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Subject: Education World Newsletter Vol. 8 Issue 10
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Education World Weekly Newsletter

Volume 8 Issue 10
March 9, 2004

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Celebrate Women's History Month!
Each March, Education World -- and the rest of the world -- recognizes Women's
History Month. This archive presents lessons, activities, and resources to
involve your students in the study of women's contributions to the world.

Women of Accomplishment: An Internet Scavenger Hunt
March is National Women's History Month, a time to honor the achievements of
American women and to recognize the historical impact of those achievements.
This month, expand your students' knowledge about the many ways in which women
sustain the American spirit by posing a question a day about women's history!

Plan a Pi Day Party for March 14
Teachers in many classrooms celebrate Pi Day this month. Pi -- the number
3.14... -- gets its own special day on 3/14, or March 14. Ed World editors have 

gathered a collection of links to ideas and activities that will help you plan 
Pi Day celebration for your classroom or school.

Writing Bug: Solving the World's Problems
If you could solve any problem in the world, which problem would it be?

5-Minute Fillers
Quick activities when you have five minutes to spare -- Volume 29.

Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan: Go Nuts With Peanuts!
March is National Peanut Month. Have your students go "nuts" with this 
that celebrates the peanut.

Internet Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate women who left their "stamp" on history.

Work Sheet of the Week
Complex sentences made easy.

St. Patrick's Day
Leprechauns, rainbows, and a pot of gold! Join us as we celebrate St. Patrick's 

Day, March 17, with activities, resources, and additional ideas!

Ten Games for Classroom Fun!
Do you need ideas for occupying students during the last ten minutes of a busy
day? Perhaps you want to reward kids at the end of a particularly productive
day. These ten games are great for end-of-the-day fun. You can link many of 
to classroom curricula too!

Celebrate Women's History Month!
Each March, Education World -- and the rest of the world -- recognizes Women's
History Month. Following are lessons, activities, and resources to involve your 

students in the study of women's contributions to the world.

Nutrition Month
A month of healthful-eating lesson plans.

Connect With Music: Lessons Any Teacher Can Teach!
Any teacher can integrate music into his or her curriculum. No special training 

or skills are necessary! This week, Education World offers five lesson plans
that will show you how you can integrate music and make your core curriculum


What Makes Southdown Elementary a Great School?
Meet the team of teachers and other staff members at Southdown Elementary 
in Houma, Louisiana. Each teacher has shared an idea -- a fun lesson, a special 

approach or strategy, or a bit of philosophy -- that helps paint a picture of
what makes Southdown such a great place to teach and learn.

Strategies That Work: Service Learning/Community Service
In its truest form, service learning connects deeply to the school curriculum.
It offers students unique opportunities to learn responsibility, experience
satisfaction, and provide benefit to the community as they acquire new skills.

Dr. Ken Shore's Classroom Problem Solver
The Tattler
Elementary students are quick to tattle. Dealing with every report would
seriously interfere with your teaching, and yet you do want to make sure you're 

told if a student is in physical or emotional danger. The following strategies
will help you spend your time teaching while still safeguarding your students.
Seven tips for stopping tattling.

Teacher Feature: Starring Betty Reeves
Super-charge musical study with technology!

Voice of Experience: Some Classroom "Dilemmas" Are Beneficial
In this week's Voice of Experience essay, Max Fischer shares his experiences
using moral dilemmas to bring classroom lessons to life. Discussions of 
tied to his curriculum challenge students to think critically and teach many
other skills.

Teacher Diary: On the Road to National Certification
This week, we asked our diarists, "What if you don't achieve national
certification? Will the process have been worth it anyway? Will you try again?"

Contests and Competitions
Angels in the Classroom encourages community service.


Are Education Conferences Worth the Cost?
This week, we asked Education World Tech Team members to tell us about their
most memorable experience at an education conference or convention. "Was it
worth it?," we asked. "What did you learn? How did your experience benefit the
entire staff?"

