February 2008
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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.2
February 2008
Cover Story:
Rethinking Homework
By Alfie Kohn
Daily homework is the rule in most schools. Why not make it the exception?

»Coaches Are More Effective than Mentors
»Sources for Below Grade Level Reading
»To Promote Responsibility, Elicit Rather Than Impose
»The Busy Educator's Monthly Five for February
»Filtering the Web: Mission Impossible?
»Hot Tips to Stay Healthy; High Speed Sub Plans

»Fighting "February Slump"
»Make That Presentation a Winner!
»Sports Done Right
»Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Read Across America
»Maslow - Alive and Well in the Classroom
»25 Ways to Obtain Children's Attention
»The Year of the Earth Rat - The Chinese Zodiac

»Featured Lessons: February 2008
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Book Review: Three Cups of Tea
»Video Bytes: NCLB, Whiteboard, and More
»Creative & Critical Thinking Activities
»Editor's Pick: Travels With Music
»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
»Teachers.Net Craft Favorite: Picasso Faces
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration for February 2008
»Live on Teachers.Net: February 2008
»Chatboard Poll: Do schools need to change, and how?
»Preparing for Your Student Teacher
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Cover Story: Alfie Kohn

Rethinking Homework

After spending most of the day in school, children are typically given additional assignments to be completed at home. This is a rather curious fact when you stop to think about it, but not as curious as the fact that few people ever stop to think about it.


25 Ways to Grab Children's Attention

There are countless times when teachers need students' undivided attention. Leah Davies offers 25 Ways to Obtain Children's Attention.

By Leah Davies

March 3: Celebrate Seuss & Literacy with Read Across America!

March 3, 2008 is Read Across America Day. It's time to plan your Dr. Seuss theme & Read Across America Day activities!

Sports Done Right

A model program created at the University of Maine aims to improve the overall athletic experience for today's youth.

By Karen Hawkes

Fighting "February Slump"

Our general outlook and daily moods directly impact our students. Even in dreary February, they deserve the very best we have to offer.

By Susan Rismiller

Preparing for Your Student Teacher

Responses to "What have you done to make student teaching successful for the future teacher in your classroom?"

Teachers.Net Community

Creative & Critical Thinking Activities for the Middle or High School

Five creative & stimulating activities to use as warm-ups or time-fillers that will energize and stimulate the minds of middle & high school students.

By Emmy

Make That Presentation a Winner!

This month, we get out on that playing field; put your talent, effort and planning to work; and complete that pass in style.

By Hal Portner

Teachers.Net Community

Barb S. HS/MI
Apple Seeds
Today Is...
February Events
Live Chats

The Teachers.Net Newsdesk

Teachers.Net Chatboard Poll

Preparing for Your Student Teacher

Editor's Pick: Travels With Music

Teacher Classified Ads

The Lighter Side of Teaching

Help Wanted: Teaching Jobs

The Gazette is a collaborative project published by the Teachers.Net community. Submit your work to the Gazette.


Coaches Are More Effective than Mentors

The research is very specific: Well trained, proficient and effective teachers produce student learning.

By Harry & Rosemary Wong

Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers

High-speed Substitute Plans

Here's a quick idea to make planning for a substitute a snap! Make some substitute “kits” now while you are healthy.

By Barbara & Sue Gruber

Ed-Tech Talk

Filtering the Web:
Mission Impossible?

The goal of filtering is to keep children from coming into contact with harmful material or people. The question is: Does our policy directly align with its goal?

By Dr. Rob Reilly

Teaching Literacy

Creative Sources for Below Grade Level Reading Materials

Students need to be given ample opportunities to read from below grade level materials so that fluency can be achieved and enjoyed by each student.

By Cheryl Sigmon

Promoting Learning & Discipline

To Promote Responsibility, Elicit Rather Than Impose

People do not argue with their own decisions....

By Dr. Marvin Marshall

The Busy Educator
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five

Fun sites for learning about wildlife, kindergarten art projects, new tricks for an old printer, and ancient Egypt.

By Marjan Glavac


Clip Art Corner
The Year of the Rat

In Russia the pet stores are running out of rats, mice, hamsters and even gerbils! The reason: the upcoming Chinese New Year....

From the Archives
Maslow - Alive and Well in the Classroom

What Maslow's Hierarchy means for teachers and how it impacts student learning in the classroom.

By Chuck Brickman

Featured Lessons
February Lesson Plans

US Presidents; Recipe for Friends; Valentine's Day; The Human Heart; Character Education; Uncle Sam for the New Millennium.

Teachers.Net Favorite
Craft Project:
Picasso Faces

Pablo Picasso used many different styles in his art. This fun lesson introduces his abstract work.

By Barb Gilman

Streaming Video
Teachers.Net Video Bytes

Book Review

Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations... One School at a Time.

Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
Reviewed by Grace Vyduna-Haskins