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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.7 July 2009

Cover Story by Lawrence Meyers
Is There Such a Thing as "The Great Teacher"?
You can make up all the checklists you want. You can take advice from your mentors. At the end of the day, what lies behind one's teaching style is what matters. A "Great Teacher" is the right teacher at the right time, at the right place.


Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Teachers Are the Difference
Now in her sixth year of teaching, Melissa Dunbar has helped her students achieve a pass rate of between 92% - 99% over the years, with her ESL and Economically Disadvantaged students achieving a 100% pass rate this past school year!


Columns
Writing for Educational Publishers – Inside Secrets Sue Gruber
Self-Injury In Children Leah Davies
The School of No Knocks? Todd R. Nelson
Using Imaging to Move or Change Behavior Marvin Marshall
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
Substitute issues: What to Wear & Too Much Love Barbara Pressman
Student Travel Topics: “Staycations” Expose Students to Other Cultures & Packing for Safety Josette Bonafino
Making The Case to Parents for Broadening, Not Narrowing, The Curriculum Dorothy Rich
Red Basket & Problem Solving Forms Rick Morris

Articles
The No.1 Ladies Detective Series Writer - Interview with Alexander McCall Smith Tim Newlin
Teachers and Technology: A Field of Dreams? Matt Levinson
Resources for Teaching Students with Autism Alan Haskvitz
Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to Questioning Techniques in the Classroom Panamalai R. Guruprasad
Tips on Maximizing High School Physics Teaching Stewart E Brekke
The Most Cost Effective Approach to Improve Teacher Education Edward Strauser
Merit Pay Problematic, Money Is Not the Ultimate Motivator for Teachers Marion Brady
Launches an Online Degree in Special Education Drexel University

Features
Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman
Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria
The Lighter Side of Teaching
Video Bytes; Assume The Position, Lost Generation, Bathtub IV, Walk On - ESPN Video, Funeral, Heal, and At Home with Mrs. Hen
Teacher Blogs Showcase
Printable - Sweet Rules for the Classroom
Featured Lessons, Wisdom from the Chat Achives, and Timely Printables Especially for July!
Getting and Keeping the Attention of 3 & 4 Year Olds
Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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July 1, 2008

The following is a cumulative list of blogs submitted by their teacher-creators, posted in order of receipt. The newest additions appear later in the list. Take a look!

Katney's Kaboodle
My interests, travels, and activities. One of my interests, since I retired from teaching, has been photography, so you will see a lot of images here, and good ones, if I do say so myself.
Kathy/WA

Yakima Valley Daily Photo One photo a day sharing my local area. Yakima Valley Daily Photo is a member blog of the City Daily Photo group.
Kathy/WA

Ruby Stamper
Mainly papercrafting and rubberstamping. I have been involved in this hobby for nearly 14 years and have had several of my creations published on art magazines. Sometimes I post ideas on my blog that teachers could use in their classrooms.
Donna

Searching for Intelligent Life
Searching for Intelligent Life often profiles persons and subjects that are of interest to me, and may well be interesting to a variety of other folks as well. Teachers, even those not in classrooms, just keep on teaching and learning.
EMA

Peaceful Living
My blog is about Peaceful living and creating a great life.
Meep

Freedom to Eat
My weight-loss blog
Meep

Post Cards from the Northwest
My blog is photos and comments about the photos I take, mostly nature and things like that -- like a postcard.
Paulie

Helena Harper's Blog
About my two poetry collections, why I write, kindness, who is family, unsung heroes, desire for peace, what we can learn from problems and difficulties etc. A high school teacher for 20 years, I have also written two collections of poetry: "It's a Teacher's Life...!" and "Family and More - Enemies or Friends?"
“Helena”

A Better Idea: ABI Grading
Teaching using an ABI grading policy based upon Corbett, Wilson, and Williams’ book, Effort and Excellence in Urban Classrooms: Expecting – and Getting – Success with all Students (2002)
Eileen

StoryForce
A group of children’s writers celebrate books for young people and enriching our world through the power of narrative, connecting with teachers and librarians who have similar interests.
Lynn L. Caruso, Mary Douthitt, Mary Cronk Farrell, Kelly Milner Halls, Clair Rudolf Murphy, Meghan Nuttall Sayres

Jim Wayne: ideas and reflections
Jim Wayne

VeteranTeacher.com
I'm a teacher and veteran of the Iraq war. I've set up a blog to discuss what I think our schools can learn from the military.
Chris Watson

Teach with Picture Books
My frequently updated blog features picture book recommendations, summaries, and cross-curricular extensions. Sites focusing upon teaching with picture books are also reviewed.
Keith Schoch

Out of the Classroom & Into the Library
This is a brand new blog for librarians and teachers, encouraging dialog between teachers and librarians about how they can work together to ease their workloads and to benefit their students. Library Musings is my more informal blog where I muse about books I’m reading, technology issues I’m facing, etc. I welcome an audience of fellow librarians and avid readers.
Debra W. Waugh

TPS Retiree Group
The TPS Retiree Group are retired primary level school employees. The blog is our public journal for news, recipes, recommended books, links of interest, photos. We invite you to read our posts, make comments, and explore some of the links at the bottom of the blog.
Susan Downs

The Tellez Team Blog
I love teaching second grade!.
Karen Tellez, Grade 2
Smithfield Elementary, TX

Greetings from the Heart
I am a 2nd grade teacher by day and a card maker by night. My blog features a variety of papercraft projects. I love to use scrapbooking with my students when they are making their own projects. Best of all, the kids are excited too!
Alison Monk

Creating Art with Kids
Need ideas for art ideas for the elementary classroom? This blog is for you! Each post describes an art lesson, lists the materials needed, explains the procedure, and includes helpful comments and suggestions. Photographs of actual student work samples are also included with each post.
Renee G.

Newbie SPED Teacher
My blog is all about the exciting first year in a new teaching position of seventh grade special education.
Dana Zazinski

VENANGOLAND
My blog focuses on life in the small city; it actually reruns the weekly column that I write for the local newspaper. Topics range from education to politics to history to daily life.
Peter Greene
Franklin, PA

Under the Apple Tree
My blog all about the happenings in my kindergarten classroom. I have added a few personal items about my summer since we got out of school, but this site is 99% school all the time.
Janet Dickens

The Urban Democratic School Project
This is a blog about our attempt to create a "free school" in two classrooms.
Silvia Kruger

Pennington Publishing Blog
This is a blog for teachers who believe in differentiated instruction according to the diagnostic needs of their students. The blog has 108 postings (and growing!) on practical teaching strategies, whole-class English-language Arts and Reading diagnostic assessments, and wonderful reading, writing, grammar, spelling-vocabulary, and study skills strategies.
Mark Pennington - MA Reading Specialist

a maverick mentor
I am Rashmi, a mentor who has facilitated grade 1 for about 3 years and now would be taking computer with grade 3-6. My blog is where I share my insights and experiences.
Rashmi

Sightwords.com blog
My husband and I blog about kindergarten curriculum, learning to read, sight words and related topics. We have created a board game, Er-u-di-tion, that jump-starts reading through game cards that include basic phonics and sight words.
Denise Bossard

Share your blog! Whether about teaching, your hobby, or another topic, if your blog is public, send the title, url, its topic or purpose, and your name and we’ll consider including your blog in the Teacher Blogs Showcase!



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