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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.3 March 2009

Cover Story by Graysen Walles
Teachers are Brave
Somewhere in this country a drive-by was avoided, a robbery was reconsidered, or a suicide attempt was abandoned because a teacher was willing to show up and make a difference in the classroom, administrative office, after school activity, or at the home of a child.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Assessing for Student Learning

»The 21st Century Teaching-Learning Environment - (Think Outside the Classroom Box)Hal Portner
»Why Do You Teach?Sue Gruber
»Educating Homeless ChildrenLeah Davies
»Old School Progress ReportsTodd R. Nelson
»Habit vs. Awareness for the 3 Practices and for the Hierarchy of Social DevelopmentMarvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»Global Travel GuruJosette Bonafino
»Tool & ToysRick Morris

»Economic Relief for TeachersTeachers.Net
»Fifty Years of TeachingBill Page
»Strange SignsTim Newlin
»A Dozen Surefire Tips To Maximize Flexible Grouping and Small Group LearningSusan Fitzell
»Time to Reward YourselfAlan Haskvitz
»March 2009 Writing PromptsJames Wayne
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VHank Kellner
»What’s Wrong With Teacher Education In This Country?Howard Seeman
»“Slumdog Millionaire” Teaches About Education, TooDorothy Rich
»Teachers’ Role in Improving Students’ Thinking Skills: Moving beyond the ‘sage on the stage’Ambreen Ahmed

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring QuotesBarb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily CommemorationRon Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
»Liz Phillips' Printable Discipline Rubric
»Photo tour: 4th Grade Classroom
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: March 2009
»Featured Lesson: Recognizing Bullying
»Modeling Guided Reading FAQ, Periodic Table of Videos – Fascinating Chemistry!, Carl Sagan - 4th Dimension Explanation, Parabolas in the Real World, Al Jolson sings - Brother Can You Spare a Dime?, Lovers’ Waltz - Casey Willis on violin, Meet Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
»Live on Teachers.Net: March 2009
»T-Netters Share Favorite Recipes
»Managing Hyperactive Students
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers
»This Board’s For Me!


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March 1, 2009

YENDOR’s Top Ten

Top Ten Things Not To Say While Being Interviewed for a Teaching Job

  1. Got a light?
  1. I see no problems. Just throw out the coloring sheets everyday.
  1. I quit school in eight grade. Is that going to be a problem?
  1. How would I encourage kids to learn? Well, have you seen my belt?
  1. What would I do with a gifted student who was a discipline problem? AGAIN, have you seen my belt?
  1. What will I be doing in five years? Probably trying to get out of the classroom just like you did.
  1. How would I present a new word to the class? Well...that would be according to just how hard I stubbed my toe.
  1. Interviewer: "Do you consider yourself a good listener?"
    Me: "I'm sorry?"
  1. My philosophy? Hell, just make it through the $@+#+#U*@! day till I can get home to the bottle!

And the number one thing NOT to say during a job interview:

  1. Great legs, baby!

Get That Football Out Of The Super Bowl!
Posted by Sue on Teachers.Net Chatboard

When my daughter was four we told her we were having a Super Bowl party. We got snacks and drinks and my husband was watching the game. My daughter asked when the Super Bowl started and I told her it already started. She responded, "Oh great, we're going to miss it because Daddy is watching the football game!" That was 15 years ago and we still tease her about it.

On Whose Authority?
Posted by “Dad” on Special Education Teachers Chatboard

The computer in my high school classroom recently started acting up. After watching me struggle with it, one of my students came up and took over. "Your hard drive crashed," he said.

I called the computer services office and explained, "My computer is down. The hard drive crashed."

"We can't just send people down on your say-so. How do you know that's the problem?"

"A student told me," I answered.

"We'll send someone over right away."

Complete Disclosure
Posted by Sunset/D on Teachers.Net Chatboard

A student tore into our school office. "My iPod was stolen!" she cried .I handed her a form, and she filled it out, answering everything, even those questions intended for the principal. Under "Disposition" she wrote, "I'm really ticked off."

Serendipitous Sequester
Posted by Rita/KY on Teachers.Net Chatboard

My best friend has a set of twin boys. They are very, very smart, and were on our 4th grade academic team as 3rd graders. One of the questions during a meet was a state and capital. None of the 4th graders on either team knew the answer, but one of the twins buzzed in and got it correct. Thanks to his correct answer, our team won.

After the match, we asked him how he knew the answer, as third grade doesn't learn state and capitals. He grinned and said, "It is because I can't be quiet." He had a little "girlfriend" in his class, and they loved to talk. Finally, his teacher moved him completely across the room from her. He couldn't talk to her and none of the other kids would talk to him because they didn't want to get in trouble. When he finished his work, he would sit and study the big map of the United States on the wall beside his desk. He quickly learned all the states and capitals, and where every state is located. He said, "Well, Mom, I guess my big mouth finally paid off." :)

Burrow Decor
Posted by KimKca on the Classroom Humor Chatboard

In kindergarten this week, we have been talking about winter. Monday, I read the kids a non-fiction book about animals in winter and introduced the kids to vocabulary like "hibernation," "migration," and "burrow."

There is a place in the book that shows a woodchuck's burrow. The kids were very interested in the tunnels, bathroom chamber, and sleeping chamber. We discussed how many burrowing animals will have more than one entrance to fool predators. After discussing the book, we did a "directed drawing" of a woodchuck's burrow. We labeled parts and then some of the kids asked if they could color the drawings.

I reminded the children that this was a "science" drawing, so accuracy in color is important. The kids decided that brown was probably going to be the predominant color, since the picture of the burrow was under a winter landscape. Some children put green on a few trees and colored the hibernating woodchuck with tan and brown colored pencils.

I walked around the room, giving feedback. I stopped short when I saw McKenna, one of my most competent students and a very good listener, using a pink crayon inside the woodchuck's sleeping chamber. She was carefully coloring the outline of the chamber.

"McKenna," I said, "what's this? Is the sleeping chamber PINK?"

McKenna looked up and me and smiled.

"No. It's brown. And has grass."

"Well... what is the pink crayon for?" I asked.

She continued coloring and replied, "Wallpaper."

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About YENDOR...

Hi there! My name is YENDOR and I live in Alabama, the land of good Looking women and high humidity.

I was a traveling piano picker for about 25 years, a radio jock and then backed into teaching. I taught sixth grade one year and then fifth gradefor twenty-seven years.

My hobbies are computer, collecting old radio shows from the 30's-50's, classic OLD TV shows, Asian horror movies, reading, collecting autographs, and music. My favorite singer/songwriter is Michelle Shocked. If you don't like her you don't like me. My favorite comedian is W.C. Fields. My favorite author is Mark Twain.

I play the piano, bass guitar and drums. I sometimes wish I had done that for a living.

I have a freakish sense of humor and rarely agree with anyone on anything. I love practical jokes and only play them on people I like... which is a short list.

I retired from teaching two years ago and don't miss it a bit. People come up to me all the time and say, "What do you DO all day?" I simply tell them that I retire.

If you are ever in northern Alabama, come by and see me. If you don't drink sweet tea you will be shot at the door. If you put a lemon in it you will be beaten but not shot... the first time.

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