Cover Story: Hal Portner


High Quality Teaching:
The Intangible Element



The cornerstone of quality education in our schools is what happens between teacher and student - high quality teaching leads to high student achievement.

Articles

The Music, Movement, and Learning Connection

Children love music and movement for its own sake, and activities need not be centered around a specific concept or skill. While the children are having fun, important learning is taking place.

By Hap Palmer


Notes And Quotes From My Summer Reading

Each year 160,000 new books are published. It is a shame teachers aren’t allocated official time to enjoy and profit from more reading.

By Bill Page


New Writing Prompts

What do Mother Teresa, Raquel Welch and the Pledge of Allegiance have in common? Read September's writing prompts to find out.

By J. Wayne


The Royal History
of the Pencil


You won't look at the standard #2 pencil the same way after reading about its history!

By Tim Newlin



Teaching and Stress:
Symptoms and Cures


What makes teaching one of the most stressful occupations, and what teachers can do to avoid the detrimental effects of stress.

James Burns


IMHO
Educators Speaking Up

Ineffective teachers? and Laura Bush's speech on July 28.

Teachers.Net Community


Learning About ADHD

Information on ADHD in a Q&A format for parents. Details the causes and symptoms of ADHD, and tips for helping a child diagnosed with ADHD.



Donna’s Lesson Plan
Files For Music Teachers


A teacher of music in grades K-6 shares her collection of plans and resources.

Donna Ransdell


Collective Wisdom 1
Peanut-Free School?

Because of a student's life threatening allergy, your school must now be peanut-free. How do you accommodate the student's needs?

Teachers.Net Community


Collective Wisdom 2
HELP! First Time Teaching Kindergarten!

Newly assigned to a kindergarten teaching position, a teacher turns to the Kindergarten Mailring for advice.

Teachers.Net Community


Collective Wisdom 3
No pencil - again!
Does anything work?


Pupils perennially without a pencil! Is this is a power struggle between teacher and student? Our teachers offered solutions...

Teachers.Net Community


Free Downloads
Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids

Free printable worksheets and teaching aids from your colleagues on Teachers.Net.



Streaming Video
Teachers.Net Video Bytes



Brainiac science; Puppies lulled to sleep; Pilobilus dance; Power teaching demo; Kids talk about their food allergies; Music classroom tour.



Harry & Rosemary Wong


It Was Something
Close to a Miracle



“I had been a teacher for exactly three weeks and never felt so ineffective and totally out of control in my life." It was only September and already Stacy’s dream was being crushed.
Columns


NEW: Advice Column for Urban Teachers!

The First Day of Hell? and Still No Job! How Do I Stay Positive?


Introducing our new advice column for those who teach in urban schools! In her premier column, Kioni offers advice on the first day of school with “known trouble makers,” and how to stay positive when principals aren’t knocking down your door with job offers.

By Kioni Carter


Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers

Time Flies!

Avoid Stress! Tips to Help You Get Organized. Let's focus on time saving tips to try outside of school to make the most of the time we have each day!

By Sue Gruber


Teaching Literacy

More Tools for Classroom Fun and Success

Fly swatters for math and vocabulary work? Paper clips to motivate? Yes! And more!

By Cheryl Sigmon


Promoting Learning & Discipline

Using a Butterfly Analogy to Explain the Hierarchy of Social Development

The life stages of the butterfly present parallels to the social development of humans.

By Dr. Marvin Marshall



Our Back Pages

The influence of a good story, a heroic character, and the nuances of imaginative language all fly under the radar of standardized testing. Imagination and values are at the heart of what turns the page, at whatever pace.

By Todd Nelson



"Getting to Know Each Other"Activities, part 2

When children feel a sense of belonging, they are more ready to learn. Here's Part 2 of a list of noncompetitive, entertaining activities that foster children's friendships.

By Leah Davies


Advice for Substitute Teachers
How do I make a
good first impression?


"And How should I handle a classroom culture of no rewards, but plenty of consequences?"

By Barbara Pressman


The Busy Educator
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five

Addressing learning difficulties; Teacher resource; All things Science; Games and writing skills help; Secondary level English lesson plans!

By Marjan Glavac



Features


Featured Lessons
Computer Classroom
Presentation Systems


Focus Upon Interactive Whiteboards & Computer Tech Resources



Virtual Lab

Where a lack of resources rules out well-equipped laboratories, virtual labs can fill the void, providing opportunities for student experimentation that otherwise would not exist.



Featured Book: A Teaching Guide for The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel

This printable teaching guide for The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel brings out the book's themes through interdisciplinary activities.

By Susan Rowan Masters


Teachers.Net Community

Barb S. HS/MI
Apple Seeds
Ron/NJ
Today Is...
September Events
Live Chats


The Teachers.Net Newsdesk

The Lighter Side of Teaching

School Photos: September 2008




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