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Subject: Education World Newsletter Vol. 8 Issue 11
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Education World Weekly Newsletter

Volume 8 Issue 11
March 16, 2004

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A Puzzle a Day Provides Practice That Pays
Puzzles exercise students' critical thinking skills while providing needed
practice in math, spelling, and other areas of the curriculum. Why not 
a puzzle a day? Puzzles make great "bellringer" activities. A puzzle a day
provides practice that pays!

Writing Bug: Success and Failure
Is failure a better teacher than success?

5-Minute Fillers
Quick activities when you have five minutes to spare -- Volume 30.

Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan: In Search Of Wisdom: An Interview With An Elder
Interview a person age 60 or older to learn about significant events in their

Internet Scavenger Hunt
Explore Ireland on St. Patrick's Day.

Work Sheet of the Week
"Telling Time" -- put together your own clock.

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!

Computer Sabotage: A Lesson Plan
Computer teacher Tom Guy was surprised to find that his students were coming to 

him, completely perplexed, with every minor glitch that occurred in the
computers in his lab, even when error messages gave them only one option! He
decided to give the kids a crash course in fixing minor difficulties, by
"sabotaging" a computer each day and putting the students on the case.

Lewis and Clark: The Journey West
On January 18, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson requested money from Congress.
The money would enable Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and about 30 other
explorers to map a water route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. 

Two hundred years later, America celebrates the anniversary of that 
famous  trek.

A Quotation a Day: Just What the Language Doctor Ordered!
Many teachers have discovered the power of famous quotations. Such quotations
can be used to develop students' writing and critical thinking skills.


"Let It Slip!" -- Daily Exit Slips Help Teachers Know What Students Really
Want to know how well your students are following what you are teaching during
class? Give them the "slip" -- the admit or exit slip, that is! When students
respond in writing to what they learn each day, teachers can target the gaps 
keep them on the right track!

Strategies That Work: Exit Slips
Exit slips are small pieces of paper on which students share -- usually in 5
minutes or less -- what they learned from the day's classroom lesson. Exit 
help students take stock of their learning and let teachers know whether
students "got it."

Dr. Ken Shore's Classroom Problem Solver
Bathroom Behavior
Because it often is unsupervised, the school bathroom is a frequent site of
behavior problems. Setting firm rules and carefully monitoring bathroom use can 

keep those problems to a minimum. Nine tips for dealing with bathroom behavior.

Teacher Feature: Starring Andria Batcheller
Fourth graders go "on assignment" to cover Special Olympics!

Voice of Experience: No-Grade Assignments Open Up Student-Teacher Communication
Educator Kathleen Modenbach reflects on the enormous influence teachers have on 

the kids they teach. A recent student/counselor survey suggests that using that 

influence can save vulnerable kids from violence. Modenbach believes that
providing opportunities for student expression -- with no strings (no grades!)
attached -- is the key.

Contests and Competitions
Middle and high school students enter battle of the bands.

March Into Women's History Month!
Planning a March project to celebrate Women's History Month? Join us as we
explore some of the best Web sites for and about women.


Sites to See: Women's Suffrage
In March 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential message to the
American people encouraging the celebration of the week of March 8 as Women's
History Week. In 1981, a Joint Congressional Resolution declared the week of
March 8, 1981, National Women's History Week. In 1987, a National Women's
History Month Resolution was approved. In March 2004, the theme of Women's
History Month is "Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility." Learn more about some
of those inspirational women.

A Techtorial: How to Make Trading Cards With Word
As teachers, we often require students to learn a laundry list of facts about a 

multitude of topics, which can be a repetitious and boring task for everyone.
Using educational trading cards to teach those facts, however, can engage
students' interest and spark their enthusiasm. Help your students create their
own educational and fun trading cards.

Cool School of the Week
St. Philip's School, Dallas, Texas.

The Inter-Activity Center
Earth Day Groceries Project promotes environmental awareness.


