San Diego, CA, February 04, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- 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 Teachers.Net Gazette doesn’t disappoint.
A scan of the attractive webzine’s table of contents challenges the reader to determine an important issue related to education 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, and even recipes for busy educators… it’s all available at the click of the mouse in http://teachers.net/gazette/.
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.
“We’ve made in the February 2009 Teachers.Net Gazette, an 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 and we’ll never let them down when educators turn to us for cutting edge and thoughtful coverage, information and support.”
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, practicing teacher Alan Haskvitz examines the downside of his current 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 the charge to lead older students toward becoming self-starters.
Picking up a debate started by Stewart Brekke in the January 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 take four years each of math and science. Marjan Glavac comes through with his Monthly Five, sharing information about stellar websites he’s found helpful in his own classroom.
Three practicing school heads offer diverse articles from far flung and diverse regions of the world: Todd Nelson writing from the coast of Maine, Panamalai R. Guruprasad in Cambodia, and John Price, headmaster of a public school in the jungles of Borneo.
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 student writers is in its fourth installment, with middle grade writers getting a boost from James Wayne’s latest collection of monthly writing prompts based upon historic events and pop culture.
Current classroom teachers are the source of other regular features such as the Apple Seeds inspirational quotes page assembled each month by Barb Stutesman; the Today is… calendar of quirky special days gathered by Ron Victoria; Rodney “YENDOR” Blackwell whose P-G rated Top Ten humor graces the Lighter Side page between John P. Wood’s comical classroom cartoons, and supplemented by teachers’ contributions of outrageously funny 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.”
On the Collective Wisdom page, teachers of Art put their heads together to compile a wish list of 21st century equipment and gadgets that can enhance instruction.
The newest addition to Teachers.Net Gazette is the Global Travel Guru advice column offering tips for those planning educational travel with students.
The needs of Inner city and substitute teachers aren't neglected. "Dear Barbara" responds to letters from substitute teachers, while Kioni Carter coaches urban educators.
With too many gems to mention all of them here, the Teachers.Net Gazette warrants your close examination.
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