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Using a Discipline System to Promote Learning - On returning to the classroom after 24 years, Marvin Marshall struggled to maintain discipline. In Part 1 of this article, he describes how his frustration led him to develop a system -- incorporating the ideas and strategies of Stephen Covey, William Glasser, Abraham Maslow, and others -- that would promote responsible behavior by internally motivating students. In Part 2, Kerry Weisner describes the positive changes in her students' behavior and learning after she implemented Mr. Marshall's program in her classroom.


Help! They Don't Speak English Starter Kit for Primary Teachers - A free, downloadable resource guide for educators of limited English proficient students, grades Pre-K - 6. The first Help! They Don't Speak English Starter Kit was produced in 1989 by a task force of Virginia migrant educators who were getting an increasing number of requests from classroom teachers for information about and assistance with their limited English proficient (LEP) students. The Help! Kit has proved to be an excellent resource for teachers who are seeking ideas for recommended teaching strategies, lesson plans, and materials.

Getting to Know Your Classmates with Special Needs by Mary Ellen Leahy, Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute - The primary objective of this unit is to sensitize both students and teachers to special education students and their needs and their rights. Many regular education students and teachers have had limited contact with special education students.

Overcoming the Lack of Motivation for Learning - Teachers say that the most frustrating aspect of dealing with students is "lack of motivation for learning." In this article from KAPPAN magazine (March 2004), the authors describe the Paideia Coached Project, an approach that more and more schools are adopting in an effort to combat this pervasive problem. "When students know that their project or performance will be presented to an audience outside the classroom, they are inspired to produce work of the highest quality." [Source: PEN]

Words That Hurt. Words That Heal: How Adult Morale Affects Student Achievement - A teacher's words can make a parent's day and vice versa. My daughter called excitedly the other day when her first child brought his first report card home. No, It wasn't all A's but it did carry a sentence from the teacher that made all the difference: "Your child is a wonderful boy."


Teacher Feature: A Remarkable Program For At-Risk, Middle Level Students  - There are textbooks, workbooks, manuals, manipulative devices, and gadgets of all sorts designed to remediate communication disorders. While the publishers claim many of these to be appropriate for junior high school, the fact is that there is a complete and utter void of remedial material appropriate for junior high school or secondary school. However, from my perspective, I am not so much concerned with the absence of remedial material as I am with the absence of a satisfactory rationale under which remedial techniques may be applied.


A Pernicious Silence: Confronting Race in the Elementary Classroom - Communities of silence cannot be moral communities. And the most pernicious and pervasive silence in primary school classrooms is the silence surrounding the subject of race. Lillian Polite and Elizabeth Baird Saenger maintain that it is much healthier for everyone when race can be freely discussed, and they offer suggestions to help teachers overcome their discomfort.


Teacher Tips: Internet Resources for Teachers - "We have discovered the vastness of the resources available to teachers on the internet. Following are a variety of resources that are most helpful to teachers. Print our list and visit sites that are of interest to see what they have to offer. Our resource links have been grouped according to subject matter."

Online Mentoring Program for Mathematics and Science Teachers: Southwest Consortium for the Improvement of Mathematics and Science Teaching - Since 1992 the Eisenhower Southwest Consortium for the Improvement of Mathematics and Science Teaching (SCIMAST) has supported meaningful reform of science and mathematics education in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.


The JASON Academy: Accredited Online Science and Math Courses - The JASON Academy is an innovative approach to professional development for busy teachers who want to take content-rich, continuing education science or mathematics courses anytime, anywhere via the Internet. The JASON Academy enhances teachers' science content background and provides them with the tools to help students learn more effectively. JASON Academy courses have no text materials, but instead use hotlinked references and provide numerous classroom applications with demonstrations and hands-on activities. Through JASON Academy courses, teachers are discovering new possibilities for bringing standards-based instruction into their classrooms. Next Session Begins October 4, 2004.


