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Volume 4 Number 1

Corks are popping! January is awards month in the world of children's literature. Esme Codell writes about contenders for the Caldecott award for best illustration in American children's literature, the Newbery for best writing, the Coretta Scott King award, and others...
January Columns
January Articles
January Regular Features
January Informational Items
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Also in this issue:

Business Cards & No Problem With Hurricane Lili Dec./Jan. Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Learning and Relationships, The two are inseparable Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
Teach Children Test-taking Skills Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Teachers Have Two Jobs Teachers As Learners by Hal Portner
Male Elementary Teachers Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Starting a New Year…Ginny's List of 10 The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
Sites for School Principals and High School Teachers The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
New Versions of Software Can Be Overkill Ed-Tech Talk by Rob Reilly
Why Didn't We Think of That? 4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Corks Are A-Poppin' at! Postcard from Planet Esme - News from the world of children's books by Esmé Codell
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Featured Schools
Classroom Photos by Members of the Teachers.Net Community
January Poems
A Small Collection of Poems for the New Year
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • Classroom Chuckles
  • Goose At the Senior Center by Goose
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Teddy Bear vs. Real Bear from the Lesson Bank
    Cinnamon Bear
    Categories Bag Take Home Activity
    Here's a Little Groundhog
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Happy Ending Ahead
    "Art" & "Craft" How they are alike and how they differ by MaryAnn Kohl
    We get the best kids these parents have... from the Second Grade Mailring
    H.O.T.T. or NOT: Teacher Training Academy at Hartnell College from: CSU Hayward
    2002 World Population Film/Video Festival from: Rawn Fulton
    ANNOUNCING: Summer 2003 National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.A.) from: the National Endowment for the Humanities
    Early Childhood Educators Release Guidelines for Early Learning Standards from: NAEYC
    Christopher Columbus Awards Challenge Teams of Middle School Students to Explore Opportunities for Positive Change in their Communities from: The Christopher Columbus Awards
    "Best 100 Communities for Music Education" Survey Moved Up for 2003 from: American Music Conference
    Give Kids Good Schools Campaign
    Grants for Libraries
    Helping Afghan Children with School Supplies
    GRANTS DEADLINE: Congressional Research Awards from: The Dirksen Congressional Center

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    Esmé Codell
    Corks Are A-Poppin' at!
    Happy New Year! Look at all those empty champagne and sparkling grape juice bottles strewn around…you think the party's over? Oh my dears, it's only just begun! I hope everyone has gotten their gowns and tuxes dry-cleaned, because January is awards month in the world of children's literature...
    Cover Story

    Kathleen Alape Carpenter, Editor
    Teachers.Net Again Joins NEA in a Seussian Reading Celebration
    Retired educators will read to kids on March 3, 2003

    This year Teachers.Net will focus upon rallying a corps of retired educators who will read to children on March 3, 2003 in schools, day care centers, and libraries in the U.S. and around the world...

    Barbara Gruber
    Sue Gruber

    Teach Children Test-taking Skills

    If children are fidgeting with items inside their desks or doodling with their pencils, you do not have their full attention. This classroom-management strategy teaches your students how to pay attention when you say "Time to listen." This is an easy routine to teach your class and it comes in handy when giving directions for taking tests...

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    Dr. Marvin Marshall
    Learning and Relationships
    The two are inseparable

    In a recent class visitation, I observed the teacher having great difficulty getting students to behave responsibly. The teacher continually raised her voice commanding the students.

    In private, I interviewed a number of students who gave the teacher trouble and asked them the reasons for their irresponsible behavior...

    Full story

    Dr. Rob Reilly
    New Versions of Software Can Be Overkill

    I first started using Microsoft's Word in 1993 when it was version 4.1. I have 'grown up' with the various versions of Microsoft Word; and now we are at version 8 or 9 (I know it has now become versioned by its year of introduction; we have seen Word 97, which was followed by Word 2000...

    Hal Portner
    Teachers Have Two Jobs

    How can you, the individual teacher, remove the isolation and put much of your professional development within your own control? This article is the first in a series about how to do just that -- and in the process, learn to teach better. Each month's article will offer suggestions and strategies that will help you be proactive in directing your own professional growth...

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    Kathleen Alape Carpenter, Editor
    New Tax Law Provides $250 Deduction for Educators

    According to the Internal Revenue Service, teachers should save their receipts for purchases of books and classroom supplies.

    "Many teachers dip into their own pockets when funds for classroom supplies run out before the school year does," said IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti. "A new law gives them a tax break this year and next, and we want them to have the records they'll need to claim it on their returns."...

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    Classroom Crafts


    This month features

    Mizletts's 3D Snowflake

    and from
    MaryAnn F. Kohl

    Stand Outs
    Dig It Sponge Art

    and much more...

    from the Teachers.Net Community


    This month's offerings;
    Cinnamon Bear
    Categories Bag Take Home Activity
    Here's a Little Groundhog...

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    LT Marshall Branch
    December 14th update from Operation Deep Freeze

    Project update
    We have just completed two wonderful weeks of port calls and transits around Southeast Australia. We were lucky enough to visit two ports, Sydney in New South Wales, and Hobart, on the island of Tasmania. Both were beautiful and unique in their own ways. Sydney is world renowned after their wildly successful Summer Olympics a couple of years back. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Bridge are icons that greet the world similar to our Statue of Liberty...

    Full story

    Also in this issue:

    Teachers.Net Again Joins NEA in a Seussian Reading Celebration! by Kathleen Alape Carpenter, Editor
    New Tax Law Provides $250 Deduction for Educators by Kathleen Alape Carpenter, Editor
    Maslow's Theory of Hierarchical Needs -- Alive and Well in the Classroom by Chuck Brickman
    December 14th update from Operation Deep Freeze by LT. Marshall Branch
    Editor's e-Picks - January Resources by Kathleen Alape Carpenter, Editor
    A Time for Change by Bill Page
    If We Want… by Bill Page
    H.O.T.S. Activities for Use With the Classroom Word Wall by Michelle Stankevicius
    Mid-Year Mark: Closing the Curriculum Gap for ESL Teachers by Jen Cullerton Johnson
    Writing Tips for Teachers by Joy Jones
    Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect - Even For "High Stakes" Testing by Dr. Dorothy Rich
    Attention Teachers! Homogeneous is [not always] a bad word! by Janet Chapman
    Dividing With a Difference by P R Guruprasad
    A Primer for Teaching in the University by Bikika T. Laloo
    Bits and Pieces - Various Small Articles by The Teachers.Net Community
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  • Person of the Year
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