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Over 500 Teacher Webpages on Teachers.Net Webring...
The Teachers.Net Webring (http://teachers.net/webring/ ) has passed the 500 mark! Late in February the 500th teacher joined what has become one of the largest and busiest webrings for teachers on the Internet. A webring links sites with common goals or features, enabling readers to jump from one to another with a simple click of the mouse.

Valerie Simeone, a teacher of third grade, graduate school student, mother and spouse, volunteers her time to administer the webring with enthusiasm in spite of her busy schedule. "Even though the job takes time from my weekends, I love doing it because I'm very impressed by the quality of work so many teachers put into their web sites. And every site is unique! You can travel from one to another and never see the same information twice."

In order to qualify for inclusion in this vibrant group, web sites must be non-commercial in nature, offering information helpful and interesting to other teachers. While some teachers use their sites to post links and information about helpful resources on and off the Internet, others use them to showcase their classroom and school activities. Simeone's web site is representative of those who combine purposes by presenting information of use to her students, their families, and other educators.

To the accompaniment of an electronic version of "Let There Be Peace on Earth," Mrs. Simeone's students can access the "Homework Page" for their spelling words, consult the calendar of school events, and check on the classroom pet, a Cuban tree frog. Students' families are offered a collection of links to resources as diverse as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Craft Idea Box, Seussville University, and The Yuckiest Site on the Internet.

Clicking over to the Teacher Resource page reveals a collection of clickable links to thematic units, professional resources, and even Teacher Humor.

Jump onto the Teachers.Net webring at http://teachers.net/webring/ and get lost in an impressive corner of the Internet, where teachers demonstrate a level of dedication that may surprise those outside the profession. As Valerie Simeone observes, "It's very inspiring to see how much of their own time teachers put into 'extras' like these impressive web sites for the benefit of their students and colleagues."

For more information about the Teachers.Net webring, write to valerie @ teachers.net.

 

What's New at Teachers.Net...
by Bob Reap

Teachers.Net Announces U.K. Teachers.Net!
Teachers.Net this month unveils our newest regional affiliate website - introducing U.K. Teachers.Net! The U.K. Teachers.Net is dedicated exclusively to teachers in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and provides network tools and mailring resources for UK teachers 24 hours a day. U.K. teachers - bookmark and tell your colleagues about the U.K. Teachers.Net, and help make our latest reoucres your number one resource for local teacher support!

Teachers.Net Adds Dr. Marvin Marshall to Esteemed Gazette Regular Columnists!
Teachers.Net is thrilled to announce that Dr. Marvin Marshall (Discipline Without Stress, Punishments, or Rewards) has joined our staff as a regular guest columnist. Dr. Marshall is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities in classroom discipline. Dr. Marshall will be authoring a new monthly column in the Gazette called Promoting Learning and will be accepting questions from our readers on issues related to classroom discipline challenges and approaches. Be sure to check in each month for the great advice that has made Dr. Marshall a guru in the field of classroom disipline!

Upcoming Featured Speakers and Workshops
Thursday August 31 - School Administrators Chat. Join Teachers.Net for a live School Administrators Chat in the Teachers.Net Meeting Room on Thursday, August 31, 9pmE. Teachers.Net features exclusive networking and support resources for the K12 administrators, including the Teachers.Net Administrators Mailring and Administrators.Net, the website dedicated exclusively to K12 school administrative personnel. Join the community of K12 administrators who plug into Teachers.Net and Administrators.Net daily, and let our focused resources help make your job easier and more rewarding! Join us Thursday evening August 31 at 9pm Eastern time in the Teachers.Net Meeting Room and meet some of the brightest and most friendly K12 administrators around the world!
 
Other live events this month include weekly EC/Primary Chats every Tuesday at 9pm Eastern, Spanish Chats with Rosalie Sunday evenings, weekly NBPTS Chats (National Board of Professional Teaching Standards), chats for Reading Recovery teachers, substitute teachers, GATE teachers, early childhood/primary teachers, and a special mentored chat on August 30 just for teachers who are in multiage classrooms!
Click here for complete schedule of live meetings this month.

New Release - Politics Chatboard & Current Events Chatboard
Announcing the latest addition to the Teachers.Net teacher network - the Politics Chatboard & Current Events Chatboard. Keep up with current happenings and news in the world of politics and local and international events - bookmark the Politics & Current Events Chatboards and visit and contribute often.

Send Us Your Stories and Photographs!
Teachers.Net is actively soliciting stories, photos, and articles from teachers everywhere. Teachers, now's your chance to get your name in the Teachers.Net Gazette, and help support the only on-line publication by teachers, for teachers. Send original stories and articles, press releases, image and video files, and other items of interest to our community to Bob Reap at editor@teachers.net.

New Release - Teachers.Net Golden Apples Chatboard
Teachers.Net is excited to announce our newest chatboard resource, dedicated exclusively to the seasoned teacher. Introducing the Golden Apples Chatboard, a chatboard for teachers over or approaching age 50. Teachers.Net has a proud tradition of developing new resources in response to our users' desires, and the Golden Apples Chatboard is no exceptioon. The "Golden Apples" was a concept started by a number of experienced teachers on Teachers.Net who share a unique and well-developed perspective on the field of teaching. You can enjoy this interesting group's wry wit and interesting anecdotes, visit and bookmark the Golden Apples Chatboard today!

Soliciting Letters to the Editor!
Teachers.Net wants to hear your thoughts about vouchers, homeschooling, gun safety, educational legislation, politics, and more. Every month Teachers.Net provides space for you, our teachers, to express your ideas and feelings about the current state of education in your community or around the world. Visit and bookmark our Letters to the Editor section, and contribute your thoughts each month. Help push the dialog and be a positive force for change!

New - ASL/Sign Language Mailring
Teachers.Net announces a new mailring exclusively for American Sign Language and related sign languages. Whether you are teaching ASL or sign or just using it to communicate with hearing-impaired students and educators, the ASL/Sign Mailring is your connection to a global network of other educators exploring and utilizing these languages. The ASL/Sign Mailring is the latest addition to the Teacghers,.Net language Center. Subscribing is a snap - just visit the Teachers.Net Mailrings Page, select the ASL/Sign Mailring, supply your email address, and full mailring instructions will arrive by email.

Coming Soon
Stay tuned to Teachers.Net for some exciting additions in the weeks ahead. New additions to the Gazette include plans for more interactive content, including hot-topic chatboards and polls, classroom software and products reviews, best of the Web guides, and much more. Subscribe to the Gazette Mailring and tune in each month for the latest word from Teachers.Net. If you'd like to write an article or regular column for the Gazette, email us at editor@teachers.net.

 

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