|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|
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|»||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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The Busy Educator's Monthly Five: February 2009
Use an artists’ online toolkit to create a work of art; Interactive animal detectives build thinking skills; Myths teach word origins; Teachers without borders close the education divide; Aquatic science resources!
|by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
February 1, 2009
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.
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THE ARTIST'S TOOLKIT: VISUAL ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES
Artists use visual elements and principles like line, color and shape as tools to build works of art. Learn about these concepts in a variety of ways:
Explore the Toolkit (Watch animated movies demonstrating the elements and principles, create your own composition using the elements and principles), Artists in Action, (watch professional artists Ta-Coumba Aiken and Judy Onofrio create original compositions to see how artists use the visual elements and principles), and Encyclopedia (learn more about the building blocks of composition with this in-depth guide).
THE FIN, FUR AND FEATHER BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
The Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation (FFBI) is an international website for kids grade 4-5 chronicling the exploits of an unusual, animal-run detective agency. The site invites Field Agents to solve interactive mysteries on six FFFBI missions ranging from Rainforest Undercover-an adventure to the Galapagos and the Amazon to Operation GAS-Chicken--a fowl genetic experiment that threatens Mars.
The site uses innovative interactive stories and cleverly disguised original thinking games to get kids to solve mysteries and learn crucial skills along the way, such as using the Internet for research and investigation, critical thinking, reading, and writing. The project is also a seductively devious springboard to explore a wide range of subjects - from math and science to geography, genetics and history.
CALLIOPE, MUSE OF ELOQUENCE
At "Calliope, Muse of Eloquence," students explore English words derived from Latin and Greek mythology. In this series of standards-based lessons, students read summaries of ancient myths to understand the origin and meaning of new words. The self-correcting lessons are designed for grades 3-12. Question sheets available via Adobe Acrobat Reader help students stay focused and provide a means of assessment.
TEACHERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Teachers Without Borders works to close the education divide, particularly in developing countries, by providing resources to teachers and connecting them with each other. TWB builds Community Teaching & Learning Centers (high-teach; high-touch; high-tech education sites). There is also a five-course Certificate of Teaching Mastery (CTM) program (professional development for educators), along with other programs geared to youth, job skills, and health. Membership is free.
SHEDD EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURES (SEA) JOHN G. SHEDD AQUARIUM
Shedd Educational Adventures (SEA) contains a treasure trove of aquatic science resources for K-12 teachers and students. SEA brings the Philippines to life for your students with fact sheets and multimedia interactives based on the Wild Reef exhibit at Shedd Aquarium.
Plus K-12 lesson plans, fact sheets about plants, animals and culture, and more! Dive into the SEA today!
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