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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.4 April 2009

Cover Story by Alfie Kohn
When “21st-Century Schooling” Just Isn’t Good Enough: A Modest Proposal
Are we serious about educating students for the global competitive economy of the future?

Earth Day Special Article:
GE Project Plant-A-Bulb
Give the planet the gift of flowers for Earth Day....

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
The Tools for Success

»Actively Involve Every Reader—Ten Easy Ideas! Sue Gruber
»Motivating Children Leah Davies
»Multiple Working Hypotheses Todd R. Nelson
»Eliciting vs. Punishments Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
»Tattle Tales and Classroom Helpers Barbara Pressman
»Tips for Travel to France or Italy with Students Josette Bonafino
»Too Much Parent Involvement? Can It Be? Dorothy Rich
»Return to Sender & The Neon Necklace Rick Morris
»Be Your Own Mentor: Reflect Hal Portner

»Getting Your Students' Work Published Alan Haskvitz
»At Risk Students: Victims of Miseducation and Failure Bill Page
»Teachers – Healing Broken Lives Graysen Walles
»Get Smart! Doodle! Tim Newlin
»A Dozen Ways to Build a Caring Classroom Community Susan Fitzell
»April 2009 Writing Prompts James Wayne
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VI Hank Kellner
»Quality in School Systems Panamalai R. Guruprasad
»Problems With 9th Grade Euclidian Geometry Stewart E. Brekke
»Multisensory/Kinesthetic Alphabet ActivitiesJeanine Horner

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
»Guided Reading in Kindergarten (printable)
»Printables - Happy Earth Day, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands, Portable Word Wall, Earth Day Every Day Award, Bringing Choices to Light, and April - May Calendar
»Photo Tour: 3rd Grade Classroom, Red Creek, NY
»Lessons, Activities, Theme ideas: Earth Day, Mother’s Day, Paul Revere, Spring, Easter, more!
»Featured Lesson: Outdoor Activities/Nature
»Meet Bill Martin Jr. and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Creative Quotes from Shakespeare, Massive Ant Colony Uncovered! AMAZING science!, Tim Hawkins - Cletus Take the Reel, Lovefield, and Dolphin Bubbles: An Amazing Behavior
»Live on Teachers.Net: April 2009
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers
»Wisdom for the pain? Why Did You Do It? Why Pursue National Board Certification?


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Cover Story by Alfie Kohn

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GE Plant-A-Bulb Helps Classrooms &
Teachers Save the Planet!
Resources | Discussion
GE Project Plant-A-Bulb Promotes Environmental Awareness, Brightens Landscapes With 100,000 Flower Bulbs

CLEVELAND (April 1, 2009) - GE Consumer & Industrial’s month-long Earth Day initiative, GE Project Plant-a-Bulb (, helps consumers consider the environmental and financial benefits of energy efficient lighting, while bringing the lasting beauty and positive effects of perennial flower bulbs to selected Midwestern landscapes in cities such as Cleveland and Chicago.

For every unique visitor to over the next 30 days, GE will plant a corresponding number of flower bulbs, up to 100,000 in total. The plantings will be conducted with the help of environmental and civic organizations. Visitors to the site will find coupons, streaming educational videos, energy lesson plans for teachers and an energy savings calculator that shows consumers how to cut wasteful spending on energy.

"Beautifying communities by planting bulbs and other flowers can have an affect that extends well beyond the obvious," says Matt McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. "Visually appealing public spaces have been proven to create an atmosphere that attracts visitors, improves business and commerce, increases surrounding property values, and enhances the quality-of-life for all area residents."

Simple change, big impact

"Our campaign is meant to be a catalyst for change," says Kathy Sterio, general manager of marketing, GE Consumer & Industrial. "We envision consumers everywhere having light bulb moments as they realize that one of the most simple ways to save money on energy is with GE-quality, ENERGY STAR-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs."

For example, replacing a standard 90-watt incandescent outdoor floodlight with a 26-watt GE Energy Smart® CFL outdoor floodlight can save up to $64 in energy costs over the life of the bulb (at $.10/kWh), while having less of an impact on the environment. "Imagine the benefits of changing 5, 10 or 15 incandescent bulbs in a house to CFLs," notes Sterio. "Now think about what it would mean if an entire street, neighborhood or city mirrored that change."

Through and multiple traditional and social media channels, GE Lighting Guy Brice Cooper will show consumers how to save money and curb energy consumption. Drawing on his experience as host and lead designer of an HGTV interior design program, he will also demonstrate how efficient lighting can be used to create and enhance moods in rooms throughout the home.

"We’re reaching consumers in some pretty novel ways through this awareness campaign," says Cooper. "At the end of the day, we want people to see how easy it can be to make a difference for the environment."

About GE Consumer & Industrial

GE Consumer & Industrial spans the globe as an industry leader in major appliances, lighting and integrated industrial equipment, systems and services. Providing solutions for commercial, industrial and residential use in more than 100 countries, GE Consumer & Industrial uses innovative technologies and ecomaginationSM, a GE initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that help customers and consumers meet pressing environmental challenges, to deliver comfort, convenience and electrical protection and control. General Electric (NYSE: GE), imagination at work, sells products under the Monogram®, Profile™, GE®, Hotpoint®, SmartWater™, Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Entellisys®, Tetra®, Vio™ and Immersion® commercial brands. For more information, consumers may visit

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