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Teaching Another 180

Mr. Vilson 5 Comments

Last night:

Honestly, I’m nervous again.

I know the routines, too. Sleep tight. Groom well. Come in with a tie. Introduce myself and the class I’m teaching. Announce names. Give out contact cards. Discuss the syllabus. Hope you don’t have a lot of time left over at the end. Leave without too much fanfare.

Yet, I can never shake the first day feeling.

I’m not scared of the kids. I just hope I can do right by them.

They’ve had a whole summer to forget the process of schooling, and the routines I’ll establish throughout the year. They haven’t

When I teach the students math, I know Harry Wong ain’t walking through that door.

This morning:

Red tie demonstrates power. Math class means I’m uses a grid-pattern white-collared shirt. 85°? No matter. It’s a new school year, and we have to be successful this year.

I glance at the class roster for the first time. Some of my students have siblings who I’ve taught before. Actually, some of them walked in with their siblings during parent-teacher conference.

My copies of the syllabus are ready, and so is my soliloquy.

After class (to self):

Fire drill on the first day? Come on. No matter. You kicked ass today. That’s 179 more days to go. 179 days to make it all work. Thank you, God.

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About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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