|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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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, M.A.
Barbara Gruber Courses for K-6 Teachers
Regular contributor to the Gazette
August 1, 2008
There’s no doubt about it—the beginning of a new school year is exciting but can leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted! Do the laid back days of summer seem like a distant memory? Are you already in overload mode? Take a moment to sit back, relax and regain that summertime glow. Here are my favorite tips to stay upbeat, positive, and energized all year long!
Relax your standards a bit.
Choose your level of involvement!
Make a "To Do List" at the end of each day and leave it on your desk.
Start each school day by glancing at your "To Do List." Instantly, you’ll know right where you left off and be focused on the most important things that need to be done right away. Do you love the feeling of crossing things off your list as they are accomplished? Make sure to always put a few "easy" things on your list to tackle first! Don’t let your "to do list" make you feel pressured. You probably won’t get everything crossed off your list every day and that’s perfectly okay. There’s only one thing to do on those days when nothing has been crossed off your list—make like Scarlet O’Hara and declare that "After all, tomorrow is another day!"
Make a set of Parent Communication Folders.
Allow time everyday for some peace and quiet.
Reclaim your weekends!
Keep parents educated and informed.
Classroom News ~ Week of __________
Grade 1 ~ Ms. Smiley
There are thirty-six weeks in the school year. Run off the generic formats and each Monday simply fill in the date and get that week’s newsletter going! Why not pop a copy of the newsletter in your administrator’s mailbox each week? Be your own public relations expert and spread the word about what’s happening in your classroom. Good publicity helps you, your students and your school!
Surround yourself with positive people.
Get ready to roll with the demands of a new school year.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
It’s mostly small stuff.
Optimists look at every situation and know they can figure out how to make it work or make it better. Get in the happy habit of being an optimist! Know that you can make things work out for the best!
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Each August signals a fresh beginning for teachers and students! It’s an exciting time and a busy time of the school year. How lucky we are to have a fresh start each year! Choose a positive mindset and make this year your best one yet! Here’s to a wonderful school year!
Best wishes ~
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