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Volume 3 Number 4

Harry & Rosemary Wong remind us, "Leaders lead and they lead by caring enough about the success of their teachers that they will roll up their sleeves and model instructional leadership."...
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
Visual Impairments by Dave Melanson
Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Reflecting Upon Read Across America
Earth Day Compilation
The World in Lights
Take a Seat at the Bottom of the Class
Starting Children on Science
Tips for teachers being bullied!
Mr. Choose-A-Chart
Teaching Perseverance Through Adversity-A History Lesson
It's An Early Spring!
Memo to Staff: Our Computer System Crashed-We Have No 'Backups'-You're Not Getting Paid for a Month!
Keep Your Online Community Alive!
Curricular Science the 'Curry' way!
Geography Awareness
Principal of the Year Ray Mellberg
eBook Technology
Respect Means...
Creative Uses for Digital Cameras in the Classroom
Teaching Gayle to Read (Part 4)
Young Lawyers Ementoring Magnet Students
The Welcome Mat of a High School On-Line Community
Plato Lives...
The Asphalt Classroom
26 Teaching Tips for the Dog Days
Using Storytelling in the Classroom
Recapturing the Courage to Teach
To Leave No Child Behind
If you say you CAN'T, it means you WON'T
Something Nice a Student Did Yesterday...
When Your Child Comes Home Messy
Praise vs. Encouragement
People Don't Play...
Apple Seeds
Special Days This Month
Poem - Song of a Second April
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Culprit Management
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    "Why Do We Have Night" from the Lesson Bank
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    The School Web Page: A Vehicle for Innovation
    Eighth Emerson Prizes Awarded in Boston
    Student Nanoexperiments Will Help Future Astronauts on Mars
    The 11th Annual National Institute for Early Childhood Professional
    International Conference on Computers in Education
    SESSIONS ANNOUNCED: Congress in the Classroom 2002
    Teacher Network United States Mint
    DEADLINE: Civic Education Grants
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    Picasso Faces

    Project: Portraits using abstract art in the style of Picasso's painting, The Girl Before the Mirror.

    Objective: Abstract art

    Definition: Art that departs significantly from natural appearances. Forms are modified or changed to varying degrees in order to emphasize certain qualities or content. Recognizable references to original appearances may be slight. Artforms 5th edition, Duane and Sarah Preble

    Medium: Oil Pastels


    • 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of black construction paper
    • Oil Pastels
    • White crayon

    Background: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) one of the greatest artists of our century used many different styles in his work. This lesson introduces his abstract work.

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    Procedure: The students are shown Picasso's painting, The Girl Before the Mirror. The students are directed to the faces in the painting and to see how Picasso changed the faces from natural looking faces to abstract faces. The teacher then demonstrates the lesson by following these step by step instructions.

    1. Draw a circle for a face, using a white crayon.
    2. Draw a profile down the face.
    3. Draw the front view of an eye and a side view of an eye. You can place one eye in a different place.
    4. Draw the mouth.
    5. Make crazy hairstyles. Draw each hair.
    6. Outline every single line with a black pastel.
    7. Color all parts. Color each side a different color.
    Barb Gilman

    Junk Sculpture

    Every year for Earth Day, I have my grade two students save their "garbage" and bring it to school. The directions are to bring in CLEAN, LIGHTWEIGHT items that would normally be thrown in the garbage. Then on Earth Day we use a hot glue gun and make a "Junk Sculpture." We talk about how we reuse and recycle things to help conserve our resources. The kids have made some wonderful sculptures.

    Nancy Mead

    Egg Swap Art

    I have an egg shape on a piece of 8 1\2 by 11 paper. The egg is divided into 4 parts by 3 wavy lines going across. Each part is numbered 1, 2, 3, or 4, going down from the top (Just a small number, but in marker so the decorating doesn't cover it up). I have the kids decorate the egg with crayons, craypas, or colored chalk, any way they want. I encourage designs, not pictures, and in bright colors. When they are done, they cut the egg into 4 parts, on the wavy lines. They keep their own top piece (number 1). The others go into bags corresponding with the need 3 bags in front of the room. They each pick a new part that someone else made from each bag. Then they glue the egg back together on another piece of paper, with their piece on the top, and each piece below coming from some one else. We cut these out and put them on a bulletin board for Easter.

    I have also done this with one LARGE egg, dividing it into strips of paper, so each student gets one piece. They decorate their strip, and then I glue them back together, in order, onto another large piece of paper. This makes one big, colorful egg. (Be sure to number them though or you will have quite the puzzle to solve! And make sure they decorate the numbered side...backwards pieces just don't fit.)

    Posted on the second grade mailring by Cindy

    Tooth Writing/Craft Project

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    During dental health month, we read about dental health in our health book. For an assessment I had the kids write a paragraph about "What I know about Healthy Teeth", "How to Have Healthy Teeth" or "Why it is Important to Have Healthy Teeth". I had them write a rough draft, then edit it and then do a final. For their final, the idea came to me to have them cut their paper in the shape of a tooth. Then a student suggested that we make a big mouth to put the teeth in. So while they were writing I got some red bulletin board paper and cut out huge lips and we put our "teeth" paragraphs in them and hung them in the hall. It is soooo cute! Just wanted to share.

    Sherri McWhorter on the Third Grade Mailring
    Student Made Flag

    Supplies Needed:

    • 1 white twin sized bed sheet
    • red, white and blue washable paint
    • a ruler
    • masking tape
    • a star shaped sponge
    • "handful" of kindergarten students


    1. Launder and dry sheet before starting.
    2. Use masking tape to make a large rectangle in the upper left hand side of the sheet.
    3. Paint blue paint inside the rectangle outline. Dry throughly before going on to the next step.
    4. Using masking tape, make seven lines on the sheet, spacing them evenly apart.
    5. Just above each masking tape line, have the students make red handprints for the stripes.
    6. When the stripes are dry, dip a star shaped sponge in white paint to add the 50 stars!

    Janet Bowland

    Moss Foundation

    The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education recognizes outstanding teachers who use the arts as a cornerstone for their innovative and effective approaches to teaching students with identified perceptual, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. A "Grand Award" of $2,000 with a matching amount to the school or program is awarded to the teacher who best evidences integration of the arts into educational programming for children with learning disabilities and other special needs. Two Prize Awards of $1,000 with matching amounts to the programs will be awarded. Grants of up to $1,000 may be granted to teachers who wish to enhance new, established, or evolving programs to integrate the arts. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2002.


    Here is a winter bulletin board idea from my grade three class.

    Students made cut and paste penguins from construction paper (traced lids for the circular heads and bodies). They then wrote cinquain poems about penguins which were then written on large paper snowballs. The penguins and cinquains were displayed on a bulletin board called PENQUAINS.

    Michael Moore
    Grade Three
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada