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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

»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

»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

»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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Tim Newlin
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The Dance of the Honeybee

Jitterbugging honeybees communicate through dance.
by Tim Newlin
Regular contributor to the Gazette
June 1, 2008


When bees buzz, they talk to each other, right? Wrong! Bees buzz because their wings flap so fast. They talk by dancing - and what a dance it is! The special jitterbug-like dance of the honey bee was first noticed in 1944 by Austrian naturalist Karl von Frisch.

Bees need to tell each other where to find flowers. To do this they perform a dance right at the entrance to the hive when they return. If the flowers are close by, they dance around in a circle. If far away, they dance in a figure 8 pattern. And to show the direction to the flowers they dance straight across the circle or figure 8 while wiggling their backside. They do this again and again until the message sinks in and the others all take off to get the pollen.

Bees find their direction by the position of the sun. That is why they perform the dance at the entrance to the hive where they can see daylight. But how do they do this when the sun is hidden behind thick cloud cover? The answer is that bees can sense the polarization of the daylight just like polarizing lenses on your sunglasses.

Honeybees also use this dance language to find new places to build a hive. When the scouts return and give their reports, the other bees judge how good the new home will be. The faster the scout dances, the better the place will be!

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