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Education World Weekly Newsletter

Volume 7 Issue 43
October 21, 2003


Dear Education Professionals,

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"Ghosts and goblins are about. Witches walk among us. Princes, 
princesses, fairies, and knights fill schools and classrooms. Is there 
any doubt that Halloween is here? If you are not quite ready to 
celebrate in "spooktacular" fashion, you're sure to find a fun idea of 
two right here!

Writing Bug: A Halloween to Remember
I ran down the street, my Halloween candy flying in every direction. 
You will never believe what had just happened to me?

5-Minute Fillers
Quick activities when you have five minutes to spare -- Volume 12.

Teacher-Submitted Lesson: Team Up for Sports Marketing
VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield Elementary School in Omaha, 
Nebraska, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create and 
market their own sports franchises.

Internet Scavenger Hunt
Explore 100 years of World Series history.

Take Our Survey!
Ten most helpful comments receive $100.


Strategies That Work: Book Reports
Book reports are a classroom staple; they represent a valuable 
exercise in literacy development. That doesn't mean they have to be 
boring assignments, though. Discover 50 ideas for book report formats 
that engage students and motivate them to read more.

Cross-Age Tutoring: A Helping Hand Across the Grades
Like all educators, guidance counselors recognize that some students 
in their schools could flourish if given just a little bit of extra, 
one-on-one help. Rather than lamenting the fact that teachers often 
are spread too thin to give that individual attention, counselors 
Christi Bello and Susie Borgnini came up with a simple solution -- 
kids helping kids! Each founded a program that brings the wisdom of 
older students to the aid of younger ones -- with benefits for all 

Voice of Experience: Surprised By Reading: Confessions of a Math 
Time pressures and accountability have caused many educators to look 
seriously at the way they use class time. One of the results: many 
teachers are not reading aloud to students as much as they did in the 
past. Educator Brenda Dyck reflects on the power of reading aloud to 
middle school students.

Dr. Ken Shore's Classroom Problem Solver: The Student Who Steals
When responding to a theft, you have three goals: to return the item 
to its owner, to identify the guilty student, and to respond with a 
mixture of firmness and understanding. Seven tips for dealing with a 
student who steals.

Teacher Feature
In Kátia Pereira's classroom, pictures are worth some English words!

Teacher Diary
On schedule and on task?

Contests and Competitions
Kids design a Martian with help from NASA scientists.

Teaching Citizenship's Five Themes
Activities from the editors of Weekly Reader can help develop K-6 
students' understanding of the five citizenship themes---honesty, 
compassion, respect, responsibility, and courage.


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Educators Review GuruNet
GuruNet, a software reference tool from Atomica Corporation, offers 
instant access to more than 100 dictionaries and encyclopedias, dozens 
of authoritative reference sources, and the best sites on the Web. 
GuruNet works with any Windows program; users can search for 
information on more than a half million topics or "alt-click" screen 
text in any program to bring up concise definitions, descriptions, 
explanations, information, images, and more about the selected topic 
or text.

Sites to See: Science
The Web offers thousands of sites on every imaginable scientific 
subject. The sites in this article represent some of the most recent 
additions to online science education -- and a few of my all-time 
favorites. Whether you?re a science teacher or a science enthusiast, 
you?ll want to check out these online science treasures.

A Techtorial: Teaching in a Tech-ing Classroom
Tips for managing creative anarchy.

Cool School of the Week
Our Lady of Refuge School, Orchard Lake, MI

The Inter-Activity Center
PBS highlights Horatio's Drive -- the first cross country road trip -- 
on film and online.

Should Kids in Primary Grades Use Computers?
Does using computers in the primary grades stifle young children's 
natural inclination to experiment and explore and hamper the 
development of independent thought? Will hardware turn primary 
classrooms from environments that nuture young minds to labs that 
merely mesmerize them? Learn what our experts think!


Married With (Many, Many) Children: Principal Partners Speak Out
When principals Pam and Roger Burton met during college, they could 
not have anticipated that both would end up working not only as 
educators, but as principals. Thirty-six years and four children 
later, their adventure continues -- and the students of schools in 
Benton, Arkansas, benefit from their experience. They tell Education 
World about the pluses and problems of being partners at work and 

Comedy in the Classroom: Just What the Doctor Ordered?
Emily Oldak, author of Comedy for Real Life, said "stumbling" into 
comedy led her to a career of teaching others to lighten up! In this 
Education World e-interview, Oldak explains the role of comedy in 
teaching and how it can ease the tensions of children in an unsettled 

No Educator Left Behind: New Teachers
This series helps educators understand the impact of the federal No 
Child Left Behind Act.  This week: How can new teachers become "highly 

News Scoops: Education News Headlines for Busy Educators
1. Tips for Creating Great Schools -- "The Urban Superintendent: 
Creating Great Schools While Surviving on the Job," a report from the 
Council of the Great City Schools, offers tips to new superintendents 
and superintendents-in-training.
2. Handhelds Help Kids Learn to Read -- Teachers in Forest Park 
Elementary School in Kannapolis, North Carolina, are using a new 
program called "mClass" on hand-held computers to help children learn 
to read. Teachers can track students' progress on the handhelds. (Free 
registration may be required.)
3. Baring All For The Schools -- Civic-minded men from Junction City, 
Oregon's, Long Tom Grange have posed tastefully nude in a calendar to 
raise money for the school district. Budget cuts have forced the 
schools to ax at least three classroom teachers, art, music, and gym 
classes, and field trips.
4. School Funding Study Launching -- Fifteen researchers plan to spend 
four years studying school spending in four states, as part of one of 
the largest school financing studies ever done. The goal of the study 
is to help retool school-finance systems in the U.S.
5. Parents Work With Parents to Keep Kids in School -- Some districts, 
including Philadelphia, are hiring parents to work as truant officers. 
The parents work with families of truant students to get them the help 
they need to get back in school.  

**** See Ron Clark on Education World Every Day! ****
You've seen him on Oprah. You've seen him on the Today show. Now Ron 
Clark, author of The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules 
for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child, can be seen 
each and every day on Education World. Check out our NEW TODAY column 
every school day to read another of his 55 rules!


Party! A Year of Special School Events
Getting parents involved is no easy task. But Education World's 
"Principal Files" team offers some great ideas for school-wide events 
that are sure to draw parents in large numbers.

How I Handled... Getting Caught in the Middle Of Divorced Parents' 
Custody Disputes
Often divorced parents bring their issues to the schoolhouse. 
Maintaining a sense of safety for the student, continuity for teaching 
and learning, and responding to the communication needs of both 
parents present challenges.

Principal Profile
Dr. Elizabeth Neale, Conte Community School, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

NEA Fine Arts Grants help teachers of students at risk.

Five-Star Speaker
Tom Guskey on professional development.

Conventions and Conferences
What's coming up?

Principals Identify Top Ten Leadership Traits
Education World recently surveyed 43 principals to learn what they 
consider essential traits of successful school leaders. Vision, 
trustworthiness and credibility, daily visibility, and a sense of 
humor were among the ten traits that topped the list!


The Race to Build the Atomic Bomb
The atomic bomb ? from creation to destruction.

New York Philharmonic: Kidzone
A kid's introduction to the symphony.

Make incredible origami, from flowers to animals to entire kingdoms.

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