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

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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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Connect With Troops Project; Mr. Holland's Opus Grants; Students Invited To Write the First Page of a Book; History Teacher of the Year Nominees Sought; Lesson Plan Contest
From the News Desk
March 1, 2008

Connect With the Troops Project

Connect With the Troops Project - The publishing company Connect and Join sponsors the Connect with the Troops Project, which will attempt to compile a 120,000-page scrapbook to communicate with and express support for U.S. troops or individual soldiers serving in the Middle East. For more information, visit or


Melody Program Grant

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation: Melody Program Grant - The Melody Program helps K-12 school music programs that take place during the regular school day. Music programs must be at least three years old to apply. Schools must apply separately. Grants typically range from $500 - $8,000 worth of instruments. Application Deadline: August 1, 2008. For more information, please visit


Writing Contest: Quill Book Sequel

Contest: Students Invited To Compete In Writing First Page of Quill Book Sequel. Book Royalties Will Support Ugandan Nursery Schools. This writing competition launches a new children’s book - QUILL. Author Kevin Rixen offers students the opportunity to write the first page of QUILL’S sequel, giving them the creative power to decide how the new adventure begins. Rixon also offers: "Win a set of books by your favourite author by ordering a copy of Quill and letting me know on my website. Royalties from the sale of the book will be donated in aid of 3 Christian Ugandan Nursery Schools." For details visit Kevin Rixon's web site email:


Make Beliefs Comix Comic Creator Teaches Writing & Languages

Make Beliefs Comix Comic Creator Teaches Writing & Languages - A new interactive web site allows children and adults to create their own comic strips. They can select from 15 fun characters with different moods -- happy, sad, angry, worried – and write words for blank talk and thought balloons to make their characters talk and think. There are story ideas and prompts to help users create graphic stories. The comic creator can be used by educators to teach language, reading and writing skills, and also for students in English-as-a-Second-Language programs to facilitate self-expression and storytelling, as well as computer literacy. According to its creator, it is now being used by educators in 160 countries with some educational therapists using the comic creator with deaf and autistic people to help them understand concepts and communicate. Parents and children can create stories together, print them to create comic books or email them to friends and family. Others will enjoy using the site as a creative and relaxing outlet.

Creator Bill Zimmerman, author of the book Make Beliefs - A Gift For Your Imagination says, "As one who learned to read with comic books, I know that creating comic strips can help people tap into their creativity and practice their language and storytelling skills. The site is free and stems from my lifelong mission to create resources that help people find their voice and express themselves.


History Teacher Of The Year Award

Nominations Sought For History Teacher Of The Year Award - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking nominations for the annual History Teacher of the Year Award. The award honors one outstanding history teacher from each state and US Territory. The Institute, in partnership with Preserve America, inaugurated the award in 2004. This year, only middle and high school teachers are eligible for nomination. Deadline is April 1, 2008. Additional information is available at .

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Document Camera Lesson Plan Contest

Document Camera Lesson Plan Contest - AVerMedia(R) Technologies, Inc. announces the launch of the AVerVision Lesson Plan Contest for North American K-12 and Higher-Ed classrooms. Teachers and educators are asked to submit a lesson plan relating to one of six subjects including a document camera as the primary technology or demonstration device. One new AVerVision document camera and $1000 to be used for additional classroom technology purchases will be awarded to the winner of each subject category. Subject categories include: Mathematics, Science, English/Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Art/Music, and Other. Lesson plans will be judged on originality, creativity, and effective use of a document camera in the lesson itself

The lesson plan should relate to one lesson or demonstration topic, in only one subject. A document camera must be the primary demonstration device or piece of technology used to conduct the lesson. Only one lesson plan will be accepted per teacher, and it must be submitted through the official contest webpage by April 18, 2008 and according to the rules and submission requirements detailed at . Winners will be announced on May 2, 2008.

Lesson plans submitted will be posted on the AVerMedia website as a resource for other educators to find fun and effective ways of using document camera technology in their classroom.


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