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Volume 2 Number 2

Cheryl Ristow never thought her life would change so much with one click. This month's cover story tracks our own Aggie/CA from net newbie to published author!
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
Alfie Kohn Article
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Jan Fisher Column
BCL Classroom by Kim Tracy
Read Across America
How to Excel as a Reading Specialist
Independent Learning
ADD and the Structured Environment
How Do I Manage a Class?
6 Traits of Writing
Indians for Mascots
Child Violence
The Unsinkable Sub
Visually Impaired and EC
Magic Slippers Poem
Becoming a Tech Savvy Administrator
The Killing of a Spirit
Bullying in Schools
Student Photo of Mars
Web News & Events
Upcoming Ed Conferences
Poll: Weirdest Thing?
Letters to the Editor
New in the Lesson Bank
Humor from the Classroom
Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
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Follow-up: Magic Slippers

In the January edition of The Gazette, Nancy Salsman shared her Magic Slippers idea to help motivate students during standardized testing. Many educators wrote in asking for the poem that accompanied the slippers. Any others with inspirational ideas to help encourage students during the stressful situation of standardized testing, please email for a future article in The Gazette.

These Magic Slippers

These magic slippers are wishing you did your very best
On your achievement test!
The slippers are to remind you to relax
And always check your facts.
Reading, writing, and math too
Will help you all your life through.
You will go far
And will reach any star
If only you always give your best!
Life itself will always be a test
To succeed you have to do your very best!
Some special people made these slippers for you
Who happen to believe in you!
So as you wear your magic slippers,
Just relax and remember to check your facts!
Just want you to do your best
On this achievement test.

Nancy Salsman is a fourth grade teacher in Oklahoma. She has a BS in Elementary Education and currently working on a master's in school administration. Nancy has been in the classroom for eleven years teaching kindergarten, second, and has been in fourth the past eight years. Nancy is married and has a son and a daughter. The light of their lives is their 2 1/2 yr. old grandson and in February will add a granddaughter to the family.

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