Harry K. Wong, Alfie Kohn, Teaching Tips - in February Teachers.Net Gazette

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February 2009 Teachers.Net Gazette is the biggest yet! On the cover: Harry K. Wong presents his monthly Effective Teaching column and Alfie Kohn explains why self-discipline is overrated. Inside features include how to prep students for test-taking; Abraham Lincoln, Black History, and Dr. Seuss/Read Across America lesson plans; classroom management help; opinion; favorite recipes, and classroom humor! How to balance evaluation and encouragement with your student teacher; helping the victim of bullying; refusal skills for kids.Technology in the Art classroom, FREE printable teaching aids. Much more!

Any publication for teachers and school administrators featuring two of the top voices in the field of education - Harry K. Wong and Alfie Kohn - has a lot of promise to live up to, and the February 2009 Teachers.Net Gazette doesn't disappoint. http://teachers.net/gazette/.

A scan of the attractive webzine's table of contents challenges the reader to determine an important issue related to education and curriculum that is NOT covered by this month's Teachers.Net Gazette. From motivation to classroom management, to helping victims of bullies; educational travel with students, testing topics, lesson plans for February themes, free printable teaching aids... even recipes for busy educator, they are all available at the click of the mouse.

According to Bob Reap of Teachers.Net, the February issue of Teachers.Net Gazette is the largest ever since the webzine was launched in March 2000.

"The February 2009 Teachers.Net Gazette is our unprecedented effort to provide coverage of topics of interest to as many segments of the education community as possible," Reap points out.

"Ours is the premier web-based magazine for teachers," Reap says, "and we'll never let them down when educators turn to Teachers.Net for cutting edge and thoughtful coverage, information and support. Editor Kathleen Carpenter and layout editor Mary Miehl have once again assembled an extraordinary collection of expertise, wisdom, practical support, and talent, unsurpassed among online resources for teachers and school administrators, curriculum specialists and other school leaders."

While the big names of Wong and Kohn stand out on the cover, clicking through more than three dozen articles and features reveals that this publication relies heavily upon the other experts in the field of education: classroom teachers and building administrators.

Former national middle school teacher of the year and practicing teacher Alan Haskvitz examines the downside of his students' high test scores. Art educator Marilyn Brackney reveals techniques for equipping an art program on a shoestring budget. Sue Gruber reveals what works when testing students, even those as young as her kindergartners, while John Sweeting, former military leader turned teacher, offers perspectives on teachers-as-leaders with a charge to lead older students toward becoming self-starters.

Picking up a debate started by Stewart Brekke in the January 2009 Teachers.Net Gazette (http://teachers.net/gazette/JAN09), veteran teacher and former principal Steve Davidson challenges Brekke's assertion that all secondary students should be required to enroll in four years each of math and science.

Three practicing school heads offer diverse articles from far flung and diverse regions of the world: school principal Todd Nelson writing from the coast of Maine, Panamalai R. Guruprasad writing about teacher evaluation from Cambodia, and John Price describing the unique challenges associated with being headmaster of a school in the jungles of Borneo.

Also among the contributors in the February Teachers.Net Gazette line-up are several retired educators, including Bill Page who dispenses wisdom about removing the risk from the "at-risk" student, Page's right to pontificate gained from almost 50 years of teaching.

Hank Kellner's tips on the use of photography to inspire high school writers is in its fourth installment, with middle grade writers getting a boost from James Wayne's latest collection of monthly writing prompts gleaned from historic events and pop culture. Marjan Glavac comes through with his Monthly Five collection of stellar websites for educators and students.

Mentoring student teachers and discipline without stress are the domains of Hal Portner and Marvin Marshall, respectively. Kathy Noll concerns herself with helping the victims of bullying.

Current classroom teachers are the source of other regular features such as the Apple Seeds inspirational quotes page; the Today is… calendar of quirky special days in February; Rodney "YENDOR's" P-G rated Top Ten humor on the Lighter Side classroom humor page, framed by John P. Wood's comical classroom cartoons and supplemented by teachers' contributions of outrageous statements from the mouths of students.

"IMHO" is the op-ed page in Teachers.Net Gazette, with two entries this month: one a long list of suggestions directed to the new U.S. Secretary of Education, the other, "American Students are NOT Stupid!" a teacher's retort to television journalist J. Stossel's report, "Stupid in America."

In Collective Wisdom, teachers of Art put their heads together to compile a list of 21st century equipment and gadgets that can enhance art instruction.

The newest addition to Teachers.Net Gazette is the Global Travel Guru advice column, offering invaluable tips for those escorting students on educational travel abroad, while closer to home the needs of inner city and substitute teachers aren't forgotten. "Dear Barbara" responds to letters from substitute teachers, while Kioni Carter coaches urban educators.

With too many gems to list all of them here, the Teachers.Net Gazette warrants your close examination.

The Teachers.Net Gazette debuted in March 2000 and is the pre-eminent online source of articles and information written by and for educators. The current issue and all back issues are available at http://teachers.net/gazette/.

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