|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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February 1, 2009
Planning Dr. Seuss, Read Across America, 100th Day Projects? You need the
Teachers.Net Project Center!
The Teachers.Net Classroom Project Center is a collection of chatboard resources for teachers who develop projects for the classroom. A baker's dozen of specialized project forums, plus a fast-moving general switchboard for teachers looking to implement unique or non-traditional projects, we’re shining the spotlight on three you’ll want to pay special attention to during this month.
Read Across America
Arts & Crafts
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NEW BOOK! Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand
NEW BOOK! Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand
Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand is published by the Division of Speech Pathology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the largest pediatric speech pathology program in the United States. www.cincinnatichildrens.org/speech
Illustrated by Barbara Gibson (illustrator of The Kissing Hand)
Author Artie Knapp talks about Stuttering Stan with Speechpathology.com.
Click here to order Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand from Amazon.com; also available at other major outlets.
Mr. Knapp writes a wonderful tale of friendship, building self-esteem and the understanding of others with disabilities. This children's book is about a squirrel who stutters and how his disability affects his life and those around him. Stuttering Stan learns that friendship, understanding and self-respect are important for everyone. This book should be read by all children and adults alike to reaffirm those important life lessons that Stan's story brings to the forefront.
Tammy Flores, Executive Director
Artie Knapp's knack for identifying the things that worry children shines in Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand. His characters, displayed in especially lovely illustrations, and their interactions, are those young children will recognize from their experiences on playgrounds and in their classrooms. Embedded in this appealing story are important messages about human kindness and acceptance of challenges. This is a book I will be recommending to educators everywhere.
Free, Online SAT Prep Site – INeedAPencil.com
INeedAPencil.com is a free website that provides students with innovative online SAT prep through informative lessons and challenging practice questions. The site allows students to create accounts, learn SAT material from algebra to inferring ideas in reading passages, answer hundreds of SAT test questions, customize practice sessions based on strengths and weaknesses, and even see what their projected SAT score is based on how the students perform on INeedAPencil.com. Additionally, students can add parents and teachers as 'mentors' who receive progress reports via email. Harvard undergrad Jason Shah launched the site two years ago out of a frustration with expensive test prep programs that often returned poor results for many of his high school friends. To date it has helped over 18,000 students get into college with frequent scores increases exceeding 200 cumulative points. Shah provides teachers and after school programs with additional materials like progress booklets and a guide to completing the prep program to facilitate use and promotion of the program. Please email Jason at JasonShah@INeedAPencil.com to learn more and get resources to set your students up on INeedAPencil.com.
Here’s something that used up too much of my time today. Fascinating photos and information; surely of interest to everyone here, for your elementary – secondary students, too.
National Portrait Gallery Focus on Lincoln
Lose yourself in the fascinating displays and audio features about our 16th president!
There’s more: Lincoln’s contemporaries, the Civil War, more, linked on each page shown above.
You Can Draw!
Tim Newlin of TimTim.com has expanded his site of drawings! We’ve mentioned before his huge collection of downloadable drawings and calendars (free for non-commercial use). Now you can add YOUR drawings to the database to be shared with people all over the world. It’s simple. Just register, then upload your drawings where they’ll receive global exposure. Not ready to share? Then browse the growing collection of drawings others have posted. Check it out, and see what Tim’s poll question is this week. www.timtim.com