December 2008
Vol 5 No 12

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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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Today Is...

Ron Victoria

Today Is... (December 2008)

Daily Commemorations
by Ron Victoria
Regular Feature
December 1, 2008
Every day for years, Ron Victoria (AKA Ron/NJ) reported on the commemorations of the day on the Teachers.Net Golden Apples Chatboard. Now his many fans will find his Today is... for each month right here in the Teachers.Net Gazette!

December is...

Hi Neighbor Month
National Stress Free Family Holiday Month
Bingo's Birthday Month
Read A New Book Month

Dec. 1 is ... National Pie Day
Eat a Red Apple Day
Dec. 2 is ... National Fritters Day
Dec. 3 is ... National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day
Dec. 4 is ... Wear Brown Shoes Day
Dec. 5 is ... National Sacher Torte Day
Dec. 6 is ... National Gazpacho Day
Mitten Tree Day
Dec. 7 is ... National Cotton Candy Day
Dec. 8 is ... Take It in the Ear Day
Dec. 9 is ... National Pastry Day
Dec. 10 is ... Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales
Dec. 11 is ... National Noodle Ring Day
Dec. 12 is ... National Ding-A-Ling Day
Dec. 13 is ... Ice Cream
Violins Day
Dec. 14 is ... National Bouillabaisse Day
Dec. 15 is ... National Lemon Cupcake Day
Dec. 16 is ... National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Dec. 17 is ... Underdog Day
National Maple Syrup Day
Dec. 18 is ... National Roast Suckling Pig Day
Dec. 19 is ... Oatmeal Muffin Day
Dec. 20 is ... Games Day
Dec. 21 is ... Look at the Bright Side Day
National Flashlight Day
National French Fried Shrimp Day
Hamburger Day
Dec. 22 is ... National Date-Nut Bread Day
Dec. 23 is ... Roots Day
Dec. 24 is ... National Egg Nog Day
Dec. 25 is ... National Pumpkin Pie Day
Dec. 26 is ... National Whiners Day
Dec. 27 is ... National Fruitcake Day
Dec. 28 is ... Card Playing Day
National Chocolate Day
Dec. 29 is ... Pepper Pot Day
Dec. 30 is ... Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day
Dec. 31 is ... Unlucky Day

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