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Volume 3 Number 1

Harry & Rosemary Wong say, "All effective schools have a culture and it is the information one gets from a culture that sends a message to the students that they will be productive and successful." This month the Wongs offer more examples of successful school and classroom management...
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Around the Block by Cheryl Ristow
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
The Visually Impaired Child
Teaching Is...
Avoiding the 'Stares' When Intellectually Challenging Disadvantaged Students: Partnership Lessons from the HOTS Program
Why Use an Interactive Whiteboard?
A Bakerís Dozen Reasons!
The Effects Of Diet
Bully Advice For Kids
Teaching Gayle to Read (Part 2)
Both Sides Now in Gifted Education
What Are We Aiming At--What Do We Really Want To Aim At?
Teaching Graph from the Grassroots
Why Teachers Need Tenure
A Different Perspective to the Holidays
A Lesson Learned
Follow The Wonder
The Lighter Side of Teaching
Handy Teacher Recipes
Classroom Crafts
Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
New in the Lesson Bank
Upcoming Ed Conferences
Letters to the Editor
Chatboard Poll
eIditarod 2002
Planetary Society Protests Stop to Near-Earth Object Observations
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
7th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease
Arab American Students in Public Schools
School Bus Subsidies for Field Trip to 2002 Tour De Sol
Gazette Home Delivery:

Teacher Feature...

A Different Perspective to the Holidays

by Nancy Salsman aka "nan"

As many of you know I belong to a wonderful organization called AdoptaPlatoon. It is a non-profit organization that sends support to as many of our deployed service men/women serving all over the world. We send letters, emails, birthday cards, and care packages on a regular basis.

I very proudly serve as a Platoon Mom to 45 soldiers deployed to Bosnia. They are my newly adopted sons. Iíve sent them Care Packages, emails, and letters on a regular basis. I joined AdoptaPlatoon in memory of my dad. My dad served in the United States Marine Corp during WWII and the Korean War. I remember my dad telling me stories about soldiers that never received any mail. Itís because of my dad that I very proudly serve as a Platoon Mom.

As part of their holiday package I made each one of my sons a stocking stuffed with goodies. The boxes were mailed in plenty of time for Christmas. During a recent email exchange I found out that my point of contact (POC) was playing Santa on base in Bosnia. It turned out that I was playing Mrs. Claus for our local VFW Post kids Christmas Party. My POC and I promised to exchange pictures of him being Santa and me playing the part of Mrs. Claus.

I wanted to share their Christmas Picture with you. It certainly put a new perspective on the holidays for me. I salute each of our service men/women currently serving our country. It is because of them that each of us can enjoy all the freedom that we do. Please remember our service men/women as they are away from their families. God Bless each of them!

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For more information about AdoptaPlatoon, visit their website at


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