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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...
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
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Vocabulary Activities

Submitted by Lisa Indiana 2-3

  1. Tap Lights - We've been doing a little game for vocabulary with tap lights. We bought some of the tap lights (you can get them in sports shapes, stars, moons, etc.) and have students come up individually, in pairs, or in small groups. We give students a definition and the first one to recognize the word taps the light and gives the word. Of course you can also give the word and ask students to use it in a sentence. The kids enjoy doing this and get very excited.
  2. Inside/Outside Circles - Another good way to reinforce vocabulary. Students have cards with a word/definition. They form two circles, one inside the other, then turn and face one another. Teacher calls out "inside" or "outside" and that circle gives their partner the word (or the definition) and the partner has to come up with the definition (or the word). The circles then rotate/stop to make new matchings of pairs and you repeat the process. Students will practice the same word more than once. It's a blast!
  3. Quick Draw - Students fold a sheet of paper into sections, write a word in each section, and draw a picture to help them remember what the word means.

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