This is Not a Test with Jose Vilson

thisisnotatestA Teacher-Leader That Listens for Student Wisdom

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José Luis Vilson is a math educator for a middle school in the Inwood / Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, NY. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in mathematics education from the City College of New York. He’s also a committed writer, activist, web designer, and father.
He currently serves as a board member on the Board of Directors for the Center for Teaching Quality and the president emeritus of the Latino Alumni Network of Syracuse University. He writes regularly for Edutopia and TransformED / Future of Teaching, and has contributed to The New York Times, CNN.com, Education Week, Huffington Post, and El Diario / La Prensa NY. He has also been featured at PBS, Mashable, Idealist, Chalkbeat NY, TakePart, Manhattan Times, and the National Journal.

In this episode you will learn:

  • how teacher leadership can help you be better in and out of the classroom
  • how to move from survival mode to thriving as a teacher
  • jose.vilson-classroomhow to make a collage of mentors to help you better your teaching
  • why Renee Moore’s ability to speak truth to power has made her a teacher leader
  • why rote lessons fall flat
  • what to do when the students are totally lost
  • why process time for students is crucial
  • how more planning time can help teachers
  • how he hears where each student’s wisdom lies
  • why the middle school is such an interesting time in a student’s life
  • ways to have a variety of assessments that highlights student strengths rather than point out their weaknesses
  • the importance of having students reflect in all classes
  • how EdCamp and Twitter can be a great means to professional development and gateways to niche communities
  • the debate between tradition and progressive approaches in math
  • Books he recommends — Lisa Delpit’s Other People’s Children and his This is Not a Test.


Connect with Jose at:

The Jose Vilson blog

@TheJVL on Twitter