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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Circular Platinum Ring

The Perfect Circle

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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 …

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 …

Kids In Shock

OMG My Teacher Blogs LOL LMAO

Jose Vilson Jose 8 Comments

Yesterday, my Google Image results showed up in my classroom computer. Not that it’s uncommon, but more who made it show up. A few of my students looked me up online and thought it’d be cute to revise my photos for some reason. Photo #1: Looking out towards the sky. …

Jose © Jon Serrano 2008

Here’s Where I Tell You About My Awesome Life

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

Today, on my way to the late Ralph Mercado’s viewing at Riverside Church, I saw one of my heroes, a man who I’ve admired since my college years, the inimitable Felipe Luciano, former Young Lords founder and chairman turned journalist, turned politician. As I saw him, my face instantly froze. …