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Love and Hate, Sorta (It’s Only Been Two Days)

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

“Vilson, tu si ere malo!” It was the most random comment. For whatever reason, middle school students crack me up. Perhaps a large part of their being necessitates testing limits within the first few days of getting to know a teacher. Perhaps they insist that the first two days don’t …






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Vacation Is Not Really Vacation, Pt. 1

Jose Vilson Jose 0 Comments

During my so-called vacation, and I call it so-called because my brain doesn’t have an off-switch when it comes to the work, I read, slept, and jumped into large bodies of water. The sun shone brightly above the Atlantic City Boardwalk, with parades, air shows, and confections for all visitors. …






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What This Teacher Means By Self-Care

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

Confession: this is the first summer I haven’t thought about my school all summer. Not once. It’s been amazing. I love my students and I love my job, and I also gave them almost every ounce of me. Thus, even with all the stress I’ve had making it through July, I …






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The Classroom Next Time (On My Last Day of School)

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

Over the last week or two, I’ve had a hard time compressing the experience of teaching students over the last year. There’s something disconcerting about teaching 90 students in the beginning of the year to 150 in almost in the blink of an eye. Yet, that’s what happened in December. …






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Education Policy’s Roost (On Social Justice Warriors)

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

Less than a year ago, I was in a heated conversation (we’ll call it that) where a few folks who disagreed on education policy brought their frustrations to full display. Unbeknownst to the folks who I agreed with, the conservative dissenters are encouraged to engage with, start sh*t, and frustrate …






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We Must Not Be Defeated (Optimism In May)

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

62 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, we’re still having a passive-aggressive argument over whether every school-aged child deserves equitable funding for their school. Three-score and two years ago, the legendary Thurgood Marshall led one of the most influential civil rights cases in the nation in BvB, a case …






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Drugs Can’t Get You High As This [Educate, Educate]

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

It’s been two weeks of not-real-teaching. The first week of April was mostly dedicated to the agita of the ELA (English-Language Arts) test, from the content of the exams to the new procedures. Stripping the set times from the ELA test proved worrisome for the adults more so than the …