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Education World Weekly Newsletter

Volume 8 Issue 8
February 24, 2004

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Teaching Grammar Without the Hammer: Five Fun Activities
Learning grammar has been compared to other fun things -- like having teeth 
pulled or being assigned detention. But it needn't be a painful experience with 
these five lessons that teach grammar -- without the hammer!

Writing Bug: A Most Embarrassing Moment
The most embarrassing moment I remember was the time...

5-Minute Fillers
Quick activities when you have five minutes to spare -- Volume 27.

Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan: The Power of Mental Images: Visualizing 
Students use their visualization abilities to construct meaning in a fun and 
creative way.

Internet Scavenger Hunt
What's a Primary Election?

Work Sheet of the Week
"Paragraph Writing" -- comparing and contrasting.

Special Reading Fun for Read Across America Day
Read Across America Day is celebrated each year on the first Monday in March. 
Education World offers five new lessons for recognizing this important day.


Tools for Teaching
Adding Motivation to Mastery
The question underlying the topic of motivation in the student's mind is, "Why 
should I?" If you answer that question successfully, you can get work from an 
unmotivated student. If you cannot come up with a good answer, you get nothing. 
Included: How the right incentives can motivate your students -- and free up 
your evenings.

Strategies That Work: Making Review Time Fun and Worthwhile
Reviewing for tests can be a dreaded chore for both students and teachers -- 
but it doesn't have to be. Education World has gathered resources to help tired 
educators liven up review time for everyone. Students will enjoy these review 
games, and teachers will see the results in improved test scores.

Dr. Ken Shore's Classroom Problem Solver
Angry Outbursts, Part 1
At some point, almost every student becomes angry in school. Anger isn't a 
problem as long as the student expresses feelings appropriately. It is a 
problem if she expresses her anger in a way that is hurtful or disruptive. Your 
challenge is to control your own temper as well as that of the student. Five 
tips for dealing with an angry student.

Voice of Experience: Most Direct Route to Parents Is an E-Line
Educator Max Fischer has been doing a little independent research on the 
effectiveness of phone calls, written progress reports, and e-mail in raising 
student achievement. Which communication method do you think he and his 
teaching teammates found to be most effective?  

Teacher Feature: Starring Margaret Holtschlag
Sixth graders explore classic literature with their parents!

Teacher Diary: On the Road to National Certification
Five teacher diarists invite you to join them on the road to National 

Contests and Competitions
Greeting Card Contest looks for clever quotes from kids.

Put an End to Plagiarism in Your Classroom
According to a report by, "Studies indicate that approximately 
30 percent of all students may be plagiarizing on every written assignment they 
complete." Kids plagiarize for a variety of reasons. Some kids are lazy, some 
are unmotivated, some are disorganized, and some just don't understand what 
plagiarism really is. Whatever the reasons, a few simple steps can help you put 
an end to plagiarism in your classroom.

Fragile in February
Each week, an educator takes a stand or shares an Aha! moment in the classroom 
in the Education World Voice of Experience column. This week, educator Brenda 
Dyck reflects on the rough classroom times that seem to occur every February. 
Teachers are tired and discouraged. The kids have lousy attitudes. Why?


GIS Brings "Real Life" to Learning
A Geographic Information System (GIS) combines maps and information databases 
to produce graphic displays that allow users to see and manipulate data in new 
ways. Learn how a GIS works and how to create your own GIS classroom activities.

Sites to See: Online Collaborative Projects
Online collaborative projects offer teachers and students the opportunity to 
work with students and teachers around the world. The online resources below 
cover the "how-tos" of project participation, while showcasing some of the best 
collaborative projects on the Web.  

A Techtorial: Excel-ent Activities Across the Grades
Simple Excel activities for all grade levels.

Cool School of the Week
Irving Independent School District, Irving, TX.

The Inter-Activity Center
Pizza Explorer serves up a tasty introduction to food science.

Schools, the Internet, and Copyright Law
Educator and copyright attorney Nancy Willard discusses the kinds of 
educational activities that risk copyright infringement and provides strategies 
for minimizing that risk.


Restorative Practices Build Community, Responsibility
Although student misbehavior impacts many people at school, often only the 
student is involved in the discipline process. The restorative practices 
approach stresses correcting the harm rather than punishing the deed, and 
advocates including the affected parties in the process.

Students Map Neighborhoods With GIS
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), mapping and analysis software employed by 
the U.S. government, NASA, and other agencies, now is helping students locate 
and document hazards in their communities.      

No Educator Left Behind: Professional Development
How can annual testing help teachers and principals?

News Scoops: Education News Headlines for Busy Educators
1. Celebrating Presidents' Lives -- First graders at Franklin Elementary School 
in Kirkland, Washington, became a living U.S. "presidential wax museum." The 
students dressed as U.S. presidents. came to "life" when someone touched a dot 
on their hands, and talked about the president's life.
2. A New Way to View, Appreciate Art -- Students in a San Francisco elementary 
school study and discuss art using visual thinking, through an arts education 
program developed by Visual Understanding in Education. The group studies 
children's cognitive development as they interact with art.
3. Dept. of Ed Launches Character Education Site -- The U.S. Department of 
Education has unveiled a new Web site to help educators and community members 
teach character education and civic engagement, called Character Education and 
Civic Engagement Technical Assistance Center (CETAC).
4. Teacher's Paper Clip Chain Secures World Record -- California high school 
math teacher Dan Meyer is certain he broke the world record for the most paper 
clips strung together. With help from volunteers, Meyer created a chain more 
than a mile long in 24 hours.
5. Testing Policies Eased for Limited-English Students -- The federal 
government is allowing schools more flexibility in testing and assessing the 
progress of limited-English students under the No Child Left Behind Act. The 
changes could help schools make adequate yearly progress goals.

The Weekly Survey
How often do you record student homework?

New Web Site Links Schools and Museums
The Smithsonian Institution -- the world's largest museum organization -- 
officially launched its newest Web site, Smithsonian, last fall.


Celebrating Students: Schools Recognize Achievement in Many Ways
When we asked our Principal Files team members to share the ways in which their 
schools celebrate students' accomplishments, we had no idea how many and varied 
the responses would be.        

How I Handled Making New Space for an Overcrowded School
Overcrowding is a problem in many schools. Solving the problem requires some 
out-of-the-box thinking. Not every community would be able to solve the problem 
in the way this community did -- but you never know!

Principal Profile
Chris Vail, Groveport Madison Middle School in Groveport, Ohio.

Opportunity Grants targeted to southeastern United States.

Conventions and Conferences
What's coming up?

Join the Conversation
Any tips as I interview for principal positions?

Teachers Observing Teachers: A Professional Development Tool for Every School
Typically evaluative by nature, teacher observation is usually linked to 
classroom performance. More and more schools, however, are using observation -- 
teachers observing teachers -- as a form of professional development that 
improves teaching practices and student performance. In this article, Education 
World's Michele Israel talks with experts about the benefits of this emerging 
professional development strategy.

>From the Principal Files: The Principal Shortage -- Why Doesn't Anybody Want 
>the Job?
I wouldn't want your job!" School principals hear that remark all the time. Is 
it any wonder? The day doesn't include enough hours to accomplish half of what 
most principals must do. Paperwork mounts. The stresses of accountability 
pervade. Support from above and respect from the community border on 
nonexistent. Finally, considering that most principals work long days and 
year-round, the pay stinks!


Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
A presidential library and museum, online!

Count Us In
Basic number concepts made I-catching!

A Tale to Be Told
A nice Web Quest on the way Into the Woods.


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