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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.6 June 2009

Cover Story by Graysen Walles
Teaching – The Power of Influence
The impact of teaching is clear, and the influence of the profession is immeasurable. All it takes is one moment, one situation, one discussion to turn the life of a young learner.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Nine Year Summary of Articles, 2000 to 2009
On April 26, 2009, President Obama hosted the four 2009 finalists for America’s top national teaching honor, the National Teacher of the Year award. Alex Kajitani, who teaches mathematics at Mission Middle School in the Escondido Union (Elementary) School District in San Diego County was one of the four finalists.

»The Three R’s for Summer— Rest, Relax and Recharge! Sue Gruber
»Buddy Programs for Elementary Schools Leah Davies
»Moving to September Todd R. Nelson
»Ronald Reagan and the Art of Influence Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
»Substitute issues: Bathroom Passes & Anger Management Barbara Pressman
»Preparing Students for Travel: Films and Immunizations Josette Bonafino
»A Message to Share with Parents about Summer Learning Dorothy Rich
»Classroom Clean-Up and Clay in a Can Rick Morris

»Schools and Filters: Ice Age, the Meltdown Matt Levinson
»Effort: It Can be Taught! Deborah Granger
»Homework: Damned if you do, and if you don’t Alan Haskvitz
»Parents Are Recruits, Teachers Are Responsible, Kids Are Victims, and Schools Are Culpable For At-Risk Problems Bill Page
»12 Ways to Stop Conflict in its Tracks! Susan Fitzell
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VIII Hank Kellner
»The Writing on the Wall Tim Newlin
»More Brain Teasers Steve Sherman
»Teacher of Facts - and of Life Rachelle Ann A. Abad
»Grant Writing Tips Kimberly McCloud
»Bald is Beautiful! Teachers, Students Lose Locks to Fight Childhood Cancer David Peter Marchesseault

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Video Bytes; Literacy Empowers (Illiteracy Awareness), The Underground Railroad, Wikis in Plain English - CommonCraft tutorial, Twitter in Plain English – a CommonCraft tutorial, Naturally 7 music group on Tavis Smiley Show, Tour the International Space Station!
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
»Printable - Ice Cream in a Baggie Recipe
»Featured Lessons, Wisdom from the Chat Achives, and Timely Printables Especially for June!
»What Is A Document Camera? What Does It Do?
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Josette Bonafino

Global Travel Guru
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Preparing Students for Travel: Films and Immunizations

Prepare students for educational travel with great movies, and important immunizations!
by Josette Bonafino
Regular contributor to the Gazette
June 1, 2009

Dear Global Travel Guru,

I am taking my 9th grade French class to France during next winter’s break, but they have not studied European history yet. Can you recommend a few good movies I can show in class that will give them a brief historic overview?

Tom Morrison
Dallas, TX

Dear Tom,

France's long and illustrious history is full of bloody battles and colorful characters. This film trio will give your students a quick survey of major events in the country's history, albeit through Hollywood's eyes.

Starting off in the Middle Ages, France's protracted conflict with England during the 100 Years War is recreated in The Messenger. This historical epic recounts the story of Joan of Arc, a teenage girl from a remote village who has a divine vision that she should rid the Kingdom of France from English domination. The film faithfully follows Joan from her early vision to her victory over the English at Orléans and finally to her capture, trial and execution in Rouen at the tender age of 19. Rated R for strong graphic battles, a rape and some language.

Fast forward a few centuries and we have Marie Antoinette, a biographical film about the life of the Queen of France. Starring popular young actress, Kirsten Dusnt, the film traces Marie from her marriage to Louis XVI to her reign as queen and to her eventual fall during the French Revolution. Although the movie is more impressionistic than a true history lesson, it does convey the opulence of 18th-century court life at Versailles and the outrageousness nature of one of France's most iconic figures. Interestingly, Marie's infamous death is not addressed in the script, but you can fill in those gory details. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and innuendo.

And finally into the 20th Century with Saving Private Ryan, an Academy Award winning film about the rescue of a young American soldier lost in Nazi-occupied France. The film does an absolutely stunning job at recreating the brutality of the Allied Invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 and offers an accurate portrayal of trench warfare and the final stages of World War II. Rated R for prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence and language.

See you at the movies!
Global Travel Guru

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About Josette Bonafino...

The Global Travel Guru, courtesy of Josette Bonafino, also appears in Language Magazine.

Josette is the founder and Director of Culture Quest Tours, an educational tour company that specializes in custom-tailored travel programs. Since 1993, Culture Quest has worked with hundreds of American high school and college groups traveling to Europe, Latin American and beyond.

Josette is also the founder and Executive Director of MYX: Multicultural Youth eXchange, a nonprofit organization that works to increase tolerance among young people worldwide by using art-based projects to explore diverse cultures and social issues relevant to all youth.

A native Philadelphian and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Josette is an avid traveler and frequently spends time in Iceland and Montserrat where she and her husband own homes.

The Global Travel Guru welcomes all travel questions at

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