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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.8 August 2008

Cover Story by Alan Haskvitz
NCLB/Poor Teacher Training:
End of Gifted Education?
The most at risk students in the nation are the gifted. Here’s why.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
A Computer Teacher Shows the Way

»Tools for the Coming School YearCheryl Sigmon
»Get the Most Out of Being Mentored - Part 2:Take ResponsibilityHal Portner
»Get Set for the Best Year Yet!Sue Gruber
»UPDATE!! Hooray! I did it!Sue Gruber
»"Getting to Know Each Other"Activities, part 1Leah Davies
»School is a VerbTodd R. Nelson
»5 Classroom TipsMarvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman

»Who’s Cheating Whom? (Part 2)
»Responsibility Equals Participation
»The Classic Pirate
»August 2008 Writing Prompts
»UNESCO Survey Finds Underprivileged Children Also Disadvantaged in the Classroom
»Good Grades Are Nice – But Mastery is Better
»A Teaching Guide for Libby Bloom
»Brain Based Learning Chat Transcript with Dr. Daniel S. Janik
»Being Mentored Chat Transcript with Hal Portner
»6 Traits Writing chat
»Make the Call!
»High School Physics - "First" or "Last" - Must and Can Be Mathematical

»What would you do...
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»A Candle of Inspiration: August 2008
»School Photographs for August 2008
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: August 2008
»Video Bytes: Mathmaticious, Stand up for P.E.!, Becoming a teacher and More
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration for August 2008
»Live on Teachers.Net: August 2008
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
»Lighting a Spark About College
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Cover Story by Alan Haskvitz

Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong

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Harry & Rosemary Wong

A Computer Teacher
Shows the Way

Twenty years ago, Holland was at the end of his rope. He was feeling completely demoralized by the thought of dealing with yet another semester of uninterested, unmotivated, and unruly students.

Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers

Get Set for the Best Year Yet

Each August signals a fresh beginning for teachers and students. How lucky we are to have a fresh start each year! Here's how to choose a positive mindset and make this year your best one yet!

By Sue Gruber

Teaching Literacy

Tools for the Coming School Year

Tool kits for enhancing literacy instruction are easy to make, very inexpensive, but high impact! And your students will love using them!

By Cheryl Sigmon

Promoting Learning & Discipline

5 Classroom Tips

5 invaluable tips to get the new school year off to a good start with positive ways to establish effective classroom management!

By Dr. Marvin Marshall

School is a Verb

School has a powerful gravitational force that can run the universe. Let this year’s hunt for learning’s big game begin. Lights, Camera, Action!

By Todd Nelson

"Getting to Know Each Other"Activities, part 1

A collection of noncompetitive and entertaining activities that will help your new students bond with each other, and with you

By Leah Davies

Advice for Substitute Teachers
Dear Barbara - Advice For Subs

"How Should I Handle an Uncooperative Classroom Aide" and "How to get a full time job?"

By Barbara Pressman

The Busy Educator
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five

Speech, science & technology, wildlife and ESL, and MORE!

By Marjan Glavac


Clip Art Corner
The Classic Pirate

ARGHH! When real pirates plundered the Caribbean…

By Tim Newlin

Favorite Lessons
Featured Lessons for August

HOT resources for August! Olympics; China; Open House; Ice Cream, Watermelon!

Collective Wisdom
Lighting a Spark
About College

Motivating HS students to consider college, from the Teachers chatboard.

Teachers.Net Community

Candles of Inspiration
August Candles of Inspiration

Sometimes we connect with former students through unusual means, and with touching results.

Featured Book for August: Libby Bloom

Libby Bloom is a humorous beginning chapter book for grades 3 - 5 that keeps the reader smiling, even through the serious parts.

By Susan Rowan Masters

Teachers.Net Community

Barb S. HS/MI
Apple Seeds
Today Is...
July Events
Live Chats

The Teachers.Net Newsdesk

Teachers.Net Chatboard Poll

The Lighter Side of Teaching

Cover Story: Alan Haskvitz

NCLB/Poor Teacher Training:
End of Gifted Education?

A national survey by the Thomas B. Fordham organization found that some teachers don’t feel qualified to teach the gifted or driven to spend additional classroom time with them.


Who’s Cheating Whom? (Part 2)

Cheating by students might say more about the nature of the assignment than it does about the students.

By Alfie Kohn

Responsibility Equals Participation

Bill Page responds in text and video to the kafuffle caused by his July 2008 article, “When is Student Failure the Teacher's Fault?

By Bill Page

August 2008
Writing Prompts

Around the globe and all through history, there's a prompt of interest to everyone!

By J. Wayne

New UNESCO Survey Findings

Study highlights effect of social inequality on primary education systems and the challenge to provide all children with equal learning opportunities.

By Amy Otchet

Good Grades Are Nice - But Mastery is Better

Successful people don’t really worry about a grade; they are more concerned about what they are going to learn.

James Burns

Brain Based Learning Chat Transcript with Dr. Daniel S. Janik

An expert in the field of brain based education responds to questions about how to unlock the genius in every learner.

Being Mentored Chat Transcript with Hal Portner

A wealth of information about how to make the mentor - protégé relationship work effectively - the transcript of a live, professional development chat with author Hal Portner, including printable resources!

Six Traits Writing Chat

Every Monday during July & August, the Teachers.Net Meeting Room hosts informal peer support chat about 6 Traits Writing chat. Here's the transcript of the 7/7/08 - full of valuable resources, tips and pointers!

Make the Call!

Phone calls home to the families of your students: When? How? Why?

By Michael Olson

High School Physics - "First" or "Last" - Must and Can Be Mathematical

An argument for making any physics course, mathematical

By Stewart Brekke

Streaming Video
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Mathmaticious; Stand up for P.E.!; Becoming a teacher; Teaching Model: Hydraulic Toy Truck ; Lewis Black on Starbucks; Christian the lion

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