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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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Teacher Feature...
Reflections following September 11, 2001
by Ines Taylor

I wrote this essay a few days after the September 11th tragedy. I am a Kindergarten teacher in Miami and I am also of Cuban descent. This country has done so much for me that I felt the need to do something in return.

When I sat down to write, I was mainly thinking about my fellow teachers. Could they possibly be going through the same emotions I was going through? I wrote the essay and I put it in their boxes at school. To my surprise, they were all feeling what I was feeling.

What can I do for America?
What can I do for this nation that has given me freedom, opportunity and ideals?
What can I do for this country at this most tragic hour?

I look around me and I see so many ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The firefighters in New York and the passengers on the hijacked airplanes showed such bravery in the face of danger. The military forces who have already left their families to answer the call to arms and the many survivors who helped others to escape, leave me wondering what is my role in all of this.

I continue my daily routines and I watch the news hoping that all I see is just a very disturbing dream.
My life goes on...

I still fight the traffic each morning to reach my school.
I still write lesson plans and check papers.
I still tie everyone's shoes before we go to the playground.
I still listen to children as they labor sounding out a reading selection. I look into the faces of my young students, I see my contribution to America.

I teach her children.
I nurture them.
I help them become.

A teacher's role is very important in this hour because only those who work with children have the privilege and the responsibility of shaping the future. Therefore, as I go about my usual routines I feel that I am contributing my talents to our nation. And if someone asks me, "What are you doing to to help America?" I can proudly say that I tie shoes, sing songs, hug twenty kids, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day.