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Subject: Education World Newsletter Vol. 8 Issue 2
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Education World Weekly Newsletter

Volume 8 Issue 2
January 13, 2004


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Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Lessons) Just for You!
Aretha and Rodney are always talking about respect; now it's Ed World's turn! 
your students lack it or could stand to learn more about it, we offer five
lessons this week to get them talking and thinking about R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Writing Bug: Children in Charge
What would happen if kids ruled the world?

5-Minute Fillers
Quick activities when you have five minutes to spare -- Volume 21.

Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan: Outgroup Experiment Reveals Bias, Stereotyping
Students dress as members of "outgroups" and observe the 
that take place.

Internet Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate Ben Franklin's birthday.

Beat the Clock! -- Lessons in Time Management for Middle Graders
Is time management an issue for your students? Do their busy schedules and
social lives prevent them from completing homework assignments? Now a free
resource can help students learn to "beat the clock"!


Teachers Say Word Walls Work!
A word wall is not just a great primary-grade learning tool. Teachers across 
grades use word walls throughout the curriculum. Many elementary and middle
schools require teachers to include word walls in their classrooms; those
teachers know firsthand the effectiveness of word walls.

Manners and Etiquette: Teaching Essential Ingredients for Success
Whether they use a formal curriculum or simply take advantage of serendipitous
opportunities, teachers are taking good manners off the back burner. Although
modeling excellent etiquette always is important, these educators say that
focusing on manners in the classroom is not an option -- it's a must!

Strategies That Work: Teaching Manners
Although character education is a hot topic in schools, education in manners
often receives scant attention. Teachers who "teach" manners say, however, that 

they notice a real difference in students' attitudes, in the way they treat one 

another, and in their schoolwork.

Dr. Ken Shore's Classroom Problem Solver
The Chair Tipper
Nothing is more unsettling than watching a student tip back in his chair,
teetering on the brink of a dangerous fall. Before you can break a student of
that risky habit, you need to make him aware of what he's doing. Six tips for
dealing with chair tippers.

Voice of Experience: Making a Difference Is What It's All About
Educator Max Fischer reflects on a turning point in his career. He didn't
realize what teaching was all about until his eighth year in the profession. No 

wonder so many young teachers leave before they have five years under their

Teacher Feature: Starring Erin Farley
Erin Farley's Grammar Slammer activity allows students to teach one another,
work independently, work in groups, or work one-on-one with a teacher -- all at 

the same time. The goal of is to allow students to master grammar at their own

Teacher Diary: On the Road to National Certification
Nearing the end of the road to National Certification.

Contests and Competitions
Enter to become Dole's 5 A Day Teacher of the Year.

A Dozen Activities to Promote Parent Involvement!
Research shows that children are more likely to succeed academically and are
less likely to engage in violent behavior if their families are involved in
their education. Many parents say, however, that they feel unwelcome or
uncomfortable in their children's schools. Teachers often feel under attack by
parents who are highly involved. Learn how to bridge the gap!


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Tour the USA: A WebQuest for Grades 4-9
A group of foreign exchange students has been invited to spend a semester at
your school. The students will tour the United States by car before arriving in 

your town. Because they won't have time to travel throughout the entire United
States, they've decided to focus their tour on only one region of the country.
They've asked your class to help them decide which region to explore.

Sites to See: Family Fun Sites
Family Fun Sites offer parents an opportunity to explore the Internet with 
children in a safe environment. Many of the sites have an educational focus,
giving parents an opportunity to become involved in their child's learning as
they guide their online activities.

A Techtorial: Clean Your Machine
Dust and debris can slow a computer's operation. Disorganized computer files 
make it hard to find files or back-up important files. Cleaning a computer's
inside and outside enhances its performance, improves its look, and makes
finding and saving files easier!

Cool School of the Week
Louisa County Public Schools, Mineral, VA.

The Inter-Activity Center
Excuse Busters project helps eliminate roadblocks to achievement.

A Beginner's Guide to Integrating Technology
Are you feeling pressured to integrate technology into your K-12 curriculum? Do 

you feel overwhelmed and under-prepared for the information age? Whether you 
a student teacher, first-year teacher, or veteran teacher new to technology,
this article provides ideas you can use to assess where you are and to plan for 

the future.


Firing Up Teacher-Student Communication
What do high school students really want from their teachers? According to the
40 students who expressed their views in Fires in the Bathroom: Advice to
Teachers from High School Students, they want respect, honesty, and an
understanding of them as individuals.

No Educator Left Behind: State Certification
This series helps educators understand the impact of the federal No Child Left
Behind Act.  This week: How does the No Child Left Behind Act define full state 


Sports-Psychology Curriculum Focuses on Educating Athletes and Winning
To Mitch Lyons, school sports are about more than winning. Educating
student-athletes about the psychology of sports produces life skills that
benefit the student and community. Plus teaching the "science of sport" often
leads to victory.

News Scoops: Education News Headlines for Busy Educators
1. Student Portfolios Go Digital -- Some Connecticut students are capturing
their high school careers in digital portfolios. While some will use the
portfolios to meet graduation requirements, others aim to impress colleges.
2. Bush Marks Two Years of NCLB -- Two years after the signing of the No Child
Left Behind Act, President Bush is defending the law against critics who say it 

is too rigid and underfunded.
3. Canada Bans Soda in Schools -- Citing health concerns, Canadian officials 
banning the sale of soda in elementary and middle schools starting next year.
Vendors will replace soda with water and fruit juice. Soda still will be
available to high school students.
4. School-Business Partnerships Flourish -- Shrinking school budgets in the Des 

Moines, Iowa, area are leading to more school-business partnerships. More
businesses are donating money, time, or materials to public schools.

Educational CyberPlayGround links to Technology
Find Information on Security for
Teachers, Administrators, Ed. Tech, and Classroom Resources


ABC Book of the Principal's Job
What do principals do? That's the question we asked our "Principal Files" team
last month. They told us what they do, and here are their responses -- from A 
Z! Included: Contributions from more than a dozen great principals!

Teacher Training: Staff Development Through Peer Mentoring

K-12 teachers can be a challenging group to train. Although deeply committed to 

their students, they often feel overwhelmed by the many demands on their time
and energy. Establishing peer mentor relationships can help encourage reluctant 

teachers to implement change in their classrooms.

How I Handled The Constantly Disruptive (Exceptional/Emotionally Handicapped)
What happens when one exceptional students with emotional deficits is a 
disruption to the classroom and the education of all the other students? We 
up with a plan to help handle just such a situation.

Principal Profile
Karen Mitchell, Shelby (Alabama) Elementary School.

EDS Technology Grants pay for tech products, training, services.

Conventions and Conferences
What's coming up?

Two Principals Lead One School
Principal Marilyn Prall was about to lose assistant principal Martha Deichler,
who was moving up to head another school. Then Prall had an idea for "an
alternative leadership model" for Vista Square Elementary School. She persuaded 

the district superintendent to allow her and Deichler to lead the school as
co-principals. Their partnership was launched when the school opened in July,
and the hard work and the fun haven't stopped since.

Teachers Urged to Consider Principalship
The principal's job can be a difficult, high-stress one. But it's a job that
most principals would never think of giving up! So what do they see in the job? 

This week, Education World's Principal Files principals share the joys of the
job along with words of encouragement for educators who might be considering a
career path that leads to the principal's office.


Book Discussion Guides
Discussion guides to popular young readers' titles, plus good links.

Wyland Ocean Challenge: "Clean Water for the 21st Century"
Art & science meet in K-6 ocean project.

Teachers' Domain
Boston's WGBH produces a site for science teaching.

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