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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...
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?
    December Columns
    December Articles
    December Informational Items
    Gazette Home Delivery:

    Candles of Inspiration...

    Unexpected Appreciation

    by Tina in Texas

    I have a new child in my class this year. We have had a tough couple of weeks since he has started. He's had a hard time adapting, and often I find myself thinking that my class would be much quieter and calmer without him. Last week the class was working on making a class book called "I am thankful for....." I was getting the usual responses, my Mom and Dad, Power Rangers, Spiderman, etc. When it was this boy's turn he sat for a while drawing, taking his time (which was unusual for him). When he came to dictate his page to me, he said, "I am thankful ...(pause)... for you."

    It brought tears to my eyes, made me realize how much impact teachers do have on children and that even though we had butted heads, I was getting through to him!

    A Special Smile

    by Peg Science and Math (GATE)

    I have had a student with special needs in my class for the last two years. He moved from another district and has anxiety disorders that cause him to think that the whole world is against him. I have worked very hard to get him to understand that our room is a safe place and while he doesn't always agree with me, I do appreciate him and his talents. One day recently, I noticed he had signed out of the lunch room to come eat and work in my classroom. He wrote his name, and my name indicating where he was going. Next to my name was a big happy face. I still smile when I think of it. I know that I have formed a special bond with this boy. Sometimes it is the little things that make a big difference.

    Dry Socks He Wore on His Heart

    by Jeanne

    One of my assistants in our preschool special needs class was walking back from the clinic with a child who came in with socks that were positively dripping when he arrived. (We had taken his shoes off when he arrived, there was standing water in the shoes!) He looked up at her and said, "Thank you, Miss _____, nobody takes care of me." I don't think any of us had dry eyes in my classroom when she shared that story.

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