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Rope-A-Dope Like Muhammad Ali [Collaborateurs]

June 25, 2013 Jose
George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali

One of my year-end reflection is now live at The Collaborateurs: This year, I needed this when I went for a whirlwind of a trip this year, shifting roles and attitudes in ways that had me floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. Perhaps even a little rope-a-dope as I sustained a few […]

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A Thought On Graduations As A Whole

June 24, 2013 Mr. Vilson
Isaiah Mustafa in Old Spice Commercial

A list of the common complaints about graduations from K-12: Not everyone deserves to graduate. A more detailed subset of that list: At this rate, should we have to make special accommodations for our kids when we’re trying to raise the rigor of all curricula? Better yet, can everyone just get an intervention plan so […]

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Why So Serious? [On Demeanors In The Classroom]

June 18, 2013 Mr. Vilson
Serious cat.

“Why are you so serious all the time, Mr. Vilson?” The students just finished giving me my student evaluations, something I thought I’d try this year, but probably waited too long in the year to do. “Well, it depends …” And before I could finish, my co-teacher put me on blast by saying that it […]

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Having A Voice Isn’t Free, Either (Inspiring Teacher Voice)

June 13, 2013 Jose

Today, it was brought to my attention just how costly teacher voice can be. The top-down management style of most schools lends itself to an undemocratic collective of adults and children in the building, all exacerbated by internal and external factors like poverty, personalities, and Charlotte Danielson. Autonomy is in the eye of the beholder, […]

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Moments Like This [Soul Of A Man]

May 27, 2013 Jose

A blackened tooth from a decade-old basketball injury. An average of four hours of sleep a night. A tumultuous set of faculty meetings, in meetings, out meetings, and every other type of meeting in between. An early bus I missed, followed by a late train that took 15 minutes off my preparation time. A snide […]

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Please, Keep Writing and Teaching [Kick More Ass]

April 30, 2013 Jose
Iron Man 3

Hypothetically speaking, let’s say you’re a blogger writing about education and a whole mess of other stuff that permeates the experiences you have as an educator looking inward and outward, trying to seek solutions to complex and amorphous situations. Let’s say you decided to look at the landscape of writing about education through this lens. […]

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