August 2008
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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

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A Candles of Inspiration


A Candle of Inspiration for August, 2008

Sometimes we connect with former students through unusual means, and with touching results.
Posted by Jack/AR on the Teacher Chatboard
Regular Feature in the Gazette
August 1, 2008

I gave a bunk bed set and matching chest away today on in my area of Western Arkansas. Twenty-eight people responded to my post. The first choice decided against taking it. The next person turned out to be a former student of mine and he had no problem driving thirty miles to pick it up.

He just posted this thank you on Freecycle in response to the freebie: "Mr. J. has been the one teacher in my life that I have always looked up too. It has been almost 20 yrs since he was my schoolteacher. I was a mean kid, and he still took time to work with a kid like this. He is a true friend to me. I went to the hospital when his twins were born, and they are giants now (6 foot plus)!!!!!!! Thanks for the bunk beds. They are going to get a workout from my little two-year-old monkey want-to-be. Thank you again. Steve"

I thought that was very kind. It also is why I am not leaving my classroom to take the GT position. I think I can reach more kids - the kids who need my help - in the regular classroom.

Thanks to all who encouraged me when I was trying to make up my mind whether or not to take the job.

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