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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
Gazette Home Delivery:

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

Qualifying educators can deduct up to $250 in out-of-pocket expenditures

A new tax deduction is available to teachers, instructors, counselors, principals and aides who work at least 900 hours during a school year in public and private elementary and secondary schools...

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Maslow's Theory of Hierarchical Needs -- Alive and Well in the Classroom
by Chuck Brickman

Schools and government agencies have long realized that if students' basic needs are not met student performance will suffer. The advent of free breakfast and lunch programs was a direct result of such considerations...

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H.O.T.S. Activities for Use With the Classroom Word Wall
by Michelle Stankevicius

I went to a workshop this summer about the importance of teaching our students HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills).

One activity that I learned is called "List, Group, Label"...

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Mid-Year Mark: Closing the Curriculum Gap for ESL Teachers
by Jen Cullerton Johnson

As the school year approaches the midway mark, many ESL teachers may grow more anxious as the countdown begins. One looming question may be on their minds: How do we fit everything in with less time? How do we determine what is essential?...

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Teachers.Net Again Joins NEA in a Seussian Reading Celebration!

Retired educators will read to kids on March 3, 2003

The year-long reading extravaganza that culminates on -- or near -- the birthday of the late great Dr. Seuss will be led throughout the 2002-2003 school year by Ming-Na (better known as Dr. Chen on NBC's ER) and Esai Morales (Lt. Tony Rodriguez on ABC's NYPD Blue)...

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LT Marshall Branch
December 14th update from Operation Deep Freeze

As you all recall, my last update had not included anything about the Initiation Ceremony for the Crossing of the "X" yet. Well, before we made it into Australia, the ceremony took place...

Kathleen Carpenter - Editor, Teachers.Net Gazette
Editor's e-Picks - January Resources

The Teachers.Net Archive is a treasure trove of material, available 24 hours every day. Archived chat transcripts overflow with teachers' favorite, practical ideas and activities, free for the reading...

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Bill Page
A Time for Change

Times have changed and "we can't go home again." But we can:

Change ourselves,
Change our attitudes...


If We Want…

If we want teachers to teach in an inclusive, diverse classroom, they must be empowered to make changes day by day in their classrooms in accordance with the needs of each student

Joy Jones
Writing Tips for Teachers

It never fails to happen. After a teacher training workshop, or at the end of a book signing, there will be one woman who hangs back, wanting to talk to me privately.

"I like to write, too," she'll say. "Can you help me?"

Interestingly, most teachers I talk to don't want to write about education. Although some want to write scholarly articles, many want to write personal essays and experiences...

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Dr. Dorothy Rich Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect
Even For "High Stakes" Testing

Homework is a big concern of most parents and teachers, probably because of the common view that practice leads to improvement. Everyone from Ben Franklin to Little League and Olympics coaches have drummed that into our consciousness...

Janet Chapman
Attention Teachers!
Homogeneous is [not always] a bad word!

Some adults today have painful emotional memories of long past days of "Dick and Jane" and reading groups of Redbirds and Bluebirds. Those traditional, inflexible, homogeneous reading groups of the past could often be humiliating and demeaning...

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Bikika T. Laloo
A Primer for
Teaching in the University

The article discusses how the art of teaching is learned on the job, on the basis of personal experiences. It also touches some teaching methods, relationships with students and some ways and means for earning their respect...

P R Guruprasad
Dividing With a Difference

I was trying to teach single digit division to my children but with no success despite meticulous lesson planning and 'proven' teaching methods. I have failed in my self administered litmus test...

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Also in this issue:

Bits and Pieces:

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