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Mathematical Cartwheels - The Irascible Professor

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Teachers and parents alike will be interested in this parent's saga of their son's experience with an overwhelming advanced math class. Readers should be sure to read the editor's response,...more
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Teachers and parents alike will be interested in this parent's saga of their son's experience with an overwhelming advanced math class. Readers should be sure to read the editor's response, which offers a helpful commentary on when "advanced" coursework becomes excessive. The editor, a faculty member at a California University, publishes commentary on educational issues from time to time.

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Medicating Kids - Frontline - PBS

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The PBS Frontline series tackles the issues surrounding the medication of school-age children for ADHD and other reasons. It's a probing look at the various constituencies and advocate...more
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The PBS Frontline series tackles the issues surrounding the medication of school-age children for ADHD and other reasons. It's a probing look at the various constituencies and advocate groups that drive the debate. In an unusual move, the entire program is avialable on the web for those who have a high-speed connection.

tag(s): adhd (28)

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Teachers will find the section on medications and schools particularly interesting.
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When They Were Young - Library of Congress

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This Library of Congress exhibition showing historic photos of children probably has some academic application. We've included it, however, as an eloquent statement of why children...more
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This Library of Congress exhibition showing historic photos of children probably has some academic application. We've included it, however, as an eloquent statement of why children are important, and why teachers teach. Try showing one of these pictures to your class and asking them to write about what the child in the picture might be thinking or doing.

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Use the images on this site to inspire some creative writing! Allow students to explore the site on classroom computers, picking one of the images to choose as the subject of a creative writing piece. Have students write an essay, poem, editorial - depending on what's being studied, based on what they see in their image. Attach the images to their pieces, and it could make a great display in your classroom too! A fun site for a Literature or Language classroom.

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Prints and Photographs On Line - Library of Congress

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Welcome to the Library of Congress' photo archive. This site offers a searchable database containing thousands of photos all almost any subject. History and social studies teachers...more
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Welcome to the Library of Congress' photo archive. This site offers a searchable database containing thousands of photos all almost any subject. History and social studies teachers will find this a rich resource for "what was life like then?" images, old maps, and other printed matter. Note that not all of these images are guaranteed "copyright free," but this collection was established largely for educational and research uses, so most images are freely usable in that context.

tag(s): air (163), maps (290), posters (38)

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Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing any number of the topics hosted. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about historical events. A great way to get students thinking about the content in a way that's more personal and lecture-less!

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Earth2Class - Columbia University

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This is a site for earth science teachers. It offers a collection of resources, professional development opportunities, and a huge archive of data sources for earth science activities....more
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This is a site for earth science teachers. It offers a collection of resources, professional development opportunities, and a huge archive of data sources for earth science activities. The site itself assumes significant technical capabilities on the part of the user, especially for the use and implementation of the data sets. This site could be a gold mine for teachers with the appropriate technical skills

tag(s): data (148), maps (290)

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Welcome to the Web - Teaching Ideas

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This British introduction to the Web was designed for young children, and that makes it perfect for most adults' first venture into cyberspace. The site offers a step-by-step introduction,...more
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This British introduction to the Web was designed for young children, and that makes it perfect for most adults' first venture into cyberspace. The site offers a step-by-step introduction, taking very small steps indeed. Technology teachers may find this one useful, and the site would also work well for a parent-and-student introduction to the Web.

tag(s): tutorials (47)

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Writing for the Web

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Teachers who are developing on-line materials face a new challenge in the writing style required for these project. While this British treatment is likely overkill for the casual web...more
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Teachers who are developing on-line materials face a new challenge in the writing style required for these project. While this British treatment is likely overkill for the casual web page developer, writers can apply the general principles to even the smallest web endeavor. Mark this one as a useful reference tool.

tag(s): webquests (29), writing (363)

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Character Education Curriculum Resources - Boston University

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The Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at Boston University has created a character education site that is both successful and apolitical. This page offers a reading...more
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The Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at Boston University has created a character education site that is both successful and apolitical. This page offers a reading list, information on the Six E's of character education, and a large collection of lesson plans and ideas that integrate character education with other subject areas.

tag(s): characterization (16), social skills (20)

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Teachers will want to explore the lesson themes in detail; each introduces many possibilities.

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My Hero

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Here is proof that you need not be famous to be a hero. This site offers capsule biographies of hundreds of people who have made remarkable contributions to our world ...more
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Here is proof that you need not be famous to be a hero. This site offers capsule biographies of hundreds of people who have made remarkable contributions to our world through their lives and activities. There are featured heroes and a large collection of biographies indexed by theme. This is a great site for students who ask, "Sure, but what can I do...?"

