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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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Cover Story by Bill Page

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Contributors this month: Sue Gruber, Kioni Carter, Marvin Marshall, , Marjan Glavac, Todd R. Nelson, Hal Portner, Leah Davies, Barbara Pressman, Tim Newlin, Bill Page, James Wayne, Hank Kellner, Magoo, Bruce J. Gevirtzman, Barb Stutesman, Ron Victoria, Tony Wagner, Alan Haskvitz,Mrs. Mimi, and YENDOR.

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December gems from the Teachers.Net Lesson Plans Center, a treasure trove containing more than 4,200 lessons and activities!
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December 1, 2008

The Scarlett Letter – Unique Projects
Senior English

Adapting/Updating Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Middle Reading-Writing

Create a Newsmap!
Middle Social Studies, Geography, Reading

Sharing Traditions, Cultural Awareness
Elem./Upper Elem. Social Studies, Writing

My Heritage Poem Activity
Elementary LA, Social Studies

Feliz Navidad (A Mexican Christmas Unit)
Elementary - Cross curricular

Compilation of Reindeer Christmas theme activities
Primary – Crafts, book list

Craft Stick Shadow Box; 2 Christmas decorations
Primary/Elementary Crafts

Holiday CRAFTS!Cinnamon Stick Christmas Trees (with step by step photo instructions) by Cheryl Ristow (aggie/1/ca). Also Simply Elegant Tree Card, Pencil Holder Gift, Papier Mache Picture Frame, Reindeer Print T-Shirts, Poppers!

Compilation of Kindergarten Patterns/Patterning Activities
Kindergarten Math

Christmas Tree Cinnamon Stick Pin to Wear
Primary Craft

Literacy Centers for 2nd Semester Kindergarten
Kindergarten Literacy (Compilation of DOZENS!)

Grade 3 Writing Mini Lessons List
Gr. 3 Writing

Music: Classical Period – Understanding 4-Bar Sequences
Middle Music

The Human Knot
All - Phys Ed

Ideas, Games for Substitute Teachers Bag of Tricks

Chat transcript full of gift ideas (EC/Primary - Elementary)

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