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December 2014
Vol 11 No 12
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How to Honor Diversity Without Inhibiting Holiday Joy - The Universal Liturgy of Light
By Todd R. Nelson

As a school principal, I've wrestled for years to find a satisfying expression of seasonal joy and inspiration while working in a diverse religious or irreligious community. It's hard to find a universal constant, without deference to a particular religious doctrine or text or community. What tradition can we all embrace at this time of year without making the moment fraught with conflict or overlap or over-sensitivity regarding individual religious tradition?

We've come to call the school concert "the winter concert," not even the holiday concert. Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Kwanza all blend as "winter vacation." We select and balance the songs and music originating in different traditions in order to be inclusive - all good. The words of well wishing often catch in the utterance. "Merry Christmas," said a fourth grader to her Jewish teacher. Ooops! "It's OK to wish me Merry Christmas," said her teacher! Language and religious traditions collide; graciousness and understanding trump the inadvertent over-sensitivities. We deal....

From the Teachers.Net Community

The Importance of Play – How to Explain it to Parents and Others

By Cheryl Hatch

We’ve often heard it said that preschool play IS a child’s work. Many parents see their children playing at school in your interest centers and will ask, “When do they …

7 Simple Ways to Introduce Technology into the Classroom

By Susan Fitzell

Technology is not meant to be cumbersome, nor should it be treated as an add-on or a substitute for a regular lesson plan. Showing a movie on a day when …

Moccasins You DON’T Want to Walk In – Race and the Insidious Bias of “American Exceptionalism”

By Teachers.Net Community

The General Interest Chatboard at Teachers.Net was dominated by discussions about recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, where a grand jury did not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death …

Educator’s Guide to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children

By Leah Davies, M.Ed.

It is estimated that one to two percent of American children have OCD and that a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment are often unavailable. A child with OCD may exhibit …

PEMDAS: Effective Math Tool or Inaccurate Memory Trick?

By Teachers.Net Community

While PEMDAS may get kids through a grade successfully, it doesn’t provide rigor nor depth of knowledge nor understanding. And a year or two later many (most?) of them will …

Circa News – Voted Best App

By Internet Scout Report

Voted Best App by the App Store way back in 2013, Circa has been improving its services ever since.

Teaching The US Legislative Process

By Internet Scout Report

A helpful resource for teachers of social studies, government and civics.

Children’s Book Series: Alphabet Anatomy by Linda Jones

By Teachers.Net News Desk

In Alphabet Anatomy, the letters come to life based upon their distinct graphic features to entertain and teach children as they reveal what they do when they’re not busy making …

Dawn Patrol Comic Books to Honor RAF pilots

By Teachers.Net News Desk

The Dawn Patrol is a comic book project created to honor RAF pilots and others who fought in the Battle of Britain in 1940, and to honor all soldiers and …

Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.11 No.12 December 2014

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Making Deals Is Ineffective
Cover Story by Todd R. Nelson
How to Honor Diversity Without Inhibiting Holiday Joy - The Universal Liturgy of Light
More Teacher Articles...
»How the Teacher Stole Christmas - 5 Lessons Inspired By The GrinchJennifer Davis Bowman Ed.D.
»The Importance of Play - How to Explain it to Parents and OthersCheryl Hatch
»FFA: Not What You Might Think - Interdisciplinary Learning All Students NeedSarah Powley
»7 Simple Ways to Introduce Technology into the ClassroomSusan Fitzell
»Student-Centered Learning - Where Do You Fit In?Tina Bacolas
»Moccasins You DON'T Want to Walk In - Race and the Insidious Bias of "American Exceptionalism"Teachers.Net Community
»Exciting Crafts, Lessons, Activities for DecemberTeachers.Net Resources
»Educator's Guide to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in ChildrenLeah Davies, M.Ed.
»Record US High School Graduation Rate of Black and Hispanic YouthStewart Brekke
»PEMDAS: Effective Math Tool or Inaccurate Memory Trick?Teachers.Net Community
»Apple Seeds - Quotes for EducatorsBarb Stutesman
»Teaching The US Legislative ProcessInternet Scout Report
»Circa News - Voted Best AppInternet Scout Report
»Children's Book Series: Alphabet Anatomy by Linda JonesNews Desk
»National Priorities Project on Federal Budget Offers Free Lesson Plans, WebinarsInternet Scout Report
»Dawn Patrol Comic Books to Honor RAF pilotsNews Desk
»Halloween or Halaal-o-weenShabana Jameel

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