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Education World Weekly Newsletter

Volume 8 Issue 4
January 27, 2004


Dear Education Professionals,

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Groundhog Day: (Punxsutawney) Phil Your Day With Fun
On February 2, the world will be watching to see if Punxsutawney Phil sees his
shadow. Will his shadow predict six more weeks of winter? Whether Phil's shadow 

appears or not, Phil your Groundhog Day with connections to math, science,
geography, and more.

Writing Bug: Acting Like a Little Kid
Tell about the last time you acted like a little kid.

5-Minute Fillers
Quick activities when you have five minutes to spare -- Volume 23.

Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan: Grab a Story and Go!
In this shared-writing activity, students collaborate to create a short story.

Internet Scavenger Hunt
Will the groundhog see its shadow?

Groundhog Day
Activities, work sheets, lesson ideas, more.

Work Sheet of the Week
"Root Words" -- practice with prefixes, suffixes.

Civil War Lesson Plans and Activities
This week, Education World presents more than a dozen lessons for teaching 
the Civil War. Teachers can use these lessons to teach what caused the war, 
it was like to live in a nation divided, and much more.

Building on Biographies -- Bringing Real-Life Stories Into Your Curriculum!
Who can dispute the value of a good story? Though students may initially view
them as dull, biographies are the stuff that great classroom activities are 
of -- history, honesty, and heroism. With the help of the Internet, every
teacher can bring biographies into their classrooms!


Dr. Fred Jones's Tools for Teaching: Beyond Say, See, Do Teaching: Exploiting
Structured Practice
This is the sixth in our series addressing the prevention of classroom
discipline problems. We have focused on the loss of classroom control during
Guided Practice as we attempt to give corrective feedback to our chronic
handraisers. We began our last segment with a question; "Is it possible to 
a lesson so effectively that the need for corrective feedback is nearly
eliminated?" And the answer was...

Strategies That Work: Chess
Research reveals that chess improves children's critical thinking and problem
solving skills. One indicator of that fact is that chess players demonstrate
higher math and reading test scores. In addition, chess develops kids' visual
memory, attention span, spatial reasoning and prediction skills.

Dr. Ken Shore's Classroom Problem Solver
Prevent Cheating
Elementary school teachers play a key role in conveying the importance of
honesty and in teaching students to take pride in their work. Younger students
need to learn what cheating is and how to avoid it. Six tips to help prevent
cheating in the classroom.

Voice of Experience: The Importance of Mentors, or What I Learned from Harold
Max Fischer remembers Harold, the teacher next door when Max was a first-year
teacher. That was long before formalized mentor programs were the norm. Fischer 

shares what he learned from Harold and from his own experiences mentoring new

Teacher Feature: Starring Marcia Baldanza
Students game their way to greater understanding!

Teacher Diary: On the Road to National Certification
Picking up the pace on the road to National Certification.

Contests and Competitions
Igniting the creative energy challenge.

Folktales of Cooperation for Your K-3 Class
Are you looking for a fun and effective way of promoting the spirit of
cooperation in your K through 3 classrooms? This week, Elaine Lindy, creator of 

the Absolutely Whootie Web site, shares three favorite folktales that will get
kids thinking and talking about the importance of cooperation! After you use 
tales in the classroom, why not send them home so the discussion about
cooperation can continue?


Need a laugh at the end of a long week? Education World's Humor Newsletter is
sure to bring smiles to your e-mailbox -- and your face!

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The E-Mail ABCs!
Today's students believe that e-mail is a medium unfettered by the rules that
govern letter writing. Most classroom teachers, however, believe that e-mail
should adhere to the same rules of grammar and style as snail mail. Who's 
Let's take a look at the ABCs of e-mail etiquette.

Sites to See: The Alphabet
The Web offers teacher-tested alphabet-related classroom activities, games, and 

printables; fun ways for kids to practice and extend their early literacy
skills; and sites to help teachers integrate alphabet  practice into other 
of the curriculum.

A Techtorial: Software Basics
Hardware is the nuts and bolts of a computer, the parts you can touch. Software 

is the programs that contain the instructions that tell a computer what to do.
Every computer needs software, but not every computer needs the same software.
The software you need depends on what you want your computer to do.

Cool School of the Week
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.

The Inter-Activity Center
Start Something helps kids define their dreams and and achieve their goals.

Teaching Keyboarding -- When? Why? How?
"Many teachers think it takes nothing to teach keyboarding, but they are 
said teacher Carla Cruzan. "Can anyone teach a science or math course?" Are you 

a classroom teacher who is also the keyboarding instructor? Then discover in
this article everything you need to know to make keyboarding instruction a


Saying 'No' to Title I -- Why Three Districts Did It
Nobody turns down federal funds  -- or do they? Call it Yankee independence, 
three Connecticut superintendents, new to the Title I list, decided the costs
and mandates associated with accepting the money outweighed the benefits.

A Child's Plea Becomes an Adult's Crusade
Jodee Blanco's school career was not a series of joyous milestones, but a
years-long sentence of misery. Blanco talks with Education World about her 
which details her harsh treatment at the hands of bullies, and her current
efforts to help schools stop bullying.

No Educator Left Behind: Purpose of Testing
What is gained by frequent student testing?

Responsive Classroom Practices Teach the Whole Child
As part of its Lessons from Our Nation's Schools series, Education World
recently visited two elementary schools that use the Responsive Classroom
approach to teaching and learning. By intertwining social and academic 
advocates of the Responsive Classroom system say, children become more
independent learners and more considerate people.

News Scoops: Education News Headlines for Busy Educators
1. Healthful Snack Program Bears Fruit -- A U.S. government pilot program that
supplies fruits and vegetables to schools for snacks is winning over students 
the idea of more healthful eating, participating schools say.
2. Mars Mission Launches Lessons -- Schools around the U.S. and the world are
following the progress of the Mars rover Spirit and launching space-related
projects of their own, including building replicas of the Martian landscape.
3. Parents Run School Help Desks -- The Philadelphia School District is
recruiting and training parents to work as volunteers at help desks in some
schools. The volunteers will greet and assist parents and other visitors.
4. Report Recommends Performance Pay for Teachers -- Paying teachers based on
student performance is among the recommendations of The Teaching Commission, a
nonprofit group formed in 2003 to improve the public teaching ranks.
5. Study: Laptops Can Improve Writing -- Some Canadian students who used 
for their writing assignments boosted their English test scores by 30 percent,
according to a report. The study involved sixth and seventh graders in British


Math Night by the Numbers
Is it time for a "Math Night" at your school? Math Night gets students excited
about math, familiarizes parents with the math curriculum, and encourages
families to continue the fun of math at home!

How I Handled Evaluating Our Superintendent's Performance
Our superintendent's contract is up for renewal, and school board members have
decided to solicit input from principals about the super's leadership abilities 

and policies. How will I respond? What will I say? I have a course of action I
plan to stick to.

Principal Profile
Jean Carolyn Williams is principal at Turner Middle School, a 6-8 school in
Lithia Springs, Georgia.

Learning and Leadership grants support professional development.

Conventions and Conferences
What's coming up?

Principals Recommend Best Professional Books
This week is Children's Book Week, so we thought we'd ask school principals to
recommend the "best professional books" around!

The Best and Worst Things About Being a Principal
A recent study by Public Agenda documents principals' feelings about their 
Today, Education World does its own survey. Our Principal Files principals 
their thoughts about the best and worst "principal tasks."


The Wise Guide
The online guide to the Library of Congress.

Santa's Secret Village at
Primary grades goodies from the North Pole (online).

Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools
Super poetry resource from the Library of Congress.

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