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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.1 January 2009

Cover Story by Alfie Kohn
It’s Not What We Teach;
It’s What They Learn
"I taught a good lesson even though the students didn't learn it,” makes no more sense than "I had a big dinner even though I didn't eat anything.”

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
The Sounds of Students
Learning and Performing

»Six Easy Resolutions for 2009Sue Gruber
»Learning the Value of DiversityLeah Davies
»Flash Nebula is in the house! Will standardized tests detect him?Todd R. Nelson
»Teaching is an art, not a science.Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»5 Ways to Activate Your Natural Teacher CoachKioni Carter
»Global Travel GuruJosette Bonafino

»PRINTABLE 2009 Multilingual, Multinational Calendar Tim Newlin
»Thoughts on the Use of Failure as a Teaching Technique Bill Page
»Traits of a Good TeacherAlan Haskvitz
»January 2009 Writing PromptsJames Wayne
»Let's Get Started with SmartboardMarjan Glavac
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing IIIHank Kellner
»Phonemic Awareness: Letting The Horse Pull The CartGrace Vyduna Haskins
»Reading Strategies: Teaching Students to VisualizeLisa Frase
»Teaching the Alphabet to Diverse LearnersHeidi Butkus
»The Metaphor Of Collaboration - What's missing from group work?Ambreen Ahmed
»A Taste of InspirationSteven Kushner
»Activities & Games for Foreign and First Language ClassesRebecca Klamert
»Four Years of High School Math and Science Should be a National PolicyStewart Brekke

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily CommemorationRon Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Some Rooms
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: January 2009
»January Lesson Plans Especially for Preschool, Kindergarten & Early Primary
»Video Bytes: Dr. Martin Luther King, One Minute “I have a dream” speech by Daniel Stringer, Crystal Photography – Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, FDR Fireside Chat on the Banking Crisis – March 1933, President Elect Barack Obama Reassures Americans – Thanksgiving 2008, T-Netter ron nj aka “Man of Steel” plays Sleepwalk, Big Dog Robot
»Live on Teachers.Net: January 2009
»T-Net chefs share their favorite warm-up-winter recipes
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Cover Story by Alfie Kohn

Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong

Contributors this month: Alfie Kohn, Sue Gruber, Kioni Carter, Marvin Marshall, , Marjan Glavac, Todd R. Nelson, Leah Davies, Barbara Pressman, Tim Newlin, Bill Page, James Wayne, Hank Kellner, Josette Bonafino, Grace Vyduna Haskins, Barb Stutesman, Ron Victoria, Lisa Frase, Alan Haskvitz, Heidi Butkus, Ambreen Ahmed, Steven Kushner, Rebecca Klamert, Stewart Brekke, Artie Knapp, and YENDOR.

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Cover Story: Alfie Kohn

It’s Not What We Teach;
It’s What They Learn

"I taught a good lesson even though the students didn’t learn it," makes no more sense than "I had a big dinner even though I didn’t eat anything."


PRINTABLE 2009 Multilingual, Multinational Calendar

Print the 12 month calendar Tim Newlin of has designed especially for the Teachers.Net community!

By Tim Newlin

Thoughts on the Use of Failure as a Teaching Technique

Failure as an educational procedure is a failure... Failing students, while in the learning process, is totally unnecessary, detrimental, and deleterious.

By Bill Page

Traits of a Good Teacher

There is no hard and fast list that tells you who is a good teacher. However, there are traits that excellent teachers have in common.

By Alan Haskvitz

Writing Prompts for January 2009

The character trait for January is; INTEGRITY.

James Wayne

Let’s Get Started with Smartboard

Five great tips every new Smartboard user needs.

By Marjan Glavac

Using Photography To Inspire Writing III

Getting students to write is a snap with the ideas shared in this, the third in a series of idea-filled articles by the author of Write What You See: 99 Photographs To Inspire Writing.

Hank Kellner

Phonemic Awareness: Letting The Horse Pull The Cart

WHOA! First comes awareness of the individual sounds in language.

Grace Vyduna-Haskins

Reading Strategies: Teaching Students to Visualize

Good readers visualize when they read. Here are 5 simple ways to engage students in visualizing text using tactile, visual and kinesthetic methods.

Lisa Frase

Teaching the Alphabet to Diverse Learners

A kindergarten teacher shares a variety of activities she’s found successful in teaching the names of letters, including her own music, available to you!

Heidi Butkus

The Metaphor Of Collaboration - What's Missing From Group Work?

Get big results from small group work.

Ambreen Ahmed

A Taste of Inspiration

A teacher creating effective lesson plans is like an executive chef at a four-star restaurant preparing the perfect dish.

Steven Kushner

Free Downloads
Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids

Thanks to the creativity and generosity of the Teachers.Net community, we offer the following printables for teachers. Just click and print!

Collective Wisdom
Teachers.Net Chefs Share Their Favorite Warm-Up-Winter Recipes

Mother Magoo’s Hamburger Veggie Soup; Black Bean Pumpkin Soup; Waldorf Salad; Danish Banana Bread Muffins; and More. Enjoy!

Activities & Games for Foreign and First Language Classes

A teacher of Spanish shares her favorite and most effective games and activities to boost vocabulary and grammar skills in any language!

Rebecca Klamert

Four Years of High School Math and Science Should be a National Policy

A former chemistry and physics teachers makes the case that more rigorous math and science training at the secondary school level would benefit individuals and society.

Stewart E Brekke

Featured T-Netter

Ron NJ (aka Man of Steel)
plays “Sleepwalk”

The Ventures had a hit with it in the 60's, and now Teachers.Net's own Ron Victoria shows off some fancy pedal steel guitar on this old Santo and Johnny song from 1959.


Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers

Six Easy Resolutions
for 2009

Here are some that resolutions are easy to achieve and just might make your teaching life easier and more fun!

By Sue Gruber

Learning the Value
of Diversity

Children's identity and self-respect are related to how others treat them, and ultimately to their future success.

By Leah Davies

The Principal Learning Curve

Will Standardized Tests Detect Flash Nebula?

My thoughts turn to the creativity we are not gathering information on, and the creativity on hold in favor of gathering data of transitory use.

By Todd R. Nelson

Promoting Learning & Discipline

Teaching is an Art,
Not a Science

There are many things in life that everyone knows exist but that cannot be quantified. Love and friendship are but two simple examples.

By Dr. Marvin Marshall

The Busy Educator's 5:
January 2009

Brains Are Fun site for adults who want to help kids learn; Autism from the parents' perspective; technology tutorials, flash games for teachers and students, and more.

By Marjan Glavac

Advice for Substitute Teachers
Standing up to
the Defiant Student

Barbara responds to questions about student perceptions of the substitute teacher, and the appropriate way to react to defiant behaviors.

By Barbara Pressman

Coaching the Urban Educator
5 Ways to Activate Your Natural Teacher Coach

Each of us has a coach inside of us, and believe it or not, you probably use it daily with your students without realizing it!

By Kioni Carter

Global Travel Guru
Off to Bavaria & Spain!

*NEW* feature! Global Travel Guru advice column provides valuable tips and support for teachers planning to escort students on educational travel adventures!

By Josette Bonafino


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Apple Seeds
Today Is...
January 2009 Events
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The Lighter Side of Teaching

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