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Volume 3 Number 7

Barbara & Sue Gruber help us "to stay energized and enthusiastic about teaching" during our summer break...
Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!" by Alfie Kohn
Prepare for Discouragement? by Hg
Using The Summer To Improve Your Teaching by Bill Page
What I Know I Know by Bill Page
Consistency in Congress: Yet Another Child On-line Protection Law that Can't Possibly Work by Dr. Rob Reilly
Simple Tips to Increase Student Achievement at the High School Level by Geneva Glanzer
Dear Old Golden Rule Days, Chapter 1 - First Test by Janet Farquhar
Classroom Management Tips You Wish You'd Known "Back Then" from the Primary Elementary Chatboard
Teaching for Peace by Jay Davidson
Book Reviews - The "Power" of Two & Brain Based Teaching: Building Excitement for Learning by Susan Gingras Fitzell
Classrooms as Discourse Communities by Daniel Chang
Keeping Records on Students with IEP's from the Special Education Teachers' Chatboard
The Robinson Residence for Retired Teachers In Quebec by Dave Melanson
What To Do With Education Catalogs Instead of Tossing Them from: The Teachers.Net Chatboard
Uncovering the Hidden Web, Part I: Finding What the Search Engines Don't from: ERIC Clearinghouse
July Columns
July Regular Features
July Informational Items
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About Susan Fitzell...
Susan Fitzell, M.Ed. is a dynamic presenter passionate about helping teaching professionals work together to build peaceful communities in schools. She combines her 16 years of experience as a learning disabilities specialist with her knowledge of the conflict education process to assist schools with conflict resolution, teambuilding, and special education inclusion.

Susan is in demand as a presenter at district, state, and national conferences. She fully understands the conflicts inherent in an inclusive school. The author of Free the Children: Conflict Education for Strong, Peaceful Minds, Susan adds a sensitive understanding of the roots of conflict, developmentally appropriate conflict resolution curricula, and issues surrounding the inclusion of special needs and at-risk students in the regular classroom.

Susan has recently completed a handbook for educators, Successful Inclusion Strategies and Techniques for Adapting Curricula to Meet IEP Requirements for Mild to Moderate Special Needs Students.

Teacher Feature...

Book Reviews

by Susan Gingras Fitzell, M. Ed.

The "Power" of Two
By Dr. Robert K. Greenleaf

Dr. Greenleaf has designed this booklet to demonstrate the learning power of activities and interactions, which involve two people. Given my experience with students of all ages, elementary through adult, I have come to believe that learning experiences involving pairs are powerful and underutilized. 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. Imagine a classroom, especially one on a block schedule, punctuated by 5-10 minute paired interactions that reinforce the lesson being taught.

Well, the next question is, how? What does it look like? How do I do it? That is where Dr. Greenleaf’s book comes in. In an easy to use format, clear and to the point, Greenleaf describes thirty-one different paired activities! As he states in his booklet, "Causing learners to experience multiple, integrated, relevant ways of knowing…to gain appreciation and understanding, is the target of [his] book." He accomplishes this task by presenting ideas and activities that are easily transferred into everyday practice.

Greenleaf also presents matrices for parings to demonstrate how a class of twenty would be arranged for ease of moving into activities quickly. The matrices can be altered to address the number of students in your class.

You can order The Power of Two by calling Greenleaf Learning at 401-782-8507 or through e-mail

Brain Based Teaching: Building Excitement for Learning
By Dr. Robert K. Greenleaf

Dr. Greenleaf understands what works for teachers and students. As I read this book with highlighter and Post-It markers by my side, I was continually sparked and enthused by what I saw. The multicolored markers projecting out from the book's edge are direct testimony as to how useful I found the material in his book. I have a library full of books on brain based learning that are not nearly as effective as this one. Why? Greenleaf understands how to put information down for teachers in a practical, easy to read way. The bonus is: The ideas are wonderful!

Greenleaf identifies 14 brain-based strategies for learning. He clearly explains each strategy in easy to understand language and provides examples for application.

You can order Greenleaf's book by calling Greenleaf Learning at 401-782-8507 or through e-mail