Because iPads Can’t Read Themselves [Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Excerpt: More importantly, if a portable reading device is more intuitive and more interactive, doesn’t that (at least minimally) connect the reader with the text? People still want to read, but no matter what the medium. Much of it is a matter of relevance and engagement. Conde Nast, for instance, made an excellent move recently by developing app versions of their magazines. Wired Magazine particularly functions MUCH better under the …

What’s Next: Auto-tuning Our Lessons, Too? [On The Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Excerpt: For some of our less fortunate colleagues, they may get mandated to use a scripted curriculum pre-written for them. This method has some validity with those who don’t get the training in their ed-schools (and trust me, there’s lots), but should teachers prescribe to this method? At some point, we have to ask ourselves, are lesson plans reflective of a student’s needs and passions or are they just a …

Evaluating the Evaluators, Part 1 [On The Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Here’s an excerpt from The Future of Teaching: Your choice of Renee Moore speaks volumes of what you believe about the profession. Yes, her voice demonstrates the awesome possibilities of having someone who understands the inner workings of teaching from a policy standpoint that’s ripe with depth about all types of children, not just the ones that stand to benefit from our current policy. She amalgamates the best from the …

Pardon the Interruption with Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon, and Tony Reali

Special Guests on Pardon the Interruption: Jose Vilson and John Holland! [Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Wilbon: I’m Michael Wilbon. Kornheiser: And I’m Tony Kornheiser, and welcome to the PTI program. We have a special edition of OddsMakers today because we’re old and tired. Wilbon: Maybe you’re old, but I’m tired from the EXCITEMENT of this year’s NBA Finals. K: I was tired from my first name being used all night last night at the Tony’s. W: Can we welcome our guests already? K: With us, …

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Lady Gaga As A Model for Education [Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson 3 Comments

Excerpt: Some might say she’s a product of social engineering, but if anything, she’s the engineer. In the same way, we already have come to the conclusion that learning can’t just happen in class. Much of the mantra these days is still centered on teacher-directed instruction. While I do believe there’s room for that, especially in more technical arenas, there has to be a sense that learning comes 24 / …

The No-Stats All-Star Teacher [On The Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson

Excerpt: … we become so enhanced in our systems thinking, we use assessments less as indications of how one specific teacher influenced their ability to pass a test and more as an indication of the skills and values that teacher actually taught a student. Does the student think more abstractly now? Does the student have more stamina and focus on problems? Do they inquire and ask good questions more? (Yes, …

Great Teachers Still Need Apply [The Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Excerpt: Transformative pedagogy is so critical to the 21st century that we can no longer accept that we the teachers are the epicenter of all things educational. However, the one thing we can accept responsibility for is teaching students how to learn. The rigors of our most growing fields demand that we push students to learn those skills even when we have no idea what’s on the horizon. For content …

We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore [The Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Excerpt: Thus, the term “teacherpreneur” gets mixed up with terms like “education entrepeneur” (see: Rhee) instead of what it’s intended to do: allow teachers to create their own opportunities while still serving in the classroom. If we continue to perceive the teachers as the hired help (Renee Moore’s a genius), then we’ll continue to get treated as such. It’s amazing that, even as the ideas in the book gain traction …

The Reality of Dan, Diana, Andy, Michael … and TED (On The Future of Teaching)

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I thought the writing break might last longer. The bug got me. Here’s my latest at the Future of Teaching blog. Excerpt: A good step in that direction is the edcamps and unconferences springing across the country. However, even they can get bogged down by the ideas of structure, even when the solution is right at their fingertips. I see conferences becoming less structured around the speakers’ words, but the …

The Awesome Panel Discussion at The Ford Foundation [The Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Guest Posts, Mr. Vilson

Excerpt: Teacher voice is critical in any discussion about education. Whether we’re in our schools or in think tanks, the progress we make as educators depends highly on whether the experts within the classroom can determine the parameters of their professionalism individually and collectively. Some people fear this, wondering whether too much teacher voice will elicit petulant jabber or nonsensical “union” talk. They ignore teachers en masse when they step …