May 2008
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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.5 May 2008

Cover Story by Todd R. Nelson
Only a School. Only a Teacher.
School is still, at its heart, a dance of men and women of character. A school is its teachers.

Harry & Rosemary Wong
An Amazing Kindergarten Teacher
I use modified modeling to teach my students the correct procedures. Instead of just telling, I act out the wrong way first....

Promoting Responsibility - Or How Not ToMarvin Marshall
Differentiated Instruction & Ability GroupingCheryl Sigmon
The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
Counting the days yet?Barbara & Sue Gruber
Problem-Based Learning, Part 3Hal Portner
Successful TeachersLeah Davies

'Subprime' Is Voted "Word Of The Year" For 2007
May 2008 Writing Prompts
Use Math's Magic to Intrigue Students Solving Linear Equations
I Choose Teaching - A Meaningful Career
Teacher Appreciation Day: Not Nearly Enough
Treating All Students With Dignity
Two Teachers, Two Philosophies, One Result
Favorite Teacher Appreciation Activities
Academic Writing Guidelines
What is an Effective Teacher?
Drexel Online Education Program

Candles of Inspiration: May 2008
Featured Lessons: May 2008
Video Bytes: A Hidden Lesson, Baptism By Fire, Mom and more...
Today Is... Daily Commemoration for May 2008
Live on Teachers.Net: May 2008
The Lighter Side of Teaching
Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
Is a school only as good as the teachers in it?
Teachers' Best Teachers
What Is It About Teaching That Keeps You Going?
Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Featured Lessons...

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Featured Lessons and Activities for May

Mother's Day activities to honor and delight the special women in children's lives; May activities; Career and Soccer skills lessons; Edible maps; more!
from the Teachers.Net Lesson Bank
Regular Feature in the Gazette
May 1, 2008

Mapping Mom's Heart - A simple but delightful craft that can also serve as a Mother's Day card.

Mother's Day Butterfly and Poem - Child's painted handprints form a colorful butterfly. A short but lovely poem adds the right touch of love any mother will love.

Mother's Day Tea and 2 Delightful Recipes, one for an aquarium cracker to accompany the book Swimmy by Leo Lionni (or any book about fish), and a recipe for an edible bird's nest.

Island Fever Mother's Day - All the tips you'll need to put on a tropical-themed Mother's Day event in your classroom.

Bath Salts Recipe for Mother's Day gift - What special lady wouldn't enjoy a nice relaxing soak in a hot bath, softened with a dose of perfumed bath salts prepared and presented by a special child in her life?

Mostly Mother's Day, but you'll find other May ideas and activities in this transcript FULL of ideas contributed by teachers during a live Teachers.Net chat.

More May Ideas shared in live chat, including some for Mother's Day

From the Teachers.Net Lesson Bank

Careers (Kindergarten-Primary) Adaptable to ESL (Elementary). Students learn career-related vocabulary by constructing books using the Brown Bear, Brown Bear pattern.

Career Exploration (Secondary) High school seniors understand their own personality type and the personality types of others; students learn how to work with people with different personality types; students become aware of personal values and interests; to enable them to make career choices based on interests, values, and personality. Includes link to personality test.

Math Stations (Elementary) Game stations used to reinforce the multiplication facts for learning stations or games “ready to go” for a substitute teacher to use.

Homeless or Luxurious - A Lesson on Practical Economics (Middle-Secondary) Students select at random a US city, are assigned a certain amount of money for their living expenses, then research online to see how well they could live on the allotted budget, in the process filling out a living expenses form. Embedded within the lesson are many concepts related to the economic facts of life.

Edible Topographical Geography (Elementary) How to create a topographical map students will remember, using edible materials.

Passing, Trapping and Heading Soccer Skills (Middle-Senior)

This lesson includes help with teaching 3 major skills necessary to being a successful soccer player.

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