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Volume 2 Number 8

Harry & Rosemary Wong say, "Establishing clear and precise classroom procedures and practicing, practicing, practicing them is the same in concept as to why sport teams drill and choirs rehearse." This month the Wongs offer more examples of successful classroom management....
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
From Here to There by Ginny Hoover
Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators)
Around the Block by Cheryl Ristow
The Do's and Don'ts of Read-Aloud
Teaching Gayle to Read
Thoughts About Giving
Matthew's Sunshine
Reflections following September 11, 2001
Teachers Are 100% Full Time Workers and Even More
Funding the Season
Forms of Expression, Interview with an Artist
Humor from the Classroom
Handy Recipes
Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
New in the Lesson Bank
Upcoming Ed Conferences
Letters to the Editor
Call For Participation
New Sagan Center
The League Gives Poetic License to Canada's Young Writers
Creativity Workshop: Writing, Drawing, Storytelling, and Personal Memoir
Gazette Home Delivery:

Writing in the Primary Grades...
by Ginny Hoover
There are several good teaching strategies, and a combination of the four to be discussed is desirable. Each strategy has a different level of dependence/

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Lesson Planning Sites Part 3...
by Marjan Glavac
Here are five websites to help Busy Educators with their lesson planning....

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Teaching Gayle to Read...
by Grace Vyduna-Haskins
I am passionate about the relationship between spelling and reading. My dissertation considered the historical aspects of this relationship....

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Thoughts About Giving...
by Jay Davidson
My perspective on giving got a complete turnaround a few weeks ago. I share it with you so that you can discuss it with your children....

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Reflections following September 11, 2001...
by Ines Taylor
I look around me and I see so many ordinary people doing extraordinary things....

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Matthew's Sunshine...
by Peggy Cramer
Five-year-old Matthew loved to draw trains, apple trees, friends and animals. As his journal pages accumulated, it became more obvious that he also had drawn a sun in every picture....

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Teachers Are 100% Full Time Workers and Even More...
by Dave Melanson
Premier Bernard Laundry and Education Minister Francois Legault had the nerve to call teachers "part time workers"....

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Harry & Rosemary Wong:
Van Gogh in Nine Hours

"This month, we have the privilege of featuring a brand new teacher, Beth Hamer, who is a school librarian and Jeanne Bayless, the muralist of giant proportions...Without fail, even the most challenged or challenging students will do well with classroom responsibilities when given clear directions and time to practice their duties. Students will succeed when they are provided with a consistent environment where simple, clear procedures are practiced and maintained....."
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Learning Climate
by Dr. Marvin Marshall
People want to feel they belong. They ordinarily will not congregate where they feel uncomfortable. In a classroom where the teacher and class have a forced relationship, the student who disrupts the class becomes a hero. The reason is that a coercive climate is an adversarial one. In a climate of positive relationships, the disrupting student does not receive support from the other students.... Full story
Are Journals a Part of Four Blocks?
by Cheryl Sigmon
"Journal," of course, has been among the buzzwords in education for the past ten years. Consequently, most teachers have felt the need to include "journaling" as a part of their classroom day. However, where Four Blocks is concerned, the answer to whether journals can or should be a part of the Four Blocks day isn't just a simple "yes" or "no." There are, to my way of thinking, three different types of journals.... Full story

The Do's and Don'ts of Read-Aloud
by Jim Trelease
  • Begin reading to children as soon as possible. The younger you start them, the easier and better it is.

  • Use Mother Goose rhymes and songs to stimulate an infant's language and listening. Simple black and white illustrations at first, and then boldly colored picture books arouse children's curiosity and visual sense.

  • With infants through toddlers, it is critically important to include in your readings those books that contain repetitions; as they mature, add predictable books....
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Professional Development In Your Pajamas?
by Leslie Bowman
sional develop-
ment is very different now. Not only have professional development models changed; the choices are more interesting and relevant than ever before. You can also take these courses via computer right in your own home. Here is just a very small sample of professional development courses that are available online.... Full story
Boundless Playgrounds
by Beth Bruno
For most children, an outing to a playground is an enjoyable experience, to run to the swings, hop on, be pushed or finally learn how to pump yourself. Then to soar to heights, feeling the cool breeze, imagining your feet can actually touch the sky...That is an experience for ninety percent of this country's children--for those not encumbered with braces or wheelchairs.... Full story

OK! I think we'll begin now!
by Cheryl Ristow
With these words, my
life as a teacher changed once again. On November 14th I gave my first presentation as a Professional Development provider for my school district in Southern California...I am probably the most unlikely person to ever consider doing anything like this... Teachers.Net has been such a positive force for change in my life....
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