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Volume 4 Number 3

Happy 7th Anniversary Teachers.Net...
March Columns
March Articles
March Regular Features
March Informational Items
Gazette Home Delivery:

How Not to Get Into College:
The Preoccupation with Preparation

by Alfie Kohn

part of our job is to help students and parents understand that the difference between acceptance to a moderately elite college and acceptance to an extremely elite college does not justify sacrificing everything (health, happiness, friends, love of learning) in a desperate effort to gain access to the latter...

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No Child Left Behind or Leave the Thinking to Us
by Simon Hole

Unfortunately, the government's No Child Left Behind Act doesn't seem to care much about thinking -- doing well on tests is what matters. And so the pressure is on to make sure that every possible question is answered correctly...

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Technology Reform in Schools
by Daisy Marie (Price) Hicks

The Virginia Department of Education mandated that all teachers and administrators in Virginia complete technology certification by the beginning of the 2002-03 school year...

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Special Skills for Classroom Management
by Stelios Perdios

Many teachers are unaware of the powerful techniques of persuasion and influence which are used by expert communicators from the educational, political, sales, advertising, and military and intelligence fields...

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Looking for a teaching job?
Ten Tips for Job Hunters

from the the Teacher Chatboard

We regularly see postings here from people looking for teaching jobs, asking about the "secret" to getting one. They generally think that since they are highly qualified and good at interviewing, but they still can't get hired, there must be some mysterious thing that they lack...

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Living Up to David Ruggles
by Caroline Edens Bundy

Who has heard of David Ruggles?...He was born a free black American in Connecticut. He published, operated, and owned the first African American Press...

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Pre-writing Center
from the Early Childhood Chatboard

I teach public pre-k for 4 year olds, and I was just wondering what things you include in your pre-writing centers...

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Happy 7th Anniversary Teachers.Net

This month, Teachers.Net celebrates 7 years as the leading Internet resource for educators, online since March 1996...

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LT Marshall Branch

Wow! A lot has happened since I last wrote. As some of you may have heard, there was a helicopter accident out here last month. It was not a Coast Guard helicopter, but we assisted in the rescue of the people in the helicopter...

Kathleen Carpenter - Editor, Teachers.Net Gazette
Editor's e-Picks - March Resources

  • March Recipes
  • March Crafts
  • March Lessons
  • and much more...

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    Spotlight on NEW CD Set
    How to Improve Student Achievement with Harry Wong

    Announcing the release of a brand new set of CDs featuring Harry Wong, the most sought after speaker in education today...

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    Kathleen Alape Carpenter, Editor

    Featuring Past Author/ Illustrator Chat Guests

    Michael McCurdy,
    Joan Holub,
    Barbara Seuling,
    Emily Arnold McCully,
    Jeff Brown, and
    Peggy Fletcher Stack...

    Joy Jones
    Gems of Wisdom from Joy Jones

  • Humility
  • Seeing The Signals
  • Truth
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    Jerry Taylor Student Stars Become Constellations

    Last year, some elementary students in my district (Greece, NY) worked on a writing project while studying "stars."...

    Margaret Veitch
    Novel Studies
    Help students "switch on" to a novel

    English teachers around the world need to study novels with their students. In today's "instant techno world" reading is not always at the top of the list of cool activities for teenagers...

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    Zanada Maleki

    Addressing the Shuttle Tragedy

    This is Science. It is not 9-11 all over again. (9-11 is Sociology of History's cause and effect.)

    This is science in action. Think about the number of failures of airplanes (not reported) since the Wright Brothers. This is science...

    from the Second Grade Mailring
    Odd Facts

    Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches, while pennies and nickels do not?...

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    Dan Lukiv

    Retirement Career Counseling

    "the sudden silence gained by retiring from a demanding job into a life of idleness usually causes death or senility within two years, unless new stresses and interests can be found"...

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    Also in this issue:
    A First Day of School Script Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
    Using A Discipline Approach to Promote Learning Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
    My Poor Teacher Can't Spell! 4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
    Testing, 1-2-3! Postcard from Planet Esme - News from the world of children's books by Esmé Codell
    March ~ The Perfect Time for a Fresh Start! Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
    Need Something? Ask! Teachers As Learners by Hal Portner
    There's a Book Inside of You Waiting To Come Out! eBook Authoring by Glenn F. Dietzel
    Stop Underage Drinking Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
    Debates in the Classroom---A List of Ten! The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
    Saving Drowning Babies is Not Always the Best Policy! Ed-Tech Talk by Dr. Rob Reilly
    Art Sites The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
    Apple Seeds: Inspirational quotes by Barb Erickson
    Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
    A New Twist on Featured Schools
    Classroom Photos by Members of the Teachers.Net Community
    March Poems
    March, There Was Crimson Clash of War, The Peaceful Shepherd
    The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • Retirement Appreciation Seminar by Goose
  • Classroom Chuckles
  • Georgia's Head-tricks
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Story Stew from the Lesson Bank
    Concentration Word Games
    Penguin Facts Study Sheet
    "Elmer" the Patchwork Elephant
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Summer Professional Development Opportunities from: Research for Better Schools
    Recognizing Tomorrow's Leaders Today from: Dr. Marc Seligman - National School Yearbook
    Jimmy Jet and the Pledge of Allegiance from: Wonder-Books.Com
    Special CD Offer For Kindergarten Teachers from: MVO Records
    Special Offer for Teachers.Net Readers from: Harry K. Wong Publications
    Kids Fishing Program Announces New Sponsors from: Gordon Holland