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Education World Weekly Newsletter

Volume 8 Issue 13
March 30, 2004

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Five "Eggs-traordinary" Lesson Plans: Just Add the Eggs!
Looking for a teaching theme with which to welcome spring? We have "eggs-actly" 

what you're looking for! Toss eggs into the curriculum mix. Eggs can be used to 

teach skills in math, geography, and science. And don't forget to create
"eggs-quisite" art!

Writing Bug: It's My Business
If you could open a business of your own, what kind of business would it be?

5-Minute Fillers
Quick activities when you have five minutes to spare -- Volume 32.

Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan: Shopping the Sunday Circular
Figure the cost-per-unit of a variety of items in a grocery store's sale

Internet Scavenger Hunt
April Fool's Day is a joke!

Work Sheet of the Week
"Measuring With Rulers" -- three printable activity pages.

Kids Can W.R.I.T.E. (Write, Revise, Inform, Think, and Edit) -- Activities for
Every Grade!
In July of 1965, Snoopy's first line as an author was, "It was a dark and 
night." We can't all have his wonderful way with words -- written at least --
but we can work on it! How do you help your students overcome their fear of the 

blank page? How can you make writing an exercise in personal expression, not
drudgery? One key to better writing is better writing assignments -- and the
Internet has them! Let's tour a few of the finest writing activities that the
Web has to offer!

Vocabulary and Spelling: Do Your Students Say 'Boring'?
Henry Ward Beecher said, "All words are pegs to hang ideas on." If words are
pegs, does it follow that the more words we know, the more ideas we may have?
True or not, it is hard to argue the fact that a good vocabulary is an asset in 

life. What greater service can teachers perform than to help students foster
their understanding of words? The Internet offers many tools for young
etymologists and an abundance of great ideas for teaching vocabulary and
spelling. Dig for definitions and pry for pronunciations -- virtual vocabulary
has no limits!


Strategies That Work: Homework Study Hall
Startled by the number of failing grades his students were receiving, principal 

David Chambers made making up missed work a mandatory activity. The policy has
raised students' GPAs and improved teacher morale. Could it work for your

Dr. Ken Shore's Classroom Problem Solver
Teaching Students With Attention Deficits
Students with attention deficits often have problems focusing, low frustration
tolerance, and organizational and learning difficulties. In fact, about one of
every three students with an attention deficit disorder also exhibits a 
disability. Seven tips for teaching students with attention deficits.

Teacher Feature: Starring Tom Hrbacek
Tom Hrbacek's love of music took root when he started playing trumpet in fifth
grade. "One of the most valuable lessons I've learned is that you never stop
learning!" said Hrbacek, who has taught music for 37 years. Included: Advice 
new music teachers.

Voice of Experience: Meat and Potatoes vs. Soufflé (or My Great In-Service
Educator max Fischer recently presented three different in-service sessions in 
single day. In this Voice essay, he reflects on the planning and outcomes of
those presentations, and encourages others to give doing an in-service a try!

Teacher Diary
Stephanie Capalbo's top ten tips for surviving the national certification

Contests and Competitions
Students show Lewis and Clark "What's Great About Our 50 States."

"X" Marks the Spot: Map Resources on World Wide Web
Don't lament the changing nature of the Internet -- capitalize on it! Because
the Net immediately responds to political changes that forge new boundaries,
your students can create and examine online maps that are more up-to-date than
any of those in textbooks. No more searching through ancient atlases and dusty
encyclopedias -- you'll find everything you need in the virtual world of the

Tools for Teaching
Dr. Fred Jones writes about classroom management strategies you can use.


A Bug Safari: A WebQuest for Grades 2-5
This spring, the town nature director has decided to conduct insect safaris
throughout the park. Your class has been asked to create a field guide to help
those who go on the safaris learn about the insects they see. The field guide
will include information about what the insects look like, where they live, 
they eat, and how they hurt and/or help people.

Sites to See: Bugs and Insects
Insects are an extremely diverse group, existing in a seemingly endless variety 

of shapes and sizes and colors and disguises. Why not add a little diversity -- 

and excitement -- to your spring activities with a few lessons about the
wonderful world of insects? Included: Three dozen links to insect info and

A Techtorial: Tech Tools For April Fools!
Tech tricks make April Fool's Day fun for all.

