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Volume 3 Number 3

Harry & Rosemary Wong ask, "Is it possible that a school district would have no openings at a time of worldwide teacher shortages? But more importantly, why were there no openings in the Medford School District?"...
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Around the Block by Cheryl Ristow
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Every Day is Read Across America Day!
Music is...
Ten Pennies and Ten Dimes
Swinging on the Education Pendulum
Literature Circles
Internet Based Interaction in the Classroom
How to Create A Bad Acceptable Use Policy Document (And Have It Survive)!
Safety on College Campuses
The Montessori Mystery
Playing Baseball in the Classroom - A Flexible, Adaptable Game to Motivate Your Students
Whither Not Social Studies!
When Bright Kids Say, "I'm Bored!"
Book Review: Comprehension Instruction
Teacher Social Groups
Retaining Principals
Today I Learned
Things You NEVER Thought You'd Have to Say…or Hear
What Was Your Most Unforgettable Show and Tell?
How Do You Deal With Middle School Students' Apathy?
Why Reading Scores Across the Nation Have Declined
Apple Seeds
Special Days This Month
Poem - Searching for the Gold
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • A Challenging Foot Feat
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Featured Lesson from the Lesson Bank
  • Here Comes the Train
  • Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Chatboard Poll, What changes has your district made in an effort to raise test scores?
    Action Against Hunger Project
    Explore Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest
    Third Annual Music Education Survey Gets Underway
    Gazette Home Delivery:


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    What Was Your Most Unforgettable Show and Tell?

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    My first year of teaching, a girl brought in turkey feathers for sharing. It must have been an especially busy day or something because we didn't have sharing until almost the end of the day. When the big moment arrived, she took the feathers out of the bag to share. Soon afterward, I started hearing a crunching noise when the kids walked. Yes, there were maggots all over the room. It was disgusting, simply disgusting. k-2

    A dead, flattened, frozen rabbit that had been hit by a car. The kid found it at the bus stop. He put it in a bag so I didn't see it until later at show and tell. Needless to say I was a bit taken aback.Told him we needed to keep it outside the rest of the day.I laughed so hard later. jeanne

    How about a rocket ship that was really a tampon ????? Meggie

    I had a child bring in a cow's skull. Unfortunately, it was still a bit "fresh" so it smelled really, really bad! Also had a few maggots on it. I put it outside and when we got ready to go home, it was gone. I guess one of the neighboring dogs sniffed it out, and took it home. Can you imagine how surprised the dog owner must have been? :) Rita/KY

    I taught at a country school, and one child brought in chicken feet. Another year a child went deep sea fishing in Florida and brought in a shark nose/snout. Lori/GA

    I had one to bring in her mom's gall stones, one brought "skates that stick to the bottom of your socks" (Stayfree maxi-pads!), and one who brought in a pigeon in a wooden box he had made with no top on it...ON THE BUS!!! Rose

    A condom. The student (a second grader) held it up and said, "Boys and girls, this is a party pooper." Jan

    Cow eyeballs in a margarine container!!! In my sisters K class a student brought handcuffs from her mom and dad's bedroom drawer!!! Kate3/4.

    Oh, you guys just made my day! These are so funny! One of my first grade boys brought a turkey leg to show and tell and showed us how you could make the feet move by pulling a "string" in it's leg. About a week later I kept smelling this awful smell and finally narrowed it down to this child's desk. He'd forgotten to take it home. That was the same year that the kids came back from music all in a dither because one of the girls had a smashed egg in her pocket. The little girl was in tears and I asked why she had an egg in her pocket. She said she forgot to take it out after she gathered eggs the night before. katie/ks1

    I'm pretty certain I took in my mom's diaphram, I cannot remember what was said. Jean

    One of my very shy first grade girls brought a special gold coin that she had found in her parents bedroom. I did not know this during show and tell because she declined to speak in front of the group. However, she did share this on the playground with a few friends. The friends discovered that the coin would open and took out a balloon and proceeded to blow it up. Imagine my surprise to look over and see a "CONDOM BALLOON" being bounced around on the playground! er

    A few years ago I thought I had a cat in someone's bookbag. While the kids were at music I heard a purring. I am not exactly a brave soul with animals so I got help. Another teacher and I carefully figured out which bag and carefully took it out to release the animal. When we put it down it purred more but wouldn't crawl out. Finally the other teacher reached in and pulled out a stuffed animal but the bag was still purring. There was also a toy (I can't remember what those were called but like Furbies where they sleep and wake up---virtual pets---!!! A whole prep time wasted. It wasn't so strange as funny afterward. Gail

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