April 2009
Vol 6 No 4

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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

Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong

Contributors this month: Alfie Kohn, Graysen Walles, Hal Portner, Sue Gruber, Leah Davies, Todd R. Nelson, Marvin Marshall, Marjan Glavac, Barbara Pressman, Josette Bonafino, Rick Morris, Bill Page, Tim Newlin, Susan Fitzell, Alan Haskvitz, James Wayne, Hank Kellner, Dorothy Rich, Barb Stutesman, Ron Victoria, Stewart E. Brekke, Panamalai R. Guruprasad, Jeanine Horner, Marie Smith, Carol Goodrow, Jennifer Goldstein, and YENDOR.

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Teacher-bloggers share their interests and display their various skills and hobbies!
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New Feature in the Gazette
April 1, 2008

Katney's Kaboodle
My interests, travels, and activities. One of my interests, since I retired from teaching, has been photography, so you will see a lot of images here, and good ones, if I do say so myself.

Yakima Valley Daily Photo One photo a day sharing my local area. Yakima Valley Daily Photo is a member blog of the City Daily Photo group.

Ruby Stamper
Mainly papercrafting and rubberstamping. I have been involved in this hobby for nearly 14 years and have had several of my creations published on art magazines. Sometimes I post ideas on my blog that teachers could use in their classrooms.

Searching for Intelligent Life
Searching for Intelligent Life often profiles persons and subjects that are of interest to me, and may well be interesting to a variety of other folks as well. Teachers, even those not in classrooms, just keep on teaching and learning.

Peaceful Living
My blog is about Peaceful living and creating a great life.

Freedom to Eat
My weight-loss blog

Post Cards from the Northwest
My blog is photos and comments about the photos I take, mostly nature and things like that -- like a postcard.

Helena Harper's Blog
About my two poetry collections, why I write, kindness, who is family, unsung heroes, desire for peace, what we can learn from problems and difficulties etc. A high school teacher for 20 years, I have also written two collections of poetry: "It's a Teacher's Life...!" and "Family and More - Enemies or Friends?"

A Better Idea: ABI Grading
Teaching using an ABI grading policy based upon Corbett, Wilson, and Williams’ book, Effort and Excellence in Urban Classrooms: Expecting – and Getting – Success with all Students (2002)

A group of children’s writers celebrate books for young people and enriching our world through the power of narrative, connecting with teachers and librarians who have similar interests.
Lynn L. Caruso, Mary Douthitt, Mary Cronk Farrell, Kelly Milner Halls, Clair Rudolf Murphy, Meghan Nuttall Sayres

Jim Wayne: ideas and reflections
Jim Wayne
I'm a teacher and veteran of the Iraq war. I've set up a blog to discuss what I think our schools can learn from the military.
Chris Watson

Teach with Picture Books
My frequently updated blog features picture book recommendations, summaries, and cross-curricular extensions. Sites focusing upon teaching with picture books are also reviewed.
Keith Schoch

Out of the Classroom & Into the Library
This is a brand new blog for librarians and teachers, encouraging dialog between teachers and librarians about how they can work together to ease their workloads and to benefit their students. Library Musings is my more informal blog where I muse about books I’m reading, technology issues I’m facing, etc. I welcome an audience of fellow librarians and avid readers.
Debra W. Waugh

TPS Retiree Group
The TPS Retiree Group are retired primary level school employees. The blog is our public journal for news, recipes, recommended books, links of interest, photos. We invite you to read our posts, make comments, and explore some of the links at the bottom of the blog.
Susan Downs

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