reflection Archives - Page 3 of 14 - The Jose Vilson


The World Is Yours (We Don’t Kiss Rings Over Here)

September 26, 2013 Jose

Truth: I believe you’re better than the ring-kissing I’m seeing right now. A few days ago, I had the opportunity to speak virtually to about the importance of leading while teaching as part of a series I’m doing with the Center for Teaching Quality. In my argyle sweater and windbreaker pants (video conferencing) magic, I […]

Read more →

Outside Of A Comfort Zone (On The Aspen Ideas Festival)

July 3, 2013 Jose
The Lonely Island featuring T-Pain, "I'm On A Boat"

A young lady, no older than 25, peered out of her glasses at a mostly white crowd. Her rose-patterned blouse, peach-pale skin, and slender figure gave us no indication of what she might do or say. Then, she blurts out the following: “Aww shit!” Um, what? “Get your towels ready, it’s about to go down! […]

Read more →

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 […]

Read more →

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 […]

Read more →

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 […]

Read more →

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, […]

Read more →