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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 Baker’s 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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About Cheryl Ristow...
Cheryl Ristow is a first grade teacher at Valencia Park School in Fullerton, California. She has been teaching for 14 years - 10 in first grade, 4 in kindergarten. Cheryl is a graduate of Chapman College in Orange, California. She has a much loved little dog - Agatha - which is why her chat name is "Aggie." She enjoys travelling, reading, crafts - "and I like chatting... ;-)"
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Around the Block
by Cheryl Ristow (Aggie)
Around the Block With the California Chatters!
In April of 2001 a group of chatters gathered in Old Town San Diego. We had a delightful time getting to know each other! In July of that same year, a slightly larger group met in Fullerton, CA. We all had a wonderful time then, too. Since that day we've been trying to find a time to meet once again. Cher (who lives in San Diego) began the arduous task of trying to find a date that was free for most of us. She finally came up with Saturday, December 1. We again met in Old Town. The weather was beautiful and we all had a great time meeting old friends and making some new ones. I thought you'd all like to see the pictures that were taken that day.

Aggie and Sylvia took the train to San Diego from Orange County, CA. This is a beautiful 2 hour trip along the coast.

We all met at about 12:30 at Casa de Bandini in Old Town San Diego. This is a large Mexican restaurant in a converted Hacienda. We had drinks and a delicious lunch on the patio.

Cin, Cher, Sylvia

One of the new chatters we met was Cin who flew in specially for this event from Phoenix, Arizona! She is a hoot and a half and added a lot of fun to the group. We also met our fearless leader-Mr. Teachers.Net himself--- Bob Reap. Here he is talking to Soli (who was unable to be there this day and was sorely missed!) on the cell phone.

If you frequent the chat room here at Teachers.Net at all, you've probably heard about aggie's "chat attire". To tell you the truth, I no longer have any idea why or how this got started but the rumor is that aggie/1/ca chats while wearing a kilt, coconut bra, hiking boots and, to top it all off, a Viking helmet. I've started collecting these things now. At Halloween I found a terrific Viking helmet--- I knew I'd have to wear it for the next Teachers.Net gathering! Here is a picture of me in the famous helmet at lunch and in front of the school in Old Town.

Since we are all teachers, many pictures had to be taken of us at the school. Here we all are inside…looking a lot more like those children who give us gray hairs when we have them in our classrooms. I'm in the first seat, then Sylvia, Cin, Sandy and Tabasco Queen. Outside the school we took some group shots of all of us.

Cin, Quique, Aggie, Sylvia, and Sandy

Sandy, Tabasco Queen, Sylvia, Cin, Bob, Quique, and Aggie

It was a great day for all of us! There was lots of laughing, sharing, gossip and jokes. If you've never gone to a Teachers.Net gathering please do consider it! While it's fun to chat here in the cyber world, it's even better to put faces and personalities to names!