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Indiana Clearinghouse for Citizenship and Character Education - ERIC

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This ERIC Clearinghouse is a searchable collection of resources on character education in a variety of school and community settings. Parents and educators alike may find useful information...more
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This ERIC Clearinghouse is a searchable collection of resources on character education in a variety of school and community settings. Parents and educators alike may find useful information here, but the wide range of content will require some thorough examination to ensure that resources are easily adaptable to local circumstances.

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BullyingUK - Family Lives

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This British site offers a very complete resource, and its foreign origin may offer a slightly different spin from that encountered on American sites. Teachers and parents alike should...more
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This British site offers a very complete resource, and its foreign origin may offer a slightly different spin from that encountered on American sites. Teachers and parents alike should find the content useful, and there is a deep well of content submitted by students. American users should note that both the legal situation and the school rules in Britain can differ from that in the US in some significant respects.

tag(s): behavior (47), bullying (50)

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Assistive Technology in Schools - WestEd

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This site offers a broad collection of ideas, resources, and best practice discussions regarding the uses of assistive technology in schools. While the precise applicability of these...more
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This site offers a broad collection of ideas, resources, and best practice discussions regarding the uses of assistive technology in schools. While the precise applicability of these resources will depend on local circumstances and student populations, this site could be a live-saver for teachers suddenly faced with a special education technology need.

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Characteristics of Giftedness - Memphis Public Schools

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Is this child gifted? This page includes an easy to understand chart compares attributes of bright children to those who are truly gifted. ...more
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Is this child gifted? This page includes an easy to understand chart compares attributes of bright children to those who are truly gifted.

tag(s): gifted (94)

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Keep this handy reference to use when you have questions about one of your students or to share with parents at conferences. FInd out how gifted referrals are handled in your school, and use this as a reference as part of the process.

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Giftedness and Preschoolers

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Practical advice on identifying and nurturing your gifted pre-school student at home. Includes descriptions of creative activities you can do with your child outside of school to encourage...more
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Practical advice on identifying and nurturing your gifted pre-school student at home. Includes descriptions of creative activities you can do with your child outside of school to encourage critical thinking skills and creativity.

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Learning Photoshop 6 - Trainingtools.com

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Trainingtools.com offers a very complete, nicely illustrated guide to using Photoshop 6 in this online tutorial. The site is particularly useful because the content outline is always...more
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Trainingtools.com offers a very complete, nicely illustrated guide to using Photoshop 6 in this online tutorial. The site is particularly useful because the content outline is always available, and the content is presented a single screen at a time. This tutorial will be particularly useful for those not familiar with Adobe's unique approach to user interface.

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Presentation Skills

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Designed for use in the business world, this site offers a straightforward set of pointers on making effective oral presentations. Teachers might find this one useful as a public speaking...more
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Designed for use in the business world, this site offers a straightforward set of pointers on making effective oral presentations. Teachers might find this one useful as a public speaking resource or a resource students could use for planning oral reports.

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Threat Assessment Seminars - U.S. Secret Service

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The U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Education are conducting an ongoing series of seminars for school and public safety personnel in how to measure and deflect threats involving...more
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The U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Education are conducting an ongoing series of seminars for school and public safety personnel in how to measure and deflect threats involving schools and/or students. This site offers information and registration information.

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No Child Left Behind - US Government

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President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education effort now has its own web site. You'll find a section for parents, a downloadable Powerpoint presentation, and other information about...more
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President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education effort now has its own web site. You'll find a section for parents, a downloadable Powerpoint presentation, and other information about the new education law signed in January. Teachers may want to add this site to their list of bookmarks on federal education policy.

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Inspiration Tutorial

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Here's a step-by-step Inspiration tutorial for those already familiar with the software. The site includes links to examples and related information. ...more
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Here's a step-by-step Inspiration tutorial for those already familiar with the software. The site includes links to examples and related information.

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No Child Left Behind - Analysis from LearningFirst

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Learning First is a consortium of major education associations. This page contains a link to their analysis of the new Education Act, especially the changes it will impose on teachers,...more
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Learning First is a consortium of major education associations. This page contains a link to their analysis of the new Education Act, especially the changes it will impose on teachers, schools, and school districts. Teachers should find this perspective especially useful.

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