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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Some Rooms by Tim Newlin

Some Rooms by Tim Newlin is a new book looking for a publisher. But you can view it online!
by Kathleen Carpenter
Regular Feature in the Gazette
January 1, 2009

Some Rooms Are Just Right

We have stumbled upon a new children’s book which, due to its simplicity, has passed undetected through the literary radar scanners, but which contains a forgotten treasure chest of knowledge that dramatically affects our daily lives.

Some Rooms uses the fantasy dreams of a small boy who follows his come-to-life stuffed animals on a fun and enlightening journey through the rooms of his own house.

It has been over 100 years since we passed on the knowledge of house building from generation to generation. We have left this skill to the “experts” and have all but forgotten the basic recipes to a very special part of our lives – the shape, size and meaning of the rooms where we live.

The meaning of the rooms of a home is not taught in schools except at higher levels to engineers and architects. We now search for this recipe in the home-improvement section of every kind of media. Most of us know more about our car and our computer than we do about our homes.

Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us!” We are affected by spaces and relative size, need of privacy, noises, artificial and natural light, colors, orientation to nature, pleasant and unpleasant smells, temperature and function, orientation and traffic, and much more. SOME ROOMS presents these concepts in a delightfully illustrated story using simplistic terms embedded into an entertaining and easy to remember rhyme. SOME ROOMS is a child’s first step in the quest for a forgotten treasure.

Some Rooms has not yet found a publishing home, but maybe some one out there will take notice – we did. You can see for yourself. The book is laid out in PDF on the link below. Enjoy!

Read Some Rooms by Tim Newlin on Scribd here:

Current and all past articles by Tim Newlin are listed and linked below.

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