From turning waste into art, to science news and reviews and a lesson plan creation site for teachers - there's something for everyone!
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
June 1, 2008
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.
The site integrates art with science and social studies to teach solid waste management concepts in a fun and entertaining way. Visitors learn how to make art and crafts using easy to obtain solid waste as a source of free materials. Some of the activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, papier-mâché, marbling and crafts. Featuring Trashasaurus Rex, a giant, solid waste sculpture, the page includes links to many other art and environmental sites.
Teachers can create and store their lesson plans online for easy access from any web enabled PC. Also, teachers can link their lesson plans to activities they create with other tools on DiscoverySchool.com. There is no need to follow a pre-created template. Choose the lesson plan sections customized to fit your needs. Create a nicely formatted printable version of the lesson plan or download and save it to your personal computer.
GoodCharacter.com offers free character education resources for K-12 teachers, coaches, and youth group leaders, all organized by topic and grade level. You’ll find curriculum materials, discussion questions, writing assignments, group learning activities, opportunities for student action and lots of teacher support material. This is the place to start for immediate implementation of a character development unit for any grade level.
Marjan Glavac (BA, BEd, MA) is a professional speaker, teacher and author. He is a full time classroom teacher with 25 years teaching experience. He has taught and continues to teach students from the inner city, students with emotional/behavioral disorders, ESL, and IEP students. He is an international speaker and workshop presenter.
Marjan is the author of 3 books: The Busy Educator’s Guide To The World Wide Web 1st Edition, and 2nd Edition, and How To Make A Difference: Inspiring Students To Do Their Best, the creator of one of the Internet’s longest running free teacher monthly newsletters: The Busy Educator’s Newsletter (1998) and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom".
Since 1993, Marjan has been involved in dozens of telecommunications projects involving students from K-University on every continent of the world. His K-8 students have also participated in e-mail, travel buddy, research projects and polishing mirrors for the NASA Starshine project. He and his classes have been filmed by TVO and Global's Kids-TV; featured in all local media - newspapers, TV, radio, as well as nationally in Reader's Digest, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Today's Parent, Home and Educational Computing and internationally on WGN and NPR radio, websites and dozens of student newspapers worldwide.
Marjan is currently a gr.6 home room teacher at Wilfrid Jury Public School in London, Ontario, Canada where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information about Marjan Glavac, his books, keynotes, training and seminars, visit him at his site at http://www.thebusyeducator.com