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Subject: Education World Newsletter Vol. 8 Issue 18
Date: Tue,  4 May 2004 15:12:04 -0700 (PDT)

Education World Weekly Newsletter

Volume 8 Issue 18
May 4, 2004

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Celebrating Asian and Pacific-Island Heritage
Each May -- during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month -- we take time to
recognize the special contributions of people of Asian and Pacific-Island
heritage. The lessons here introduce students to famous Asian Americans and
explore their origins and their literature.

Writing Bug: My Best Teacher Ever
Before this year, which teacher was your favorite teacher? Write a short letter 

to that teacher.

5-Minute Fillers
Quick activities when you have five minutes to spare -- Volume 37.

Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan: Mother's Day Trip
Send your students' mothers on a trip to a faraway destination while honing
students' speaking skills.

Internet Scavenger Hunt: Happy Mother's Day!
Learn about Mother's Day history.

Work Sheet of the Week
"Measuring Weight" -- two printable activities (U.S. and metric).

Resources, Lessons, and Activities For Physical Education
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, but kids need physical
education all year! Education World offers a full roster of stories, lessons,
resources, and activities focused on PE! So take a look at the ideas here for
including sports and physical education in the curriculum and helping your
students be physically fit!

Happy Mother's Day!
Mother's Day provides an opportunity to recognize one of the most important
educators in a student's life! Join us for resources, activities, and crafts to 

help make this holiday one that student, parent, and teacher will remember!

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. 

The expedition started out on May 14, 1804. Two hundred years later, America
celebrates the anniversary of that famous trek.


Strategies That Work: Interest Fairs
More flexible than a Science Fair or a Social Studies Fair, an "Interest Fair"
taps all subjects and students' interests. Whatever their ages, students have
their talks ready and are prepared to answer questions on Interest Fair Night.

Dr. Fred Jones' Tools for Teaching
Escaping the Paper Grading Trap
The paper-grading ritual, says Dr. Fred Jones, not only fails to improve 
learning, it also cannibalizes the after-school time available for planning
tomorrow's lessons with yesterday's clerical work. The more adept you become at 

building work check into teaching, the more responsibility students take for
quality control, and the more your evenings are freed up for lesson planning.

Dr. Ken Shore's Classroom Problem Solver
Johnny Come Late -- Again!
Some students are late for school for reasons beyond their control. Some
students arrive late because of choices they've made. And some students are 
because they like the attention. Dr. Ken Shore offers seven tips for dealing
with the habitually tardy student.

Teacher Feature: Starring Randy Wright
Students lobby for the "Liberty Bill!"

Voice of Experience: Another Look at "No Child Left Behind" (Year Two)
Educator Max Fischer takes another look at the No Child Left Behind Act. He
updates his initial reactions -- published a year ago -- and takes a close look 

at some of the positive results of the law in his own classroom.

In Search of National Board Certification: One Teacher's Perspective
The assessment center, says Elizabeth Scheibl, should be tailored to the
experiences of the candidates.

Make Puzzles Part of Your Game Plan!
Loads of Internet sites offer puzzles, riddles, word games, and other games to
stimulate fun and learning. Check out a few of them! "Puzzle" your pupils!
Included: Tips for integrating puzzles and other games into the curriculum!


Sites to See: Finance
The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy has declared April
Financial Literacy for Youth Month. According to the coalition, "the average
student who graduates from high school lacks basic skills in the management of
personal financial affairs. Many are unable to balance a checkbook and most 
no insight into the basic survival principles involved with earning, spending,
saving and investing." The finance sites below will help you provide your
students with the training in personal finance basics that so many of them 

A Techtorial: Accessibility Resources for Special Students
Today's classrooms include learners with a variety of needs and abilities, and
teachers need to be sure that all students have access to, not just to the same 

content, but also the technology used to facilitate, supplement, and enhance
learning. These sites, tips, and tools can help all students use classroom
computers successfully.

Cool School of the Week
Cornwall Consolidated School, West Cornwall, Connecticut.

The Inter-Activity Center
NetDay invites teachers' thoughts about technology.

Cinco de Mayo WebQuest Includes a Fiesta!
Offer students a lesson about another culture and technology with a
teacher-designed WebQuest! Music, food, and a piñata help make learning about
Cinco de Mayo fun! Included: Bernie Dodge offers tips for Education World
readers in "WebQuest -- Seven Steps for Getting Started."


Focus, Higher Standards Can Bring Urban School Gains
As chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council of the Great City Schools, 

Carlos A. Garcia says part of his job is telling people what urban educators 
doing right. Recent academic gains in some cities are reason for optimism.

