January 2009
Vol 6 No 1

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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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Featured Lesson Plans, Resources and Theme Activities...

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January Lesson Plans Especially for Preschool, Kindergarten & Early Primary

Jan Brett’s The Mitten, hibernation, bears, penguins, snowmen, groundhogs! Oh my! Here are some of the best winter theme lessons from the Teachers.Net Lesson Plans Bank.
from the Teachers.Net
Regular Feature in the Gazette
January 1, 2009

Mitten Theme

Mitten math – follow up to The Mitten story
Estimation, counting

Lesson Plan - The Mitten by Jan Brett
Sequencing, writing, listening, art

Math for The Mitten
Volume, area

My Mitten
Fine motor, language, visual motor

Mitten Glyph
Following directions, interpreting graphic data

Dramatizing The Mitten
Drama, retelling, sequencing

Mitten Math Game
Sequencing, addition, subtraction

Acting out The Mitten
Retelling, sequencing

The Mitten Activities
Language, comprehension, intro to Internet research

The Mitten – Curriculum Map
Activities for Art, Music, Play, Drama, Math, and Science

The Mitten
Estimation, math

More amazing lessons perfect for January!

Winter Theme Activities compiled
Includes learning center activities! Art, science, MORE!

Marshmallow Math Winter Theme Activities

Penguin Activities collected for Preschool - K

Penguin Glyph

Winter Hat Glyph
Recording and interpreting graphical data

Gingerbread Man Glyph

Graphing Activities – K - primary
How to make a magnetic graphing board and dozens of topics for graphing!

Snowman Theme

Writing activity follow-up to “The Snowman” video

Get Your Snow People Here – follow-up activities to
Recall information, create a story map, compare/contrast

Near and Far with Snow People
Art – perspective

Hibernation & Bears, Penguins

Hibernation – Follow-up to Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

Hibernation song

Hibernation (science)


Compilation of dozens of activities, poems, music, art, games

Sequencing, writing, some good links (Activity 4’s link doesn’t work, the rest were working as of Dec. ’08)

More Resources for January Winters!

Jan Brett Book activities (Chat transcript)

Snowman Crafts
Coffee filter snow kids; Milk Jug Igloo; Snowman Heads; Sock Snowmen

Marshmallow snow person recipe/craft (w/photo)
Tortilla snowflakes (w/photo)
Finger Paint Sticky toffee

Paint Stirrer Stick Snow Figure (w/diagram)
Soda Bottle Snowman (w/photo)
Balloon Print Snowman
Doily Snowman

Mizlett's 3-D snowflake (w/diagrams)

Snowman Soup,
Edible Glacier,
Ice Cube Painting

Winter and beyond. Bookmark these posts to use throughout the school year!

Paper plate crafts for various holidays and subjects

Class book ideas based upon books read (compiled)
Dozens of teacher-created ideas for fabulous class books!

Coming soon! Get a jump on Groundhog Day and 100th Day

Groundhog poem & printable

Groundhog Sizes lesson plan

Teachers Share Their Best 100th Day Activities

It’s time to start planning for 100th Day, Read Across America Day. These Teachers.Net forums can make the difference between ho hum and memorable
100th Day Chatboard:
100th Day Mailring:

Do you have a topic or theme not covered here? Just go to the Teachers.Net Lesson Plans Bank and type the topic, concept or theme name into the search form to find posts submitted by teachers like you, teachers eager to share with you their best lesson plans and activities! (Won’t you take just a couple of minutes once each month to submit YOUR most successful lessons?)

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