Cool School of the Week
Northmont City Schools, Englewood, Ohio.

The Inter-Activity Center
GeoSense tests knowledge of world geography.

Is Technology Just for Boys?
Sherry Turkle, one of the co-chairs of the American Association of University
Women's 15-member Commission on Technology, Gender, and Teacher Education,
shares her thoughts on issues arising from the commission's recent report. See
the Education World story about that report, Educating Girls in the New 
Age: A Report on Equity in Technology.


Make Way for the New Report Cards
As districts revise curriculum and try to better measure how much of that
curriculum students master and how well, new versions of report cards are
inevitable. Education professor Dr. Thomas R. Guskey talks about some trends.

No Educator Left Behind: Funding for the Arts
How does the No Child Left Behind Act affect funding for the arts?

The Weekly Survey
What is the most important quality a good teacher possesses?

Last Week's Survey Results
Should schools only teach about evolution when discussing life on Earth?

Seize NCLB's Opportunities for Arts' Funding
Under the No Child Left Behind Act, the arts, including music, are considered a 

core academic subject and can qualify for federal funds. Dr. Willie L. Hill 
president of the National Association for Music Education, urges educators to
seize all opportunities.

News Scoops: Education News Headlines for Busy Educators
1. More States Adopt Anti-Bullying Laws -- More U.S. states are using the legal 

system to try to curb bullying in schools. Seventeen states have passed
anti-bullying legislation, and 11 other states considered proposals this 

2. Urban Schools Show Gains Under NCLB -- Students in the largest urban school
districts in the U.S. showed significant gains in reading and mathematics after 

a year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to a study by the
Council of the Great City Schools.
3. Women's History Class Draws Mothers, Daughters -- To mark Women's History
Month, Ursuline Academy, an all-girls Roman Catholic school in Ohio, invites
mothers and daughters to attend an elective course, Women in American History.
Each week, one or two mothers share information about their lives.
4. Pay-for-Performance Plan Passes -- The Denver (Colorado) Classroom Teachers
Association became the first teachers' union in the U.S. to approve a
pay-for-performance salary system. Voters still need to approve spending an
extra $25 million a year for the plan to be implemented.
5. Retention Benefits Some Students -- Summer programs and repeating a grade 
help some young, disadvantaged students, according to researchers who studied a 

program in Chicago, Illinois. Some educators argue that retention does more 
than good.

When It Comes to Volatile Kids, Pick Your Battles
Dr. Ross W. Greene, a psychologist who works with easily frustrated children 
their parents and the author of The Explosive Child, recently spoke at the
Maryland School Psychologists Association annual conference. Greene advises
parents and teachers that identifying the causes of a child's frustration and
working with the youngster to develop coping skills can lead to fewer 
and more compliance.


Homework Study Hall: Mandatory "Make Up" for Missed Work
Startled by the number of failing grades his students were receiving, principal 

David Chambers of Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello,
California, made making up missed work a mandatory activity. The policy has
produced more honor students, raised the average GPA, and improved teacher
morale. Could it work for your school?

How I Handled A Teacher's Excessive Absenteeism
When a teacher's absenteeism becomes excessive, a principal must consider its
impact on students. When student achievement is affected, challenging the
teacher's attendance record for purposes of termination might not be a pleasant 

task, but it is a necessary one.

Principal Profile
Teri Stokes, Weatherly Heights Elementary, Huntsville, Alabama.

Partnerships in character Education.

Conventions and Conferences
What's coming up?

Managing Difficult People: Turning "Negatives" Into "Positives"
Difficult people make for challenging interactions. Learning to recognize the
characteristics of negative people and how to work with them can lessen their
impact, and maybe even encourage an attitude shift. Education World writer
Michele Israel uncovered several coping strategies that have helped veteran
school administrators deal with chronic negativity.

Decisions, Decisions! A Week in the Life of a Principal
Each day, principals make dozens of decisions -- small decisions and big
decisions, decisions that may have minor consequences or major consequences for 

their staff and students, decisions that affect one person or an entire
community. For one week last month, seven of the Education World Principal 
Principals tracked the decisions they made each day. Education World compiled
those decisions to paint a picture of "a week in the life of a principal."


Nation Master
Comparing nations using a wealth of statistics.

How Things Fly
 >From air pressure to spacecrafts, just the facts, m'am.

Current events lessons at your fingertips.


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