June 2009
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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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Today Is...

Ron Victoria

Today Is... (June 2009)

Daily Commemorations
Printable calendar version
by Ron Victoria
Regular Feature
June 1, 2009
Every day for years, Ron Victoria (AKA Ron/NJ) reported on the commemorations of the day on the Teachers.Net Golden Apples Chatboard. Now his many fans will find his Today is... for each month right here in the Teachers.Net Gazette! Now you can print out an attractive calendar version to post in your faculty room, duplicate to share with colleagues, or simply broadcast the printable version link throughout your district to spread the fun of the Today is... feature.

June is...

Cancer in the Sun Month,

National Dairy Month,

National Fresh Fruit
and Vegetable Month,

National Rose Month,

National Safety Month,


Fireworks Safety Month.

June 1 is ... Dare Day

June 2 is ... National Rocky Road Day

June 3 is ... Repeat Day (I said “repeat day”)

June 4 is ... Old Maid's Day

June 5 is ... Festival of Popular Delusions Day

June 6 is ... National Applesauce Cake Day

June 7 is ... National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

June 8 is ... Name Your Poison Day

June 9 is ... Donald Duck Day

June 10 is ... National Yo-Yo Day

June 11 is ... National Hug Holiday
King Kamehameha Day

June 12 is ... Machine Day

June 13 is ... National Juggling Day
Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

June 14 is ... Pop Goes the Weasel Day

June 15 is ... Smile Power Day

June 16 is ... National Hollerin' Contest Day

June 17 is ... Watergate Day
Eat Your Vegetables Day

June 18 is ... International Panic Day

June 19 is ... World Sauntering Day
Juneteenth Day

June 20 is ... Ice Cream Soda Day

June 21 is ... Cuckoo Warning Day

June 22 is ... National Chocolate Éclair Day

June 23 is ... National Pink Day

June 24 is ... Museum Comes to Life Day

June 25 is ... Log Cabin Day

June 26 is ... National Chocolate Pudding Day

June 27 is ... National Columnists Day

June 28 is ... Paul Bunyan Day

June 29 is ... Camera Day

June 30 is ... Meteor Day

Printable "Today Is" Calendar in pdf format

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