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Volume 3 Number 8

Harry & Rosemary Wong remind us that, "An induction program is an organized, sustained, multiyear process with many activities designed to help you succeed...."
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Harry & Rosemary Wong:

How To Start School Successfully

A First Day of School Action Plan

Imagine starting the first day of school with a specific action plan. So often we hear from people who tell us that their college classes in education offered nothing practical, concrete, or applicable...

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& Sue Gruber:

Smart Starts for the Best School Year Ever

Hopefully you've been sleeping late and moving slowly the last month or two! It's jarring to go from a relaxed vacation mode into the frenzy of setting up your classroom for the new school year! Here's an easy way to get into gear!...

Dr. Marvin Marshall:

Use the Language You Want Learned

As you plan your communications for the new school year, consider using the term RESPONSIBILITIES, rather than RULES
THE TERM, "RULES," SHOULD BE REPLACEDRules are necessary in games, but in relationships rules are counterproductive...

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Cheryl Sigmon:

The Perfect Guided Reading Lesson

In my upper grade seminars I've been giving a handout of a lesson developed by a teacher who truly understands what Guided Reading Block is all about. There are several impressive things about her lesson...

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Beth Bruno:

Matching Programs with Student Needs

There is no one "right" answer for educating all students; there are as many "right" answers as there are individual learners...

Ginny Hoover:
Ginny's Back to School List of 10

As the new year begins, here is my list of 10...

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Leslie Bowman &
George París Conway:

Tips For Facilitating Online Discussions

Online discussions, just as discussions in traditional classrooms, often take on a life of their own. Instructors must maintain the flexibility to "go with the flow" as long as the new direction is relevant to the topic or course objectives...

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Marjan Glavac:

Back to School

Here are five back to school sites for teachers...

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Also in this issue:

Preparing for the First Day of School by Jan Zeiger
Classroom Discipline Forum Will Support New and Veteran Educators by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Six Traits of Writing Forum by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Ideas for Welcoming Teachers & Students Back to School by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Classroom Rules??? by Bill Page
Learning Your Students' Names: Fun, Fast, Easy and Important by Bill Page
Making 2002-2003 The Best Year Ever by Bill Page
Your Summer Reading List: The Process of Change in a School System by Dr. Rob Reilly
Beware of the Standards, Not Just the Tests by Alfie Kohn
The Importance of Reading Aloud by Lisa Frase
Dear Old Golden Rule Days, Chapter 2 - Creative Activities by Janet Farquhar
Objection overruled, or You can always go to law school if things don't work out by Taylor Mali
Dealing with Dishonesty by Tom Lucey
The Maiden Week by P R Guruprasad
Is Learning to Read Easier Than Learning to Play the Piano? by Grace Vyduna-Haskins
School was GREAT today because... by Linda Todd
The New Teacher and Coping With Special Needs Students in the Classroom by Dave Melanson
Learning About Community Service by Jay Davidson
Book Reviews - We Can Work It Out: Creating Peace in the Home & Songs for Howard Gray by Susan Gingras Fitzell
Summer Recess by Joy Jones
Tips On Time Management by Jan
Class Books Around the Year Compiled by Terry
Literacy Centers Organization by Catherine Thornton
Why the Center Approach? from The Mentor Center
Classroom Teachers' Management Tips (Part II) from the Chatboards
Why Teach? by Lynda L. Hinkle
4 Blocks Literacy Tips: Storing "Making Words" Materials from: The Mentor Center
How to Encourage Substitute Teachers to Return to Your School by Lucy, Substitute Teacher
Teaching Students To Discuss Controversial Public Issues from: ERIC Clearinghouse