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Volume 3 Number 12

Eric Carle said, "I long dreamt of a museum for children and families," and now his dream has come true...
December Columns
December Articles
December Regular Features
December Informational Items
Gazette Home Delivery:

Also in this issue:

No Problem With Hurricane Lili Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Accountability in Schools Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
December Survival Guide - Ten Special Management Tips for Your Classroom & Ten Ways to Rest and Recharge over the Winter Break Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
"I Hate Homework," Says Mom Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Writing on Demand---As Necessary as Process Writing The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
Sites For Grades 7 to 8 The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Storybook Weaver: Terrific Software for Lower Grade Writing/Story-making Ed-Tech Talk by Rob Reilly
A Little Stress Relief with Timing Issues 4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
December Postcard from Planet Esme - News from the world of children's books by Esmé Codell
Apple Seeds: Inspirational quotes by Barb Erickson
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Featured Schools
Classroom Photos by Members of the Teachers.Net Community
December Poem
Morning Chorus by Zheljko Stanimirovic
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • Classroom Chuckles
  • Twinkie Tweaking by Goose
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Collaboration Collage from the Lesson Bank
    Printable Gingerbread Figure for Take-Home Project
    Kindergarten Christmas Vocabulary Enrichment, Predictable Text Book
    2003 Calendars
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Unexpected Appreciation by Tina in Texas, A Special Smile by Peg, Dry Socks He Wore on His Heart by Jeanne
    Tracking? Does it make some kids feel dumb?
    Creating Courses Online from: TELEStraining Inc.
    News from fhe Dirksen Center from: the Dirksen Center
    Call for Papers: Secondary Education from: Academic Exchange Quarterly
    ScienceIQ Press Release from:
    NASA Needs Nation's Classrooms to test Educational Product from: the NASA Ames Educational Technology Team

    The Teachers.Net Gazette is a cooperative publication by and for members of the Teachers.Net community. We accept for consideration brief articles (approximately 350-2500 words) on topics of interest to educators. Articles should be fully edited, spell checked, and ready for publication. Send submissions by e-mail to along with a brief biography written in third person. A digital photo (headshot) is desirable but optional. Teachers.Net reserves the right to edit articles accepted for publication.
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    The Very Busy Museum
    A conversation with Eric Carle

    at the new Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. "Teachers are the most important people, they have enormous power of good and evil."...
    Cover Story

    Harry & Rosemary Wong
    No Problem With Hurricane Lili

    Procedures provide comfort and familiarity when faced with unfamiliar and unexpected situations...students need the consistency of knowing exactly what to do when they are in a classroom...

    Esmé Codell
    December Postcard from Planet Esme

    Whether you're spiritual or non-sectarian, you can cure a bad case of the gimme-gimmes with a storytime that includes the snarky fable Whatever Wanda Wanted by Jude Wisdom, followed by the beautiful Antonella and her Santa Claus by Barbara Augustin...

    Full story

    Full story

    Dr. Marvin Marshall
    Accountability in Schools

    As I point out in the Epilogue of my book, both accountability--as it is now used in high stakes testing--and competition are counterproductive for learning. I quote the comic book character, Dagwood Bumstead, who said, "You know that makes a lot of sense if you don't think about it."...

    Full story

    Dr. Rob Reilly
    Storybook Weaver: Terrific Software for Lower Grade Writing/

    Storybook Weaver Deluxe provides outstanding inspiration for children in developing basic as well as creative writing skills. The reviews I have read support this observation...

    Barbara Gruber
    Sue Gruber

    December Survival Guide

    December is not the month to loosen up and let your students have lots of unstructured time. All of the "hype" surrounding the holidays really winds kids up during December. Rather than feeding into the frenzy, make your classroom an oasis of calm...

    Full story

    Full story

    William Voors
    How to Deal With Bullying in Your Classroom

    Name-calling, taunts, gossiping, exclusion, physical abuse. Bullying. We see and hear it every day. Every teacher can identify the kids on the sidelines, the ones who don't fit in, as well as the ones who enjoy using their power to keep others in their places...

    Full story

    from The Teachers.Net Community
    Classroom Crafts

    This month features
    Cinnamon Stick Christmas Trees by Cheryl Ristow (aggie/1/ca)
    Simply Elegant Segmented Tree by Kathleen Carpenter
    and more...

    from the Teachers.Net Community


    This month's offerings;
    Printable Gingerbread Figure for Take-Home Project
    Kindergarten Predictable Text Christmas Vocabulary Enrichment Book
    2003 Calendars...

    Full story

    Full story

    LT Marshall Branch
    Greetings from the Coast Guard Cutter POLAR SEA!

    Project update
    On the first day, horrible thunderstorms spawned by a hurricane that hit Mexico forced us to land in a very small town in central Mississippi. From there, we were only able to get as far as Vicksburg, Mississippi before we ran out of daylight and good weather...

    Full story

    Also in this issue:

    The Very Busy Museum - A conversation with Eric Carle by Kathleen Alape Carpenter, Editor in Chief
    Kindergartners Share Thanksgiving Recipes Posted by their teacher on the Teachers.Net chatboard
    Greetings from the Coast Guard Cutter POLAR SEA! by LT. Marshall Branch
    Editor's e-Picks for Education News by Kathleen Carpenter - Editor, Teachers.Net Gazette
    We Get What We Get - The Bottom Line On Parent Accountability by Bill Page
    Don't Forget the Little People: A Vision for an Online Learning Community for Kindergarten by Jaclyn Scott
    Learning the Continents Through Songs & Poems by Karen/PA/Rdg
    A View on Holiday Art by Kathy Roberson
    How to Deal With Bullying in Your Classroom by William Voors
  • More Than Just "Reading Buddies" - An Overview of School-based Mentor Programming by Peggy Cramer
  • A Remarkable Program For At-Risk, Middle Level Students by Bill Page
  • Child Safety Tips and Free CD by Greg Pospiel
    60 Ways to Practice Spelling by Michele McCoy

    The Teachers.Net Staff
    wishes you