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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Marjan Glavac

The Busy Educator
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The Busy Educator's Monthly Five: August 2008

Speech, science & technology, wildlife and ESL – and MORE!
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
August 1, 2008
Each month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom", presents The Busy Educator's Monthly Five -- five websites for educators that are easy to read, simple to use and worthwhile to know.

Sign up for his free monthly Busy Educator’s Newsletter at:


Here’s a great place for all school-based speech-language pathologists and teachers (regular and special education) to exchange tips, techniques, and materials that improve communication skills in students. Features include interactive message boards on a wide variety of topics, such as: THIS WORKS FOR ME! (read and post great ideas, lesson plans, motivators, and more), HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (post favorite books, materials, software, websites, and conferences, etc, or ask about materials before you buy), TECH TIPS (tips for successful computing and use of assistive technology), HELP LINE (seek and give advice on sticky problems),HOT TOPICS (sound off on a different issue each month), MATERIALS EXCHANGE (download all kinds of great teacher/ therapist-made materials for your class or caseload), and SHARE A SMILE (anecdotes that remind us why we do what we do) and more.


FT Science and Technology Exploring is a creative award winning site that explores energy and basic science principles in nature and human technology. The articles are carefully researched, accurate, easy to understand, and in addition to providing good basic explanations, the creative thought provoking approach helps to generate an interest in science and technology.

There are sections on: photosynthesis and energy in nature; Super bugs which uses simple geometry and physics to reveal the truth about the so-called super feats of ants and fleas Know-it-all tortoise; Dr. Galapagos provides careful, humorous, and insightful answers to science questions, pages on whales and dolphins; a section on the taxonomy of cetaceans used by educators to introduce taxonomy to biology students and some very unique pages providing a unique perspective of engineering and technology.


Carl Rungius, one of America's finest wildlife artists, was fascinated with composition throughout his career. What can we learn from him about the art of composition? Introduce yourself to the animated principles of art, then create your own composition online and submit it to the Critique Gallery for review!


This site includes over a thousand links to education homepages and individual online lessons, all categorized for easy access. Student topics include listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary, writing, grammar, civics, and TOEFL/GED/SAT/Citizenship test preparation; teachers will find lesson prep, methods/materials, units, and main education/ESL resources. The reference desk includes links to other resources of interest to immigrants and teachers.


The National Geographic for Kids web site supports and extends the classroom magazine for children in grades 3-6. The site allows children to further explore topics and themes found in the magazine in a fun, safe, online environment. Visitors will find a host of interactive fun, facts and features such as engaging articles, quiz games, silly science movies, online adventures and scavenger hunts, contests, e-postcards, and more. The site also includes resources for educators, including a downloadable version of the teachers guide and web links for each feature article.

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"There are no boundaries for the journeys of the mind."

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About Marjan Glavac...

Marjan Glavac (BA, BEd, MA) is a professional speaker, teacher and author. He is a full time classroom teacher with 25 years teaching experience. He has taught and continues to teach students from the inner city, students with emotional/behavioral disorders, ESL, and IEP students. He is an international speaker and workshop presenter.

Marjan is the author of 3 books: The Busy Educator’s Guide To The World Wide Web 1st Edition, and 2nd Edition, and How To Make A Difference: Inspiring Students To Do Their Best, the creator of one of the Internet’s longest running free teacher monthly newsletters: The Busy Educator’s Newsletter (1998) and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom".

Since 1993, Marjan has been involved in dozens of telecommunications projects involving students from K-University on every continent of the world. His K-8 students have also participated in e-mail, travel buddy, research projects and polishing mirrors for the NASA Starshine project. He and his classes have been filmed by TVO and Global's Kids-TV; featured in all local media - newspapers, TV, radio, as well as nationally in Reader's Digest, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Today's Parent, Home and Educational Computing and internationally on WGN and NPR radio, websites and dozens of student newspapers worldwide.

Marjan is currently a gr.6 home room teacher at Wilfrid Jury Public School in London, Ontario, Canada where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information about Marjan Glavac, his books, keynotes, training and seminars, visit him at his site at

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