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José Luis Vilson

July 29, 2013

Why Teachers Don't Like The Term "Best Practices"

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In the beginning of last year, I got into a tiff with a colleague around the use of diagnostics in class. On her end, she believes everyone should take the first two weeks to give a diagnostic test, go over rituals and routines, and go over that diagnostic. For two weeks. Only after these elements are taken care of should we start actually teaching our students, according to the colleague.

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José Luis Vilson

July 8, 2013

This Is Why We're #HerePastJune*

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Hey John,

It feels like I'll see nothing but trail mix and boarding tickets for the next few months. I just got back from the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, going to Cocoa Beach / NASA next week, Orlando the following week, and San Francisco in August, interspersed with the PRAXIS math exam to judge my 7th-12th grade math competency (a little rusty), and school meetings to plan for the upcoming school year.

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José Luis Vilson

June 25, 2013

Champions Are Made In The Classroom [A Few Lessons From This School Year]

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The saying goes that we as teachers learn as much from the students as they learn from us.

This year, I needed this when I went for a whirlwind of a trip this year, shifting roles and attitudes in ways that had me floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. Perhaps even a little rope-a-dope as I sustained a few blows. As successful as I've been outside of school, the frustrations inside school built up.

The only sustainment I had all year was the knowledge that, yes, we as teachers needed to do a good job in the classroom and in the school.

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