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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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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
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    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

    The Teachers.Net Gazette is a cooperative publication by and for members of the Teachers.Net community. We accept for consideration brief articles (approximately 350-2500 words) on topics of interest to educators. Articles should be fully edited, spell checked, and ready for publication. Send submissions by e-mail to along with a brief biography written in third person. A digital photo (headshot) is desirable but optional. Teachers.Net reserves the right to edit articles accepted for publication.
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    Hal Portner
    Teachers Have Two Jobs

    Successful teaching is an art that takes insight and knowledge, in addition to time, to develop. One reason teachers find job two (learning to teach better) so frustrating is that they are literally isolated...

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    Dr. Marvin

      Learning and Relationships The two are inseparable

    Trust is really the foundation of any relationship. It assumes that you will be safe, that you will not be harmed.

    With people, trust also carries with it an implicit message that the other person has your own best interests in mind...


    Sue Gruber

    Teach Children Test-taking Skills

    No matter how teachers feel about tests, children are going to be tested. In this article, the focus is on helping children perform better in testing situations. Test-taking skills can be taught, practiced and perfected We'll show you some easy ways to help your students feel relaxed and prepared without creating extra work for yourself...

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    Cheryl M. Sigmon
    Why Didn't We Think of That?

    Among the numerous controversies spawned by the National Reading Panel Report is the lack of support for self-selected reading time in our classrooms. The panel does acknowledge that in order for students to establish good reading habits they need time to read daily...

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    Esmé Codell
    Corks Are A-Poppin' at!

    January is awards month in the world of children's literature. On January 27th, the Caldecott award for best illustration in American children's literature will be announced, along with the Newbery for best writing...

    Beth Bruno
    Male Elementary Teachers

    Nationwide there are only 6% male elementary teachers; we need to proactively recruit and hire many more male elementary school teachers...

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    Rob Reilly Ed.D.
    New Versions of Software Can Be Overkill

    There comes a time when a software product (to borrow a US Army slogan) 'is all that it can be.' There comes a time when adding more features to a software package is not productive...

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    Ginny Hoover
    Starting a New Year…Ginny's List of 10

    It's a good time for reflection. If an ideal time existed to make changes for the remainder of the year, the natural point would be the beginning of second semester. So as you start the New Year, think about...

    Marjan Glavac

    Sites for School Principals and High School Teachers

    Here are five sites for school principals and high school teachers...

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    Harry & Rosemary Wong
    Wanted - Educators' Business Cards

    Important people have business cards and who is more important than a teacher? We are currently at work on the revision of The First Days of School and we are in need of your business card...

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    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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