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NHN: 2/8/05 NETHAPPENINGS NEWSLETTER #14

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Dear Readers,

Net Happenings Newsletter, launched by the Educational
CyberPlayGround, features both news and resources.
Karen Ellis* Founder of the Educational CyberPlayGround invites
others to help sponsor NHN sent to members of the NetHappenings Mailing List.

Written by Classroom Teacher Alan Haskvitz
1997 National Teacher's Hall of Fame
All USA Today First Team Teacher
Reader's Digest Hero in Education
Cherry International Award for Outstanding Teachers
1994 National Middle Level Teacher of the Year (NCSS)
[w] http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Ringleaders/al.html

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IN THIS ISSUE
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IN THE NEWS

Getting Students Involved in Good Projects to help soldiers, cancer victims
Summer homework ruled legal
Is technology hurting real learning?
School uses video conferencing to talk to soliders overseas
Tsunami schools try to start over
School superintendent raps NCLB
NCLB statistics questioned
Spelling sworn in as new Secretary of Education

INTERESTING SITES

The law and IEPS: How to write and understand them. Large link site.
Sequenced Lesson Plans: Most core subjects up to grade nine
National Atlas of the United States
The best new search engine for students: Kartoo

SITES YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW EXISTED

Two minute radio programs about child labor with lesson plans
WalMart: A lesson plan that teaches students how to think using WalMart as a case study.
Plant or animal: A discovery lesson plan
A costume history: including leisure suits
Teachers Flea Market
Internet's very first online dance course.
The Pizzazz of Jazz:  The Sanas (Irish etymology) of Jazz

QUOTES

FACTOIDS

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IN THE NEWS
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A very special program to have your students complete cards for those in need.
National Hall of Fame Teacher Dr. Larry BARAN, and hopefully four time
cancer survivor, is the Project ROSEBUDS Program Director and has a few thousand Arlington National Cemetery boutionniere left for students to easily put together and write a note upon before shipping. In addition, he has several thousand Cancer Rose of Hope for this year also. These are very simple to do. A great service learning project.
The address is PROJECTROSEBUDS@YAHOO
http://www.projectrosebuds.com

Homework rules legal over the summer
A Whitnall High School student and his father have filed a lawsuit against the boy's math teacher that seeks to bar teachers from requiring homework over the summer. He lost the case.
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/main.jhtml?xml=/education/2005/01/27/t
eftech27.xml
>

School uses video conferencing to talk with troops overseas. The ultimate
primary resource.
<http://www.hometownsource.com/2005/January/31waa.html>

Tsunami schools try to start over
An interview with those trying to reopen the schools and the psychological
damage done to children by the water.
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4215775.stm>

The federal No Child Left Behind needs fixing, according to grade school
superintendent Ed Allen.
<http://www.pantagraph.com/stories/013005/new_20050130014.shtml>

Editorial questions NCLB and the statistics used by the previous federal
Secretary of Education
<http://www.educationnews.org/wesley-elementary-a-hoax.htm>

Margaret Spelling sworn in as Secretary of Education
Sites negative statistics: "Today, only about 60 out of every 100 students
entering our public high schools in four years ever make it to graduation."
<http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/01/20050131-1.html>

Margaret Spellings says The Bush administration has no plans
to impose price controls on college tuition or to extend strict
accountability measures to postsecondary institutions,
the new U.S. secretary of education,
http://chronicle.com/prm/daily/2005/02/2005020701n.htm

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INTERESTING SITES
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Learn about the law and how to write and understand IEPs: A large link site
<http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/ieps.html>

Downloadable lesson plans for most core subjects laid out by days and weeks.
In sequence, in other words.
<http://www.glc.k12.ga.us/seqlps/homepg.htm>

The National Atlas of the United States
A zillion printable maps more or less
<http://nationalatlas.gov/>

The best new search engine uses visual aids to help students quickly learn
how to search. If you don't check this out you're missing a great resource.
http://www.kartoo.com

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SITES YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW EXISTED
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Two-minutes radio shows about child labor and lesson plans, too. More
<http://congress.indiana.edu/radio_series/child_labor_law.php>

WalMart right or wrong: A lesson plan to teach thinking skills
<http://www.teachablemoment.org/high/walmart.html>

Plant or animal: A discovery lesson plan
<http://www.michigan.gov/scope/0,1607,7-155-10710_10722_10729-41283--,00.html>

A costume history: including leisure suits
Dates from ancient to pre-Janice Jackson
<http://www.costumepage.org/tcpinfo2.html>

Teachers Flea Market
Barter, exchange, and keep you off the highways.
<http://www.teachersfleamarket.com/>

Welcome the the Internet's very first online dance course.
http://nfo.net/dance/index.html

The hidden influence of Irish and Scots-Gaelic on what we call American English.
The Secret Irish Traveller Bain-Fhile (Woman-Poet) of 
"Whoopie Ti Yi Yo, Git Along Little Dogies"
The Pizzazz of Jazz:  The Sanas (Irish etymology) of Jazz
The Irish and Scots Gaelic Sanas of Fizz, Fizzle, and Sizzle
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Linguistics/irish.html

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QUOTES
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Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and
those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather
flowers.  ~Author Unknown

Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of
us.  They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how
we use them.  ~Author Unknown

"There's nothing as stupid as an educated man, if you can get him off the
thing he was educated in."  ~ Will Rogers.

Work like you don't need the money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
Dance like nobody's watching,
Sing like nobody's listening,
Live like it's Heaven on Earth!".   [source unknown]

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FACTOIDS
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Since 1993, salaries have actually declined in a third of the US

Lowest per-pupil spending for 2002-03: Utah ($4,907), Arizona ($5,197),
Alabama ($5,418), Arkansas ($5,789) and Mississippi ($5,822)

Average teacher salaries declined in 18 states over the past 10 years in
real, inflation-adjusted dollars.

Last fall, nearly 400,000 additional children entered the nation's
classrooms, representing the 19th consecutive rise in school enrollment.



Thanks for reading,

Al
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