July 2008
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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.7 July 2008

Cover Story by Sue Gruber
It’s Summer…Time to Shift Gears and Re-energize!
A lighthearted perspective on what summer break can and should be.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Eight Year Summary of Articles

»To Tell the TruthLeah Davies
»Discipline Without Stress, Inc.Marvin Marshall
»Teaching through Summer TV ViewingCheryl Sigmon
»A New Unified Field TheoryTodd R. Nelson
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Get the Most Out of Being MentoredHal Portner
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»Keyboarding: Some Assembly RequiredRob Reilly

»Who’s Cheating Whom?
»Dealing with Dishonesty
»How To Prevent Cheating in Middle and High School
»When Is Student Failure The Teacher’s Fault
»Frogs Predict Massive Chinese Quake of 2008
»July 2008 Writing Prompts
»What Are We Doing? And Why Are We Doing It?
»"Boys Read" Effort Aims to Turn Boys Into Readers
»A Teaching Guide for Summer Song
»12 Test Taking Strategies that Boost Student Scores!
»Gardner-Style Lesson Plan: Molecular Basis of Heredity
»Federal Government Resources for Educators
»You Be the Chemist Activity Guides

»Cheaters! Teachers talk about their experiences
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»Candles of Inspiration: July 2008
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: July 2008
»Video Bytes: The "Impotence" of Proofreading and More
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration for July 2008
»Live on Teachers.Net: July 2008
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
»Using Test "Cheat Sheets" To Enhance Student Learning
»"Those Who Can, Do; Those Who Can't, Teach"
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Cover Story by Sue Gruber

Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong

Contributors this month: Alfie Kohn, Marvin Marshall, Cheryl Sigmon, Marjan Glavac, Todd R. Nelson, Hal Portner, Leah Davies, Barbara Pressman, Tim Newlin, James Wayne, Alan Haskvitz, Bill Page, Susan Fitzell, Meryl D. Joseph, John Martin, Barb Stutesman, Ron Victoria, L. Swilley, and YENDOR.

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Harry & Rosemary Wong

Eight Year Summary of Articles

Harry & Rosemary Wong sum up eight years of amazing articles they've written exclusively for Teachers.Net.

To Tell The Truth

Lying in children older than a certain age is a concern, but there are techniques that can help them break the habit. Here are 15 strategies to help.

By Leah Davies

Promoting Learning & Discipline

Without Stress, Inc

Marv Marshall discusses his nonprofit organization which assists low economic schools.

By Dr. Marvin Marshall

A New Unified Field Theory

Todd Nelson explores using outdoor classrooms and experiential education to cure children's "nature-deficit disorder."

By Todd Nelson

Ed-Tech Talk

Some Assembly Required

Now more than ever, keyboarding instruction should begin long before high school.

By Dr. Rob Reilly

Teaching Literacy

Teaching through Summer TV Viewing

Television viewing presents many opportunities to teach literacy concepts. Cheryl offers a plethora of tips for your family and to share with your students' parents - throughout the year!

By Cheryl Sigmon

Advice for Substitute Teachers
May I go to the Nurse?

NEW advice column for Substitute Teachers by the author of "Substitute Teaching from A to Z".

By Barbara Pressman

The Busy Educator
The Busy Educator's July Five

Keeping track of Space Travel topics; The Science of Genetics; Native Americans & Art Museum; A site for science teachers; and "Live-at-the-scene" postcard travel and lessons.

By Marjan Glavac


Clip Art Corner
Frogs Predict Massive Chinese Quake of 2008

Frogs leap to conclusions and prove to be tragically correct.

By Tim Newlin

T-Net Recommends
Chemical Educational Foundation’s You Be the Chemist Activity Guides

Teachers share their best ideas about what you can do during summer break to make the next school year the best one yet!

Favorite Lessons
Featured Lessons for July

Featured Lessons for July, From the Chat Archives, Gems From Teachers.Net Gazette Back Issues, and other Teachers.Net Resources.

Teaching Guide
A Teaching Guide for Summer Song

A printable elementary/middle grade study guide for the book Summer Song by Susan Masters.

By Susan Rowan Masters

Collective Wisdom
"Those Who Can, Do; Those Who Can't, Teach."

We've all heard it before - the flip taunt that rings sour in every educators ear. How do you reply?

Teachers.Net Community

Streaming Video
Teachers.Net Video Bytes

The "Impotence" of Proofreading - Taylor Mali; Did You Know? Walkthroughs and Learning Objectives; Alfie Kohn on Punishment; Levitating a cork by Quirkology; Power Teaching's Classroom Management System

Cover Story: Sue Gruber

Summertime: Shift Gears
and Re-energize!

This summer I’ve decided to shake things up. It will be a different experience for me at our back to school meeting! I’m making my own list of things to do this summer. Here’s my list...


Who’s Cheating Whom?

Everyone agrees that cheating is bad and that we need to take steps to prevent it. But it is precisely this consensus that makes me uneasy.

By Alfie Kohn

Dealing with Dishonesty

From the Teachers.Net Archives, more than fifty ways to prevent, detect, and respond to unethical student conduct.

By Tom Lucey

Preventing Cheating

To prevent and catch students who cheat or break your rules, just follow the several simple rules here...


What Are We Doing?
And Why Are We Doing It?

If it is not with WHAT we presume to give our students in their various subjects, it must be with the HOW we do so.

By L. Swilley

Get the Most Out of
Being Mentored

Mentors open the door, but you must enter by yourself. Practical advice for teachers for making the most of a mentor relationship.

By Hal Portner

When Is Student Failure The Teacher’s Fault?

To move toward greater professionalism, teachers must make certain they have fulfilled their part in the teaching-learning relationship.

Bill Page

July Writing Prompts

From sunglasses to parking meters and so much in between, something to interest everyone.

By Jim Wayne

"Boys Read" Effort Aims to Turn Boys Into Readers

It's not that boys can't read; it's that boys won't read. Our mission: Transform boys into lifelong readers.

By John Martin

12 Test Taking Strategies that Boost Student Scores!

A dozen strategies that will enhance your students' ability to do well on a test!

By Susan Fitzell

Lesson Plan: Molecular
Basis of Heredity

This lesson incorporates Gardner's Multiple Intelligences learning styles (Grades: 9-12).

By Meryl Joseph

Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids

The latest contributions to Teachers.Net, save time and effort with these great Teacher Printables.

The Teachers.Net Community

Federal Government
Resources for Educators

There is very little that's more frustrating than trying to get good resources from the Federal Department of Education website.

By Alan Haskvitz

Collective Wisdom pt2
Using "Cheat Sheets" To Enhance Student Learning

Teachers share their student "cheat sheets" procedures.

Teachers.Net Community

Candles of Inspiration
July Candles of Inspiration

A student in my class came in tardy Wednesday, the last day of school for the kids. The reason she was late was because she stopped at the store to buy me some flowers and a balloon.

Teachers.Net Community

Barb S. HS/MI
Apple Seeds
Today Is...
July Events
Live Chats

The Teachers.Net Newsdesk

Teachers.Net Chatboard Poll

The Lighter Side of Teaching

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