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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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Harry & Rosemary Wong's June-July article:
Teaching Procedures Is Teaching Expectations

In real estate, the three magic words are location, location, location.
In teaching, the three magic words are prepare, prepare, prepare....

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Barbara & Sue Gruber:

It's Summer---Rest, Relax, Recharge and Have Some Fun!

Congratulations! You made it! It's summer! This is your time for some much-deserved rest and time away from school. This summer when you think about the three R's we hope it's rest, relax and recharge!...

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Observations From Last Year
by Dr. Marvin Marshall

Teaching the four levels of social development is the foundation that allows teachers and students to speak the same language. It is also an effective approach for a school to have consistency. But the levels cannot be presented with the expectations that students will act on level D--taking the initiative to be responsible--in one lesson...

Choice: Fountas and Pinnell or 4-Blocks?
by Cheryl M. Sigmon

By far the most frequent questions I'm asked revolve around the type of guided reading that Four Blocks promotes as a part of its balanced approach to literacy. Occasionally, I'm even asked if I'll help a school blended the two different approaches to guided reading. My answer is now and will always be, "No!...

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Communication in Online Learning Environments:
Framing Asynchronous Online Discussions

by Leslie Bowman & George París Conway

Asynchronous discussion is a valuable communication tool used to engage learners in collaborative learning activities throughout an online course. Without the facilitation of a skilled moderator, online course discussions can stall and become dormant...

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Building Emotional Intelligence
by Beth Bruno

Alan was nine years old when I met him. He was a student in a special class I taught (in a public school) for children who had trouble learning in large groups. There were 10 children in the class. Even in this small group he would only complete assignments while sitting under his desk or huddled under a round table off to one side where we did group projects...

I Didn't Know That! Starting Over Again With a New Group and Learning About Them
by Ginny Hoover

As the school year ended, one guy sat down to talk to me for a while and told me about his band. It was in the last days of school, and here I was just finding out about this talented young man. How did I miss that he was a good guitarist? Life wasn't so great for him, and he sure could have used some positive input regarding his gifts. Instead, I remained ignorant of his gifts for most the year...

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Sites For Beginning Teachers Part 2
by Marjan Glavac

Each month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher and author of The Busy Educator's Guide To The World Wide Web 2ND EDITION (Foreword by Dr. Harry Wong author of The First Days Of School) presents The Busy Educator's Monthly Five -- five websites for educators that are easy to read, simple to use and worthwhile to know...

Ask the Literacy Teacher
by Leigh Hall

This month;
Sustained Silent Reading
I'm a first year teacher (grade two) who is confused about the controversy related to the effectiveness of SSR (Sustained Silent Reading). In my readings I find "experts" on both sides. One says have the kids read, read, read. The other says SSR doesn't produce the results it's claimed to produce. Which, in your opinion, is correct?

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