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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
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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

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This month's offerings;
April Calendar
Pippi Longstocking Novel Study
Math Fact House
0 - 15 Numberline
Contraction Strips...

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Barb Erickson

Apple Seeds for March

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
~ Sally Berger...

I want to work with the top people, because only they have the courage and the confidence and the risk-seeking profile that you need.
~ Laurel Cutler...

Ron Victoria's
Today Is...

April is...
International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, National Anxiety Month, National Humor Month, National Welding Month, National Garden Month, and Uh-Huh Month

April 1 is ... One Cent Day
April 2 is ... National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day...

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Classroom Photos

This month:
photos of the 4th grade classroom of Sherri McWhorter
the Middle School classroom of David J. Holland...

Classroom Crafts

Islamic Foil Art
by Amenah Tehrani,
Muslim Community School, Potomac Maryland USA...

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Eat More Spinach

About a week ago, President Bush reached his breaking point and opened his can of spinach. However, there are some folks who don't believe that President Bush should have opened his spinach, folks who don't like his brand of spinach, and the spinach rights activists who totally oppose any use of spinach...


10. Inflatable doll in my likeness for faculty meetings.

9. Manure spreader for all the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND material I will receive for the next three years...

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Also in this issue:


  • Skyscraper

  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Georgia's Head-tricks

  • Is it because I'm a first-born, or because I'm a teacher?
    (School Supply Junkie)
  • "The Human Body" Lessons & Activities
  • PLUS

  • Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
  • April's Featured School
  • Upcoming Ed Conferences
  • Letters to the Editor
    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
    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