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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
Continued from page 1
June 1, 2009

Dear Travel Global Guru,

I am taking my Spanish class on an eco tour in the Peruvian Amazon next spring. Are any shots required?

Terry Hanson
Sioux City, IA

Dear Terry,

I have two nasty little words for you: yellow fever. This is a tropical viral disease found only in Africa and South America that is spread to humans who are bitten by infected mosquitoes. Most yellow fever infections result in painful but survivable symptoms like high fever, chills, headache, constipation, muscle aches, vomiting and backache, typically starting three to six days after infection. In more severe cases, yellow fever can lead to shock, bleeding and kidney or liver failure, causing the telltale jaundice from which the disease gets its name. In the worst case scenario, yellow fever is fatal. Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for this disease, and if you get it, all you can really do is rest and drink plenty of fluids.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, all Peruvian departments below 6,561 feet are at risk for yellow fever except Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna – all located in the south. Lima and its vicinity are also considered safe as are the coastal areas south of Lima and the highland tourist areas near Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

No vaccinations are required to enter Peru, but I recommend getting a yellow fever shot if you plan on visiting any jungle area lower than 7,600 feet including Iquitos, Manu or Tambopata. You can find clinics around the country that offer the vaccine at or call your family doctor in advance; he or she may be able to order one for you at a cost of around $125. Make sure you get immunized at least two weeks before traveling, and apart from the sore arm, anticipate some minor side effects the next day like a fever, some fatigue or a headache. The good news is that the vaccine will last 10 years.

Once you’re in Peru, don’t forget to practice common sense to prevent mosquito bites. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and consider treating your clothing and sleeping areas with insecticide. Make sure you apply insect repellent on exposed skin. Products containing 20% to 35% DEET are most effective, but follow instructions carefully. Use a bed net when sleeping in a room that is not air-conditioned, or better yet, stay in well-screened areas whenever possible.

A final word to the wise: Good Night. Sleep Tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite!
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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