Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Little Fun

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hatred Relived

I saw this letter in today's Newsday and decided to share it here.

Several years ago a young man in one of my classes wanted to know if I would dance if he threw pennies at me.  I reported him immediately to Mr. AP and asked to have him removed due to blatant anti-semitism.  Mr. AP refused and vehemently repeated that the remark was not related to anti-semitism.  We got into a heated fight.  Thankfully the Principal took my side with both the boy and the Mr. AP.

Not experiencing something first hand does not mean it does not exist.  This letter brought back painful memories.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bringing Back Memories

Reminds me of my great days teaching AP calculus at Packemin.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Words of Martin Luther King Jr

Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.

Martin Luther King Jr, "Where Do We Go From Here?"  (1967)

Friday, February 17, 2017


I know Mr. AP is happy that I am gone and most of the senior teachers are also gone but I know the teachers like me made a big difference.  It is messages like this that make me, and all of us feel special and know that the work we did made a difference.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Snow Day

Thankful for all the hard working men and women working to get our streets clean.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Alternative Math Facts

My daughter, a mathematician posted this on Facebook.  Too bad most people don't even realize it is alternative math

Saturday, February 04, 2017

A Math Teacher's Lament

I love my new watch but I wouldn't have bought it if I had looked closer.  The "9" really bothers me.  I spend hours explaining that pi is not 3.14.  Pi is an irrational number that goes on forever.  



used above would not represent 9 exactly.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Dilbert Does It Again

Dedicated to all the teachers who are still sitting through hours of meaningless professional development run by people who know nothing about what they are saying.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Why We Need Unions

The man pictured above works five 12 hour days every week.  He doesn't have to do this.  He could choose to work six 8 hour days instead.  What a choice?  He needs the job to support his family and it is one of the most coveted jobs on the island of Jamaica.

He doesn't complain about the long hours or the almost 2 hour commute he has each day on public transportation.  He reports to work daily with a smile and seems to always be so upbeat.  He hides the hardships of his life well.

Too bad there are no unions here.  The hotel owners get rich while the workers get by.  Not fair.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Union

I've been going back and forth on Facebook with an old friend of my husband over unions.  He is a big Trump supporter and thinks Betsey DeVos and her charter school agenda are pretty grand.  He has been going on about how the UFT is the most corrupt union around and how it alone is responsible for incompetent teachers and the poor education many students are getting.

I've tried, and so have others, to reason with him, to give him facts supporting what we say but talking to him is like talking to a wall.He believes every piece of garbage spewed by the Post and Fox news.  He refuses to listen to people who have witnessed things in action.

Our union has plenty wrong with it.  It doesn't always do a great job of protecting its members but we would be lost without it.  The union does not guarantee us jobs, it guarantees due process. And, although the union does stand up for the students, it is their job to protect us and it does not and should not be bashed for doing its job.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ineffective Administrator Moved On Instead of Out

The kennel clear across town has a new boss.  It seems the Chihuahua was not wanted in her old position. As we all know administrators are never removed from power they are just moved to new locations and Chihuahua is no exception to this rule.

Instead of removing her from the job she is incapable of doing well, she is in a new assignment, creating havoc and destroying the morale of once happy little dogs.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mr. Danger

Years ago when I was a brand new teacher I observed Mr. Danger.  I always saw his students fighting to go to the board and I was determined to learn his secret, a secret I learned within 5 minutes.

Mr. Danger gave his class "B's" every time they picked up the chalk.  They loved the "B's" and worked hard to get them.

When the class ended I asked Mr. Danger what he did with all the "B's" the students collected.  He just laughed and said he did not do anything and the students knew it.  Mr. Danger was funny, full of life and he loved teaching and his students.  The "B's" were just a way to pass this enthusiasm to his charges and it worked.  His students were very successful.