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Friday, February 1, 2008

Youve made it through another week. Its time to rest your brain, have some fun, explore some new resources kick back and start your weekend off on a light note!


Dozens of new postings this week, just like every other week! Among the great resources youll find this week

Readers' Theater Script
A lesson about bullying, based on a true story.

Make a Countdown Clock
Keep students interested and on task.

Valentine's Day
Pump life into your classroom with these hearty lessons.

For more practical content, explore this weeks updated Channel pages:
Lesson Planning      Administrators Desk      School Issues
Professional Development              Technology Integration
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Which of these statements best describes your opinion of your states tests?
I think they are a very accurate measure of student performance.
For most students, they are an adequate reflection of achievement.
For the most part, the tests are a waste of time and money.


You probably heard the news of the Wisconsin teacher who refused to administer the state tests to his students. Like many other teachers, David Wasserman thinks the tests are a poor way to measure students progress and that they are being used unfairly to punish schools. So he decided to boycott the tests. His boycott lasted only a day, because his livelihood was threatened, but he did something that many other teachers might love to do at least in their dreams. (Read the news story)


Does it seem like you spend every waking minute on your computer? Do you figure youve been to every Web page ever created by now? Well, maybe you have. Youll know for sure when you finally reach this page.


If you teach English-language learners, you owe it to yourself to explore the great resources that teacher Larry Ferlazzo has pulled together on his Web site. While youre looking around, you might even check out his blog or sign up for his free newsletter.

EducationWorld has reviewed thousands of sites of interest to educators. Be sure to visit our Site Review Archive. You might also visit our Sites to See themed listings.


Everyone knows that Pluto has been crossed off the list of planets, but how did that happen? And why? In The Planet Hunter: The Story Behind What Happened to Pluto (Rising Moon/Cooper Square Press), readers follow the story of astronomer Mike Brown, who grew up fascinated by the night sky. Determined to discover a new planet, Mikes surprising findings changed the face of astronomy. This new picture book biography helps kids understand that science is done by real people and is unfolding right now. The book includes the most up-to-date information on Pluto and comes with a poster of the new solar system. Read more about the book on author Elizabeth Ruschs Web site. Buy the book.


Maybe Monday will be a good day to approach your school or district leaders about attending one of these upcoming conferences put on by national education associations.

Reinventing Schools: Courageous Leadership for Positive Change
This national conference of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is scheduled for March 15-17, 2008, in New Orleans.

Leadership and Learning for the Next Generation
The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) presents its annual conference in Nashville from April 4-8, 2008.

If your national non-profit organizations conference should be listed here, send an email to [email protected]. We will be happy to include it in our rotation so long as it is open to all educators and/or administrators (not only members).


A second-grade teacher was reviewing math symbols with her students. She drew the symbols for greater-than (>) and less-than (

"One means fast-forward," he explained, "and the other means rewind!"

Now go and enjoy your weekend!