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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Marjan Glavac

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The Busy Educator's Monthly Five: February 2008
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
February 1, 2008
Each month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher and co-author of “How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom”, presents The Busy Educator's Monthly Five -- five websites for educators that are easy to read, simple to use and worthwhile to know.

Sign up for his free monthly Busy Educator’s Newsletter at:

eNATURE BIRD features color photos and detailed descriptions of more than 6,000 species of wildlife. Nature lovers can find any plant or animal they're likely to see in the United States on the site. Visitors can also send wildlife eCards, keep Web-based Life Lists, share observations and tips with other nature enthusiasts, post questions to eNature's experts, and more.

Kids Ark encourages children to get involved. Set in a cyberspace station, a friendly purple alien Captain Zeb (drawn by a 10 year old) invites children to undertake various activities - their reports and pictures can be featured on the site. The activities include monitoring pond animals, collecting fossils and local customs, and creating monsters and pictures.

KinderArt®, the largest collection of free art lessons and art education information on the Internet. KinderArt® provides an opportunity for parents, educators, artists, students and kids to have fun while exchanging ideas, finding information, conducting research and learning new things... all in one place.

Did you know that Hewlett-Packard has developed a fabulous website where you can access over 150 printing projects absolutely FREE?

Visit the Printsville website and discover unlimited printing possibilities using your HP DeskJet printer. In Printsville, you can print all kinds of useful and fun projects instantly, plus get tips to make your printouts clear and sharp every time. Explore local favourites like the Party & Gift Shop, Business Works, Kids Clubhouse, the Seasonal Gallery, Craft Corner and more.

Make everything from birthday cards to business cards, party hats to yard sale signs, by following these 3 simple steps:

  1. go to
  2. download any project
  3. print it out

Simple as that!

An educational resource about ancient Egypt. Learn about pyramids, hieroglyphics, mummies, view articles, photos and multimedia. Suitable for all ages. Virtual-Egypt has one of the most extensive image collections of Egyptian art and structure available on the Internet. News out of Egypt is available as soon as possible. This is a great site for anyone teaching about Egypt. Make your own cartouches and translate student names into hieroglyphics.

Until next month: 'Talk to each other, support each other, take care of each other.'

All the best,

Marjan Glavac

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About Marjan Glavac...

Marjan Glavac (BA, BEd, MA) is a professional speaker, teacher and author. He is a full time classroom teacher with 25 years teaching experience. He has taught and continues to teach students from the inner city, students with emotional/behavioral disorders, ESL, and IEP students. He is an international speaker and workshop presenter.

Marjan is the author of 3 books: The Busy Educator’s Guide To The World Wide Web 1st Edition, and 2nd Edition, and How To Make A Difference: Inspiring Students To Do Their Best, the creator of one of the Internet’s longest running free teacher monthly newsletters: The Busy Educator’s Newsletter (1998) and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom".

Since 1993, Marjan has been involved in dozens of telecommunications projects involving students from K-University on every continent of the world. His K-8 students have also participated in e-mail, travel buddy, research projects and polishing mirrors for the NASA Starshine project. He and his classes have been filmed by TVO and Global's Kids-TV; featured in all local media - newspapers, TV, radio, as well as nationally in Reader's Digest, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Today's Parent, Home and Educational Computing and internationally on WGN and NPR radio, websites and dozens of student newspapers worldwide.

Marjan is currently a gr.6 home room teacher at Wilfrid Jury Public School in London, Ontario, Canada where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information about Marjan Glavac, his books, keynotes, training and seminars, visit him at his site at

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