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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!

»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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Cover Story by Lawrence Meyers

Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong

Contributors this month: Lawrence Meyers, Sue Gruber, Leah Davies, Todd R. Nelson, Marvin Marshall, Marjan Glavac, Barbara Pressman, Josette Bonafino, Dorothy Rich, Rick Morris, Matt Levinson, Alan Haskvitz, Tim Newlin, Barb Stutesman, Ron Victoria, Panamalai R. Guruprasad, Stewart E Brekke, Edward Strauser, Marion Brady, and BattleShip Ron.

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BattleShip Ron

BSR’s Best Bytes
Archive | Biography | Resources | Discussion

Scouring the Internet for the best videos
so you don’t have to.

by BattleShip Ron
Regular contributor to the Gazette
July 1, 2009

Assume the Position
Robert Wuhl – “People say that life shouldn't be a popularity contest, but life is a popularity contest. And it doesn't make a difference if it's 2005 or 1805.” If nothing else you have to admire Mr. Wuhl’s energy! (28:48)
Contains some language “Not Safe For Work.” (NSFW)

Lost Generation
This video was created for the AARP U@50 video contest and placed second. (1:44)

Bathtub IV
Keith Loutit uses real video footage for these scenes and then combines time-lapse and tilt-shifting to create the illusion of miniature close-up photography.
Music: “CLEMENTINE” (Megan Washington) (03:32)

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

Walk On - ESPN Video
Submitted by Novel from the Teachers Chatboard this feature on DJ Gregory and his dream to walk every hole of every golf tournament despite his handicap. (12:21)

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About BattleShip Ron (aka “BSR”) in his own words...

I came to Teachers.Net right after 9/11 looking for teachers that would be interested in having their class send thank you cards to world leaders for their sympathy and support after the attacks on our country. It wasn't huge success but some teachers participated and I think it helped with the healing process that was desperately needed.

I am not teacher, but many on the chatboards have told me that, though I don’t have a license to teach, they have learned much from my contributions.

I was born in N.J. and later as an adult moved to Cape Canaveral Florida, home of the Kennedy Space Center and the space shuttles. Cocoa Beach is just down the street from me, where the 1960's sitcom I Dream of Jennie took place.

I love living here in Florida. It gives me the chance to work, vacation and retire a little everyday. I feel lucky to be able to witness live space shuttle and rocket launches. I've learned much about the process of launching humans into space and enjoying bringing that knowledge to teachers here at T-net.

My profession is in print media where I have worked most of my life. I enjoy photography. I like making Cross Eye 3D photos and lately, recording videos. I enjoy computer video games and the challenge of having a computer that can run them.

I have two sons and between them both I’ve been gifted with 5 grandchildren and another on the way.

I’m single now and I love it! I live just upstairs from where I work and I ride my bicycle just about anywhere I need to go. I don’t own a car but will rent one when I need it.

I never eat at home which frees up my refrigerator for valuables when I need to evacuate during a hurricane.

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