September 2008
Vol 5 No 9

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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.9 September 2008

Cover Story by Hal Portner
High Quality Teaching:
The Intangible Element
The cornerstone of quality education in our schools is what happens between teacher and student.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
It Was Something Close to a Miracle

»More Tools for Classroom Fun and SuccessCheryl Sigmon
»Time Flies!Sue Gruber
»"Getting to Know Each Other"Activities, part 2Leah Davies
»Our Back PagesTodd R. Nelson
»Using a Butterfly Analogy to Explain the Hierarchy of Social DevelopmentMarvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»The First Day of Hell? and Still No Job! How Do I Stay Positive?Kioni Carter

»The Music, Movement, and Learning Connection
»Notes And Quotes From My Summer Reading
»Chinese Royalty and Cedar Wood, The History of the Pencil
»Teaching and Stress: Symptoms and Cures
»September 2008 Writing Prompts
»Learning About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
»Donna’s Lesson Plan Files For Music Teachers
»A Teaching Guide for The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel
»Virtual lab

»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»Ineffective teachers? and Laura Bush's speech on July 28
»School Photographs for September 2008
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: September 2008
»Video Bytes: Brainiac science; Puppies lulled to sleep; Pilobilus dance; and More
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration for September 2008
»Live on Teachers.Net: September 2008
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
»Peanut Free School?
»HELP! First Time Teaching Kindergarten!
»"I don't have a pencil [again]!" Does anything work?
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Cover Story by Hal Portner

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Teacher News, Events, & Opportunities

New Interactive Whiteboard resources! Global Classroom match-up; Volunteer grant writers needed to assist humanitarian effort; Classroom Project Center at Teachers.Net!

From the News Desk
September 1, 2008

*NEW* at Teachers.Net! Interactive Whiteboards Chatboard & Mailring!

Teachers.Net now has a computer whiteboards chatboard and whiteboards mailring dedicated to discussions about this exciting and useful tool! Now teachers have a central location where they can discuss, post questions and receive advice about classroom whiteboard computer display devices, lessons, trouble-shooting help and related software.

Related Interactive Whiteboards, Computer Tech Resources at Teachers.Net

Why Use an Interactive Whiteboard? A Baker's Dozen Reasons! by Dr. Mary Ann Bell

A Video Introduction to the Interactive Whiteboard

Also, check out the other computer education related resources in the Teachers.Net Tech Center!

Global Classroom Connection Announces Partnering Effort
By Will Glennon, Global Classroom Connection

The non-profit Global Classroom Connection is your free digital exchange program. Give your students the mind-expanding advantage of being connected to their peers in another country. You simply send us a list of your students’ names (first name, last initial) and we find you a same age “partner” classroom in another country and send you passwords for all your students. They sign in from our website, are taken directly to their joint website with their partner classroom where they upload photos and introduce themselves.

The two classrooms then spend the school year communicating back and forth, through a simple included Forum, sharing photos and doing joint projects. The site is extremely simple “point and click” easy to operate and does not require any downloading or installation of software. It is also encrypted so no one but the two participating classrooms is allowed in and you and your students from any computer that has access to the Internet can access it. Visit our website at and click on “Take A Tour” to see how it works.

Remember: It’s FREE!

Icon International Foundation to Educate Homeless Youth, Needs Volunteer Grant Writers

By Michael Howard Price

Icon International Foundation, a 37 year old, 501 (c)(3) educational, charitable, public benefit foundation whose main mission is to support and educate young people who are "aging out" of the foster care system and face homelessness, is looking for volunteer grant writers. All current members of management of Icon International Foundation volunteer their time and expertise.

There are extremely important things needing to be done by all of us who are able in order to help children whose futures are desperately at risk. We are seeking two capable grant writers willing to volunteer enough hours to write a grant(s) for one of our projects. There are other important aspects to a possible relationship between Icon and anyone willing to contribute some hours temporarily to assist in our group's efforts. Please read the info on Icon's web site . To volunteer or obtain additional information:

Phone: 1-866-405-0016

Teachers.Net Classroom Project Center

Teachers.Net Classroom Project Center is a collection of chatboard resources for teachers who develop projects for the classroom. A baker's dozen of specialized project forums, plus a fast-moving general switchboard for teachers looking to implement unique or non-traditional projects.

Arts & Crafts If you are involved in arts and crafts project in your job, this is the number one chatboard for you. Find great ideas for craft projects, share your experiences and secrets, or just chat with others who also work in Arts & Crafts.

Family Math If your school has Family Math Night, this is a board for you. Find out ways to bring math to life for your students and their whole family.

Fieldtrips Whether you're traveling around the world, or just on the Internet, the Fieldtrips Chatboard is a great place to find ideas for maintaining order, expanding the educational value of your trips, and sharing your experiences, concerns, and ideas.

Learning Centers Classroom Centers are very popular for organizing the students' learning environment, and effectively capturing the students' attention and interest through creative educational units.

Grant Writing Grant writing is an art, and a skill - master the craft of finding and landing grants and there's no limit to what you can manage in your classroom!

Fundraising If your school is involved in fundraising for academic or extracurricular programs, this is the place too bookmark and visit frequently. Tap into our resident experts, and you'll find ways to raise money faster and easier than you could have imagined possible.

Read Across America The popular Read Across America program was developed by the NEA to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday, and help encourage students to read, read, and read some more. Take part of this national movement, check out this chatboard and mark on your calendar Dr. Seuss's Birthday, March 2!

Ecology Projects On the Ecology Projects Chatboard, every day is Earth day! Check out this board for great environmentally conscious projects, for every grade level.

100 Days Celebrate the 100 Days of School, a special day that really counts in the life of every school year!

Traveling Buddies Flat Stanley may be the most travelled guy on the planet. Get your traveling buddy project off the ground with the help of the Traveling Buddies Chatboard teachers.

Classroom Pets If you have a pet in the classroom, this is a great place to find advice for care and feeding, or just share stories of pet and student interaction.

Classroom Pen Pals One of the most popular and oldest classroom projects, the Classroom Pen Pal is as easy to develop as it is exciting and rewarding. Bookmark and participate frequently, to learn tips for easy management and practical advice for safety and security.

Postcard Projects The colorful younger sibling of the Pen Pal Project, the Classroom Postcard Chatboard helps teachers find other teachers to share and help develop programs to share the local culture and meet people from across the state or around the world!

Project Switchboard This general interest project forum connects teachers looking to develop classroom projects that don't fit into any of the other categories

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