A Teacher’s Rant on Smart Phones in the Classroom

Still collecting these from my students…I tell ya, Gov Cuomo and friends need to take this epidemic into account when they think about rating teachers. This blog post is a rant, and a well-founded one that I’ve never heard anyone ever talk about when it comes to the state of our educational system today.  I … More A Teacher’s Rant on Smart Phones in the Classroom

E.S.L.

hcpl One of the things I forgot to mention about myself in my first A to Z post was the fact that I am an ESL teacher.  For those of you who don’t know what that means, I teach English as a Second Language in a junior and senior high school on Long Island.  In … More E.S.L.

Sunday, October 21, 2012: Bowling…Who’d a Thought?; More Teacher Bashing

universal scraps Sunday is such a unique day of the week.  Normally, I love a Sunday morning, especially a beautiful one like today.  In the morning, the rest of the day is filled with possibility of relaxation, enjoyment, and who knows what else, but then as the day wears on, workday Monday begins to loom … More Sunday, October 21, 2012: Bowling…Who’d a Thought?; More Teacher Bashing

September 8, 2012: A Long First Week of School

Saturday is finally here and a well-deserved time for rest and relaxation after a first, long work week has come along with it. Wait, rest and relaxation?  Me?  Nah, of course not!  Since this was an extraordinarily busy and hectic week in John’s World, I haven’t had time for cleaning, laundry, errands, minding my checkbook, … More September 8, 2012: A Long First Week of School

LGBT kids shake and shimmy to Lady Gaga’s "Hair" for It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project is a wonderful organization dedicated to showing LGBT kids that even though their experiences are tougher than most, things will get better. By shining a light on the “levels of happiness, potential, and positivity” their lives will reach, It Gets Better works hard to remind these kids to hang in … More LGBT kids shake and shimmy to Lady Gaga’s "Hair" for It Gets Better Project