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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:

Also in this issue:

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

    The Teachers.Net Gazette is a cooperative publication by and for members of the Teachers.Net community. We accept for consideration brief articles (approximately 350-2500 words) on topics of interest to educators. Articles should be fully edited, spell checked, and ready for publication. Send submissions by e-mail to along with a brief biography written in third person. A digital photo (headshot) is desirable but optional. Teachers.Net reserves the right to edit articles accepted for publication.
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    Harry & Rosemary Wong
    The Effective Substitute Teacher

    On any given day, approximately 274,000 substitute teachers serve in this country's classrooms. By the time a student graduates from high school, that person will have spent the equivalent of a full year being taught by a substitute...

    Dr. Marvin Marshall
    Approaches of Outstanding Teachers

    Use a little reflection now. Ask yourself the following question:

    "If you were a student, would you want yourself as a teacher?"...

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    Cheryl M. Sigmon
    Considering a Reading Basal Series?

    Is purchasing a basal reading series the best use of a school's money? I'm going to hedge a bit with my answer because I think this is a question that is best answered by each individual school based on careful consideration of a number of issues. What I'll try to do is raise some of the issues that I believe schools need to consider as they make their decisions...

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    Esmé Codell

    Living La Vida Reading: Great Picture Book Biographies

    Biography is one shelf in the library that is really beginning to bow under the weight of great new contributions, not only applauding traditional historical figures but folks like creative artists and environmentalists who tread off the beaten track to make their mark...


    Sue Gruber

    10 Ways to Actively Involve Every Reader

    Start looking for opportunities to do more with your students instead of for your students. It's a win-win situation! You have more time to pursue a life beyond teaching and your students are actively involved!...

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    Hal Portner
    Teachers: Want to Learn? Then Learn to Risk!

    Learning implies change; change implies risk. This maxim places "teachers as learners" on the perplexing horns of a dilemma. After all, risk-taking can be foolish --- even harmful...

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    Glenn Dietzel
    Getting Started on Your eBook

    eBook authoring ideas are about possibilities… desires… goals… eBook authoring ideas are about dreams coming true for you!...

    Beth Bruno
    Effects of Red Food Dye on Children

    Our son, all of a sudden, started having terrible tantrums. When I talked to the pediatrician, he said, 'Boys will be boys.' Except our son wasn't like that. He was always very mellow, very loving. As he grew older, teachers reported behavior problems and suggested that we get him tested for ADHD...

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    Ginny Hoover
    Two Lists of Ten -
    Giving Directions for Lengthy Assignments
    & Preparing for Everyday Instruction

    Getting students ready to do a lengthy project/assignment can be a challenge. The following are guidelines that may prove helpful...

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    Dr. Rob Reilly
    I Retired From 'Teaching' Back in 2009 and Now I'm Back! -
    Reporting from the future

    Here I am in sunny Florida enjoying life in 2019; the second decade of the 21st Century. I still stay 'connected' to the Internet...

    Marjan Glavac

    English As a Second Language (ESL) Sites

    Each month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher and author, presents five websites for educators...

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    Also in this issue:
    We're Still Leaving the Teachers Behind by Vivian Troen & Katherine C. Boles
    Bureaucrat's Field of Dreams: If You Test Them They Will Learn -- A Rousing, Rip-Roaring,Raving Rant by Bill Page
    That's My Job! Promoting Responsibility in the Preschool Classroom by Mary E. Maurer
    War Impacts Preschool Students -- Current events and behavior changes from the Teachers.Net Early Childhood Chatboard
    TEAPOT Word Game - What Every Teacher Should Know! by Catherine Schandl
    How To Use Anchoring for Accelerated Learning by Stelios Perdios
    An Art Historian on Children in the Museum by Erick Wilberding
    China ESL, An Industry Run Amuck? by Niu Qiang & Martin Wolff
    Editor's epicks for April by Kathleen Alape Carpenter
    Egg Hatching - A PowerPoint Presentation by Mechele Ussery
    Direction for Teachers of Creative Writing by Dan Lukiv
    Tutorial - High Frequency Words (for students who struggle) from the Teachers.Net Chatboard
    Vocabulary Activities by Lisa Indiana 2-3