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Archive for the ‘February 2013’ Category

Problem Based Learning – 1,2,3

By Hal Portner • Feb 1st, 2013
Want your students to develop high-level communication skills? The ability to arrive at informed judgments? The ability to function in a global community? Flexibility, persistence, and resourcefulness? Try Problem-Based Learning.


The Finger Exercises of Rhetoric

By Todd R. Nelson • Feb 1st, 2013
We may be tempted to think that writing doesn't matter as much as it used to, or that the rules have changed. There is a tantalizing visual over-stimulation to our age. Still, the written word abounds. Contemporary texts may be conveyed in digital bytes rather than paper and ink—the medium is, in part, the message—but we are still writers and readers.


Society of Physics Students

By Teachers.Net News Desk • Feb 1st, 2013
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) was formed in 1968 “to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.” This website contains a panoply of material on professional conferences and related activities, while this particular section focuses in on educational opportunities. The materials here are divided into nine primary areas, including Career Resources, Undergraduate Research Resources, General Physics Sites, and Physics Publications.


Engineering as a Career – Resources

By Teachers.Net News Desk • Feb 1st, 2013
The American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) was founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, and has grown since that time to include over 120,000 members in over 150 countries. This section of their website brings together a clutch of resources for those seeking to learn about career paths in the field. All told, there are four items here: “Mechanical Engineering A to Z,” “+Mechanical Engineer?,” and “Why Knot? A Little Fun With Mechanical Engineering.”


Apple Seeds – Quotes for Educators

By Barb Stutesman • Feb 1st, 2013

01-01:  No one ever regarded the first day of January with indifference.  ~ Charles Lamb

01-02:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.   ~ …



Victims, Victimizers – Bullying in Cyberspace

By Robert Rose • Feb 1st, 2013
Everyone focuses on the bully (victimizer) as it seems that if you catch him, convict him, and punish him there will be no more bullying. My approach as a parent and a teacher changed when I began seeing each as a “child in PAIN.” Once I changed my mindset I was able to handle him more calmly. I didn’t lecture him, but told him this. “When you’ve been hurt by others it’s human to want to hurt others, so tell me who has been hurting you.”


Tweets for Teachers

By Teachers.Net News Desk • Feb 1st, 2013
All month we'll be adding interesting Tweets posted by teachers on Twitter. Tweets will contain wisdom, tips and great links, so check back often during February!


12 Ways to Build a Caring Classroom Community

By Susan Fitzell • Feb 1st, 2013
Research indicates that student achievement increases when students feel comfortable in their learning environment. A caring classroom is not only comfortable; it allows the teacher to spend more time teaching and less time handling student conflicts. Listed below are twelve practical, do-able ways to foster a positive learning environment so that your students’ focus will be on learning.


“Why Can’t I Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?” Here’s why!

By Teachers.Net News Desk • Feb 1st, 2013
If daily reading begins in infancy, by the time the child is five years old, he or she has been fed roughly 900 hours of brain food. Reduce that experience to just 30 minutes a week and the child’s hungry mind loses 770 hours of nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and stories.


How to Present a Workshop that Really Works

By Hal Portner • Feb 1st, 2013
Usually, new presenters - and many veteran ones as well - are clear about the content they will present, and they generally assume they can trust their teaching experience to guide the process and keep their interactions with adult participants on the right track. However, I’ve found that quite a few presenters don’t know what they don’t know. That is to say, they don’t realize the extent to which they will have to plan and prepare.


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