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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.12 December 2008

Cover Story by Bill Page
At-Risk Students: A Point of Viewing

“At-Risk Students: Children who are expected to fail because teachers cannot motivate, control, teach, or interest them using traditional methods and prescribed curriculum.” ~ At-Risk Students: Understanding Their Defensive Ploys

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
The Sounds of Students
Learning and Performing

»Teacher's Inquiry ProcessHal Portner
»December Survival GuideSue Gruber
»Words Can InspireLeah Davies
»Windy City Top TenTodd R. Nelson
»Tapping Into Internal MotivationMarvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»The 2 W’s and a H: Finding the Main Idea in Students’ Behavior Kioni Carter

»A World of ZippersTim Newlin
»Recipes - Cinnamon Applesauce Dough Ornaments, Gingerbread Playdough, Gingerbread, Rudolph Sandwiches
»The End of the D and F Grade: Welcome to Lake WobegonAlan Haskvitz
»December 2008 Writing PromptsJames Wayne
»Education Accountability Version 2.0: A Letter to the Next PresidentTony Wagner
»Sometimes It’s Easier to Just Suck It UpMrs. Mimi
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing IIHank Kellner
»Parents and FailureBruce J. Gevirtzman

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily CommemorationRon Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»This is why we do it…
»The Kelly Bear C.A.R.E.S. Program
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»The Economy Is Not A Morality Play
»School Photographs for December 2008
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: December 2008
»Video Bytes: The Benefits of Student Blogging; Unbelievable Water Fountain; George Washington Inauguration; Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke; Flight Physics; & Claymation Surrealism a la Magritte!
»Live on Teachers.Net: December 2008
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Recipes - Cinnamon Applesauce Dough Ornaments, Gingerbread Playdough, Gingerbread, Rudolph Sandwiches
by The Teachers.Net Community
Reprinted from the December 2002 Gazette
December 1, 2008

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough Ornaments


  • 1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup applesauce (store bought works best)
  • 1/3 cup white school glue (Elmer's or other brand)

Mix the ingredients together until a dough forms.

Knead for a few minutes.

Roll out to 1/8 or 1/4 inch thick. (If sticky, dust your hands and rolling pin with cinnamon, work on waxed paper.)

Use cookie cutters or other implements to cut out the shapes you desire.

Cut out a hole at the top of each with a drinking straw so you'll be able to thread a ribbon or string (for hanging) when dry.

It takes 4 or 5 days for the ornaments to air dry. You should turn them over frequently so they will dry evenly and won't curl.

You can outline each shape with puffy paint to make them more special.

from Kathleen Carpenter

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough recipe #2


  • 1 cup store-bought applesauce
  • 1 cup ground cinnamon

Mix ingredients, knead, roll out and cut out shapes with cookie cutters.

Use a drinking straw to form a hole at top before drying.

After dry (in about two days depending upon temperature and humidity in the room), you can craft paint details and thread a ribbon or other tie through the hole for hanging.

Note: While drying, flip over occasionally so the ornaments will not curl up.

from Kathleen Carpenter
Gingerbread Playdough


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • Lots of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg (The spices should turn the mixture brown like gingerbread, but you can also add red and green food coloring to develop a brown color.)

Mix the dry ingredients. Play with the spices until you get the scent and color you want. Mix the water and oil together first THEN add to the dry ingredients and stir.

Cook the mixture over medium heat for two or three minutes, stirring constantly until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pan and clump together.

Take the dough out of the pan and knead it until smooth.

Store in closed container.

from Kathleen Carpenter


This is the real thing. Serve warm with whipped cream for a special holiday treat. Happy holidays!

To make one loaf:


  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup molasses (unsulfured, NOT blackstrap)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup hot water

Mix all wet ingredients.

Sift together all dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients. Wisk the mixture to mix until there are no lumps.

Bake in a greased and floured loaf pan at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

from Kathleen Carpenter
Rudolph Sandwiches

Cut a piece of bread in half crosswise to form 2 triangles.
(I give the children plastic knives to do their own work.)
Spread each half with peanut butter.
Use pretzels for the antlers.
Place a maraschino cherry for nose (on the pointed, crust angle)
Use raisins for the eyes.

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