Death By Pen

6 Things I’ve Learned About Writing [600th Post]

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

I honestly can’t believe I’ve written 600 of these essays. I went from a little blog somewhere in the atmosphere to getting a nice pat-on-the-back from the hundreds of you who read me weekly. I’ve learned so much, I just had to write it down. I’m at a point where I’m bombarded with requests for advice (sure), web design help (depends), and enough spam to fill an inbox (yikes). Furthermore, …

C'Mon Son: Star Wars Edition

Validating Blogs #4080: Indirect People Are Shadyyyy

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

Last week, after attending the awesome TEDxNYED, I found myself yearning for more of that collaborative energy. Everytime I thought I was done reflecting on some of the ideas presented, I find another opportunity to immediately use the knowledge acquired to something I’d already thought. For instance, I invited a group of educators and concerned citizens to blog here about a series of topics ranging from school choice for their …

Notorious BIG, Biggie, 1994

Excellence Is My Presence, Never Tense, Never Hesitant

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

As we commemorate the passing of Christopher “Biggie” Wallace 13 years ago, we must also remember a big reason we consider him one of the greatest rappers of all time: his delivery. It wasn’t so much the diversity of flows and rhythms within rhymes and from song to song; it was the crisp and commanding delivery of each line. Like a Black Russian, his songs were at once smooth and …

Blogging Requires Passion and Authority

Whenever You Get Those Moments, You Blog About Them

Jose Vilson Jose 8 Comments

This morning, Bill Ferriter on Twitter ranted a bit about an e-mail from a disgruntled hater who called his blogging an exercise in self-fellaciating (if that’s even a word). Naturally, Bill was quick to distinguish between those who believe that their blogging not only becomes a central part of the reflective process for their practice and those who simply use it to show off a little. Do edubloggers really reflect …

Luis Ramirez and Son

A Semblance of Acceptance [What Organized Chaos Looks Like]

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

As most of you are well aware of, I’ve been officially developing my new website for 7 months the last couple of months. Within that time, I’ve become a little more relaxed about promoting the content of the site and moderating the comments. Thus, when searching for phrases like “fuck mexicans” and well, “fuck mexicans,” my site comes on Google as result #5. Honestly, the essay’s title, “Tell Your Fucking …

Fish's Reflection

The Big Teacher-Leader Burnout Can Lead to a Blog-Out, Too

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Last November, Bill Ferriter and I had a discussion about teacher burnout and how those of us who consider ourselves at the forefront of teacher leadership in our respective situations. The conversations kept streaming my way, and while the vets handled this situation much better, the stakes for other teachers only heightened as the year passed by. Being the reflective person I am, I said, “Well, isn’t the solution right …


On Why It’s Lonely Out Here for a Black / Latino Teacher Blogger. Really.

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

A week or so ago, I ended a blog entry about my appearance at’s fundraiser likeso: While at times in that gathering, while chewing on some wonderful chocolate chip cookies, I mulled over whether a Black / Latino man severely outnumbered ethnically and culturally in the many educational arenas I’m involved in even really belonged in this set, I couldn’t help but feel like part of a community genuinely …

Circular Platinum Ring

The Perfect Circle

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Somewhere in a swanky, glossy penthouse just off Canal St. last night, a group of educator bloggers, think-tankers, writers, politicians, activist, and this guy named Klein c0nvened at the behest of, a blog formed under the premise of bringing all these types into one virtual room to have these difficult but promising conversations. Upon receiving my invitation, I already concocted double double, toil and trouble brewing at the chance …

Lost Highway

Mr. Vilson’s Guide To Jerking a Teacher-Blogger (Unabridged, Unadulterated)

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

whisperwhisperwhisperwhisperwhisper … “Jose Vilson blogs, you know.” Right then, I realized that, around the corner, where ed-techies and Twitterholics never venture, infrequent visitors of the web and unintentional saboteurs congregate to discuss ways of discouraging people from using the Internet. I’ve heard (and understand) many of the arguments against the power of said Internet: “It’s too many people.” “1s and 0s scare me.” “Google can’t be that simple, can it?” …

Ryu vs. Ken, Street Fighter, as interpreted by EastMonkey

Jose Vs. Mr. Vilson, Part 1 (or Love Me, Love Me Nots)

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. I just got back from a wonderful vacation out in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and spent quite a lot of time relaxing, taking in sun, and being as un-teacherly as possible. Today, I’d like to show you a bit of a conversation between Jose, the writer / socialite / homebody, and Mr. Vilson, the teacher / professional / networker person. This conversation stems from the cavalcade …