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Friday, March 21, 2008

You've made it through another week. It's 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, same as every week! Among the great resources you'll find this week

Planning a School-Wide Math Night
Take a peek as fourth graders plan and lead an evening of math fun.

Create a Brochure to "Advertise" Your School
Companies do it, so why shouldn't you create a brag brochure too?

Professor Joe: A Little Change Will Do You Good
When it comes to change, we have three choices: get up, give up, or shut up.

For more practical content, explore this week's updated Channel pages:
Lesson Planning      Administrator's Desk      School Issues
Professional Development              Technology Integration
Be sure to visit our partner Web site too:

Which statement best describes how you think your school district leaders would respond to a complaint about this book?
They would side with the parent who complained.
They would side with the recommendations of principals and teachers.


You might have heard the news several years ago about two male penguins that hatched and parented a chick at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. The story made headlines because of the nontraditional pairing of two males. In 2005, the news headlines were transformed into a children's book, And Tango Makes Three. Turns out those penguins are still making news. In 2006, And Tango Makes Three was the most challenged or banned book in the United States, according to the American Library Association. And last month, a parent complaint led to the book being banned from school bookshelves in one Virginia county in spite of teachers' and principals' objections. How might your district leaders have responded in this situation? Let us know what you think by answering this week's TGIF survey question. (Read more about the news)


Maybe you caught Education World's recent New for Kids article about the boy who's had it up to here with kids who use bad language. McKay Hatch started a No Cussing Club at his school that led to a No Cussing Club Web site, which boasts member schools in many states and countries. Would a No Cussing Club fly at your school? If you've heard a fair amount of bad language in the hallways, maybe you could start a conversation with kids. This cool YouTube video of a no-cussing rap song would make a great conversation starter: No Cussing Club video


March is Music in Our Schools Month. There's no better time to familiarize kids with the instruments in the orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) makes that easy with their Families of the Orchestra resource. Click each instrument name to learn more about it, hear it, and print out small and large images of it. (The large images will look great on an "Instruments of the Orchestra" bulletin board.) Once kids are familiar with the instruments, they will be ready to play the DSO's Musical Instruments Word Scramble. If students run into any scrambled-up word that stumps them, they can always click the "Give Me a Hint" button for a little clue or the "Help Me Out" button, which gives them one letter at a time in its proper position in the word. We're happy to sing the praises of this valuable (and musical) teaching tool!

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Usually we share a new book for children in this space. We're going to depart from the routine this week to share with you news of the debut of an exciting new feature on Education World. Our Best Books for Students and Classroom Teaching Themes feature presents a handful of great books that support dozens of classroom themes. Looking for books to teach about the April Fools, Baseball, Arbor Day, or Cinco de Mayo? Check out Best Books for titles that will help you teach those topics -- and more than 50 others. Best of all, once you've taken a look at our Editors' Choices, click the Readers' Choices link to add your own title to the list! Each month we'll be adding new, timely themes to this new resource for educators. Check out Best Books now.


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

2008 National Migrant Education Conference
The annual conference of the National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education (NASDME) will be in Orlando, Florida, from April 20 - 23, 2008.

Engaging Learners in Literacy
The annual conference of the International Reading Association (IRA) will be in Atlanta, Georgia, from May 4 - 8, 2008.

2008 National PTA Convention
The annual conference of the National PTA will be in San Diego, California, from June 20 - 23, 2008.

If your national non-profit organization's 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 teacher was sitting at her desk grading papers when her first-grade class came back from lunch. Trying to be helpful, little Alice informed the teacher, "Paul has to go to the principal's office."

"Do you know why?" the teacher asked.

"Because he's a following person," Alice replied.

"A what?" asked the teacher.

"A following person," repeated Alice. "You know It came over the loudspeaker 'The following persons are to go to the office'..."

Now go and enjoy your weekend!