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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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Something for you, some things for others… including the fun of mnemonics, music for a good cause, and a focus upon human rights.

From the News Desk
December 1, 2008

Give the Gift of Peer Support with the Teachers.Net “Share” Feature

By Bob Reap – Teachers.Net Site Developer

During this holiday season, share one of the best gifts your teacher colleagues could ever receive: Teachers.Net resources! No need to fuss with wrapping paper and ribbons… just use the NEW Share feature to alert your friends and colleagues about the biggest and best site for educators on the world wide web.

The "Share" feature allows you to easily email your friends about pages and resources on Teachers.Net, and bookmark them online. If you are a part of a social network like Digg or Facebook, you can share any page on Teachers.Net easily with all your friends on the network!

Teachers.Net is one of the most active Internet websites in education, and that notoriety comes exclusively through word of mouth. Teachers know they are the force behind Teachers.Net, and they can help others at the same time they help themselves, by helping to spread the word about Teachers.Net.

To help make it easy to share, we've installed a handy pop-up share "widget" that includes all the major share networks. Typically displayed directly below the Teachers.Net logo, look for the word "Share" and pass your mouse over it. You'll see a small control pop-up, with a selection of options for sharing that webpage.

The following social networking and bookmarking sites can now be utilized directly through the "Share" feature on Teachers.Net:

Google Bookmarks
Yahoo MyWeb
Yahoo Bookmarks
Propeller (Netscape)
Faves (Bluedot)
Mister Wong

In addition to these social networking and bookmarking sites, you can also email the link to that webpage, along with a brief note, directly through the Share pop-up control. To email the link, pass your mouse over the "Share" link, and click on the word "Email."

Sharing links through social networks and storing your profiles online for easy access from any computer, are extremely popular trends these days. But more importantly, they also help communities like Internet teachers quickly spread word of important and helpful content. You can help teachers across your town, and around the world, by sharing the helpful content you find on Teachers.Net.

If you have any questions about the "Share" feature on Teachers.Net, or the technology in general, visit the Teachers.Net Tech Center and ask questions. Remember, Teachers.Net is YOUR community, by learning its features and potential, by fully participating, and by spreading the word, you can help make it the best tool online for teachers.

For All Who Love Music and Kids: Hoggin All the Covers CD/DVD by Band from TV

YENDOR on the Teacher Chatboard says:

Check out this new cd/dvd combo, Hoggin All the Covers on and order it! Great classic rock from the BAND FROM TV featuring Hugh Laurie and other tv personalities. ALL the sales from this go to charities for kids. I have it and the cd and dvd are great.

You can ONLY order it from The members of BAND FROM TV donate 100% of their proceeds to charity (Epilepsy Foundation, Save the Children, Art of Elysium, Donate Life and CAPP).

Consider a “holiday gift” purchase that helps children’s charities.


Amnesty International "Small Places" Campaign

Amnesty International invites teachers to involve their students in the "Small Places" campaign (, and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt's 'human rights begin in small places close to home.' Bring human rights alive in your classroom and school.

Small Places is a free, well-supported and full of opportunities for literature and writing, theatre, visual arts, and social and legal studies classes. An activity planning kit for educators is available at, as well as a link to lesson ideas for classes and projects. The possible ideas include: writing or art exhibits, improv or advocacy theatre, creative writing contests, poster-making, photo or flash workshops. The key focus of the campaign is for students and educators to highlight particular individuals at risk, or articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Join small places and Amnesty will support you with personal human rights stories and petitions, postcards, posters, and advice. Contact Jenn Farr at or call 613-744-7667 (280) or 1-800-amnesty.

Stocking stuffer suggestion!

I Before E (Except After C) - Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff By Judy Parkinson Published by Reader's Digest - $14.95

Hundreds of Memory Tricks You Learned in the Classroom

"Thirty days hath September..." How many times have your relied on that old maxim to figure out a calendar?

Or how about "Every Good Boy Does Fine" to remember the notes on the treble clef?

These ingenious, practical memory techniques abound in I BEFORE E (EXCEPT AFTER C) with its hundreds of curious sayings. In this clever -- and often hilarious -- collection, you'll find engaging mnemonics, arranged in easy-to-find categories that include:

Geographically Speaking
Time and the Calendar
Think of a Number
The Sky at Night and by Day

Guaranteed to amuse and inform, this little book is a perfect gift for students of all ages.

Author Judy Parkinson is a graduate of Bristol University. She is a producer of documentaries, music videos, and commercials, and won a Clio award for a Greenpeace ad. Parkinson has published four books and has contributed to a show of life drawings at the Salon des Arts, Kensington.

The perfect gift for students and adults of all ages!

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2008.

Editor’s Note: Check out our collection of Teachers' Favorite Mnemonics

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