NMSA's Vision of Middle School Excellence
Late last year, the National Middle School Association released 14
recommendations for dramatically improving middle schools. NMSA president Linda 

Robinson has been hard at work spreading the word and her passion for the

No Educator Left Behind: Pre-School Help
How does the No Child Left Behind Act help prevent children from falling behind 


The Weekly Survey
Should U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige resign for referring to the NEA as 

a "terrorist" organization?

Why I Said "No" to an Invitation from the Secretary of Ed
For Dr. Jeffrey R. Ryan, a history teacher already disenchanted with the 
No Child Left Behind Act, hearing U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige refer 
the National Education Association as "a terrorist organization" gave him more
reason to skip a meeting with the secretary.

News Scoops: Education News Headlines for Busy Educators
1. NCLB Revolt Grows -- The Indiana State Board of Education voted Thursday to
add its name to a letter to lawmakers and the U.S. Department of Education
seeking changes in the No Child Left Behind law. Officials in Arizona, Hawaii,
Minnesota, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming have proposed or passed legislation
that would allow them to opt out of NCLB and forfeit federal funding.
2. Kids Earn Points for Eating Healthy -- Middle school students in Lynnfield,
Massachusetts, earn points for choosing more healthful lunches such as low-fat
chicken nuggets and green beans. The points can be redeemed for prizes, such as 

T-shirts and skate boards.
3. Historical Ignorance Nothing New -- While many today bemoan U.S. students'
ignorance of American history, tests given to students in the early 1900's, on
the eve of World War II, and in 1976 showed wide gaps in students' historical
4. Bye, Bye Britannica? -- Long the foundation of libraries and many homes,
encyclopedias soon could be driven to extinction by the Internet's easy access
to information. Some teachers now require students to use an encyclopedia for
some assignments, just so they know they exist.
5. Dept. of Ed Offers More NCLB Guidance -- The U.S. Department of Education is 

providing links to more than 50 policy letters to help states implement the
requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The letters are available at NCLB 

Policy Letters to States.

News from the Front: Women Reporters of World War II
Although seeing, hearing, and reading "on the spot" reporting by women in war
zones is not unusual today, during World War II, women reporters and
photojournalists often had to argue and cajole their way to the frontlines to
report the news. In spite of ongoing opposition from military personnel and 
reporters, however, 127 women correspondents managed to cover many of the
important stories of that war. The careers of some of those women are
highlighted in Penny Colman's book, Where the Action Was: Women War
Correspondents in World War II. Share their stories with your students as the
United States observes Armed Forces Day on May 18, once again a country anxious 

for news of troops overseas.


Professional Development in Your Own Back Yard: Hosting Conferences at Your

Have you ever considered hosting your own professional development sessions?
Holding your own "conference" saves money, allows you to gear sessions to the
needs of your staff, and exposes them to fresh viewpoints, experiences, and
networking opportunities.

How I Handled Encouraging Regular and Special Ed Teachers to Work as a Team
Inclusion has thrust many regular and special ed teachers together. Sometimes
those teachers don't know how to manage being in the same room. How could I get 

two such teachers to perform more as a team -- to be equal stakeholders in the
classroom lesson?

Principal Profile
Sandra Pommerening, Kellogg Middle School in Kellogg, Idaho.

Target grants support the arts in education.

Conventions and Conferences
What's coming up?

Preparing For The Worst: Why Schools Need Terrorism Plans
With the onset of war and heightened terrorist alerts, school principals need 
create and test terrorism preparedness plans of their own, according to some
school security consultants. Well-thought-out plans, involving school staff and 

community agencies, can do more to quell anxiety than simply stocking up on 

Ed Schools: Are Tomorrow's Teachers Making the Grade?
How are our teacher education institutions doing? How might they improve on 
they're doing? As the school year begins, Education World Principal Files
principals reflect on new teachers they have hired in recent years. As well
prepared as many of those teachers might be, principals say, colleges could do
an even better job of training new teachers for the reality of the classroom.


Revise Wise
Designed to prep for the English national exams, but useful for all.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
A strong resource on the quintessential American president.

The Virtual Museum of New France
"New France" being Canada -- a strong site.


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