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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Featured Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities...

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This month the focus is on explorers, map skills, fire safety, pumpkins… and a special request

October gems from the Teachers.Net Lesson Bank, a treasure trove containing more than 4,200 lessons and activities!
from the Teachers.Net
Regular Feature in the Gazette
October 1, 2008

Extraordinary Explorers – Explorer trivia and discussion topics
Middle grade Social Studies

Explorers – history and motivation
Elementary Social Studies

Early Explorers Project
Middle grade Social Studies

Explorers in Texas Project
Middle grade Social Studies

Explorer Interviews
Elementary Social Studies

Geography Sandwiches
Elementary Map Skills

Explore with Pumpkins – Turn a pumpkin into a globe
Elementary map skills

The Discovery of America – A Play About Explorers, Stone Age to Magellan

Fire Safety Theme Lessons: (Elementary) (Kindergarten)

Firefighters, Community Helpers

Forged By Fire
Middle grades Reading/Writing

The Fire Breathing Dragon Finally Uses Mouthwash – A Play
Middle grades Language Arts

Teachers.Net Gazette articles of enduring interest:

Teacher Explorers Ski Across Antarctica

Memory Tricks – Mnemonics
For every grade level, every subject!

Pumpkin Math & Writing Activities

Bat Wing Stew and other “Recipes”

Harvest/Pumpkin Poems & Songs

Live Chat transcript: Teaching The Myth and The Reality: Christopher Columbus Discovers America

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