Sunday, April 1, 2007

Higher Learning

Sorry for my headline, I know very NY Post like. So what's the reason these teachers are going to be reassigned. It's not like they were in front of the school doing it. Regardless of what school they are assigned to people are going to know about this and talk about it. Why not just let them keep their old jobs and not publish their names.
Newsday: Teachers busted for pot
April 2, 2007
Three city high school teachers -- including one from Long Island -- were arrested for smoking marijunana outside a rock and roll concert, police said.The teachers, all from Urban Assembly Media High School in Manhattan, were spotted by a patrol officer outside the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side sharing a marijuana cigarette, officials said.They were identified by police as Alan Blaustein, 42, of East Moriches; and Lauriann Kress, 23, and Jerome Zolobkowski, 31, both of Manhattan.Each was charged with one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and given a desk appearance ticket, police said.Dina Paul Parks, a spokeswoman for the city department of education, said the teachers would be reassigned to other schools pending the outcome of an investigation into the charges.
Copyright 2007 Newsday Inc.

Monday, March 19, 2007


A female student walkd into the teacher's "prep" room today. There were 3 or 4 teachers in the room, including myself. The student proceded to ask; " Do any of you teachers have a charger for a Motorola cell phone?". I just laughed and laughed.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rubber Bands

I heard a "funny" story from a teacher today. This particular teacher was subbing for a class, in the class she noticed little rubber bands being shot around. She finally was able to pinpoint the shooters. She stood by and tried to stop them, however they just continued to shoot them at one another. She told a teacher walking by the class what was happening, this teacher brought the rubber bands to the A.P. The A.P. took the rubber bands, nothing said.........walked into his office........locked the door behind him..........and shut out the lights.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

School Daze

I can't believe that it's March 12th, time does fly. Overall it's been a great year and I feel I've grown more confident. One interesting thing this year is having new co-workers.....I love to watch and listen to them. I always compare what stresses them out to my situations during the day. I wonder why a few teachers get so deeply stressed by students, I mean isn't that why you became a teacher? Is that what a long teaching career does to you?

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Basketball Diaries

So I coach basketball, and we won today! The kids are so funny, they love to sing on the subway ride home. Sing outloud mind you, outloud and out of tune. Now I had two thoughts on this on the way home:
a) if I were a passenger on my way home from work I might be extremely pissed off and agitated by this
b) these kids are just that-kids, and they are having a harmless, good time
It's funny because I think If I wasn't a teacher I would be that pissed off commuter. However I am a teacher and the kids are great, plus I make fun of how bad their singing is anyway!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Being a Teacher is tough!

It's tough when you have doubts as a teacher. Days when you feel like you suck - days you feel like the kids suck. I guess it's only natural, right? And I also wager that I wouldn't grow as a teacher or a person if I didn't doubt myself at times. Right?......RIGHT?......RIGHT!

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Education a la Tony Soprano

I Found this article online. At least the parents care, right? Just kidding, what dumbasses. He was probably beaten more for the cell phone ban than the grades. Cell phones are a pain in the ass in schools.

Italian parents beat up principal over grades
Dad, grandfather of student rough up educator; mobile phone ban also cited.

BARI, Italy - An irate Italian family beat up a principal because they were unhappy with the grades a young relative had received and a ban on mobile phones at school.
Three male relatives, including the father and grandfather of the student, punched and pushed principal Ugo Castorina at the Lombardi middle school in Bari on Saturday, police said.
They were angered by grades on the latest report card and by a recent ban by Castorina on mobile phones at the school he has run for the past 22 years.

Castorina was taken to hospital and treated for mild contusions. Police escorted him back to the school.“Some people may not like it but standards must be set and rules must be respected if a school is to function,” Castorina told reporters.

© 2007 The Associated Press.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Attack of the Lesbian Students

Just a typical week........lesbian students hooking up on stairs, new keys that don't work, sitting in a pile of glitter and glue............typical, but I love it!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Kids gain more weight when school's out

This was on MSNBC. I think this finding probably goes for teachers also, well at least some of us. But here is just another reason why we need to not only keep P.E., but increase it's frequency and duration.

