October 2008
Vol 5 No 10

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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.10 October 2008

Cover Story by Eric P. Jensen
A Fresh Look at
Brain-Based Education

More than 20 years since it was first suggested that there could be connections between brain function and educational practice, and in the face of all the evidence that has now accumulated to support this notion, BBE guru Eric Jensen urges educators to take full advantage of the relevant knowledge from a variety of scientific disciplines.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Boaz City Schools:
Professional Learning Teams

»Change Isn’t Just for PoliticsCheryl Sigmon
»Are you an Informal Teacher-Leader?Hal Portner
»Strategies to Meet Standards, Promote Reading and Boost SkillsSue Gruber
»Helping Children Cope with LossLeah Davies
»The Future Votes NowTodd R. Nelson
»The Brain and SleepMarvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»My Supervisor Hates Me! & Are These Kids Just Crazy?Kioni Carter

»Curriculum Happens
»Spam! Spam! and More Spam!
»FHA-Hero Program Creates Leaders
»October 2008 Writing Prompts
»A “Disruptive Behavior” Plan
»More Than A Desk - Changing the Learning Environment
»A Teaching Guide for Night Journey to Vicksburg
»Computers in the Classroom
»Silent Mentoring
»Cyberbullying Tips for Educators
»Perfectly Normal

»The T-Netters Who Saved My Life
»Teacher Starts Rock Band to Help Students Learn
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»School Photographs for October 2008
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: October 2008
»Video Bytes: Brain Based Education, Monday Morning, Rockin' the Standards and More
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration for October 2008
»Live on Teachers.Net: October 2008
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
»Alternatives to Halloween Party and Costumes
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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A Candles of Inspiration


The T-Netters Who Saved My Life

How two Teachers.Net teachers helped me survive my first year teaching.
Posted by Malinda "EMA" Sund on the Teacher Chatboard
Regular Feature in the Gazette
October 1, 2008

I had interviewed with a principal of a middle school in Las Vegas, Nevada over the telephone and was offered a job teaching 6th grade Reading. The principal gave me 48 hours to decide. I took the job and moved 2000 miles from my home in Georgia to take my first teaching position at a year-round inner-city school in Las Vegas.

I was told that I would have a mentor, and lots of first-year teacher support. What I got was overcrowded classes and anything but support.

My fifth period class had a first day total of 47 students, the 6th period topped out at 53. One of the VPs actually yelled at me when she visited the 6th period class because I had students sitting on the floor. She admonished that I should have called for extra desks! That day is a blur and I'm sure a lot of details have been purposely blocked out, but I do remember thinking that I was going to go home, pack up all my belongings and drive back home and not look back.

I recall posting on Teachers. Net about my dilemma. An angel named Sylvia from California posted back, then she phoned me and we had a long talk. I actually got to meet Sylvia a couple of years later. I will always credit her for keeping me sane that first year.

There is another tnetter who gave me some advice that first year, though I did not appreciate it or truly understand it at first. A middle school creative writing teacher from Virginia named Cheryl told me that I shouldn't be spending so much time on school related tasks, and that I was not to stay so long after school. I often found myself at school way past 7:00 pm, and I was neglecting my own child, then a 8th grader, who was often home alone. I thought Cheryl couldn't possibly understand what I was going through. Later, it would take me awhile as I can be very stubborn, I realized Cheryl was right and I finally started implementing her advice and suggestions. Cheryl helped me get through that first year too.

Although I've lost touch with Sylvia, I think of her often and hope she is doing well. Cheryl and I have yet to meet in person, but we are in communication with each other and keep in touch often. She has remained a good friend through all these years.

I left teaching after five years, but I know that I would have left a lot earlier had Sylvia and Cheryl not been available via Teachers.Net to help me through that horrific first year.

Thank you, Sylvia! Thank you, Cheryl! And thank you, Teachers.Net!

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