Don’t Let Me Down [On Opening Up When Things Go Down]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 5 Comments

You’re not supposed to know when your student is this close to suicide. You get up in front of the classroom, get students started on their work, and get into the routine. Whether the routine comes from you or them matters little. The room buzzes for a while as they sit, but when the notebooks come out, the notebook pages ruffle, the pencils scratch, and your shoes tap along the …

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In The End, The Love You Take Is Equal To The Love You Make [Class of 2012]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 2 Comments

On The Future of Teaching blog, I made a list of the five things I learned this year, a standard writing prompt for writers who can’t for the life of them get a word out about the whirlwind named “The End of the Year.” Every year spins out of control right around the last two weeks, and the staff, prepared for emergency landing, lock their seatbelts extra tightly and enjoy …

Let It Be

Jose Vilson 3 Comments

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be … While everyone’s been hitting up my blog for the #1 search term for this website / $252 million dollar scapegoat of the New York Yankees, I had but one thought: let it be. I’ve had the song in my head since I envisioned my Beatle-themed post over the last …

Revolution

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

You say you want a revolution, well you know we all want to change the world. My annoyance right now stems from the idea of leadership, and how my definition of it has changes vastly everyday. On the one end, I wanted to believe I was a leader. I do my part as a teacher and motivator for my kids, and even the students who’ve graduated and tell me how …

Across The Universe

Jose Vilson Short Notes 3 Comments

I finally settled on a new layout. Though it’s not exactly the one I wanted, it’s the only one that works for both Internet Explorer and Firefox, and it’s much better than the other flowery layouts available out there. BTW, Firefox is much better than Internet Explorer for WordPress layouts … much better. I’m coming back from school on Thursday when I got a call from AnnMary, who’s baby shower …