C'Mon Son: Star Wars Edition

Validating Blogs #4080: Indirect People Are Shadyyyy

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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 …

Blogging Requires Passion and Authority

Whenever You Get Those Moments, You Blog About Them

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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 …

Luis Ramirez and Son

A Semblance of Acceptance [What Organized Chaos Looks Like]

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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 …

Fish's Reflection

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

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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 …

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

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A week or so ago, I ended a blog entry about my appearance at GothamSchools.org’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 …

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 GothamSchools.org, 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 …

Lost Highway

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

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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 …