Schools on Trial And What Does Progress Mean?

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I don’t have rules posted in my classroom. I’ve been issuing mandates asking students to respect each other, respect themselves, and respect the classroom and environment around them. As steward for the environment around me, I haven’t had many challenges to these rules from the students themselves. I don’t know …

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Why We Must Believe (Our Formation)

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“Come on, let’s get this done, I believe in you.” “Why do you always say that, Mr. Vilson, like …” “Um, because I believe in you.” “Oh my God, this is, like, the only class I hear a teacher say that …” It was a weird moment for me. I …

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The Beautiful Teacher Struggle

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My feet on the ground actions are simple-not-easy. For the last three weeks sans EduCon weekend, I spent every “free” period plus lunch, after-school, and my birthday weekend grading papers. It’s the type of paper streak that makes non-teachers go from “Your job is so easy, plus you have summers …

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Design of a Decade: Moments From 10 Years Of Writing

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People forget that, ten years ago, the idea of blogging aloud made no sense to the average reader. The mainstream media had the stranglehold on public opinion, and trying to get an op-ed into any space requires a lot of know-how and a little know-who. Teachers were always talked about, …

Martin Luther King Jr. Pledging Allegiance at the Lincoln Memorial

Are You About That MLK Jr. Life?

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My latest at Medium delves into the questions I have for those who invoke Martin Luther King Jr. in their crusades for personal gratification. Here’s an excerpt: Even before the Common Core State Standards came into vogue, our entire system, whether public, private, or otherwise, have sought to keep children …


My Reaction to the President’s State of the Union Address

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Anytime the president of the United States shouts out teachers, that’s definitely a plus. Well, sorta. As a math teacher, I appreciate the emphasis on STEM in that it has the potential to open doors to students who normally don’t get those opportunities, or that’s the presumption. I graduated with …

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My New Year’s Resolve

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I’m supposed to tell you that I want to lose weight. I’m rounder than ever, so that’s a lofty goal. But that’s no fun, and I’d rather not spend your time talking about dietary supplements and instead tell you about my visit to the US Department of Education, my second …


These Feet Will Drag (A Poem)

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I haven’t written a poem in a few months. Don’t judge me. These are the words I choose to recite while getting back to work tomorrow. I’ll drag my feet to the classroom, but, once present, these words will flow these ideas will go these desks will hold these minds …


A Bit About The “End” of No Child Left Behind

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I’m not a fan. I do think we need to have a nation education reform. I do believe that there should be as much federal oversight as possible in the name of equity. I just happen to disagree vehemently with the folks who’ve been doing education reform on the state …