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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
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For each student:

  • 3 large marshmallows
  • several very thin pretzels sticks

  1. Break a pretzel stick into smaller piece and use it to connect two marshmallows together.
  2. Connect the 3rd marshmallow in the same way.
  3. Use other pretzel sticks to create arms, legs, "hair", face.

Marci McGowan
Tortilla Snowflakes

  • Begin by washing & sterilizing scissors.
  • Then, warm flour tortillas in the oven or microwave just until they are soft and warm.
  • Fold in half and thirds and cut into snowflakes just like you would paper.
  • Put them on waxed paper on cookie sheets and spray with butter-flavor cooking spray and bake until crisp but not brown.
  • Dust with powdered sugar. (you can dust with cinnamon-sugar before baking)

Chris Christensen
Finger Paint


  • Cornstarch (not too much) try a few tablespoons at first to get an idea of how this works
  • Some cold water
  • Some boiling water
  • Vegetable food coloring


  1. Put the cornstarch into a bowl and mix it with a little cold water until you have a smooth paste.
  2. Then, while stirring (it's very important to stir it constantly to avoid clumping), pour in the boiling water until you get the desired consistency. (The water MUST be boiling hot)
  3. Add some vegetable food coloring and you have a great finger paint.

Remember, don't give it to the children until it's cooled

If you have washable table tops, let the children paint right on the tables. If the paint starts to dry, spray with water from a spray bottle.

When the children are done and while the paint is still wet, press sheets of paper over the painted areas and lift. The paper will pick up an impression of the paint.

Wash the tables with warm soapy water and sponges.

Mary Miehl
Sticky Toffee

When it is very cold and there is lots of snow on the ground, we have boiled maple syrup and made sticky toffee by pouring it on the snow and then eating it. The kids love doing this!!

Also - how about using the old Stone Soup book and making a nutritious pot of soup. We have done this using a couple of crocks in the classroom and each child brings in one vegetable to contribute to the soup. We have a stone soup lunch and the kids have a delicious, tummy warming lunch.

Beth Arnott

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