Paige Applauds School's Commitment to High Expectations
Secretary of Education Rod Paige praised the efforts and accomplishments of
teachers and students at Amistad Academy, a charter school in New Haven,
Connecticut, and noted it exemplifies one of the key ideas behind the No Child
Left Behind Act: every child can learn.

No Educator Left Behind: Parent Notification
How do schools notify parents of teachers' qualifications?

The Weekly Survey
Do you hold a second job to supplement your salary as an educator?

Last Week's Survey Results
Who most influenced your decision to become an educator?

News Scoops: Education News Headlines for Busy Educators
1. More Sin Taxes to Fund Education? -- Texas governor Rick Perry is calling on 

the state legislature to revamp education funding by cutting property taxes to
the more affluent and raising taxes on alcohol, cigarettes, topless bar 
and legalized gambling.
2. Ensuring Art Education -- Concerned about the lack of school arts programs,
New Mexico recently passed a law earmarking $4 million to help create 
school programs in dance, music, theater, and visual arts.
3. Aggressive Tutoring "Rewires" Dyslexic Brains -- A study slated for
publication in May in the journal Biological Psychiatry indicates that when
dyslexic children receive aggressive, systematic reading help, they make larger 

reading gains and the word-form region of their brains are activated.
4. School Soda Bans Help Lower Obesity -- A British study indicates that
eliminating soda from schools can help reduce obesity among children. The
percentage of overweight and obese children dipped by 0.2 percent among those
who were in the program.
5. Notebook Computers Replacing Texts -- Beginning this fall, about 100 fifth
and sixth graders in Forney, Texas, are slated to receive notebook computers
that will contain numerous texts and thousands classic works of art and

Vermont Teachers Return to Math Class
Determined to raise the mathematics skills of elementary school students,
Vermont state education officials launched the Vermont Mathematics Initiative 
1999. Elementary teachers learn algebra, geometry, problem solving, and 
so they can better understand and explain math to their students.


Teacher Appreciation Week!
Sixty-Five Ways to Recognize Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week -- and
All Year Long
Have you special plans for Teacher Appreciation Week? Are you searching for new 

ways to show your teachers how much you appreciate their efforts? Education
World's "Principal Files" principals share some things they have done to show
their appreciation. Included: Some of these 65 ways are sure to work for you!

Calling All Grandparents: Senior Volunteers Transform Schools
They are reliable and passionate, and they bring learning and love to urban
classrooms. They are Experience Corps volunteers -- retirees recruited and
trained to tutor students and assist teachers. Volunteers and educators alike
have nothing but praise for the program.

A Day With Experience Corps Volunteers
They worked all over New York City, almost all of them in fields other than
education. Now they are a team, helping first and second graders at P.S. 154 in 

Harlem learn to read.

Teacher Training: Web Resources for Staff Development

A first year teacher feels overwhelmed. A principal needs an evaluation rubric
for integrating technology. You're looking for a listing of summer workshops 
teachers in your area. Where do you turn?

How I Handled Improving Student Attendance Rates
Our school performance score is based on several state-mandated factors. 
attendance and dropout rates count toward 10 points of the total score. We had 
history of attendance problems; so I knew something must be done.

Principal Profile
Jon Romeo, Bradford Elementary, Westerly, Rhode Island.

Tiger Woods Foundation concentrates on urban education, children, families.

Conventions and Conferences
What's coming up?

Join the Conversation
Any tips for running an effective summer school program?

Alternative Routes to Teaching: Do They Get You There in One Piece?
Are teachers who have earned their way to the front of the classroom by an
alternative route as well prepared as those who have taken a more traditional
path? Recently, Education World talked with six alternate-route teachers who
discussed how well prepared they were for their first year of teaching and
reveal whether they intend to stay.

 >From the Principal Files: Teachers Who Make Principals Say WOW!
Whenever he's feeling a bit overwhelmed or stressed, or whenever he needs a
reminder of why he's doing what he's doing, principal Ernest Elliott visits the 

classrooms in his school. The great things that his teachers are doing help to
put his problems in perspective. Great teachers -- teachers who make principals 

stand up and say "Wow!" -- serve as daily reminders of why principals do what
they do. This week, Education World's "Principal Files" principals take time 
to say "Wow!"


Plants In Motion
Time-lapse photography shows science of plants.

Katerpillars (& Mystery Bugs)
University of Kentucky kid-friendly site about bugs.

Database of writers and illustrators who do appearances at schools.


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