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900 Posts, Because the Last 100 Didn’t Make It Easy

Jose 4 Comments

Ladies and gents, I’ve arrived at my 900th post. I should dedicate this one to the fact that George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin’s murderer, was caught unbloodied and unbruised on video during his trip to the Sanford Police Department with police, dispelling his account almost assuredly. I could also dedicated to the lesser known Shaima Al-Awadi, a mother of four was …

Jose Vilson900 Posts, Because the Last 100 Didn’t Make It Easy
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Stay In Your Lane [A Math Teacher's Lament]

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Why do people stigmatize math teachers? It’s bad enough we teach people that they’re either math people or they’re not (patent lie, I promise you). Now, we’re even limiting math teachers to the fields in which they can excel. They stereotype (!) math teachers as having hobbies like playing piano (fractions!) and read xkcd (might be true), but God forbid …

Jose VilsonStay In Your Lane [A Math Teacher's Lament]
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Be Like Me: Just Write Five Different Blog Starters and Don’t Hit Publish

Jose 3 Comments

Sometime after Monday, I thought I’d have the hang of this blogging thing again. I was fairly confident that I could crank out some really good topics for my blog, and possibly a few tweets related to these extensive pieces. I would carve out my usual 8pm to 10pm schedule for my blogging process and come up with something both …

Jose VilsonBe Like Me: Just Write Five Different Blog Starters and Don’t Hit Publish
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Kick In The Door, Wavin’ The 44 [On Writing To Kick Ass]

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One of the questions people ask me is how I do this. Whatever this is. I’m reminded of this every semester or so when a random professor asks students to read my blog for their course or pick a teacher blog that best exemplifies their core beliefs. While privileged to have people read my often disjointed thoughts, I think back …

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The “The” in The Jose Vilson … and You

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Thank you, and you, and you. I know I don’t say it enough, but all the RTs, shares, and praise keeps me going at times when I’ve wanted to stop writing. This blogging, written from one’s gut instead of one’s throat, takes a certain amount of people power to fuel the writers’ engines. This writer in particular. If only one …

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Five People I Wish Would Write A Damn Book Already

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Before I begin, I’d like to dedicate this space to one of my first students ever, Bianca Espinal. She’s part of a program called “Broadway’s Next Star” and I would love it if you visited the site, watch her perform “Rolling In The Deep,” and hit “Like!” Because I’m positive you’ll love that voice of hers. In the middle of …

Jose VilsonFive People I Wish Would Write A Damn Book Already
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Shadowboxing [To 50K and Beyond]

Jose 4 Comments

Writing these days has been an exercise in shadowboxing, fighting myself on the way to the completion of this first manuscript. Similar to my blog, I decided to stay away from topics that could hurt my professional aspirations and / or provide any openings about my past or present love life. Unlike my blog, however, I will discuss events that …

Jose VilsonShadowboxing [To 50K and Beyond]
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A Letter To A Writer Who Doesn’t Want To Hear It

Jose 5 Comments

Dear burgeoning writer, Please don’t take this the wrong way, but we need to talk. It’s the same talk my editors had to have with me after my first few submissions, and one that I never had to have again afterwards. You see, for writers that care, the act of writing is a personal craft, and I can’t deny how …

Jose VilsonA Letter To A Writer Who Doesn’t Want To Hear It

On Writing This Particular Book

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I‘ve learned a few things about writing this particular book. It’s definitely not like other books, but it is my book. I’m writing it because it’s about time I culminate the 1000+ blogs I’ve written in between my earlier private site, a few other sites, and this one, which accounts for about 741 of my meatiest, most elucidating work about …

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This Writing Is Less of a Run, More Like a Dance

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Someone recently asked me (and I’m omitting the person’s name because it wasn’t a public question): A quick question? Do you feel like you have to be “politically” correct when you write your posts? This type of writing? It’s less like a straight run or a drive down a road, and more like a dance. I have these steadfast rules …

Jose VilsonThis Writing Is Less of a Run, More Like a Dance