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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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The human cost of war, in song; Components of perfect literacy centers; Teachers on a picket line; Campaign to opt out of high stakes tests; Google docs; Using trigonometry to plot a river crossing
by Kathleen Alape Carpenter
Regular Feature for the Gazette
June 1, 2008
James Blunt sings Carry You Home, a song Americans need to hear

Recommended by Jim Wayne on

James Blunt served in the British army in Kosovo. Although some lines in this song make it refer to Americans, it reflects his own experience as a combat officer, trying to comfort the families of men under his command who died serving their country.

Please click on the link below and listen to this song. It is not pro- or anti-war; it is about the costs of all wars, good and bad. It could have been written in World War I or II, or Korea, or Vietnam, or now.

Please do not forget the families of the brave people who fight in our armed services. Whatever you may think of those who commanded them, they were brave, they did their duties, and their losses to their families will last far beyond a few ceremonies or cliché expressions of sympathy. (3:53)

Perfect Literacy Centers for Elementary Classroom

Someone posted on We're starting literacy stations next year - Help!

One response: You might want to check out this video I made about literacy centers for some teachers at my school. Kelly :) (4:38)

Quincy, Massachusetts Teachers Demonstrate

Submitted by Dave Melanson

I thought you might be interested to see this YouTube video of the Quincy Massachusetts Teacher Picket that took place a few years ago. I had originally planned and was talking to Quincy Mass about doing an inservice presentation there. I supported them 100%. Tt was a long strike but they ended up with a good contract.

I think you will be touched to see the amount of public support in this video… there are signs on lawns and houses and the constant sound of horns honking in support of them. I found it quite moving actually. My guess is that the reason more of the public seem to side with the teachers in the area is due to the long labour history it has had. (2:10)

Operation Opt Out State Exams - Parent Info Campaign

Description: We were able to hand out fliers to parents and post them in the neighborhoods to attend an informational meeting about the demands being made by the administration to do well on the state exams. We told the parents, in order to meet these demands, we had to cut out many subjects. They were furious. Now we have some very angry parents willing to spread the news about the high stakes exams cheating their students from a proper education. (2:11)

Google Docs

Google Docs is Google's (free) Beta version of an online document creation, storage and editing application. Users can create and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations online and edit those documents in real-time in collaboration with in other users. (2:50)

Applying Trigonometric Functions

Applying trigonometry during an outdoor eco-adventure to cross a raging river. Math, dramatic feats and beautiful scenery! (5:20)

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