June 2008
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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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A speaker who will inspire, an art project that will excite, a deal that will save you money, and a book that will challenge your thinking
From the News Desk
June 1, 2008

Motivational Keynote Speaker Available July/August 2008!
"How To Inspire Students To Do Their Best."

Just back from presenting to 700 educators in New Brunswick, Canada, author, educator and motivational speaker Marjan Glavac announces that he is booking appearances in the U.S. and Canada and beyond for July and August 2008, showing educators "How To Inspire Students To Do Their Best."

According to Marjan Glavac, from his keynote address, teachers and school administrators will learn:

  • Effective techniques to inspire students to do their best
  • A powerful exercise on how to develop instant trust and rapport with students
  • Two simple ways to win the support of parents
  • How to reinforce your message with the help of classroom volunteers (especially former students)
  • A visualization exercise that will show students (and teachers) just how powerful their minds really are (this is one exercise that surprises me every time I present it to students and teachers)
  • The greatest, most valuable and most useful of all success techniques in teaching today
  • An effective way of creating change in students
  • How our beliefs create success in students, by viewing a video clip that is only 31 seconds long
Here's what one teacher said about the New Brunswick presentation:"You presented very practical, inspiring information in your presentation. This would be an excellent staff PD before the start of the school year; start the year off on the right foot. It was very well done. There was nothing that I didn't enjoy." J.Gallant, New Brunswick Canada, Grade 1/2

Marjan Glavac has worked on the front lines of teaching as a full time elementary classroom teacher for 27 years. He has written 3 books and co-authored a 6-hour teleseminar. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including:

  • The London Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters Best Speaker for club award,
  • The Roberta Bondar award for Science and Technology,
  • The Nortel National Institute Award for Excellence in Teaching,
  • The Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Technology Education and Mathematics Award,
  • The Roy C. Hill Award for Educational Innovation
  • The TVOntario Teachers' Awards Certificate of Merit for the creative use of innovative teaching methods in the classroom.
Further information:

Smithsonian American Art Museum Seeks Teachers for Pilot Program

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is working to provide great resources for teachers all over the country and is looking for 4th grade teachers to pilot their latest project. See Superhighway Scholars

The project website is based on artwork in their collection that depicts the United States, and encourages students to relate their knowledge of state history in creating their own state-specific collage. The site has had a soft launch and is seeking content from classes that have studied state history this year!

It is a simple concept. An artist named Nam June Paik created a video sculpture of the United States with neon surrounding each state. The states are filled with his representation in the form of single channel videos that are played on televisions in each state. Students are asked to create their own static collage of their state making decisions about what they’d use to visually represent the place they live based on what they have learned about their home state.

Be some of the first (and the very first in your state) to try it! For additional information email Patrick Martin

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The principal of Mueller for the past eight years, Riley took advantage of the autonomy provided through California’s charter law to make what he saw as much-needed changes in a school that was once one of the lowest-achieving in San Diego County. His vision and efforts, along with those of his dedicated team, turned Mueller around so completely that it has been branded as “El Milagro”—the miracle.

Riley criticizes the public school system for its unwillingness to change despite evidence that many of the existing educational policies and practices do not work. He says that The Lights of El Milagro provides innovative alternatives that will benefit not only every school, but also every child.

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