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Volume 3 Number 11

A new museum dedicated to exploring the role of visual art in children's literature from around the world will open in Amherst, Massachusetts in November 2002...
November Columns
November Articles
November Regular Features
November Informational Items
Gazette Home Delivery:

Also in this issue:

A Class Size of 500 Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Suggestions For Motivation Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
Stress Relief for Teachers Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Benefits of Homework Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Dealing with the Back Stabbers and Happy Haters The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
Sites For Grades 4 to 8 The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Thinking About Your Curriculum 4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
November Postcard from Planet Esme - News from the world of children's books by Esmé Codell
Apple Seeds: Inspirational quotes by Barb Erickson
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Featured Schools
Classroom Photos by Members of the Teachers.Net Community
November Poem
The Inward Morning
The Lighter Side of Teaching
Handy Teacher Recipes
Classroom Crafts
Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
Doggy, Doggy, Who Has Your Bone? and themed variations from the Lesson Bank
Turkey Glyph
Alphabet Book
Alphabet Chart
Upcoming Ed Conferences
Letters to the Editor
Art Projects as Learning Activities? &
What is running wonderful classroom teachers out the school doors so early?
SMORK's Awesome Internet Sites for Kids from: Deanna Phillips
The World’s Largest Lesson - 12 November 2002! from: Charis Kumpula
Cornell News - Removing stains from: Susan S. Lang
Parent resource for the DOE from: Dean Kephart
Nestlé Very Best In Youth - All About RIF - Reading is Fundamental from: Reading is Fundamental
2003 Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program - Three Week Study Visit to Japan from: Jaime McQueen
U.S. History 101: Preserve and Protect from: Hallie Reed
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd): A Guide for Educators from: Gina Hoagland
Volunteer at a Library in Africa or Central America from: The World Library Partnership

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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Dedication & Grand Opening November 22, 2002

Co-founded by Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books printed in 30 languages, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will present innovative exhibitions and programming that encourage inquiry, foster an appreciation for the visual arts and engage, delight and inspire children and families...

Cover Story

Harry & Rosemary Wong
A Class Size of 500

An effective band teacher with a class size of 150 to 500 can quiet a group of students with noisemakers in their hands in seconds, and without speaking or showing stress. It's all procedures...

Dr. Marvin Marshall
Suggestions For Motivation

Create curiosity
Curiosity is perhaps the greatest of all motivators. Here is the difference between American and Japanese styles of teaching: In Japanese schools, students are immediately introduced to a problem or challenge...

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Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Update on
Operation Deep Freeze
and the e-mails from Antarctica Project

Approximately 665 classrooms with close to 13,000 students will be participating in the weekly e-mails from Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica. Participating schools are scattered all across the United States, the UK, Canada, Italy, Uzbekistan, and 31 Department of Defense schools in Japan...

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Barbara Gruber
Sue Gruber

Stress Relief for Teachers

The bell rings and your students head out the door at the end of the school day! You need to leave school in forty-five minutes to get to a dental appointment. That should be just enough time to change a bulletin board to go with the theme you plan to begin tomorrow. Just as you tear down the last piece of the bulletin board...

Esmé Codell
November Postcard from Planet Esme

And boy oh boy, is this year's crop bountiful. Wait until you see the fall update of best new books for children at the Don't Miss page. As always, the titles recommended are teacher-tested, kid-approved, and I always love love love getting your e-mails about which ones were shared with the children you cherish and what the reactions were...

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Diane Tells His Name, Oglala Lakota
Teaching Children about Native Americans
How teachers can avoid promoting stereotypes

To begin, what do you think of when you think of the word "Indian"? What images immediately come into your mind? If you are like the majority of the population, you will think of dark skinned men on horses dressed in hides and feathers...

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Dr. Rob Reilly
Keyboarding: Some Assembly Required

The 'bad news' is that children in school need to get touch-typing skills as soon as they can. But schools do not teach this in the elementary school curriculum; and the schools that do, do not have any enrichment (e.g., time to practice the finger reaches)...

from the Teachers.Net Community

Turkey Glyph

from JenSue


Alphabet Book & Alphabet Chart
from Mary Miehl

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Also in this issue:

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Teaching Children about Native Americans -- How teachers can avoid promoting stereotypes by Diane Tells His Name, Oglala Lakota
Update on Operation Deep Freeze by LT. Marshall Branch and Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
Education's Rotten Apples by Alfie Kohn
Teacher Classroom Control Means Student Self-Control by Bill Page
Keyboarding: Some Assembly Required by Dr. Rob Reilly
The Music, Movement, and Learning Connection by Hap Palmer
Early Years Are Learning Years -- Mathematics Through Play by Dr. Smita Guha
Shifting the Approach - Middle School Math in American Community School, Abu Dhabi by Sara Turansky
The Hero Within by Don Quimby
Textbook Under Test by P R Guruprasad
Introverted Children in Extroverted Schools by Marti Olsen Laney
Vocabulary Words - Jargon by Jay Davidson
If You Can't You Should, If You Should You Must, If You Must, You Can! by Glenn Dietzel
Peace by Joy Jones
Positive Parent Contact Logs - An invaluable addition to the Teacher's Toolbox by Chuck Brickman
Bits and Pieces - Various Small Articles by The Teachers.Net Community