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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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Cover Story by Graysen Walles

Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong

Contributors this month: Graysen Walles, Sue Gruber, Leah Davies, Todd R. Nelson, Marvin Marshall, Marjan Glavac, Barbara Pressman, Josette Bonafino, Dorothy Rich, Rick Morris, Matt Levinson, Deborah Granger, Alan Haskvitz, Bill Page, Susan Fitzell, Hank Kellner, Tim Newlin, Steve Sherman, Rachelle Ann A. Abad, Kimberly McCloud, David Peter Marchesseault, Barb Stutesman, Ron Victoria, and BattleShip Ron.

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June 1, 2009

Geography quizzes galore! These quizzes create a fun and interactive way to learn US & world geography.

Gazette Contributor Bundrick Tagged “Must Know Expert”

Writer’s work is featured in new book

School social worker, Teachers.Net Gazette contributor and freelancer writer, Lisa Bundrick is a contributor to the new book, The Ultimate Teacher: The Best Experts’ Advice for a Noble Profession with Photos and Stories, edited by Todd Whitaker (Health Communications Inc.). Lisa has been billed as a “Must Know Expert” and her article, Responding to a Crisis, will be featured in the “Must-Know Info” section of the book, which was released in May 2009.

According to the publisher, The Ultimate Teacher is a unique gift and practical guide filled with useful classroom tips and time-tested advice about how to have successful parent-teacher conferences, dealing with crisis situations, getting the most from a substitute teacher, and strategies for helping hyperactive students, among others. Interwoven throughout the stories and “Must-Know Info” are moving photos of teachers and educators with their students. The Ultimate Teacher is for anyone who has a passion for teaching and wants to look inside the lives and classrooms of other dedicated teachers. The Ultimate Teacher is available where books are sold or directly from the publisher, Health Communications Inc.

Lisa has a Master of Social Work Degree from the University at Albany. She holds her New York State permanent certification as a School Social Worker for grades K-12 and her license in New York State as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Her career related experiences in the field of education include working with students and staff in charter and pubic schools as well as in a community college. As a school social worker, she works with students in individual, small group and classroom settings assisting them in developing skills and knowledge to enable their success in both academic and social settings. In addition to her counseling experience, she has experience with crisis intervention, developing functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans, academic advisement, career planning, and cover letter and resume writing. She is also the published author of several articles relating to school social work. Lisa is currently employed as an elementary school social worker at the Hoosick Falls Elementary School in upstate New York.

Seminar on Link Between Food Additives, ADHD, Autism
A free seminar about dietary options for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), and other learning/behavior problems will be held by the nonprofit Feingold Association ( on June 25, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Marriott SpringHill Suites at 899 Elkridge Landing Road in Linthicum, Maryland. Reservations are not required.

This seminar will introduce guests to the low-additive Feingold Diet, which eliminates petroleum-based food dyes, artificial flavors, and certain preservatives that have been shown by scientific studies to cause hyperactivity, impulsivity, short attention spans, and other problems.

"The first hints that food ingredients could impair children's behavior came in the mid-1970s, when the late Dr. Ben Feingold publicized his clinical findings,” they wrote. “Many of the studies done over the years, in the U.S. and abroad, have confirmed that some children are adversely affected by foods, with food dyes being the ingredients most intensively studied."

According to the Feingold Association, synthetic food additives have also been linked with dyslexia, speech difficulties, seizures, tics, and nightmares, as well as allergic reactions such as asthma and hives.

The Feingold Association ( helps families of children with learning/behavior problems to implement the low-additive Feingold Diet. The charity publishes a handbook on the Feingold Diet, the Pure Facts Newsletter, a Fast Food & Restaurant Guide, a Foodlist & Shopping Guide, and a Mail Order Guide. Its advisory board and board of directors include medical professionals from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Rochester, Stony Brook University, Baltimore's Sinai Hospital, and other institutions.

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