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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...
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
November Columns
November Regular Features
November Informational Items
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About Joy Jones...

Joy Jones is a third generation teacher, a playwright and the author of Between Black Women: Listening With the Third Ear, the acclaimed children's book, Tambourine Moon, and Private Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers. She teaches at Fillmore Arts Center in Washington, DC. You may view her website at:

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by 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
by Joy Jones.

A soft word turns away wrath. Proverbs

Lynn was disliked by every member of the fourth grade and I wasn't too fond of her myself. As the substitute teacher, I was only there for the day but I wasn't sure if I was going to make it without throttling her. When she threw her notebook at me, I grabbed her by the arm and marched her down to the principal's office.

Mr. Foster saw the sullen expression on Lynn's face and the steam spewing out of my ears as we approached him. He didn't appear alarmed, didn't scold Lynn or lecture me. Mr. Foster simply invited us to sit down, as if we were guests in his living room, rather than two very angry and upset people. He spoke in a quiet, modulated voice. Somehow, his peaceful presence calmed me, helped to dissipate my anger. Even Lynn softened and became more tractable.

It taught me the value of modeling calm. A peaceful spirit can be contagious. Does your workplace need an outbreak of rampant serenity?

Today's Lesson: Today, I am an instrument of peace.

Private Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers
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