So Close I Can Taste It

Jose Vilson 4 Comments

Treasure ChestI got some updates on Penny Harvest at my school:

So far, the 8th grade has collected a good 150+ pounds of pennies. The 7th grade is at 250+. The 5th grade (a 4 class grade) is at 100 or so, and the 6th grade is almost at 400. In other words, we’re kicking butt and taking names. I understand it’s a big school, but even by floor standards, we’re doing very well. We’re at around 1.5 thousand dollars, or 30 sacks, those of you keeping track.

And this is all without the experience of doing this before, and with a primary job of teaching math. I’m thoroughly excited about what we’re going to do next for the group. We’ve been pushing hard to get people to bring in their pennies by that final date, and a lot of it has been me going to every floor to every homeroom teacher and asking them how they’re doing. I’ve also been rocking that stylish penny pin, so everyone is reminded, even when I’m not talking about it.

There’s a lot of things I’ve learned from this process, most of which is that if I’m left to my own devices, I’m much more productive than if I have a micro-manager all over me. I just can’t wait until after Phase 1 so my Penny Harvest Team and I can really make things happen without the stress of making sure every homeroom and every penny is accounted for. This hasn’t been anything short of a positive experience, though.

I’m going to have to write something positive tomorrow, too, or Alisha’s gonna have beef with me. Peace ;-) …

jose, who’s still got that Across the Universe Double Disc on heavy rotation …

p.s. – For my baseball fans, those of you who’ve been searching for A-Rod around these parts, notice I haven’t said anything about him. Here’s why. I’ll stay mum until a decision happens one way or another.

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.

Comments 4

  1. Hugh O'Donnell aka Repairman

    I’m rooting for you, Jose!

    Never mind A-rod (I was a Brooklyn Dodger fan until the Bums left in 1957. The high point of my sports life was in 1955 — I finally got to tell my Yankee fan best friend to take his Mickey Mantle rookie card and stuff it. Of course, it wasn’t worth anything in those days.)

    Looking forward to your victory! (Yeah, I’m a little competitive.)

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