Puta*!” His student realized too late that he unwittingly sent his teacher the text.

If that had happened to me, I don’t know how I would have reacted. The voice teacher chose to ignore it and continue the lesson, knowing the agony of going through the rest of the lesson was punishment enough. It takes a really wise teacher to bring/drag himself to class after a hurtful incident. I applaud you and wish everything turns out well with your kids. :)

*Whore, or the short version of the deragatory phrase, ‘son of a whore’

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Jeff February 28, 2008 at 10:56 am

Not an odd playlist at all. I’m convinced that Apologize samples the piano opening from Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. Your thoughts?

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