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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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Sue Gruber

Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers
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The Three R’s for Summer—
Rest, Relax and Recharge!

13 ways to enjoy your summer and prepare for the next school year!
by Sue Gruber, M.A.
Barbara Gruber Courses for Teachers
Continued from page 1
June 1, 2009
  • Read, read, read!
    Take advantage of this time and dive into some good books. Find a friend who loves to read and swap books. Treat yourself to some interesting magazines that you don’t have time to read during the school year. If you’re not already in one, you might want to start a summer book club with some friends. Take turns selecting books for the group to read and discuss over some yummy goodies.
  • Try something new.
    What better time than now to try something you’ve always wanted to do? Here’s your chance to give faux painting on your laundry room walls a try! Maybe you’ll grab a friend and sign up for a Pilates class that looks like fun. What ever it is that you’ve been putting off trying, do it now! You might just discover something wonderful.
  • Tackle an old project that you’ve been putting off.
    Does an avalanche of photographs hit you every time you open that certain cupboard? Are you filled with guilt whenever you look at a half finished craft project? What better time than now to end the procrastination? A teacher friend of mine used one summer to complete her child’s baby book. The baby book was finished by the middle of August—just in time for the “baby’s” 18th birthday!
  • Reflect on the school year you just finished.
    Take some time to reflect upon the year. Think about all of the things that went well in your classroom. Analyze any areas that you feel need improvement. Jot some quick notes about things you’d like to do differently next year. Stash your notes in a file folder labeled “back to school” so they’ll be handy in the fall.
  • Start thinking about the next school year.
    Now is the time to start thinking about next year. Decide now how you’d like to spend your time. Which committees and jobs appeal to you and which ones do you want to avoid? By thinking about it ahead of time you can practice saying no and avoid being pressured into accepting extra duties you don’t want.

    Are you one of those teachers who really enjoys spending time during the summer in his or her classroom? Here are some thoughts to consider if you just can’t stay away.

  • Limit the time you spend in your classroom.
    Set a reasonable schedule for the amount of time you’re willing to work in your room. You might decide that one morning each week or even each month is enough. Make sure that you don’t become consumed by the demands of getting your classroom ready. You don’t want to neglect your needs and the chance to truly step away from school and unwind.

    Take a moment to think of your non-teaching friends’ vacations. Most people have to work extra-hard to be ahead of the game before they leave for a one or two week vacation. The whole time they’re gone their desks are filling up with work to be done upon their return. When they go back to work it’s necessary to put in long hours to dig out from under the piled up work.

I feel so fortunate that every year I have summers to rest, relax and recharge my batteries.Teachers are lucky to have jobs that truly stop at the end of the school year. Not only do we have time to unwind; we get a fresh start every fall! Make this summer your best one ever!

Best wishes ~
Sue Gruber
Barbara Gruber Online Courses for Teachers

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Sue Gruber, M.A.
Barbara Gruber Online Courses for Teachers

Sue Gruber taught the upper grades for years. In a moment of wild abandon, she decided to take the plunge and teach the grade she feared most—kindergarten! Sue just wrapped up her eleventh year in kindergarten and loves it. Who knows, the next grade level change might be to sixth grade!

Sue Gruber and Barbara Gruber, a mother-daughter writing team, have created dozens of products for Frank Schaffer Publications, Scholastic, The Education Center and other publishers. Barbara is a former teacher who was employed by Frank Schaffer Publications from l980 to l996. She developed and presented curriculum seminars nationwide for K-6 teachers.

Sue and Barbara launched Barbara Gruber Online Courses for Teachers in 2002. They personally write each course with today’s students and busy teachers in mind. Teachers can do coursework completely on their own, or, if they wish, interact on line with others. They can earn one, two or three semester units from University of the Pacific. Barbara and Sue provide practical strategies and ideas that can be put into action immediately without creating more work for teachers. Barbara and Sue have created exactly what teachers are looking for—teacher-friendly courses at affordable prices. You can find out about their courses at

Sue teaches full time, manages Barbara Gruber Courses for Teachers and loves writing for the Teachers.Net Gazette. She lives in Sonoma County with her husband and son. Barbara consults for Barbara Gruber Courses for Teachers; however, she has “retired” from the business. Retirement for Barbara means she’s busier than ever in Healdsburg, California on a 25-acre working farm called Healdsburg Country Gardens. She and her husband are grape growers for local wineries, have three guest houses for visitors and host wine country weddings.

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