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Stay In Your Lane [A Math Teacher’s Lament]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 4 Comments

Why do people stigmatize math teachers? It’s bad enough we teach people that they’re either math people or they’re not (patent lie, I promise you). Now, we’re even limiting math teachers to the fields in which they can excel. They stereotype (!) math teachers as having hobbies like playing piano …






Beware The Calculator

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 7 Comments

As a math coach, people always want to catch my ear about the use of a calculator. I ought to put my voice into the argument since … well, that’s what I do here. The two sides to the argument go as follows: 1) Students should use calculators because the …






The Idea of Race As A Number Line

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

I recently had the delightful experience of hanging out with the alumni of Nativity Mission Center, the Lower East Side based Catholic middle school, most of whom I only get to see once a year at these events. This time felt different in a good way; most of their discussion …






Unit Plan on Percents

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

I’ll write something meatier later, but here’s my unit plan for percents. Use it however you like. Comment as you need to. Tell me what you think. I’m using it asĀ  guide for the lesson plans I’m creating day-to-day, hoping the other teachers help me create the next unit using …






Because the difference between six and five can be very damned important

The Real Purpose of Math Is …

Jose Vilson Jose 0 Comments

Anyone who’s ever had to fill in this blank understands my pain: “The real purpose of learning math is _____” I have a variety of answers, but usually, it’s straight-forward: much of the math you learn is applied to real-life situations, and the ability to do it yourself with no …