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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...
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November Articles
November Regular Features
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Positive Parent Contact Logs - An invaluable addition to the Teacher's Toolbox
by Chuck Brickman

Relationship building is an essential element for student success; not only between teacher and student but between the teacher and the student's parents or guardians as well. An important aspect of the relationship building process is positive and effective communication and support...

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Book Review
Introverted Children in Extroverted Schools
About the book: The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

by Marti Olsen Laney

Entering into the swing of a new school year overwhelms one in three children who are introverted. Schools are designed to educate the extroverted majority. They are fast paced, demanding quick thinking and snappy answers, group brainstorming, adapting to constant change and the ability to compete. Extroverts succeed in this environment while introverts thrive in just the opposite atmosphere...

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Education's Rotten Apples
by Alfie Kohn

Like other people, educators often hold theories about how the world works, or how one ought to act, that are never named, never checked for accuracy, never even consciously recognized. One of the most popular of these theories is a very appealing blend of pragmatism and relativism that might be called "the more, the merrier."...

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Early Years Are Learning Years
Mathematics Through Play

by Dr. Smita Guha

Everyday routines and play events offer rich opportunities for teaching young children about mathematics. Integrating math into all parts of the day multiplies the learning and gives young children an understanding that math is part of everyday life...

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The Hero Within
by Don Quimby

Heroes, in my view, can be found in all kind of places, doing all kinds of things. Some things are big, some things are little. You, as a teacher, have a golden opportunity to help young people "see" how to become a hero in life. How do you go about doing that??? I have some thoughts on that matter...

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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

"I have long dreamt of a museum for children and families, educators and scholars---for everyone interested in the art of the picture book," said Eric Carle, co-founder of the museum. "Our hope is that this museum will be a celebration of creativity, a place for learning and enjoyment, and a salute to picture book art from around the world."...

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

While the deadline has passed for signing up to participate, Teachers.Net readers will be able to access monthly updates from LT. Branch in each monthly Gazette for the duration of Operation Deep Freeze. So check back every month...

Dr. Rob Reilly
Keyboarding: Some Assembly Required

All things considered, touch-typing must be a 3rd or 4th grade skill. The problem is not in teaching the skill, the problem is how to provide some practice so that the skill can become ingrained--can become a fundamental motor skill of sorts....

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Bill Page
Teacher Classroom Control Means Student Self-Control

"The control students need is self-control and the discipline needed is self-discipline. The reward--punishment system simply cannot produce self-directed, responsible, independent students"...

Joy Jones

Peace on earth, goodwill towards all... and wouldn't it be wonderful if it could start in your classroom? Spread some serenity this season. Here is a reflection on the topic of PEACE, taken from the book,

Private Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers

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P R Guruprasad
Textbook Under Test

We all know that the three 'T's, viz. the teacher, the taught and the textbook will remain eternal in all our classrooms in spite of great advances in educational technology...

Hap Palmer
The Music, Movement, and Learning Connection

"Ricky, please stay in your seat." "Stop wiggling and pay attention, Betty." "You can't run out the door, Howard, Get back in the room and sit down!"...

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Glenn Dietzel
If You Can't You Should, If You Should You Must, If You Must, You Can!

One of the most beneficial exercises I've learned to establish is to reflect on the day's activities. This reflection includes: What worked well? What could I have done better? What good decisions did I make? How did I make them?...

Jay Davidson
Vocabulary Words - Jargon

What's a monkey dish? A fam trip? Looping? English is a vital and dynamic language. This is reflected in the growth of its vocabulary over hundreds of years. English speakers of two hundred years ago would have difficulty in understanding today's conversations because of the many new words and uses...

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

An excellent way to begin a conversation or explorative regarding Native American People and the stereotypes associated with them is to ask the students to write FIVE words that they think of right off the top of their heads describing the word "Indian."...

Sara Turansky
Shifting the Approach - Middle School Math in American Community School, Abu Dhabi

There is a different approach taking place in this pre-algebra classroom. There is no teacher presiding over the class. The large whiteboard at the front of the room is empty. The teacher is present, but she is sitting at her desk, off to the side, talking to a student...

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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