INDIANAPOLIS - The nation’s schools — under fire for unhealthy school lunches, well-stocked vending machines and phys-ed cuts — may actually do a better job than parents in keeping children fit and trim.

Read the full article here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Bad Teacher - Thanks to NYC Educator

This is for lack of a better adjective, FRIGGIN awesome! Thanks to NYC Educator!

Bad Teachers
Schoolgal asked me what I’d consider to be a “substandard” teacher. My reply was too long for a comment, so I’ll put it here.

I apologize to all the fine NYC teachers who may feel I’m stereotyping. I’m not. Most NYC teachers I’ve met are good, many are outstanding, and I consider that a minor miracle. Here’s a fact, though—there is very little screening beyond ensuring minimum, or sub-minimum state standards are met. The Daily News wrote of thousands of teachers who failed the LAST test multiple times who were allowed to teach NYC’s children.

When I talk about bad teachers, I don’t mean the ones who forget to write an aim, or don’t open the windows to the specified height, or allow kids to wear hats in the classroom. I don’t mean teachers who give spotty lessons now and then. We all do that sometimes.

Let's say I go out to lunch with a Spanish teacher. I converse in Spanish with the restaurant employees, but he cannot. That may not be much, but it qualifies.

Let's say another day I find him gleefully telling anti-Semitic jokes to a bunch of young Latinas, and encouraging them to respond with Hispanic jokes. Let’s say the next day he’s sitting in front of his classroom eating a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and reading the cereal box while the kids in his class are doing God knows what.

Or what about the one who calls a female student the most vulgar word I've ever heard in my life, a Spanish word I'd never heard before that manages to be both sexist and racist at the same time? The one who takes his shirt off in front of his classes to show them his muscles. The one who calls a kid out to fight him behind the school in front of the class, and then says his wife will beat the kid up too.

Or one who wears sunglasses in the building, talks to herself half the time, whistles the other half, spends her free periods in the bookroom in the dark and refuses to teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays?

Let's say a Taiwanese teacher of Chinese shouts in front of God and everyone "I hate Chinese," and proceeds to denounce the majority of our Chinese-speaking students as shiftless commies. Let’s say she treats them as such and manages to stay in the system until retirement.

Maybe a teacher posts on the board an offer to write college recommendations for 50 bucks a pop. Let's say that teacher is from Spain and regularly tells Dominican and South American kids they are ignorant and don't know their native languages. Let's say further this teacher makes disparaging remarks about their parentage, of a most unpleasant and vulgar variety.

Let's take a teacher who teaches a foreign language, but is verbally incomprehensible both in that language and English as well.

Let's throw in a teacher who allows students to throw chairs out the window and play handball against the back wall. Or one who dresses as though he’d slept in a garbage can, and eschews personal hygiene to such an extent that no one wants to be within six feet of him.

How about the one who has an affair with a young student, leaves her when she demands he marry her (his wife and baby notwithstanding), then, when thrown out by now clued-in wife, begs the student to take him back? It makes little difference the student, by then, had the good sense to refuse.

How about the history teacher who berates speakers of English as a second language for their unforgivable lack of English ability, then stands up in the middle of the lunchroom with a rousing rendition of Deutchland Uber Alles?

Let's take the one who teaches a college writing class, but being incompetent in written English, has high school students grade the college papers in the department office.

Or let’s not take them.

But NYC took them all.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


I know, I know; education. I'm on vacation this week, so fuck off. So how come Ryan Seacrest doesn't say "Seacrest Out!" anymore? Is it because everyone knows he's "out" already. What's the deal?

The Truth is........

I figured I needed to chime in, since all these "teachers" are posting crap about teaching, and their schools, blah blah blah. I'll post the truth, so pay attention. Class is in session!