March 2008
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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.3
March 2008
Cover Story by LaVerne Hamlin
Show Me The Money!!!
If you can develop a lesson plan for your class, then you can write a grant. Here's how!

Harry & Rosemary Wong
Effective Teaching
Coaching is six times more effective than class-size reduction

»A System Is Superior To Talent Marv Marshall
»What Writing Isn’t Cheryl Sigmon
»The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
»Privacy in a Technological Age Rob Reilly
»10 Tips for Difficult Parents Barbara & Sue Gruber
»Problem-Based Learning Hal Portner
»Understanding Autism Leah Davies

»Spaceship Toilets
»March 2008 Writing Prompts
»Internet Assisted Interactive Classroom
»Our Civility Footprint
»First Grade Family Reading Night Meets Speed Dating
»Your Students Are Watching, Listening, and Learning
»Teachers Lounge - To Go or Not to Go?
»Retirement Guide for Teachers
»Daily Lessons: Humility

»Chatboard Poll: So What About Homework?
»Teachers.Net Craft Favorite: Arrow to the Sun
»Featured Lessons: March 2008
»Video Bytes: Merit Pay; Tai Chi; Asperger's and More
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration for March 2008
»Live on Teachers.Net: March 2008
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Editor's Pick: Picturing America Program
»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
»What Do You Want In A Co-Op Teacher?
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Cover Story by LaVerne Hamlin

Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong

Contributors this month: Dr. Marvin Marshall; Cheryl Sigmon; Barbara & Sue Gruber; Marjan Glavac; Dr. Rob Reilly; Barb S. HS/MI; Ron Victoria; Brian Hill; Leah Davies; Hal Portner; Tim Newlin; Barb Gilman; James Wayne; P.R. Guruprasad; Todd Nelson; Addies Gaines; Pat Hensley; Alan Haskvitz; Joy Jones; and YENDOR.

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Cover Story: LaVerne Hamlin

Show Me The Money!!!

A teacher who has been successful in obtaining more than $1 million in grant money says, "If you can develop a lesson plan for your class, then you can write a grant. Here's how!"


Understanding Autism

Symptoms an autistic child may exhibit and important information for educators of autistic students.

By Leah Davies

Our Civility Footprint

Civility has every bit as much to do with the quality of life here in the biosphere as fossil fuel emissions or ozone depletion.

By Todd Nelson

Teachers Lounge - To Go or Not to Go?

The Teachers Lounge: Den of Iniquity or Source of Support? This teacher's experience might surprise you!

By Pat Hensley

Your Students Are Watching, Listening, and Learning

Kids are never NOT learning, and the lessons they learn aren't always the ones teachers intend

Bill Page

First Grade Family Reading Night Meets Speed Dating

What do first graders and speed dating have in common? Leave it to teachers to put just about any idea to work to enhance learning for their students.

By Addie Gaines

NEW: March Writing Prompts

Not your ordinary writing prompts! They're based upon historical events and positive character traits - sure to educate and motivate elementary and middle school students to get writing!

By Jim Wayne

Retirement Guide for Teachers

From the first day you become a teacher you should be planning for your retirement. You should think about and plan for retirement income for yourself and your family as much as you plan the next day’s teaching lessons

By Alan Haskvitz

Problem-Based Learning

Want your students to develop high-level communication skills? The ability to arrive at informed judgments? The ability to function in a global community? Flexibility, persistence, and resourcefulness? Try Problem-Based Learning.

By Hal Portner

Internet Assisted Interactive Classroom

Multimedia Internet based lessons can transform any boring classroom into an interesting, interactive and innovative one, if they are based on sound pedagogic principles.

By P. R. Guruprasad

Teachers.Net Community

Barb S. HS/MI
Apple Seeds
Today Is...
March Events
Live Chats

The Teachers.Net Newsdesk

Teachers.Net Chatboard Poll

Editor's Pick: Picturing America

The Lighter Side of Teaching

The Gazette is a collaborative project published by the Teachers.Net community. Submit your work to the Gazette.

Harry & Rosemary Wong

Effective Teaching

The most effective schools have coaches. The coaches meet with the principal on a regular basis to assess the progress of every teacher and student. In an effective school, everyone functions as a team and there is a laser focus on student achievement....


Promoting Learning & Discipline

A System Is Superior To Talent

Having a system to rely on and refer to is superior to having a talent

By Dr. Marvin Marshall

Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers

10 Tips for Handling Difficult Parents

Almost every teacher is faced with an irate parent at some time. .Here are some tried and true tips to help you resolve difficult situations with parents.

By Barbara & Sue Gruber

Ed-Tech Talk

Privacy in a Technological Age

The goal of filtering is to keep children from coming into contact with harmful material or people. The question is: Does our policy directly align with its goal?

By Dr. Rob Reilly

Teaching Literacy

What Writing Isn’t

If we teach grammar in a way that shows students how it can be an effective tool for expression, they might just grasp it and want to use it.

By Cheryl Sigmon

The Busy Educator
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five

Brookfield Zoo, Museumspot.Com, Fun-Attic Activity Guide, The Pen Newsblast, Middle School Science.

By Marjan Glavac


Clip Art Corner
Spaceship Toilets

Millions of dollars and many man-hours have been spent on human waste removal systems for space travel, but not without moments of extreme embarrassment

From the Archives
Gems of Wisdom: Humility

Whenever my ego gets a little too big for its britches, life always seems to find a way to cut it down to size.

By Joy Jones

Featured Lessons
March Lesson Plans

The Holocaust, Easter, Weather, Baseball, Friction and St. Patrick's Day activities and more are covered in these activities gleaned from the Teachers.Net Lesson Bank and back issues of the Teachers.Net Gazette

Collective Wisdom
What Do You Want
In A Co-Op Teacher?

Erin/IN poses the question, "What did your supervising teachers do that you really liked?"

Teachers.Net Community

Teachers.Net Favorite
Craft Project:
Arrow To The Sun Activity

The warm colors of nature and the book Arrow to the Sun inspire this Art activity brought back to light from the March 2000 Gazette.

By Barb Gilman

Streaming Video
Teachers.Net Video Bytes

A Teacher Leader Speaks About Merit Pay; Tai Chi Relaxes Kids Between Lessons; Veggie Tale for St. Patrick's Day; A Dad On Asperger's Syndrome and Dr. Asperger's research; Make a Worm Farm! Animals Inspire Robotics ;