12 Blogs I Loved In 2012

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In my short notes series, I like to share things I’ve read from around the web, usually parsed out from the plethora of things I pick up on my social media networks. At times, I find gems that keep me coming back for more. The following list have been reliable sources for pieces to share all year. I’ve had some …

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Be Like Me: Just Write Five Different Blog Starters and Don’t Hit Publish

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Sometime after Monday, I thought I’d have the hang of this blogging thing again. I was fairly confident that I could crank out some really good topics for my blog, and possibly a few tweets related to these extensive pieces. I would carve out my usual 8pm to 10pm schedule for my blogging process and come up with something both …

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The “The” in The Jose Vilson … and You

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Thank you, and you, and you. I know I don’t say it enough, but all the RTs, shares, and praise keeps me going at times when I’ve wanted to stop writing. This blogging, written from one’s gut instead of one’s throat, takes a certain amount of people power to fuel the writers’ engines. This writer in particular. If only one …

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If You Don’t Give Me Heaven, I Raise Hell

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Did we cross the threshold of teacher complacency yet? Today, Pernille Ripp asked “How many of us blog about our philosophies and classroom changes but are too afraid to tell our face to face colleagues?” to her followers. I responded, “I used to. This year, I’ve decided against it.” Some, including Mary Beth Hertz, were surprised. She said, “… was …

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Yes, Yes, But I’m Also Black [On Blogging In The Ed-World]

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Last week, I brought up my opinion that children of color shouldn’t be limited to certain occupations due to the perceived notions of observers. I especially pointed this out to [some] White so-called liberals, because it seems that too many of them believe that their pseudo-liberalism absolves from the critique of their racial bias. Even those of them doing the …

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The Education Grassroots Ascends (#EduSolidarity, Great American Teach-In, and Save Our Schools)

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I have the privilege of being a part of a triumvirate of grassroots educational movements that I hope will change the landscape of the local and national discussions around education. Passionate. Provocative. Inspiring. Participatory. First is #EDUsolidarity, an effort born from the mind of Steven Lazar, union leader and acclaimed social studies teacher in the blog. The principle of the …

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A Lesson From My Brother Chneux: How To Talk About Yourself When No One Else Will

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Vilsons are supposed to brag. Aside from the lasciviousness (which is how we ended up with so many siblings on my father’s side to begin with), the Vilsons are often considered to have an unusually high swagger and a disregard for life’s rules without surpassing the boundaries of “cool.” They’re not prone to jumping out of airplanes, but they’ll certainly …

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Five Blogs You Need To Have In Your Feed Right Now 2010

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While working on the “magazine,” I thought I’d share some of my favorite blogs from around the blogosphere. While not all of them are education-related, all of them belong somewhere within your regular reading / watching material. I was also going to title this “Five Blogs To Read That Aren’t NYC Educator” simply because I give deference to people like …

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The Tumblr vs. WordPress Argument (and Why I Have Both Now)

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At this point, there’s so many arguments over which blogging platform’s best, I decided I wouldn’t rehash those arguments as a whole. I still haven’t tried Drupal, and I don’t think Blogspot’s robust enough for me. I had four main sites in which I share my madness: Here (where I share my lengthier posts) Facebook (where I share my more …

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Until Lambs Become Lions [About Blogging]

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A couple of nights ago, I saw Russell Crowe’s rendition of Robin Hood. A good movie for those who like serious, rugged prequels to their favorites, the film takes us through Robin Hood the English soldier who fought alongside the King of England in defense of his country before the jealous king pronounced him as the outlaw archer we know …

Jose VilsonUntil Lambs Become Lions [About Blogging]