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Over 500 Teacher Webpages on Teachers.Net Webring...
The Teachers.Net Webring (http://teachers.net/webring/ ) has passed the 500 mark! Late in February the 500th teacher joined what has become one of the largest and busiest webrings for teachers on the Internet. A webring links sites with common goals or features, enabling readers to jump from one to another with a simple click of the mouse.

Valerie Simeone, a teacher of third grade, graduate school student, mother and spouse, volunteers her time to administer the webring with enthusiasm in spite of her busy schedule. "Even though the job takes time from my weekends, I love doing it because I'm very impressed by the quality of work so many teachers put into their web sites. And every site is unique! You can travel from one to another and never see the same information twice."

In order to qualify for inclusion in this vibrant group, web sites must be non-commercial in nature, offering information helpful and interesting to other teachers. While some teachers use their sites to post links and information about helpful resources on and off the Internet, others use them to showcase their classroom and school activities. Simeone's web site is representative of those who combine purposes by presenting information of use to her students, their families, and other educators.

To the accompaniment of an electronic version of "Let There Be Peace on Earth," Mrs. Simeone's students can access the "Homework Page" for their spelling words, consult the calendar of school events, and check on the classroom pet, a Cuban tree frog. Students' families are offered a collection of links to resources as diverse as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Craft Idea Box, Seussville University, and The Yuckiest Site on the Internet.

Clicking over to the Teacher Resource page reveals a collection of clickable links to thematic units, professional resources, and even Teacher Humor.

Jump onto the Teachers.Net webring at http://teachers.net/webring/ and get lost in an impressive corner of the Internet, where teachers demonstrate a level of dedication that may surprise those outside the profession. As Valerie Simeone observes, "It's very inspiring to see how much of their own time teachers put into 'extras' like these impressive web sites for the benefit of their students and colleagues."

For more information about the Teachers.Net webring, write to valerie @ teachers.net.

 

What's New at Teachers.Net...
by Bob Reap

Teachers.Net Launches Integrated Project Center
This month Teachers.Net is proud to release our new fully-integrated Project Center. The new Project Center includes exciting new design improvements on the existing chatboards, a new suite of Project Mailrings, and a brand new chatboard already one of the busiest on the site.
    New Mailrings in the Project Center
  • Classroom Pets
  • Pen Pal Projects
  • 100 Days Celebration
  • Postcard Projects
  • Traveling Buddies/Flat Stanley Projects
  • Project Mailring - integrated Project Center mailing list!
Subscibe to our over 50 teacher mailrings from the Teachers.Net Mailrings Page. Stay tuned for more Project Center developments....

Teachers.Net Announces New Classroom Pets Resources
The new Classroom Pets Chatboard was launched on June 25, and in under a week accumulated over 35 posts from teachers around the globe. The new chatboard features the new Chatboard version II, which means greatly improved design and functionality. Teachers can also join the new Classroom Pets Mailring directly from the Classroom Pets Chatboard, and stay in touch with other classroom pet hosts through the convenience of email. The new chatboard design also sends digests of recent posts (names and subjects recently posting to the Pets Chatboard) so teachers can easily stay informed about new postings. Bookmark the Classroom Pets Chatboard and spread the word to colleagues everywhere.

Upcoming Featured Speakers and Workshops
Teachers.Net brings you 4 Blocks Specialist Cheryl Sigmon live on Sunday July 30, 9pmE. Ms. Sigmon is the renowned consultant and presenter of 4 Blocks workshops across the U.S. Cheryl also contributes regular articles on 4 Blocks and is the resident mentor on the Teachers.Net 4 Blocks Mailring and 4 Blocks Chatboard. Find out why the 4 Blocks Literacy approach is winning over elementary instructors everywhere. Bring your questions and ask Cheryl Sigmon live in the Teachers.Net Meeting Room Sunday July 30 at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific!
 
Other live events this month include weekly EC/Primary Chats every Tuesday at 9pm Eastern, Spanish Chats with Rosalie Sunday evenings, weekly NBPTS Chats (National Board of Professional Teaching Standards), chats for Reading Recovery teachers, substitute teachers, early childhood/primary teachers, and a special mentored chat on July 13 just for student and beginning teachers!
Click here for complete schedule of live meetings this month.

New Release - Teacher Social Chatboard & Mailring
Announcing the latest addition to the Teachers.Net teacher network - the Teacher Social Chatboard. Teachers in the Teachers.Net community now have a chatbaord dedicated to relaxation -tell a joke or story, brag about a "candle" you've lit, vent about the stress in your life, seek prayers or remembrance, or just network with other teachers and let your hair down. Visit the new Teacher Social Chatboard and make some new friends today.

July Gatherings in CO, PA, No California, San Diego, and TX!
This month there are teacher gatherings occurring on both coast and quite a few places in between! Join your colleagues for some Summer fun and relaxation, and get to meet the people you know so well. This month Teachers.Net teachers will be descending on locations in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, in scenic Pennsylvania, northern California, San Diego, and the great state of Texas! Click here for full details, links to our Gatherings resources, and to watch a quick RealVideo clip from Bob Reap at the San Diego Zoo!

Send Us Your Stories and Photographs!
Teachers.Net is actively soliciting stories, photos, and articles from teachers everywhere. Teachers, now's your chance to get your name in the Teachers.Net Gazette, and help support the only on-line publication by teachers, for teachers. Send original stories and articles, press releases, image and video files, and other items of interest to our community to Bob Reap at editor@teachers.net.

New Release - Teachers.Net Feedback Chatboard
Teachers - here's your chance to tell the folks at Teachers.Net what you'd like to see next on the site. Introducing the Teachers.Net Feedback Chatboard, our newest resource providing users a forum for developing ideas on new additions and critiquing the good, the bad, and the should-be. Here at Teachers.Net we've long recognized that teacher feedback is the force behind our innovations - help shape your resource by visiting the Teachers.Net Feedback Chatboard and chiming in regularly!

Soliciting Letters to the Editor!
Teachers.Net wants to hear your thoughts about vouchers, homeschooling, gun safety, educational legislation, politics, and more. Every month Teachers.Net provides space for you, our teachers, to express your ideas and feelings about the current state of education in your community or around the world. Visit and bookmark our Letters to the Editor section, and contribute your thoughts each month. Help push the dialog and be a positive force for change!

Coming Soon
Stay tuned to Teachers.Net for some exciting additions in the weeks ahead. New additions to the Gazette include plans for more interactive content, including hot-topic chatboards and polls, classroom software and products reviews, best of the Web guides, and much more. Subscribe to the Gazette Mailring and tune in each month for the latest word from Teachers.Net. If you'd like to write an article or regular column for the Gazette, email us at editor@teachers.net.

 

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