|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.2||February 2009|
|Cover Story by Alfie Kohn|
|Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated: The (Troubling) Theory and Practice of Control from Within|
|To inquire into what underlies the idea of self-discipline is to uncover serious misconceptions about motivation and personality, controversial assumptions about human nature, and disturbing implications regarding how things are arranged in a classroom or a society.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching|
|To Be an Effective Teacher|
Simply Copy and Paste
|»||Do You Have a Student Teacher?Hal Portner|
|»||Test-taking Skills Made EasySue Gruber|
|»||Teaching Children Refusal SkillsLeah Davies|
|»||How to Be ConsistentMarvin Marshall|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac|
|»||Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman|
|»||What Side of the Box are YOU On?Kioni Carter|
|»||Global Travel GuruJosette Bonafino|
|»||Teacher Study Groups: Taking the “Risk” out of “At-Risk”Bill Page|
|»||Can Anyone Learn to Draw?Tim Newlin|
|»||The Heart of Mathematical ThinkingLaura Candler|
|»||Finding Free Art Materials in Your CommunityMarilyn J. Brackney|
|»||The Downside of Good Test ScoresAlan Haskvitz|
|»||February 2009 Writing PromptsJames Wayne|
|»||In The Middle School (poem)James Wayne|
|»||Using Photographs To Inspire Writing IVHank Kellner|
|»||Teacher Performance AssessmentPanamalai R. Guruprasad|
|»||How To Help Victims Of Bullying: Advice For Parents & EducatorsKathy Noll|
|»||Unwilling Student Meets Unwavering Teacher Lauren Romano|
|»||Notes from The JungleJohn Price|
|»||Lead the Class - Teachers as Leaders John Sweeting|
|»||Opposing Views of a Post-Racial SocietyRoland Laird|
|»||Who Really Needs Four Years of Math and Science? Steve A. Davidson|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman|
|»||Today Is... Daily CommemorationRon Victoria|
|»||The Lighter Side of Teaching|
|»||Teacher Blogs Showcase|
|»||Carol Goodrow’s “Healthy-Ever-After” Children’s Books|
|»||Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids|
|»||Memo to the New Secretary of Education and|
John Stossel: American students are NOT stupid
|»||Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: February 2009|
|»||All of the Presidents in Under 2 Minutes!, Needle Sized Art, I Am a Teacher!, How It’s Made: Copy paper, and If My Nose Was Runnin’ Money|
|»||Live on Teachers.Net: February 2009|
|»||T-Netters Share Favorite Recipes|
|»||Technology in the Art Classroom|
|»||Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers|
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Pre-Trip Planning Tips and Traveling to Iceland
Our Global Guru educational travel expert lists important pre-trip planning tips and endorses a plan to experience Iceland – The Land of Fire and Ice - for its unique linguistics and spectacular landscape.
|by Josette Bonafino
Regular contributor to the Gazette
February 1, 2009
Dear Global Guru,
First things first - make sure your students apply for their passports well in advance of your departure date since they may take six weeks or longer to process. The U.S. Department of State's travel site has complete info on passport acceptance facilities, fees and the required documentation.
If your travel group includes foreign exchange students or parents who are not U.S. citizens, be aware of visas they may need. A teacher friend of mine got stuck at the German border with a Bermudian student who did not have the visa necessary for him to enter the Czech Republic. Not fun. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of ALL the countries on your itinerary for specific entry requirements.
Now on to luggage. With ever-rising fuel costs and ever-changing security measures, the rules regarding “what can I bring” and “how much” are changing practically every day. Visit www.tsa.gov for the latest check-in and carry-on restrictions, and be sure to check your airline’s web site for its specific luggage weight restrictions. Stress to students that when it comes to packing, less is definitely more.
Here are a few more words of wisdom:
Establish a code of conduct, and let your students know exactly what kind of behavior – like drinking alcohol or blowing curfew - will get them kicked off the trip.
Collect each student’s tip money before you depart so it doesn’t “accidentally” get spent on souvenirs. After you arrive, collect everyone’s passport and airline ticket, and lock these documents in the hotel safe.
Make a master list of each student’s emergency contacts, prescription medications, allergies, dietary restrictions and other special needs. Make your students carry a list of your hotels in case they get lost.
Last but not least, make your group’s luggage easily identifiable to expedite collection at the airport. As Tony Orlando once sang, “Tie a yellow ribbon round that old suitcase.” Isn’t that how the tune went?
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