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Volume 3 Number 2

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...
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
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
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
From "I Don't Care" to "I Did It!"
Rules for Secondary Classrooms
Block Scheduling
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
    Arecibo Radar Gets 11th-Hour Reprieve
    Planetary Society Offers New Scholarships
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    Planetary Society Offers New Scholarships

    by Susan Lendroth

    Students entering space-related fields may want to study the new scholarships offered by The Planetary Society. The Society will award two Planetary Society Scholarship for Space Studies each year for the next five years, beginning with the 2002-2003 school year.

    Both high school seniors and full-time college students can apply for the $1000 scholarships. Applicants must write a 500-word essay about how they plan to use the scholarship, and how that use will be related to the mission of The Planetary Society.

    To be eligible to apply students must either be a member of the Society or nominated by a member of it. They also need to submit the scholarship application and required materials no later than April 30, 2002.

    For more information about The Planetary Society's new Scholarships for Space Studies, visit the Society's website at or call Linda Wong at (626)793-5100.

    The Society is also offering this year a full-tuition scholarship to the International Space University (ISU) Summer Session. The scholarship is open to all candidates who have already been accepted to attend the 2002 ISU summer session, but who have not yet secured scholarships to cover their fees. This year's ISU summer session will be held in Pomona, California.

    The Jim and Lin Burke Scholarship was named for James (Jim) and Lin Burke, long-time advocates and staff participants in the ISU summer session and active Planetary Society members. Jim Burke, one of the pioneers of America's space program, is the technical editor of the Society's magazine, The Planetary Report. The Jim and Lin Burke scholarship was made possible by a donation from ISU graduate, Eric Tilenius.


    Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980 to advance the exploration of the solar system and to continue the search for extraterrestrial life. With members in over 140 countries, the Society is the largest space interest group in the world.

    For more information about The Planetary Society, contact Susan Lendroth at (626) 793-5100 ext. 237 or by e-mail at

    The Planetary Society
    65 N. Catalina Ave.
    Pasadena, CA 91106-2301
    Tel: (626) 793-5100
    Fax: (626) 793-5528

    On-Site Insights

    Posted by L. Swilley
    on the High School Chatboard

    Rules for Secondary Classrooms
    On 12/16/01, Jackie wrote:
    I am just starting in a classroom where they have not had a perm teacher. What do I do about classroom rules and what does work in high school? I am an elementary teacher.
    Suggestions please help!

    L. Swilley wrote:

    Here are some rules:

    • Do not speak out to anyone unless you have raised your hand and are given permission by the teacher.
    • Do not leave your desk without permission unless your hair is on fire or there is imminent danger of terrorist attack.
    • Your looking at a neighbor's test will not be construed as your concern for his academic success.
    • If you arrive late to class, bring your lawyer with you; you will need his services.
    • If you do not understand something, raise your hand and ask for further explanation of the point; everyone, including the teacher, is ignorant of many things. There is nothing wrong with ignorance - you are here to cure your ignorance of the subjects the school offers. But don't be stupid and remain silent when you don't understand something. The student's asking for help is the sensible thing to do and probably very much appreciated by those in the class who are too stupid to risk a question. Your parents paid school taxes or your tuition - get your money's worth for them: ask when you don't understand.
    • Your parents will be informed regularly of your progress or lack of it. Depend on this as on the certainty of your mortality. Incidentally, I have invited your parents to attend my class to let them see what I am teaching and how. Look smart, or they may be asking you embarrassing questions when you get home that evening.
    • Your assignments are due when the date and hour defined for their delivery is upon you. Don't ask for extensions unless you have been hospitalized.
    • With your parents' and the principal's permission, I will be keeping students after school who are imprudent enough to ignore the above instructions. If you have after-school commitments to coaches or play-directors, I am sure you will be able to explain why you are so late attending practices and rehearsals.
    • There will definitely be consequences for any infraction of the above regulations - or of any regulation yet to be announced.
    • We are going to have a splendid, exciting intellecutal time together; I know my subject and why you and everyone should know as much as possible about it.
    • But fasten your seat belt...