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

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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, and the beholder is often …

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

Moments Like This [Soul Of A Man]

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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 remark by colleagues. A set …

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Please, Keep Writing and Teaching [Kick More Ass]

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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. You see messages and e-mails …

Jose VilsonPlease, Keep Writing and Teaching [Kick More Ass]
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Born To Do This Shit [On Personal Legends and Teaching]

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“You have 135 minutes left on this test. Are there any questions?” After a quick pause, I said, “You may begin.” As the students got to work on this section of the test, I began to reflect on my life as a teacher, and came to realize that, yes, I was born to be in a classroom, teaching. The set …

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Resolve

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This morning, after a few sips of my coffee and getting ready for class, a cold sweat developed in the palms of my hand. I rubbed my hands a few times before I put the marker to the whiteboard, hoping the few examples of problems I do today serve less as a lesson and more as a fine tuning. Pacing …

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Former NE Patriot Joe Andruzzi Helps Another Runner At The Boston Marathon

Freestyle Week: How Politeness Kills Even The Pretense of Justice

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This week, I’m writing blog posts based on people’s submissions to my Facebook page right here. My first one is based on online friend Michael Doyle’s suggested title, “How politeness kills even the pretense of justice.” Let’s go … The Boston Marathon shouldn’t have ended that way. A moment of celebration turned into a maelstrom of yells, lost appendages, and …

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Another Countdown To The Statewide Math Test [OMGWTFGAAAHHH]

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Tomorrow, thousands of New York City teachers return to work from a well-deserved extended break. For me, it just felt good putting my feet up, reading novels, sipping iced coffee, and spending time with my family without having to tell them, “Alright, time’s up, I got things to do now, move along now, thank you.” Going back to work is …

Jose VilsonAnother Countdown To The Statewide Math Test [OMGWTFGAAAHHH]
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My Love For School [And My Rancor For The System It's In]

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I started off the morning with a heavy dose of Stevie Wonder and Aventura, a random sampling of love songs I have on my iPod just to pass the time on the train. The building is super-silent at the time I get in there, perfect for getting my mind and papers ready for the 8am start. About 55 minutes later, …

Jose VilsonMy Love For School [And My Rancor For The System It's In]
Martin Luther King Jr. by Marvin Koner

Style and Substance (or, At Least Three Things You Don’t Say To A Man of Color)

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Moments like this make me want to ask, “Who ASKED you?!” Some of my frustration lately stems from the perception that making something look easy equates to the task actually being easy. Especially as it pertains to the site and everything surrounding it. The design, the content, the schedule, the photos, and the accompanying branding come together as pieces to …

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This Moment of Clarity [On Sandy Hook and Telling Adults To Shut Up Already]

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This post was supposed to be about me. The myriad of questions I’ve faced, the situations I’ve encountered, the tribulations of a Black-Latino NYC educator looking for reasons why our system continues to work against the interests of children, and the constant shaking of my head, not to the beat of whatever my iPod’s playing, but of the things I …

Jose VilsonThis Moment of Clarity [On Sandy Hook and Telling Adults To Shut Up Already]