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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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Cover Story by Graysen Walles

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March 1, 2009

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Math: Celebrating Pi Day – March 14

From John Norton’s MiddleWeb Exploring Middle School Reform newsletter Back in the 1980s, the San Francisco Exploratorium unilaterally declared a new international math holiday -- Pi Day -- which of course occurs on March 14 (3.14, also Einstein's birthday!). This link leads to a Pi Day support page at the Exploratorium website where you'll find a "short history" of Pi, Pi Day activities, Pi limericks, posters and haiku, and offsite links to other Pi resources. If you are a true math geek, go to this page and watch last year's two-hour long Pi Day 20th Anniversary webcast, complete with a pie-throwing contest and events in Second Life.

*NEW BOOK* Lucy Goosey,
Helps Teach Responsibility

For years, fourth grade teacher Katherine Ciriello struggled to find useful resources to help teach the pillars of good character. So, she decided to write her own book about being responsible, one that would appeal to elementary school students. Lucy Goosey was born, based upon areas in which Katherine has seen her own students struggle.

Throughout the book, Lucy Goosey falls short of taking responsibility for her school assignments and home duties, including waking up the first time she is told, writing her assignments down, and not blaming others for what she did wrong. Due to her lack of responsibility, Lucy is forced to miss her championship soccer game. When Lucy learns the importance of taking responsibility for herself, she finds that her life is much easier and others respect her more.

Katherine’s father Michael Ciriello who lives in Katherine’s home state, Connecticut, is the book’s illustrator. Katherine now lives in St. Johns Couty, Florida where she is a soccer coach for the Ponte Vedra Soccer Club. She lives with her husband, Trey, two stepchildren, and dog, Ruby.

Lucy Goosey is written for children in grades 1 – 5 and is available from

Magic Classroom Management eBook

Rob Plevin, a retired Deputy Head of a school for children with severe behavior problems, shares his secrets, tips, tricks, and strategies for improving student behavior in his ebook, Magic Classroom Management. Rob says his ebook is a practical, easy-to-implement guide that will help teachers learn how to effectively manage a classroom and maximize student learning, addressing issues such as motivation, swearing, listening skills, diffusing major crises and confrontations, and more.

Magic Classroom Management is available for free download (after registration).


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