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If You’re Teaching Black History Month This Way, Please Stop

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

First, I’d like to acknowledge that, on the chance that you’re actually celebrating Black History Month, congrats. You haven’t let the Common Core madness deter you from celebrating culture, whether it’s your own or someone else’s.  The decorations will spring up. Common faces like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, …






Kids Fighting Teacher

Top 5 Reasons Why The Kids Don’t Like You

Jose Vilson Jose 14 Comments

To Teachers This May Concern, Pardon my candor, but there’s a reason why the kids just don’t like you. At first, I couldn’t understand the dynamics of certain teachers and classes, especially if they stick together and bond for a few months. The general theory states that a good teacher …






PWNED!

Whereupon I Might Encourage Bodily Harm to a Teacher

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

Today, after another long day at the grindhouse, I saw some of my former students, a pair of girls who haven’t grown in stature, but hopefully in status. Students who graduate from your nest are a great gauge for the effect you’ve had on present and future students. Fortunately for …






RIP Jaime Escalante

RIP Jaime Escalante, Famed Math Teacher

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

It is with regret that I report about Jaime Escalante’s passing today. He was 79. He lived his life inspiring all types of people within the education system, but with little money left to treat his terminal bladder cancer. I am amongst that number of people who he inspired through …






Tin Foil Rex

Tearing the House Down pt. 1: No (Limiting) Math Gimmicks!

Jose Vilson Jose 12 Comments

I could have easily declared the following as a math teacher, but I’m being more demonstrative now: No. More. FOIL. Anyone who’s followed these posting in the last couple of years knows that I’m all for finding efficient ways of remembering how one works through different elements of math. I’m …






Lost At Sea

The Doldrums

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

She sits there, black marker in her left hand, pencil in her right, switching from one to the other like a pendulum, clocked to the rhythm of her observant teacher’s sustained looks in her general direction. Days after an extended conversation with her teacher about the merits of putting in …






Man's Heart

G-d Takes Care of All [The Letters Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

This week, I’m writing a few more letters to different people, whose names shall be removed from the post, but who nonetheless are amalgamations of real characters. I won’t be mincing words this week, and in these letters, I hope to address some issues I find in education as a …






Retirement Pencil

Si, Vale La Pena (Yes, It’s Worth The While)

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

Last week, at least officially, a great man and teacher retired from the NYC public school systems. I think about him, and the others who’ve retired from my school (at least the ones who we’ve celebrated), and even the one who died early last academic year, a year removed from …