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Michelle Obama and Why Teachers Need To Embrace Critique

Jose Vilson Jose 24 Comments

Every time someone says something, anything, about teachers, without fail, a naysayer always nags how it’s a conspiracy against teachers as a whole. For instance, a recent commercial about the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum started with a father asking his boy, “You like your teachers this year?” to which the boy replied, “Sure.” Some took that as a coordinated effort by Major League Baseball, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and …

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On Teachers Writing Books (Myself Included) [CTQ]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 1 Comment

First, let me thank you for my support of my first solo project This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Rice, Class, and Education. I’m already seeing the uptick in pre-orders, and for that, I’m already appreciative. You have a few ways to connect with the experience, so be on the lookout for more as we finish up our edits. Secondly, let me speak more broadly on educators …

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On Selling Your Lesson Plans [Making Money As A Teacher]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 8 Comments

Do you want to make money as a teacher? Of course you do. You know how hard it is to make money as a teacher? We already work enough unpaid hours grading papers, calling parents, and writing lesson plans. Why not profit off of it? These and other questions came up today because a frequent commenter asked me on my Facebook page what I thought about this topic. I said …

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If You Smell What I’m Cooking, Read This. [Future of Teaching]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson

Clearly, we need to define what “teacher” means a little more, and “educator,” for that matter. We also need to understand what that means for teacher voice. I spark a discussion here: The term “celebrity teacher” is such a difficult one too, because it presumes that the spotlight should focus strictly on the teacher and not on the ways in which that teacher helps students. The profession doesn’t lend itself …

On National Education Discourse (Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That)

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This is what happens when you start listening to folks who think the answer is square in the middle. The first time I took issue with a Michael Petrilli post, I was annoyed because, when it comes to education, only the people in his circle (frenemies or not) mattered and the rest of us (read: people of color) generally didn’t. You’ll note in his post that he calls for people …

Closing Schools In The Time Of A Hurricane [SchoolBook]

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An excerpt from my first post at the popular Schoolbook, a WNYC project: As educators, we are charged with helping our children feel that, as wild as the world may seem, we will pull through. Parents, children, and other invested adults seek asylum in our schools because of our routines, the familiarity, and the dulcet vibrations of the students’ yells, whispers and laughter. The teachers start their classes with their …

Education Nation Teacher Town Hall 2012

Charter School Teachers Vs. Public School Teachers (Education Nation) [Why We Write]

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

She said she doesn’t like when teachers differentiate themselves between charter and public. I nodded cautiously. At the Education Nation Teacher Town Hall, while NBC anchor Brian Williams feigned nervousness in front of the hundreds of educators in front of us, teachers from all different groups convened at the Public Library, some from groups like National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the American Federation of Teachers (full disclosure: I …

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Why Teachers Are Political [A Rant]

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

I think it’s time for new political parties, and I mean it. After the debacle that was the release of teacher data reports, we saw a well-rated teacher say it’s crap, and a badly-rated teacher say it’s crap. Yet, the people chosen to represent “us” have yet to outright dismiss the multimillion dollar monster they created and unleashed upon our villages. NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and others implicitly think …

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Teachers Teach and Do The World Good [GOOD Magazine]

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Excerpt: In light of the lack of diversity in thought and culture within our teaching corps, there’s an astounding disconnect. I don’t believe that only teachers of color should teach diverse students, but only 17 percent of public school teachers and 19 percent of principals are of color, and out of the 7.2 million-plus K-12 teachers, only about 534,000 elementary educators are of color. That number drops to 199,000 by …

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No One Knows What It Means, But It’s Provocative, It Gets The People Going

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“… Wait, he said what?” I pulled out my fingers to count how many kids that meant for one classroom. “OK, so dude, you know that means I’m gonna have half my kids in the hallway while I teach, right?” I started doing seating arrangements in my mind. “Are you going to invest in carpets and place mats for every student who has to receive instruction from me and the …