February 2008
Vol 5 No 2

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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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Apple Seeds

Barb Erickson

Apple Seeds for January, 2008

By Barb Erickson
Regular Feature in the Gazette
February 1, 2008
Every morning Barb/MI posts an inspiring or thought-provoking quotation we refer to as an "Apple Seed" on the main chatboard The "Apple Seeds" she posted during the month of January are compiled here....

January 1 No one ever regarded the first day of January with indifference. ~ Charles Lamb
January 2 The world bestows its big prizes both in money and honors but for one thing. And that is initiative. ~ Elbert Hubbard
January 3 Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. ~ Dr. Dale Turner
January 4 You have to know and feel what you are writing about. ~ Irving Berlin
January 5 Ignorance is no excuse; it’s the real thing. ~ Irene Peter
January 6 We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves. ~ Mary Lamberton Becker
January 7 Kids feel they have to shock their elders, and each generation grows up into something harder to shock. ~ Cal Craig
January 8 Do one thing at a time, and do that one thing as if your life depended upon it. ~ Eugene Grace
January 9 The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. ~ Thomas Jefferson
January 10 You can usually judge the character of others by how they treat those who can nothing for them or to them. ~ Malcolm Forbes
January 11 It is customary these days to ignore what should be done in favor of what pleases us. ~ Plautus
January 12 If you think you’re too small to be effective . . . you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito. ~ Anita Roddick
January 13 You may be disappointed if you fail, but are doomed if you don’t try. ~ Beverly Sills
January 14 Courage comes by being brave; fear comes by holding back. ~ Pubilius Syrus
January 15 In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. ~ Thomas Jefferson
January 16 Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson
January 17 People who claw their way to the top are not very likely to find very much wrong with the system that enabled them to rise. ~ Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
January 18 Business is a good game – lots of competition and a minimum of rules. You keep score with money. ~ Nolan Bushnell
January 19 Light tomorrow with today! ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
January 20 Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this, too, will be swept away. ~ Marcus Aurelius
January 21 In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 22 Respect the past in the full measure of its desserts, but do not make the mistake of confusing it with the present nor seek in it the ideals of the future. ~ Jose Incinerios
January 23 If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak to me. ~ William Shakespeare
January 24 Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. ~ Henry Van Dyke
January 25 Great people are they who see that spiritual thought is stronger than an material force, that thoughts rule the world. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
January 26 In our time, what is at issue is the very nature of the human, the image we have of her/his limits and meanings of possibilities as a person. History is not yet done with its exploration of the limits and meanings of “human nature”. ~ C. Wright Mills
January 27 Woe to the person inside a non-conformist clique who does not conform to non-conformity. ~ Eric Hoffer
January 28 People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it. ~ Howard W. Newton
January 29 There’s no point in speaking unless you can improve upon silence. ~ Edmund Muskie
January 30 Few great people could pass Personnel. ~ Paul Goodman
January 31 Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. ~ Albert Einstein

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