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Volume 4 Number 4

No matter how many hundred of millions of dollars are spent, school reform initiatives will continue to produce unsatisfying results until we unflinchingly address the critical problem of teacher quality.
We're Still Leaving the Teachers Behind...
April Columns
April Articles
April Regular Features
April Informational Items
Gazette Home Delivery:

That's My Job! Promoting Responsibility in the Preschool Classroom
by Mary E. Maurer

Samantha bounced into the classroom, and after a quick "hi," headed for the job board. Her smile faded when she didn't find her name. Then she seriously studied the class list posted next to the board. She found the last name on the job board and counted the names between it and her own. Then she slowly and methodically counted again and calculated on her fingers. The smile returned. "Three more days!" she shouted triumphantly. "Three more days and I get to be door holder!"...

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War Impacts Preschool Students -
Current events and behavior changes

from the Teachers.Net Early Childhood Chatboard

I have been wondering if any of you have observed differences in your children's behavior in the past week? I teach at a school where the children are military dependents (4/5 year olds) and I have a class of 25 that is predominately male...

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An Art Historian on Children in the Museum
by Erick Wilberding

An art historian by training, for the past eight years I have taught art history at Marymount International School in Rome, and I regularly take groups of middle school and high school students into the city to tour the monuments and museums. In this time I have learned several helpful tips about taking students to museums that I would like to pass on...

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How To Use Anchoring for Accelerated Learning
by Stelios Perdios

Anchoring is a powerful NLP technique for ensuring access to our greatest personal resources. Anchoring means creating an association of ideas, feelings, thoughts or states with a specific stimulus...

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Direction for Teachers of Creative Writing
by Dan Lukiv

In the hermeneutic phenomenological tradition, I explored through interviews this research question: What, if any, experiences in school encouraged one person to become an adult creative writer?...

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We're Still Leaving the Teachers Behind

Clearly, change is necessary. Successful education reform depends on transforming teaching from an isolated, freelance culture into an open, collaborative culture that fosters professional excellence and accountability...

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Bill Page
Bureaucrat's Field of Dreams: If You Test Them They Will Learn -
A Rousing, Rip-Roaring,Raving Rant

Teachers will tolerate incredible abuse of themselves; but, they will not tolerate their students being systematically, deliberately and inhumanely abused in the name of standards, research, assessment or the state "alphabet soup" of high-stakes tests, accountability, or anything else imaginable...

Kathleen Carpenter
Editor's epicks for April

Over 30 links to valuable resources located throughout Teachers.Net and elsewhere.

  • From the Archives
  • From the Teachers.Net Lessons Bank
  • Teachers.Net Resources
  • Other Helpful Sites

and much more...

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Catherine Schandl

TEAPOT Word Game -
What Every Teacher Should Know!

I have always been fascinated by old, worn books so it was nothing out of the ordinary that, some years ago in the teacher's room of the ESL school where I was teaching, I noticed such a book. It was nestled between two glossy grammar books on the bookcase of the teacher's room and what first caught by eye was that the cover was missing. That meant that someone -- or many people -- had used it a great deal!...

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Niu Qiang, PhD & Martin Wolff, J.D. , Editor

China ESL -
An Industry Run Amuck?

In 1862, under the Great Qing Dynasty, the first English Language School was officially opened by the Chinese Government to train ten men for the newly created diplomatic corps...

Mechele Ussery
Egg Hatching
A PowerPoint Presentation

From eggs to chicks, a pictorial journey...

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From The Teachers.Net Chatboard
Tutorial - High Frequency Words
(for students who struggle)

I have a 3rd grade student who cannot read sight words from a preprimer list. I know about sight word bingo and things like that. Any other ideas besides drilling over and over again? ...

Lisa Indiana 2-3
Vocabulary Activities

Tap Lights, Inside/Outside Circles, & Quick Draw...

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Also in this issue:
The Effective Substitute Teacher Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Approaches of Outstanding Teachers Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
Considering a Reading Basal Series? 4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Living La Vida Reading: Great Picture Book Biographies Postcard from Planet Esme - News from the world of children's books by Esmé Codell
10 Ways to Actively Involve Every Reader Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Teachers: Want to Learn? Then Learn to Risk! Teachers As Learners by Hal Portner
Getting Started on Your eBook eBook Authoring by Glenn F. Dietzel
Effects of Red Food Dye on Children Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Two Lists of Ten - Giving Directions for Lengthy Assignments and Preparing for Everyday Instruction The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
I Retired From 'Teaching' Back in 2009 and Now I'm Back! - Reporting from the future Ed-Tech Talk by Dr. Rob Reilly
English As a Second Language (ESL) Sites The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Apple Seeds: Inspirational quotes by Barb Erickson
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Featured School
Classroom Photos by Members of the Teachers.Net Community
April Poem
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • Eat More Spinach by Goose
  • Classroom Chuckles
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Georgia's Head-tricks
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    April Calendar
    Pippi Longstocking Novel Study
    Math Fact House
    0 - 15 Numberline
    Contraction Strips
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Is it because I'm a first-born, or because I'm a teacher? (School Supply Junkie) by cougar
    "The Human Body" Lessons & Activities from a Teachers.Net Mailring
    3rd Graders Publish Books for Doctors' Office, But Learn More from: Education Commission of the States
    Nominate Your Favorite Teacher for the Seventh Annual 2003 Chadwick's of Boston National Teacher of the Year Award from: Chadwick's of Boston
    Comforting Children About Parents' Military Service from: Association for Childhood Education International