February 2009
Vol 6 No 2

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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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Cover Story by Alfie Kohn

Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong

Contributors this month: Alfie Kohn, Sue Gruber, Kioni Carter, Marvin Marshall, , Marjan Glavac, , Hal Portner, Leah Davies, Barbara Pressman, Tim Newlin, Bill Page, James Wayne, Hank Kellner, Josette Bonafino, Marilyn J. Brackney, Barb Stutesman, Ron Victoria, Panamalai R. Guruprasad, Alan Haskvitz, Kathy Noll, Lauren Romano, John Price, John Sweeting, Laura Candler, Roland Laird, Steve A. Davidson, and YENDOR.

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Today Is...

Ron Victoria

Today Is... (February 2009)

Daily Commemorations
by Ron Victoria
Regular Feature
February 1, 2009
Every day for years, Ron Victoria (AKA Ron/NJ) reported on the commemorations of the day on the Teachers.Net Golden Apples Chatboard. Now his many fans will find his Today is... for each month right here in the Teachers.Net Gazette!

February is...

AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month,
American Heart Month, Black History Month,
Boost Self-Esteem Month,
Cherry Month,
Children's Dental Health Month,
Condom Month,
Embroidery Month,
Expect Success Month,
Friendship Month,
Get Inspired Month,
Library Lovers' Month,
Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month,
Weddings Month
National Snack Food Month, and
National Wild Bird Feeding Month.

Feb. 1 is ... Be an Encourager Day, National Freedom Day
Feb. 2 is ... 1st Recorded Sneeze Day
Feb. 3 is ... Carrot Cake Day
Feb. 4 is ... Homemade Soup Day
Feb. 5 is ... Chocolate Fondue Day
Feb. 6 is ... Pay a Compliment Day
Feb. 7 is ... Ballet Day
Feb. 8 is ... Kite Flying Day, Boy Scout Day
Feb. 9 is ... Weather Day
Feb. 10 is ... Umbrella Day
Feb. 11 is ... Stay Single Day
Feb. 12 is ... National Plum Pudding Day
Feb. 13 is ... Dream of Your Sweetheart Day
Feb. 14 is ... Read to Your Child Day
Feb. 15 is ... Jewelry Day
Feb. 16 is ... Do a Grouch a Favor Day
Feb. 17 is ... Random Acts of Kindness Day, USA
Feb. 18 is ... National Battery Day
Feb. 19 is ... National Chocolate Mint Day
Feb. 20 is ... Love Your Pet Day
Feb. 21 is ... Card Reading Day
Feb. 22 is ... Be Humble Day
Feb. 23 is ... Banana Bread Day
Feb. 24 is ... National Tortilla Chip Day
Feb. 25 is ... Opera Day
Feb. 26 is ... National Pistachio Day
Feb. 27 is ... International Polar Bear Day
Feb. 28 is ... Underlings Day

Printable "Today Is" Calendar in pdf format

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