Discomfort is the Starting Point, Not the End Goal When It Comes To Race [Edutopia]

December 5, 2012 Mr. Vilson

An excerpt from my widely-distributed Edutopia article on race: 1. Discomfort is the Starting Point, Not the End Goal Discussions about big ideas like race, religion and politics necessitate some discomfort. By discomfort, I mean that people who participate in the discussion have a degree of soul-searching and reassessment about their own perceptions and biases. […]

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Teach Others How To Lead, And Other Tips [Edutopia]

November 8, 2012 Mr. Vilson

An excerpt from my latest Edutopia article: Do: Teach Others How to Lead Everyone has expertise in some way, shape or form. Some teachers have great organizing skills (who doesn’t need this?!). Others understand how to put together curriculum materials. Still others have mastered building great teacher-student relationships. Rather than focus on deficiencies, we can […]

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Rarely Use The Word “Wrong” And Other Helpful Bits [Edutopia]

September 20, 2012 Mr. Vilson

An excerpt from my latest at Edutopia: 1) Rarely Use the Word “Wrong” Students need to know that you’re not going to press a buzzer every time they make a comment or ask a question, no matter how ridiculous. Starting the year off by accepting their errors and misgivings means that you get to know […]

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Edutopia + Jose Vilson = Back To School [... And Another One]

August 27, 2012 Guest Posts

To my readers: Thanks to your support, I am happy to announce that Edutopia has invited me to write a guest blog for their website. (Full disclosure: they’re sponsored by the George Lucas Education Foundation. Yes, that George Lucas.) Here’s an excerpt from my back-to-school posted entitled “Cheat Sheet for the First Days of School”: […]

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