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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:

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.
    Kathleen Carpenter - Editor in Chief
    Mary Miehl - Technical Editor

    Tips for Getting Published

    Harry & Rosemary Wong
    No Problem With Hurricane Lili

    On October 3, 2002, Hurricane Lili roared through south Louisiana and devastated the city of Ville Platte, located 150 miles west of New Orleans. The buildings that housed Sacred Heart Elementary School were spared, but the playground was littered with the remains of the nearby pecan orchard...

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    Dr. Marvin

    in Schools

    In a recent seminar in Cheyenne, Wyoming,
    I made the statement that educational leaders have given up their leadership--
    that they have taken the politicians and business leaders' approaches of accountability and competition as the models for learning...


    Sue Gruber

    December Survival Guide

    It's December! You made it! Winter break is just around the corner! Before you take advantage of some much-deserved rest and time away from school you have to survive some of the most challenging weeks of school...

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    Cheryl M. Sigmon
    A Little Stress Relief with Timing Issues

    Listening to mailringers at Teachers.Net lately has revealed that a number of teachers are a bit frantic at this point in the year about the timing issues involved in Four-Blocks...

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    Esmé Codell
    December Postcard from Planet Esme

    In that spirit, the best kind of test to give your students in December is the one to see if they still believe in magic. Just jingle a bell at the end of Chris Van Allsburg's classic, The Polar Express, to find out...

    Beth Bruno
    "I Hate Homework," Says Mom

    Dear Beth,
    I am a parent and I hate homework! There is plenty of research that indicates that homework is not beneficial to students, particularly in elementary school. I graduated from Yale and completed graduate school...

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    Rob Reilly Ed.D.
    Storybook Weaver: Terrific Software for Lower Grade Writing/Story-making

    Once upon a time there was a teacher who wanted to find a terrific piece of writing software that would work for students in grades K through 6. Then one dark and stormy night that teacher...

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    Ginny Hoover
    Writing on Demand--
    As Necessary as Process Writing

    Think about it. When you write, do you write more often with the first draft as a final copy (write-on-demand), or do you use process writing with quality revision and editing? The truth is people need to know how to do both...

    Marjan Glavac

    Sites For Grades 7 to 8

    Here are five sites for teachers of grades 7-8...

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    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