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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.6 June 2008

Cover Story by Alfie Kohn
Atrocious Advice from "Supernanny"
Behaviorism is as American as rewarding children with apple pie… but for how long does it work, and at what cost?


Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Eight Year Summary of Articles, 2000 to 2008

Columns
VisualizationMarvin Marshall
Textmapping: Where Old Becomes NewCheryl Sigmon
Administrative BroadwayTodd R. Nelson
The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
Easy Ideas to Wrap up the YearSue Gruber
Committees: Make Them More ProductiveHal Portner
Helping Children Cope After DisasterLeah Davies

Articles
The Dance of the Honeybee
June 2008 Writing Prompts
Your School's Mission in a Sound Bite
The Medicalizing of Education
I Used to Educate Students; Now I Prepare Them… for The Test
A Great Model Of Differentiation
Live Chat with Adora Svitak
Making the Most of Summer To Prepare for the New School Year

Features
Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
Candles of Inspiration: June 2008
Teachers.Net Craft Favorite: Father's Day Project
Featured Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: June 2008
Video Bytes: The human cost of war, in song, Literacy centers and more...
Today Is... Daily Commemoration for June 2008
Live on Teachers.Net: June 2008
The Lighter Side of Teaching
Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
What are some things you absolutely DO NOT miss about teaching?
How Many Years Did It Take You to Get It Together?
Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Candles of Inspiration


Candles of Inspiration for June, 2008

Just when I thought I was at my proverbial low, he tossed this note at me…
Posted by Tina/8th
on the Teacher Chatboard
Regular Feature in the Gazette
June 1, 2008

Just when I was at my proverbial low of the year…

Mostly because I am just plain tired and exhausted and need a break - and some because my first block is giving me end of the year fits (the other two blocks are plugging away at it the best they can) - a student that I had first half of the year comes into my room on the way to the busses... he tosses a piece of colored paper my way and says, "This is for you ...see ya..." (He is really shy; I am surprised he could pull this off.)

It said:

I started crying. It was all I needed to get through the year and then some.

For those of you who don't know, I have been busy challenging our school's definition of Honors student and was able to facilitate the move of 20 kids into Honors math and science classes for next year. They were almost all boys and then fell into two categories... one being hyper, fidgety and trouble focusing but ooohhhh so smart, and the category other being like the kid above. Most were in the first. There were three girls, two fell into the first category, the 3rd was new.

Thankfully, our new principal agreed with me and a few others about what we should be doing with middle school Honors classes.

You should have seen their faces when they got their schedules for next year today. They just couldn't believe that I did what I said I would do if they did what they were supposed to do to the best of their ability. They were running to the buses, screaming about how smart they were!



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