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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:

Kindergartners Share Thanksgiving Recipes
Posted by their teacher

You buy some bananas and crust. Then you mash them up and put them in the pie. Then you eat it.

You cut the turkey up and put it in the oven for ten minutes and 300 degrees. You put gravy on it and eat it...

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We Get What We Get
The Bottom Line On Parent Accountability

by Bill Page

Following is a somewhat blunt, but quite definitive answer to the questions so often asked by frustrated teachers:

  • What should be the parent's level of accountability in their children's education?...

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    Don't Forget the Little People:
    A Vision for an Online Learning Community for Kindergarten

    by Jaclyn Scott

    A child's first year in a formal education program sets the foundation and precedent for the years to follow. A kindergarten classroom's setup, procedure, and curriculum provides students with a balance of rigorous academic standards and appropriate developmental experiences...

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    60 Ways to Practice Spelling
    by Michele McCoy

    1. Paint with water- Dip a Q-tip in water and practice spelling the words on a chalkboard. The words will disappear like magic, leaving the chalkboard clean!...

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    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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    Editor in Chief

    The Very Busy Museum
    A conversation with
    Eric Carle

    Eric Carle flung out his arms as if to hug a beloved but invisible friend. "When I talk to groups of children I ask them to tell me about their friends and they talk away and throw their arms around each other."...

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

    Project update
    On October 28th, two Dolphin helicopters and the flight crew departed Mobile, Alabama for Seattle, Washington to meet the ship at the pier...

    Kathleen Carpenter - Editor, Teachers.Net Gazette
    Editor's e-Picks for Education News

    You want to be well-informed, and the Internet provides access to a wealth of information, but what busy educator has time to surf the sites of all major publications for articles related to the field of education?...

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    Bill Page
    A Remarkable Program For At-Risk, Middle Level Students

    My perspective is that of a classroom teacher. I am not a researcher, or a remediation specialist, or a learning disabilities teacher. I am a teacher of undiagnosed, unlabeled, 7th graders; "kids who cause trouble in class," or "kids they kick out of other classes," and my concern is here and now...

    Peggy Chauncey Cramer
    More Than Just "Reading Buddies"
    An Overview of School-based Mentor Programming

    What is Mentoring?
    Mentoring connects adults and students with younger students to help develop relationships to provide general social/emotional and academic guidance. People of all ages can be empowered to help and mentor others...

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    Learning the Continents Through Songs & Poems
    Compiled by

    (Tune: Pop Goes the Weasel)

    Asia, Africa, Antarctica
    Australia, Europe, too
    North America
    South America
    Seven continents for you! ...

    Kathy Roberson
    A View on Holiday Art

    When I was an undergraduate majoring in Art Education, I was told repeatedly, "No Holiday Art!" by my Professors. The idea seemed to be that the Fine Arts had no business being adulterated by the pettiness of a mere holiday art project...

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    William Voors
    How to Deal With Bullying in Your Classroom

    On average, 160,000 American children miss school every day to avoid being harassed, teased, gossiped about, "dissed," or physically assaulted...

    Greg Pospiel
    Child Safety Tips and Free CD

    According to the latest statistics, 840,270 persons were reported missing in 2001. Of that number, 651,209 were juveniles. Of these, 119,237 juveniles are listed as "endangered"...

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    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