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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.5 May 2009

Cover Story by Matt Levinson
Schools and Facebook: Moving Too Fast,
or Not Fast Enough?
Schools can draw a line in the sand, with zero tolerance rules written into school handbooks, or they can shift with the changing sands of social networking and utilize social networking and Facebook to enhance teaching and learning.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Teachers Are the Greatest Assets
On the first day of school, the teacher across the hall commented to me that my students are "always so good!" It's not the students; it's the procedures that have proven to work. The First Days of School helps me to manage my class, so that I can be an effective teacher.

»Comedy Highlights from Room K-1! Sue Gruber
»What Will Your Students Remember? Leah Davies
»My Mrs. Krikorian Todd R. Nelson
»Discipline Is a Liberating Word Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
»Help! Too Much Talk! Not Enough Work! Barbara Pressman
»Mayan Sites and Paris Easy on the Purse Josette Bonafino
»The Little Things that Count in Our Schools: Doing Something Different, Simple and Powerful Cheryl Sigmon
»Teacher Morale Matters Dorothy Rich
»Team Management - It’s in the Cards Rick Morris
»Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century Hal Portner

»The Document Camera: A Better Way to Present! Joe Frisk
»Need a Teaching Job? Here’s Where to Find One Alan Haskvitz
»Make Twitter an Ally in the Classroom! Alan Haskvitz
»Teaching Is... Bill Page
»Celebrating True Heroes Graysen Walles
»Digital Pens & Touch-Screens Tim Newlin
»12 Ways to Improve and Enhance Your Paraprofessional- Teacher Experience Susan Fitzell
»May 2009 Writing Prompts James Wayne
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VII Hank Kellner
»How to Increase the Number of Physics and Chemistry Majors Stewart E. Brekke
»Bibliotherapy Booklist for Elementary Students Lisa Bundrick
»8 Ways to Make Math Magical at School Steve Sherman
»5 Brainteasers Steve Sherman
»What Will You Do For Shy Kids? Marjie Braun Knudsen

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Photo Tour: 3rd Grade Classroom
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
»Carol Goodrow's Kids Running Printables
»Dolch word activities, end of first grade test, first grade memory book, map and geography lessons for all levels, IEP progress, and graduation ceremonies songs
»Video Bytes; Are You Going to Finish Strong?, Antarctica, Ted Talks - Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?, How Big Is Will?, The Sling Shot Man, Styrofoam Cup vs. Deep Sea
»Live on Teachers.Net: May 2009
»New Teacher Induction Programs
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Josette Bonafino

Global Travel Guru
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Mayan Sites and Paris Easy on the Purse

This month we’re discovering some uncrowded Mayan sites and ways students can see the best of Paris on a budget.
by Josette Bonafino
Continued from page 1
May 1, 2009

Dear Global Travel Guru,

My French class is interested in taking a one-week trip to Paris this August, but I am concerned that the expensive euro will make even the shortest itinerary unaffordable. How can I show my students all that Paris has to offer without breaking their piggy banks?

Peggy Hughes

Media, PA

Dear Peggy,

You are right! The euro has been spiraling out of control, hitting an all time high of about $1.60 this time last year. Luckily, the City of Lights has a few tricks up her sleeve that will drastically reduce costly entrance fees and provide an alternative to expensive private coach transportation.

Your best friend in Paris is going to be the Paris Pass - your ticket to over 60 sites including many “must-sees” like the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe as well as plenty of esoteric sites like the Archeological Crypt at Notre-Dame that would satisfy even the fussiest of Franophiles. The pass also gives you unlimited use of Paris’ Metro subway, public buses and trams within Zones 1-3. Plus, you can ride the Montmartre funicular to Sacré-Cœur.

If that weren't enough, the Paris Pass also includes a special Open Top Bus Tour, which makes a great introductory panoramic tour of Paris, and a Seine River Cruise, offering a completely different view of the city. Ooh la la! You can use your Paris Pass to visit as many attractions as you like within one day, and with the exception of the bonus bus tour and cruise, you can revisit most attractions on subsequent days. A 6-day pass for students, ages 12 to 17, is reasonably priced at $105.

If you plan on extending your stay in Paris for a few days, start off your trip using the 6-day Paris Pass to explore the central city. Then finish up with a combo 3-day Paris Visite Metro Pass ($62 for anyone 12 years or older) and a 2-day Paris Museum Pass ($46).

The Metro Pass allows unlimited use of public transportation in Zones 1-6 including the RER and SNCF regional rail lines, which serve suburban locations throughout the Île-de-France as well as Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly Airports. The Paris Museum Pass, while including many of same central sites as the Paris Pass, also offers expanded access to suburban attractions like Château de Fontainebleau and Versailles Palace. Use the Paris Visite Metro Pass and Paris Museum Pass to take excursions outside of Paris on two consecutive days. On the third day, use your Metro Pass to get you to the airport.

All told, that’s about $210 for 8 days of unlimited sightseeing and transportation and even an airport transfer to boot. What could be more très magnifique?

Global Travel Guru

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About Josette Bonafino...

The Global Travel Guru, courtesy of Josette Bonafino, also appears in Language Magazine.

Josette is the founder and Director of Culture Quest Tours, an educational tour company that specializes in custom-tailored travel programs. Since 1993, Culture Quest has worked with hundreds of American high school and college groups traveling to Europe, Latin American and beyond.

Josette is also the founder and Executive Director of MYX: Multicultural Youth eXchange, a nonprofit organization that works to increase tolerance among young people worldwide by using art-based projects to explore diverse cultures and social issues relevant to all youth.

A native Philadelphian and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Josette is an avid traveler and frequently spends time in Iceland and Montserrat where she and her husband own homes.

The Global Travel Guru welcomes all travel questions at

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