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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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    In Focus...
    The 11th Annual National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

    From: National Association for the Education of Young Children

    Early childhood education leaders...and emerging leaders
    Join us in Albuquerque and continue building the profession

    NAEYC’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

    June 9-12, 2002 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Exploring Differences -- Building Strengths Together

    At NAEYC’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, we’ll discuss new research and practices in early childhood development. At the same time, we’ll learn ways to share that information with colleagues, staff and the early childhood professionals we prepare and support. Come to Albuquerque and:

    • Learn to use the new NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation.
    • Design ways to prepare professionals to help young children and families in times of crisis and stress.
    • Develop culturally responsive relationships.
    • Analyze language, literacy, and mathematics practices in high-quality early education.
    • Build stronger partnerships between public schools and community-based programs.

    These are just a few examples of the issues we’ll discuss in dozens of presentations, sessions, networking opportunities, cluster groups and other settings. While working with colleagues from around the nation to expand our professional development, we’ll also increase our understanding of and respect for differences -- in culture, language, experience and ideas. As leaders and colleagues, we will work together to ensure that our diversity becomes the foundation for better educational opportunities for young children, and new strengths in our profession.

    The 2002 National Institute is a unique opportunity to strengthen your capacities as a leader, and as a mentor to the next generation of early childhood educators. For detailed program and registration information, visit


    In Focus...
    International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2002)
    3-6 December 2002
    Auckland, New Zealand

    From: Julie Lyons, Conference Secretary

    Organised by AACE-APC
    Sponsored by College of Business, Massey University, New Zealand

    Important dates:

    Friday 5 April 2002: All types of submissions
    Friday 17 May 2002: Review result notification
    Friday 2 August 2002: Final version papers due

    The International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) series aims to foster the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in education throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Since 1995 the ICCE series has been organized by the Asia-Pacific Chapter of AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education). Subsequent ICCEs have been held in different Asian countries - Singapore (1995), Malaysia (1997, held annually ever since), China (1998), Japan (1999), Taiwan (2000) and Korea (2001). ICCE 2002 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Through ICCE 2002, New Zealand hopes to contribute enormously to the valuable experience of the ICCEs and hence to reinforce all the efforts to collaborate for the successful building of the new paradigm of education in the information society. Every effort will be made to make this a truly professional worldwide conference providing opportunities for discussion and dissemination of pertinent information in computers and education internationally. We invite you to ICCE 2002 New Zealand where you can view the 21st century through sharing ideas and prospects.

    Conference theme

    Learning communities on the Internet - Pedagogy in implementation

    Some years ago there was a movement in education towards learning alongside peers. The recent increase in accessibility to networks, whether global or local, has provided an enormous impetus to practice and research in which learners study and work together. However, many questions on the effectiveness and efficiency of such learning environments remain unanswered or at least have little empirical or theoretical evidence to provide beyond intuitive responses:

    • learners naturally have many misconceptions; would peer learning simply spread such misconceptions?
    • learning is personal; why should a colearner give better help than a professional tutor?
    • Internet resources are general; don't learners need resources designed to meet their specific needs?
    • learners' culture leads them to expect to be taught; why should they have to work more?
    • tutors' culture leads them to expect to teach; why should they change that role?
    • and many more...

    ICCE 2002 invites submissions with a good theoretical base or formalism that present new, yet unpublished, solid achievements based on experiments, that come to answer concretely one or more of the questions above or can point to possible answers. Survey papers are also accepted, if they are well documented, make a contribution to the field, and reveal new aspects and perspectives, as well as future directions.

    Topics of Interest

    The topics of interest related to the conference theme include but are not limited to:

    • Agents technology
    • Application of instructional design theories
    • Architecture of learning technology systems
    • Authoring tools
    • Best mix of face-to-face and e-interactions
    • Cognition and conceptual change
    • Collaborative learning/Groupware/Co-operative learning
    • Computer mediated communication
    • Country specific developments
    • Design principles
    • Distributed learning
    • Evaluation of impact
    • Evaluation of learning systems
    • Implementation experiences
    • Instructor networking
    • Integrated learning environments
    • Inter-and Intranet use in conventional universities
    • Internet based systems
    • Methodologies for system design
    • Networked social learning
    • Policies, ethics, standards, and legal issues
    • Research perspectives
    • Teaching/learning strategies
    • Tutor role in virtual communities
    • Virtual lab/classroom/school
    • Virtual universities
    • WWW-based learning resources/tools


    Submissions are invited in following categories:

    • Full Papers
    • Short Papers
    • Posters
    • Tutorials
    • Workshops
    • Doctoral Student Consortium

    Details of submission procedure are available at:

    Contact information

    Julie Lyons
    Conference Secretary
    Department of Information Systems
    Massey University
    Private Bag 11 222
    Palmerston North
    New Zealand
    Telephone: 64 6 350 5233
    Facsimile: 64 6 350 5725