|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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A Month of Writing Prompts
Here’s motivation for your students to write, embedded in fun facts and hip history!
|by James Wayne
Regular contributor to the Gazette
December 1, 2008
The character trait for December is
Woody Allen was born in 1935. He once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your future plans.” What do you think he meant by this?
Today is the annual Festival of Freedom and Democracy in Turkmenistan. If you were in charge of planning a ceremony for your school celebrating freedom and democracy, what are 5 things you would need to think about?
Def Leppard’s Rick Savage was born in 1960. Def Leppard’s name is very unusual and spelled in an unusual way, to arouse curiosity and interest among listeners. Suppose you wanted to start a music group. What name would you choose to attract people to listen to your music? Think of several, and try them out on your classmates.
Oberlin College opened in 1833 as the first coeducational college in the United States. Before Oberlin, there were colleges for men or women, but not for both at the same time. Would you prefer to go to a school with only one sex, or do you prefer coeducational schools? Give 4 reasons for your choice.
In 1872, a British ship spotted and took in tow the Marie Celeste, an American vessel with no one on it. It was seaworthy, well-supplied, and intact, with everything in perfect order. No reason for abandoning the ship was mentioned in the log. No one ever came forward to say why the crew had abandoned it, or where they had gone. The Marie Celeste is now considered one of the great mysteries of the sea from that time. What do you think happened to the crew and passengers on the Marie Celeste? Tell why you think so.
In 1945, 5 navy planes disappeared in the region called the Bermuda Triangle. It consists of the ocean between Bermuda, Key West in Florida, and Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. Some people believe that strange and unknown things happen in the Triangle. Others say the strange things are caused by natural forces, like storms. How would you investigate the Bermuda Triangle? Name three things you would try to find out. (Teachers: the remains of the planes have been found. It appears that their instruments were out of order and gave them false information, so they flew the wrong way and ran out of fuel.)
Poet Christina Rossetti was born in 1830. Here is a poem she wrote: