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Volume 3 Number 7

Barbara & Sue Gruber help us "to stay energized and enthusiastic about teaching" during our summer break...
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Simple Tips to Increase Student Achievement at the High School Level
by Geneva Glanzer
Instead of lamenting young peoples' lack of interest in school, educators need to evaluate how much time is spent with parents and students to build relationships...

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Classroom Management Tips You Wish You'd Known "Back Then"
from the Primary Elementary Chatboard

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Keeping Records on Students with IEP's
from the Special Education Teachers' Chatboard I am looking for great ideas for keeping data for my students with IEP's...

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Uncovering the Hidden Web, Part I: Finding What the Search Engines Don't
from ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management
Despite the explosion in Web content, commonly used search processes have not changed significantly since the Web's inception...

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What To Do With Education Catalogs Instead of Tossing Them
from The Teachers.Net Chatboard
After you have been a teacher a while, you will get on mailing lists for various ed products and catalogs...

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Bill Page
Using The Summer To Improve Your Teaching

Teachers don't have sufficient time during the school year to read professional journals, research papers or educational magazines. They don't have many opportunities to spend time on the Internet or in the professional library. Teachers should be granted at least one day each semester to do nothing but spend time in the library reading journals, articles, research papers and teacher magazines, on-line resources and teacher web sites...

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Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!"
by Alfie Kohn

Hang out at a playground, visit a school, or show up at a child's birthday party, and there's one phrase you can count on hearing repeatedly: "Good job!" Even tiny infants are praised for smacking their hands together ("Good clapping!"). Many of us blurt out these judgments of our children to the point that it has become almost a verbal tic...

What I Know I Know
by Bill Page

Four decades of teaching have convinced me that there are a lot of things I don't know about kids, teaching, learning, school, and education. Using self-reflection, action research, trial and error, desperation, and more feedback than I ever wanted, I discovered some teaching techniques that worked and many that did not. Further, polishing my skills of out-bureaucrating the bureaucrats...

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Consistency in Congress: Yet Another Child On-line Protection Law that Can't Possibly Work
by Dr. Rob Reilly

In recent years the Congress has attempted to enact laws to protect children from Internet pornography. This seems to be a good thing to do---this seems to be a very very good thing to do. Those laws, as most laws do, have very high-minded titles---the Communication Decency Act (CDA), the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). What could be wrong with supporting these laws---everyone wants to protect children. Right?...

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Prepare for Discouragement?
by Hg

This year I stand to be removed from what I love doing to a position that will be "only a job." I may be moved to another site. I have no idea what I'll be teaching. What will I do to prepare? I had planned on taking a course on writing books with primary children (one of my loves), laying out a general overview of the year's lesson plans, making more math games, adding to my yearly theme resources...

Teaching for Peace
by Jay Davidson

A reader recently wrote to me. He explained, "I am a 77-year old veteran from chasing German troops across southern Germany at the end of WW II. I do not believe war is the answer. It is difficult to be a peacemaker, function with integrity, and express little support for military action. How can this position be explained to children?"...

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Book Reviews -
The "Power" of Two
Brain Based Teaching: Building Excitement for Learning

by Susan Gingras Fitzell

As educators, we focus much time on group work. Group work has its advantages, but it also can be problematic. Paired work, or the power of two, is quick, can take as little as two to five minutes, and be a very effective learning strategy consistent with multiple intelligence theory and the latest research on brain based learning...

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Dear Old Golden Rule Days, Chapter 1 - First Test
Janet Farquhar

Sixteen pupils faced me from different sized desks, sitting with their backs straight, hands folded, glaring at me. They spoke only when they had to recite and never smiled. For the first week there was no giggling or whispering, no passing of notes. There was no laughing or shouting on the playground at recess or before I rang the hand bell in the morning...

Classrooms as Discourse Communities
by Daniel Chang

Communication is an outward extension of thought. It helps in the process of arranging thought, linking one idea to another. Often communication gives access to information or alternative ideas that help understanding, as in discussion, in listening to someone else or in reading a book...

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The Robinson Residence for Retired Teachers In Quebec
by Dave Melanson

Each June the management of the Robinson Residence for Retired Teachers in Quebec holds an Annual Tea for its residents and the Retired Teachers' Association of Montreal. The residence is located about 75 miles outside of Montreal in a town called Cowansville in the beautiful quiet country setting of Quebec's Eastern Townships. The home is owned and run by the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers, the union for English speaking teachers here in the Province of Quebec...

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