This month Marjan offers exemplary sites dedicated to advanced and AP physics lessons, the fine arts, world history and annotated Thoreau supporting the study of Walden, In the Maine Woods, Civil Disobedience, and other works.
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
May 1, 2009
Each month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom", presents The Busy Educator's Monthly Five -- five websites for educators that are easy to read, simple to use and worthwhile to know about.
Contains: Advanced Placement Physics level syllabus, lesson plans, step-by-step problem solving strategies, 111 physics facts for the AP Physics B exam, physics projects, PhysicsQuests, tutorials and 200+ annotated physics resources.
The Art Window presents Fine Art concepts with student work as teaching displays. These exemplify a stated art curriculum offering sample links as topic examples. A separate directory offers explorations in Art Fundamentals, Drawing, Graphic, Painting, 3D, Mixed Media and Word art. It is intended for teachers, students, and all who many never had opportunities to enjoy the "doing" of art. Pages explore basics in art experiences and techniques at various levels of competence with light, friendly content. It is an open invitation to succeed.
It is the goal of this website to benefit students by offering teachers a useful guide to teaching world history and geography. Materials available on this website range from a teaching rationale to classroom activities to a textbook - or, more accurately, a concise textbook alternative. These materials should be considered working drafts to be improved upon or replaced with better materials through a dialogue among teachers. In this way, every teacher need not reinvent the wheel. Education can become more effective if we build on experience and develop an institutional memory.
The Thoreau Reader includes annotated versions of Walden, "Civil Disobedience," "Walking," and the Ktaadn section of The Maine Woods. Some of Thoreau's references can be obscure, and the annotations can help. The website format allows teachers to print separate chapters, and assign them to different students or groups, so that students can learn from each other.
Marjan Glavac (BA, BEd, MA) is a professional speaker, teacher and author. He is a full time classroom teacher with 25 years teaching experience. He has taught and continues to teach students from the inner city, students with emotional/behavioral disorders, ESL, and IEP students. He is an international speaker and workshop presenter.
Marjan is the author of 3 books: The Busy Educator’s Guide To The World Wide Web 1st Edition, and 2nd Edition, and How To Make A Difference: Inspiring Students To Do Their Best, the creator of one of the Internet’s longest running free teacher monthly newsletters: The Busy Educator’s Newsletter (1998) and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom".
Since 1993, Marjan has been involved in dozens of telecommunications projects involving students from K-University on every continent of the world. His K-8 students have also participated in e-mail, travel buddy, research projects and polishing mirrors for the NASA Starshine project. He and his classes have been filmed by TVO and Global's Kids-TV; featured in all local media - newspapers, TV, radio, as well as nationally in Reader's Digest, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Today's Parent, Home and Educational Computing and internationally on WGN and NPR radio, websites and dozens of student newspapers worldwide.
Marjan is currently a gr.6 home room teacher at Wilfrid Jury Public School in London, Ontario, Canada where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information about Marjan Glavac, his books, keynotes, training and seminars, visit him at his site at http://www.thebusyeducator.com