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5 Ways To Use 300 More Instructional Hours In A Year (THIS IS AMERICA!)

December 3, 2012 Mr. Vilson

This morning, I woke up to the news that a pilot program starting in a few states, including Connecticut and New York, would add 300 more instructional hours to the school year starting in 2013. I don’t know about you, but I have yet to see a real study showing a positive correlation between classroom […]

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Closing Schools In The Time Of A Hurricane [SchoolBook]

November 26, 2012 Mr. Vilson

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 […]

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A Dozen of One, a Half Dozen of the Other [On Parenting and Teaching]

January 23, 2012 Jose
John Lennon with Sean

Before my 25th birthday, I thought to myself how much I’d like to have my own son. The closer I got to finishing my 2nd year of teaching, the more I wanted to have a little nugget to teach the ways of this Vilson. My son started appearing in my dreams in different forms. My […]

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A Little Breakfast. A Little Water. A Little Air. A Little Time.

October 19, 2010 Jose
Smiling Breakfast

A huge struggle I’m having in my class is kids coming in late. OK, it’s actually been a problem since I’ve started teaching. It’s been exacerbated by the fact that we no longer have homeroom, so students don’t feel attached to the teacher who sees them in the morning and teachers don’t feel as attached […]

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Top 5 Reasons Why The Kids Don’t Like You

October 11, 2010 Jose
Kids Fighting Teacher

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 is a good teacher irrespective […]

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Whereupon I Might Encourage Bodily Harm to a Teacher

April 8, 2010 Jose

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 me, these students actually admit […]

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