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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Teachers.Net Tech Center
Presidential Library and Museum Fellowships
Printable timelines: Barack Obama’s Life; The Civil Rights Movement
A Safe Glue Gun to Use with Kids

From the News Desk
January 1, 2009

Teachers.Net Tech Center

A collection of 7 specialized teacher chatboards designed to help teachers effectively implement technology into their curriculum.

Computer Teachers
The Computer Teacher Chatboard is an active forum designed to connect teachers who teach the subject of computers and computer technology.

Internet Security and Safety
The Internet Security and Safety Chatboard helps teachers work together to effectively harness the promise of the Internet for their students, while avoiding the perils that await unsuspecting educators. Topics commonly discussed include web filtering for the class and campus, server security, protecting student terminals from accidental or intentional student "modifications," and all issues related to safe use of Internet and educational software. Tech administrators are encouraged to bookmark this resource, to participate fully, and help allow classrooms everywhere to safely and effectively tap into the promise of technology.

Web Authors
One of our oldest tools, the Web Authors Chatboard (formerly "Webtalk") is a web community designed to help teachers build websites for their school or classroom, and for other educational purposes.

Computer Whiteboards
Our newest offering in the Tech Center is the Computer Whiteboard Chatboard. This forum covers use of "Smartboards" and other computer whiteboards and related presentational software and hardware.

Apple/Mac Classroom
Teachers.Net was originally built exclusively on Apple computers, and we recognize the tremendous impact Apple technology has had in the classroom over the decades since the Apple first emerged as the educator's choice for the classroom computer. This chatboard offers teachers a place to exchange ideas and discuss ways to use the Apple technologies to empower their curriculum.

Educational Software
This forum lets teachers discuss the mountains of software programs and systems designed for educating students. From the simplest of calculators and web demonstrations, to most ambitious of pedagogical systems, the Educational Software Chatboard is your one place to discuss any and everything related to educational software.

Library/Media Specialists
One of the most active and vital communities on Teachers.Net, the Librarians/Media Specialists Chatboard connects specialists in the Media Arts around the planet. At the forefront of the technological revolution, the members of this community zealously push the envelope, and foster the spirit of growth through innovation.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Fellowships
Horace Mann and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) are offering fellowships to study the life and legacy of our 16th president. Maximum award: $1,000 fellowship, featuring a five-day institute in June or July 2009 at the ALPLM in Springfield, Illinois. Eligibility: full-time teachers K-12 at a public or private school in the United States. Deadline: February 12, 2009.

Two Free Printable Timeline Posters:
Barack Obama’s Life;
The Civil Rights Movement

A Safe Glue Gun to Use with Kids: CoolToolNow here’s a neat new tool. CoolTool by AdTEch is a new, battery powered low-temp hot melt glue gun that's fantastic for using with kids on their craft projects. It's ultra-low temp, so much so that you can touch the glue as it comes out of the gun without getting burned. We think that fact that it’s cordless makes it especially convenient. Here’s a YouTube demo of the glue gun.(1:33)

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