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TEACHERS.NET GAZETTE
Volume 3 Number 2

COVER STORY
Harry & Rosemary Wong say, "...effective teachers do not employ tricks of the trade, the latest fad, or untested opinions..." This month the Wongs feature Liz Breaux, a most effective teacher...
COLUMNS
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Around the Block by Bridget Scofinsky
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
The Visually Impaired Child by Dave Melanson
ARTICLES
Seussational Reading Excitement - NEA's Read Across America: Too Much Reading Fun for Just One Day!...
The 100th Day of School
100th Day Activities
Television--Don't Trash It--Control It
Remediation Doesn't Work
Behavior Management Tips
Stress
Children and Stress
Children Do Grieve
Infuse Test Preparation With Life-long Learning
Technology Integration Has No Hope of Succeeding!
Technophobia to Technophilia
Cooperative Learning
Why All Students Need Fine Motor Skills
Teaching Gayle to Read (Part 3)
The Role of EFL learners' Heterogeneity in Terms of Age in Their Use of Communication Strategies
The Importance of the School Administration to Student Achievement
Using Non-Fiction to Motivate Reluctant Readers
Quantity over Quality--The Problem with Writing Instruction in Our Schools
Tips for Substitute Teachers
TEACHER INSPIRATION FEATURE
From "I Don't Care" to "I Did It!"
ON-SITE INSIGHTS
Rules for Secondary Classrooms
Block Scheduling
REGULAR FEATURES
Special Days This Month
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Exceptional Normalcy
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Featured Lessons from the Lesson Bank
  • Famous Black Americans
  • Valentine Village
  • Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Chatboard Poll
    FYI
    Arecibo Radar Gets 11th-Hour Reprieve
    Planetary Society Offers New Scholarships
    Gazette Home Delivery:

    Letters to the Editor...
    Certification and Ethics

    Oh, to be certified! Certified, like my
    supervisor who instructed me to hide 10 of
    her'bad' kids in my portable and send
    10 'good' ones to take their place to fake
    the class for the visit of a politician!
    Certified, like our boss who told me not
    to 'worry about teaching them too much,
    you're just here to help us warehouse them
    until they quit.' Certified like our
    Director who barred me from the guidance
    office and any contact with that staff
    because I discovered they were putting ESL
    kids with 2 years of algebra (3A' and 1B)in
    a Functional Math class! She also said she
    had no knowledge of any union agreement
    that spelled out planning time! She also
    asked staff to turn their co-workers in for
    tardiness and kept private personal files
    on them! Certified, like the Head of
    Guidance who said, (and she's Af Am) 'we
    have to treat those ESL kids equally...'
    not knowing how this contradicts "Lau vs.
    Nichols." Certified, like the union
    president who said I had to fake the
    classroom because I did not have tenure!
    Certified, like those who 'locked ' the ESL
    kids up in the guidance office everyday for
    an hour and an half with no teacher, books,
    or instruction! Certified, like the Media
    Center Director who accused someone in my
    class of stealing the ball out of a
    mouse...'it couldn't have been one of our
    (white) students!' Certified, like the
    State Education folks who refused to act,
    forcing the intervention of the OCR!
    Certified, like all the teachers who are
    silent when faced with violations of
    Federal Law every day and do nothing out of
    fear! Certified for what? Complacency in
    the workplace? Money in exchange for
    silence? How do you certified people live
    with yourselves, or was this just an
    anomaly specific to Maryland?...it is
    not...PA has it problems too
    apparently...what i don't get is this...We
    teach Civics and History in our schools but
    the closest place to look for violations of
    our Constitution are right there in the
    same schools, every day.

    Tom, tjjhjr@netscape.net,
    2/14/02

    This month's letters:

  • special education, 2/28/02, by kristen.
  • Behavior Managemant Tips, 2/20/02, by Lynne Glover.
  • Violations of Teachers' Constitutional Rights (continued), 2/17/02, by Darlene Goodman.
  • Violations of Teachers' Constitutional Rights, 2/16/02, by Darlene Goodman.
  • Certification and Ethics, 2/14/02, by Tom.
  • Success, 2/13/02, by Shaun Best.
  • Burnout, 2/10/02, by Dan.
  • Burnout, 2/08/02, by Terry.
  • Burnout, 2/08/02, by pl4kids.
  • Burnout, 2/07/02, by Chloe.
  • Burnout, 2/06/02, by Jill.
  • Burnout, 2/06/02, by Staci, MI.
  • student burnout, 2/06/02, by Karen.
  • student burnout, 2/06/02, by Sue.
  • Are we helping to create student burnout?, 2/06/02, by Regina Hartsuck.
  • Student Burnout, 2/06/02, by Laura.
  • Are we helping to create student burnout?, 2/05/02, by Mary/PA.

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