|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!|
|»||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|
|»||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|
|»||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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The Busy Educator's Monthly Five: July 2009
This month Marjan’s list of sites helps teachers: raise awareness of blindness and Braille, teach literature, work against bullying, and tells us about a rubric-developing site, then tops off the list with info about Artyfactory, a free online workshop for artists of any age.
|by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
July 1, 2009
Each month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom", presents The Busy Educator's Monthly Five -- five websites for educators that are easy to read, simple to use and worthwhile to know about.
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Here they are,
THE BRAILLE BUG WEBSITE (GR. 3-6)
This site was created to teach sighted children about Braille, and to encourage literacy among all children--sighted and visually impaired. It gives sighted children a chance to learn about the Braille code and how classmates who are blind or visually impaired learn to read and do math.
The Braille Bug reinforces the idea that visually impaired children are more like sighted children than different--they share the same interests, play the same games, read the same books, study the same subjects--which can only help foster a better understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities.
TODAY IN LITERATURE (GR. 9-UNIVERSITY)
This is a site that really makes literature come alive. Every time I visit this site I learn things about literature that I never learned in high school and university literature classes.
OPERATION RESPECT DON’T LAUGH AT ME
The DON’T LAUGH AT ME materials include a curriculum guide, evaluations, CD and video, for both schools and summer camps. The school program consists of two separate curricula; one developed for grades (2-5) and the second developed for grades (6-8). I saw the book and video during a 3 day TRIBES workshop. A great resource for teaching respect and anti-bullying.
RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics but does not have the time to develop them from scratch. It’s very easy to use, intuitive and in no time at all you’ll have a rubric that you can use immediately in the class. Templates are available for the following topics: oral projects, math, multimedia, research and writing, products, art, reading, work skills, science and music.
ARTYFACTORY (GR. 5-12)
Artyfactory is a free online workshop for artists of any age. It is a growing resource of ideas and techniques designed to improve artistic skills. The workshops are carefully designed to meet classroom needs. The practical side of each workshop is enhanced with appropriate background knowledge of its theme. Each workshop has an interactive quiz or games associated with its theme. All that’s needed to take part are a few basic materials and the will to have a go.
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