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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
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National Fashion Catalog Honors Outstanding Educators

WEST BRIDGEWATER, MA (November, 2001) - Chadwick's of Boston, the nation's first and largest off-price fashion catalog, has selected Deborah G. Thompson of Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama as the Chadwick's of Boston 2001 National Teacher of the Year. An independent panel of judges selected Deborah G. Thompson from thousands of nominations nationwide. Ms. Thompson had previously been chosen as one of the award program's four regional winners in September.

Deborah Thompson has been teaching High School English in Shelby County, Alabama for over twenty years. Ms. Thompson teaches English with a passion that is rarely encountered. She works tirelessly to provide her students with an exceptionally well-rounded and engaging educational experience. Her classes are well known for their unique activities such as a birthday celebration for William Shakespeare and trips to the Globe Theater in England. Ms. Thompson's students find her classes not only enjoyable but also very interesting. They find her wit and compassion contagious, and say, "she inspires them to do better."

Ms. Thompson also donates her time to numerous extracurricular activities including the National Honor Society, the High School Yearbook, and Cheerleading Squad. She is always available to her students whether they need extra help, letters of recommendation, or a friend. It is no wonder she is voted "Favorite Teacher at Thompson High School" year after year by the Senior Class. In short, Ms. Thompson is an enthusiastic, dedicated teacher who truly makes an impact on her students, as well as the community.

Ms. Thompson received more nomination letters than any other teacher in the Chadwick's of Boston 2001 Teacher of The Year contest. The nomination letters submitted on Ms. Thompson's behalf are a testament to the impact she has made on the lives of her students. In recognition of her years of dedication and contributions, Ms. Thompson will receive a $1,000.00 cash prize. Additionally, as a regional award winner, she received a preliminary $250.00 regional cash prize plus a $250.00 gift certificate from Chadwick's of Boston. As the Chadwick's of Boston National Teacher of the Year Winner she will also be featured in a future Chadwick's of Boston fashion catalog.

Chadwick's of Boston is also pleased to announce the 2001 Regional Winners in the Teacher of the Year Contest. The Central Region Winner is Julie Costello, a geography teacher at Agassiz Middle School in Fargo, ND. The Northern Region Winner is Barbara Riegel, a fourth grade teacher at Clarksville Elementary School in Clarksville, NY. The Western Region Winner is Nora Singleton, a first grade teacher at Highland Elementary School in Salem, OR. Deborah Thompson was the Eastern Region Winner.

The Chadwick's of Boston Teacher of the Year Award is open to all school teachers from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Anyone is eligible to nominate a teacher by writing a letter explaining how the teacher has positively impacted his or her community, school, classroom and or student(s).

"The 2001 Chadwick's of Boston Teacher of the Year Award received thousands of nominations this year from students, parents and peer educators," states Steve Goldberg, General Manager, Chadwick's of Boston. "Chadwick's of Boston is pleased to honor teachers who have made such a positive impact on their students, schools and communities. Teachers are the foundation of our society -- true role models and mentors for the generations to come. We are proud to honor these outstanding professionals."

Chadwick's of Boston supports the efforts and accomplishments of teachers nationwide. Located in West Bridgewater, MA, the company is the nation's first and largest off-price fashion catalog for women's apparel with an innovative website,

For a complete list of winners, write to (please send a self-addressed stamped envelope):

Chadwick's of Boston

Teacher of the Year Winners
c/o Leary & Co., Inc.
1253 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
From: Leslie Medalie, Debbie Weisberg, Erika Martineau
Leary & Co., Inc. Public Relations
(781) 455-8784, ext. 30
In Focus...
Creativity Workshop: Writing, Drawing, Storytelling, and Personal Memoir
by Karen Bell

We are all born creative, curious and imaginative but these qualities sometimes fade with the passage of time. The Creativity Workshop's goal is to help people get their imaginations back. Whether you are a writer, a business person, a teacher or an artist we can help you find and develop your particular way of expression and break through the fears associated with creation.

Creativity Workshop: General Information

This internationally renowned intensive workshop brings together people of all backgrounds, cultures, and interests to discover new and exciting tools for generating creativity and thinking and working in new and exciting ways by using creative writing, visual arts, and brainstorming techniques.

Process not Product

The Creativity Workshop is for anyone interested in expanding their creative potential. The workshop is attended by educators, artists, business executives, writers, lawyers, doctors, homemakers, advertising and design people--all with the common goal of experimenting with their imaginations and finding new ways to stimulate and expand their creative potential. Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel have developed a series of exercises designed to help participants develop and recognize their individual creative processes. Participants explore different artistic materials and mediums in order to discover their own unique ways of expression and to learn to break through the fears and distractions that inhibit creativity.

Tools for a Lifetime

The exercises used in the Creativity Workshop are intended to become the tools for a lifetime of creative expression. Participants are encouraged to draw from all kinds of resources of creativity -such as the oral tradition, dreams, childhood memories, sense perceptions and intuition. Working both individually and in collaborative groups, participants explore their imaginative potential through exercises in writing, drawing, collage, map making, story telling and guided visualization.