Discovery Channel's Free Online Teacher/Educator Clipart Gallery - Discovery School now makes it easy to add graphics to your next project, whether it's for home or school. Choose from hundreds of original clip art pieces, including animations!


At Web English Teacher "educators can take advantage of online technology to share ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance; experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty workroom on a global scale. Because the most important part of teaching isn't the technology."


We Get What We Get: The Bottom Line On Parent Accountability - The following is a somewhat blunt, but quite definitive answer to the questions so often asked by frustrated teachers: What should be the parent's level of accountability in their children's education? ~ What do classroom teachers have the right to require and/or expect from parents in the way of cooperation, involvement and participation in their child's learning? If the parents won't see that they get their assignments done and won't come to conferences, what can I do?


MI CLiMB - Clarifying Language in Michigan Benchmarks - A Resource Developed by Teachers for the Michigan Department of Education. Provides clarifications, resources, instructional and assessment examples for five content areas: English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts. To view the Michigan Benchmarks, click here (PDF).


The Knowledge Loom Web Site: A Great Tool for the Teaching Community! Interested in best practices in areas such as literacy, equity, technology, middle school math, school organization, and community involvement? The Knowledge Loom Web site highlights these areas and more while providing a forum for educators to:
* Review research on best practices;
* Read stories about practices used in schools and districts around the nation;
* Learn to replicate successful practices in your school;
* Participate in online events and discussions; and
* Explore supporting organizations and resources.
A bonus perk: Professional development facilitators can download a companion guidebook that contains ideas and tools for using the content on the Knowledge Loom for professional learning.

Classroom Management Tips & Articles from Education World Online (BELOW)

School "Rules"! Ten Activities for Establishing Classroom Rules
Starting the school year on the right foot includes establishing classroom rules that will last the whole year through. Many teachers involve students in establishing their classroom rules. (Surprisingly, student-created rules are often much the same as -- or even tougher than -- rules a teacher might create. After all, students want to attend school in a safe environment, and they want to know the boundaries when it comes to classroom behavior.)

Classroom Management: Ten Teacher-Tested Tips!
Hallway conferences, pasta discipline, buddy rooms, bell work: Those and six other ideas for taming temper tantrums and other classroom disruptions are the focus of this Education World story. Included: An opportunity for all teachers to share the classroom-management techniques that work for them!

Creating a Climate for Learning: Effective Classroom Management Techniques
In Positive Classroom Discipline, Fred Jones states, "The most widespread management technique at home and in the classroom is nag, nag, nag." It's also probably the least effective. Learn how to stop nagging and start teaching. Included: 12 teacher-tested tips for behavior management!

Do Seating Arrangements and Assignments = Classroom Management?
Now might be a good time to take a long look at your classroom seating arrangement. Advice and opinions about classroom arrangements and seating assignments abound, and Education World explores the possibilities! Included: Tips from Fred Jones on how to get the most out of classroom arrangements.

Let's Cooperate! -- Teachers Share Tips for Cooperative Learning
Cooperation starts at the top! Teachers who use cooperative learning in their classrooms have developed techniques that make the most of this method, and they share them. Ideas that range from forming groups to using rubrics will make any lesson of a cooperative nature a little more fun! Included: Teacher tips, a rubric for grading students' cooperative efforts, and additional online resources!

The Secret's in the Little Things: Simple Tips for Successful Teachers
Here they are -- 12 quick tips to help make managing your classroom a breeze! Included are tips for getting to know your students, communicating with parents, getting your day of to a good start, and much more!

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"! Included: Sample activities for teaching time management!

When It Comes to Volatile Kids, Pick Your Battles
Dr. Ross W. Greene, a psychologist who works with easily frustrated children and their parents and the author of The Explosive Child, advises parents and teachers that identifying the causes of a child's frustration and working with the youngster to develop coping skills can lead to fewer explosions and more compliance. Included: Strategies for working with explosive children in the classroom.

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