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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The Teachings of Jon; State Teachers of the Year Speak Out Against NCLB; An Introduction to the Interactive Whiteboard; Math "trick," find squares near 100; Hilarious Professional Development;
by Kathleen Alape Carpenter
Regular Feature for the Gazette
February 1, 2008
The Teachings of Jon
This trailer introduces The Teachings of Jon, a one-hour documentary film about 40-year old Jon who is severely affected by Down syndrome. The filmmaker is Jon's sister, Jennifer Owensby, who says on the film's web site, "This is the story of our journey and how Jon has changed us for the better. I hope that our story offers others the many blessings that Jon has offered us." (4:33)

The Teachings of Jon has appeared on Public Television nationwide and is available for purchase through

State Teachers of the Year Speak Out Against NCLB
After meeting at the White House to celebrate their selections as Teachers of the Year, 50 of the educators called for major changes to the so-called No Child Left Behind law as it heads for debate in Congress. (2:19)

An Introduction to the Interactive Whiteboard
A quick overview showing basic applications of the Smartboard™ interactive whiteboard (2:43)

Math "trick," find squares near 100
The demonstration of a math trick for mentally computing numbers near 100. (4:23)

Hilarious Professional Development
Dr. Phil meets NCLB! (1:18)

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