New York City December 8 - 9, 2001
2 day intensive weekend workshop
Saturday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM, Sunday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $300

New York City January 12 - 13, 2002
2 day weekend workshop:
Saturday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $300

New York City February 2 - 3, 2002
2 day weekend workshop:
Saturday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $300

New York City March 9 - 10, 2002
2 day weekend workshop:
Saturday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $300

New York City April 13 - 14, 2002
2 day weekend workshop:
Saturday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $300

New York City May 11 - 12, 2002
2 day weekend workshop:
Saturday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $300

New York City May 27 - 31, 2002
5 day workshop
Monday through Friday 4 to 7 PM
Tuition Fee: $600


Florence, Italy June 24 - July 5, 2002
10 day workshop
Tuition Fee: $1,000
(Special fellowships for Italian participants available)

Samos, Greece July 6 - 16, 2002
9 day workshop
Tuition Fee: $1,500 (includes accomodations)
(Special fellowships for Greek participants available)

Barcelona, Spain July 31 - August 10, 2002
9 day workshop
Tuition Fee: $950
(Special fellowships for Spanish participants available)

Paris, France August 11 - 21, 2002
9 day workshop
Tuition Fee: $950
(Special fellowships for French participants available)

The Creativity Workshop has been taught at:

  • International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Iowa, USA.
  • National Institute of Education at Singapore University, Singapore.
  • TheArt Alliance, New York, USA.
  • Yldiz University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Nerengi Institute, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Prima del Teatro (University of Pisa), San Miniato, Italy.
  • Scuola Drammatica San Remo, San Remo, Italy.
  • Academy of Drama and Film, Milan, Italy.
  • Prague Summer Writers Workshop, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Writing Beyond the Walls, Lucca, Italy.
  • Spoleto Arts Symposia, Spoleto, Italy.
  • United World College, Trieste, Italy.
  • Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
  • Australian National Playwright Conference, Canberra, Australia.
  • NSW Writers Workshop, Sydney, Australia.
  • Performance Studies Department, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hungarian Ethnic Artists Festival, Kisvarda, Hungary.
  • Art School of the Aegean, Samos, Greece.
  • Scuola Sagarana, Lucca, Italy, among others.

What people say about the Creativity Workshop

"The new millennium needs bold, creative men and women who can turn their dreams into reality... Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel show how you can do this through their challenging and inspiring creativity workshops...even a simple first contact will prove what these two talented teachers can do for your own gifts." Dr. Kirpal Singh, Writer, Professor, Singapore Management University.

"The Creativity Workshop in Spoleto has been a very special experience for me. It opened up new ways to look at my work and I found new friendships. I spent 15 fantastic days in an incredible place. Shelley and Alejandro are superb teachers!" Vera Eisenberg, painter, Argentina

"The Workshop was such a powerful experience for me, something I never expected nor would I ever be able to repeat it." Rolfe Werner, Engineer. Canberra, Australia.

"I found the workshop extremely valuable in generating awareness of my creativity and in stimulating ideas." Jeanne Arthur, Executive Officer, ACT Board of Secondary School Studies. Canberra, Australia.

"I feel as though I now have a focus, a method, a way of evolving my ideas and that the means are just as important as the end. I have created environments just to create in, and environments just to display the work in. My vision of attending to each detail, sound, smell, texture, substance... is starting to find a home. Thanks for opening my eyes to these essential aspects of creating through your guidance and example." Student. University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA.

"This class was THE MOST enriching, enlightening, inspirational class I have ever taken. The way I work and what I create will never be the same." Student. University of Iowa, USA.

"Shelley and Alejandro's Creativity Workshop is amazing in that it breaks down all your fears about thinking and writing. If it wasn't for them I fear I never would have finished my master's thesis. I was blocked until I took this course." Francesca Salidu PHD candidate in Shakespeare, University of Pisa. San Miniato, Italy.

"Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel taught their Creativity Workshop as American Cultural Specialists under the United States Information Service auspices. To say that they were extremely effective is a vast understatement. I would unreservedly recommend their course. They have abundant creativity, energy, and a wealth of skills." Gloria Berbena, Asst. Cultural Attach, US Information Service, US Embassy. Rome, Italy.

"A special experience. Berc and Fogel opened us up to new and wonderful ways of looking at our creativity." Belkis Bottfeld, PHD, psychologist. Istanbul, Turkey.

"An unforgettable course!" Gulnur Ayaz, MD. Istanbul, Turkey.

The teachers

Shelley Berc is a writer and teacher. She is a professor of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her novels, plays, and essays which include 'The Shape of Wilderness', 'A Girl's Guide to the Divine Comedy' and 'Theatre of the Mind' have been published by Coffee House Press, Johns Hopkins Press, Heinemann Books, Performing Arts Journal and Theatre Communications Group Press. Her plays have been produced by theatres such as the American Repertory Theatre, the Yale Rep, and the Edinburgh Festival.

Alejandro Fogel is a visual artist and teacher working in painting, site installations, video and digital art. He has exhibited his works in galleries and museums in Argentina, Bulgaria, Cuba, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States and Germany. His ongoing project 'Root to Route' chronicles his father's journey through the Holocaust years. His work is in private collections and museums around the world.

Berc and Fogel explain in theory and demonstrate in practice the concepts of originality, 'appropriation', memory and imagination. Under their guidance, participants explore their own creative processes through different writing and drawing exercises. They emphasize the intimate link between personal and public spheres, individual and social practices, history and myth, dream and reality. The focus of the workshop is on process not product and to help participants find life-long tools of creative expression. Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel have taught their Creativity Workshop internationally. They have lectured on creativity and their own work at universities and cultural centers throughout the world. They currently teach the Creativity Workshop as an intensive semester long course at the International Writing Program of The University of Iowa.

To register or to request more information;

please contact Karen Bell, Administrative Associate:
register online at:
call Tel: (212) 249-1602