Sites to See: Software
Selecting the right software for yourself, your students, or your curriculum 
be a daunting task. These sites offer articles, downloads, publishers' 
and product news, reviews, and ratings to help make easier the job of selecting 

just the right software.

A Techtorial: Put Your Class on the Web
Create a Web page in 20 minutes or fewer.

Cool School of the Week
Metropolitan School District, Wayne Township, Indiana.

The Inter-Activity Center
Starry Messenger introduces students to Galileo -- and space.

Share the Pride: Create a School Web Site
Many schools in the United States, and many more around the world, have access
to the Internet. More and more of those schools do more than simply use Web
resources. Schools everywhere are building their own school Web sites.


Author Does His Homework on Hot Topic
Everyone knows that doing homework is a must for a good education, right? Not
necessarily, according to author John Buell. Revamping how much and what type 
homework is assigned can create more opportunities for learning.

No Educator Left Behind: Parent Information
Does the No Child Left Behind Act really provide parents with more information
about their children's performance?

News Scoops: Education News Headlines for Busy Educators
1. Dropouts to Sign Out -- The Chicago, Illinois, school district now requires
students dropping out of high school and their parents to sign a consent letter 

listing possible negative consequences of quitting school.
2. Getting Men Involved at School -- The Jefferson Parish public school 
in Louisiana is recruiting and training men to volunteer in local schools. The
men tutor and supervise students and also help with projects in the buildings
and on school grounds.
3. Leaving Gifted Children Behind -- Cuts to school budgets and pressure to 
No Child Left Behind mandates are prompting many districts and states to
eliminate programs for gifted students. NCLB does not address education for
gifted children.
4. Easing Regulations on Single-Sex Classes -- The U.S. Department of Education 

is proposing regulations that would make it easier to establish single-sex
schools and classes. The department is seeking public comment on the proposed
5. Computers Help Hire Teachers, Principals -- Starting in May, the Wake 
North Carolina, school system is planning to have prospective teachers and
assistant principals complete an online test to see how they stack up to the
school system's profile of the ideal teacher or school administrator.

The Weekly Survey
Do you post your students' grades online?

Starting Good Eating Habits in the Lunchroom
High-fat school lunches that mimic fast-food offerings may be contributing to
obesity and other health problems in children, according to the Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine. The U.S. government needs to make it easier 

and less expensive for schools to buy fruits and vegetables through the federal 

commodities program, so schools can offer students entrees that are more


Using Satellites to Track Wandering Students
Losing a child, especially in a crowded, unfamiliar place, is every parent and
teacher's nightmare, and a concern during fieldtrips. Now a new, 
Global Positioning System receiver allows students to be tracked and located in 


How I Handled A Complaint About a Teacher's Use of Sexual Innuendo
I received a complaint about a teacher's use of sexual innuendo in the
classroom. It crossed my mind that the complaint might be a way to "get back" 
a very demanding teacher. Nonetheless, the complaint had to be investigated
quickly and thoroughly.

Principal Profile
James Thompson, Wolcott Street School in LeRoy, New York.

Project encourages schools to practice First Amendment principals.

Conventions and Conferences
What's coming up?

Join the Conversation
Interviewing for a principalship.

Admin Desk Newsletter
See a sample of our free newsletter for school leaders.

Beyond the Bake Sale: A Guide to Phenomenal Fund-Raising
Looking to marshal your parent volunteers into an effective fund-raising team?
While Jean C. Joachim's book Beyond the Bake Sale: The Ultimate School
Fund-Raising Book is written as a guide for parents, it also is a good manual
for principals. A veteran volunteer, Joachim provides step-by-step directions
for planning and executing school fundraisers big and small. Joachim recently
talked with Education World about the book and her ten years of fund-raising

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!


Basic Steps in the Research Process
Straightforward and practical.

UCLA Language Materials Project
Reference materials for lots of foreign languages.

Themed resources and teaching ideas.


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