Sunday, February 11, 2007


Wondering if it is possible to actually merge high tech with an Yeshiva system?

Going to be asking a few people about that soon...hoping there is an answer to it besides the fact that computers are evil.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

So tired

Baby is making me tired but will try and type through it.

So back to work, and its going ok. I know I keep touching...okay more like ranting on the issue of behavior and what a school needs to do about it but its something which bothers me more and more. I have 6 kids spread out among 3 classes that in total have more than 30 students who cause such a severe disruption that they need to be dealt with. If they would actually be punished instead of just being talked to every day they do something wrong SOMETHING might actually be done about these children and the test of the students could learn in a condusive enviroment. Where do we draw the line about behavior? I don't care if its English or Hebew subjects there is right and wrong. By not doing something to these students you just tell them its okay to keep on doing it.

That's my big issue. By not punishing them severely they keep on acting the same way because they see they can get away with it.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Has this ever happened to you?

Ever been followed home by students?

Well that is what happened to me tonight.

Work was okay, the 7th grade is beginning to show serious discipline issues throughout the day. Two 8th graders thought it'd be funny to attempt to follow me home. As it is parents were called, Menahel informed, and we'll see what happens tomorrow.

Have to hand in teacher evals of the students in tomorrow and then onward to vacation...going to look forward to that a little.

Trying to figure out

An inventive way of actually working on how to develop a proper classroom behavior in the boys I teach when apparently they do not have their own self control.

I am curious as to how these children grow up like this or even how the school is not doing its bit to push for these boys to actually have to see consequences to their actions.

Ok, so maybe not so curious. I just wish I knew the key that fit the lock in being able to have Yeshivas actually do something about behaviors, special needs, and importance of english studies.

More importantly, I just want to know why my students will get out of their chairs and start hitting one another just because they feel like it.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


The baby is making me extremely busy, however, I went to work today even though I cannot come in the rest of the week. I sincerely wonder what goes on in the minds of the kids I teach. Such chutzpah from so many of them. I'm hoping that the Principal figures some way of dealing with the issues before I come back to work on Monday. Just thinking on how to actually try and reach those kids who feel they can act like this,

Monday, January 22, 2007

Hey readers don't go away!!!

Seriously, please don't leave.

Haven't posted because just had a baby :). Everyone is healthy, it'll just take me a few days to get back into everything and that includes blogging.

Thanks for being patient

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


While I had looked online for when the ELA was going to be, they did say it was coming this week. However since my Principals told me that they were giving it next week.

Now for those who don't routinely know what goes on in an Yeshiva, this does happen. The school does sometimes give tests late, gets permission, etc. So when I came in I got a shock. So the entire day was changed and me and the Science teacher split the day between the 7th and 8th Grades.

I am still, in my years of teaching, still in shock about the behavior of some students. Contrary to other ideas, there does come a time that you cannot control a child. Case in point

7th Grade: Decides to take a newpaper for middle school students that the school gets, rolls it up, puts it in his mouth, and goes around the room acting like 'Lucky the Dog'. His partner in crime who is using a tie to attack other students were thrown out and are going to be severely diciplined.

6th Grade: What do you do when you try to make fun of a teacher and not do your work? Condemned in front of the class, held late, and the card game you were playing in the middle of class confiscated.

Thank g-d I am reaching out to those boys who want to learn. Made me smile when the 7th grade began a discussion on the ramifications of France's double dealing with the US prior to the War of 1812 and that the 6th Grade were 'bad mouthing' their 5th grade teacher last year for her inability to teach them the proper English Grammar rules.

Days like this I remember why I want to continue to be a teacher, and why I wish to stay in the Yeshiva system. Though given the administration not sure how that'll last for next year.