January 2009
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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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Tim Newlin
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PRINTABLE 2009 Multilingual, Multinational Calendar

Designed by the Artist Tim Newlin For Teachers.Net Teachers
by Kathleen Carpenter
January 1, 2009


Print the 12 month calendar Tim Newlin of has designed especially for the Teachers.Net community! It’s a multilingual, multinational calendar you can print and use with students from grade preschool through 12, or to keep track of your own busy schedule.

Each page of the calendar features Tim’s whimsical drawing of a scene representing a different nation – one for each month of the year. Featured in each drawing is a group of critters set in a scene representing that nation, with the animals’ sounds spelling out in the language of that country. The animal translations are how the animal sounds are written in the language of that country.

Says Newlin, “We all know that animals sound the same - a pig sounds the same on a Danish farm as it does on an American farm, but I found out how funny it was while I was traveling about Europe to read these barking and meowing and mooing sounds as they were written in the various languages, and kids here in Denmark thought it was funny to hear how they "read out" the sounds. The weirdest of all the sounds is of course the Greek ones that are written in the Greek alphabet.

About the scenes artist Newlin drew for each nation: “I also tried as much as possible to capture the essence of the country with the drawings. Germany was in the process of re-unification so I used the famous Brandenburg Gate; France is famous for food so I used a scene in a kitchen; Holland is famous for its dikes. Luxembourg is famous for how small and so full of banks, Spain for its flamingo dancers, Portugal for its fishing and beaches, Italy is world cup holder in soccer and the Catholic church is so powerful there. Denmark is known for the little mermaid and Vikings, Greece for its Islands and ancient buildings and acropolis.

“Then of course there is the Irish Blarney Stone and the famous Pot of Gold that the leprechauns keep hidden somewhere and the fact that in Luxembourg, Belgium and France they do speak French but each with its own dialect… therefore the animal sounds as written are a bit different. Belgium is, of course, the seat of the EU government most of the time and that's why I had all the animals around the conference table discussing farm subsidies - which is a major part of the EU budget and what really keeps all these very diverse countries with their many languages and cultures bound together in a common goal of European unity.”

Tim Newlin
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