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    History: Family Tree Projects

    Mapping out a family tree can be a great opportunity for younger children to learn more about "where they come from." Often, seeing their immediate family drawn out on paper will help them to remember relatives better and understand those relationships of how those relatives are, well, related! For older students, mapping out a family tree also opens the doors to ...
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    The Charter Choice

    At each of these schools, the culture forged around a shared educational vision creates a strong sense of community. Parents choose to send their children, and students know why they are there. The schools tend to be small, which itself allows an intimacy and face-to-face recognition not possible in larger schools. The fact that students are never assigned to a charter ...
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    History:Virtual Reality History Museum

    Grades 6-12 h4. Overview: Students bring a famous person to life. h4. Teacher Preparation: Schedule library or Web surfing time. h4. Procedure Ideas: Students pick famous or important people to research. Look for facts, amusing anecdotes, quotations, etc. about their person. Students use gathered information to create a one-person play or performance piece on their character. They should be knowledgeable enough ...
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    Staff at Charter Schools

    Each charter school has the autonomy to hire staff that fit its program. Gates, for example, hires teachers with specialized certification to work with English language learners. The school also hires a number of part-time teachers to reduce group sizes during core academic instruction and created a position for a teacher leader to oversee the school's complex array of programs. One ...
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    Mission of Charter Schools

    At the heart of each charter school is a well-conceived and powerful mission, a shared educational philosophy that guides decision-making at every level. The spirit of the mission appears in slogans on hall placards, banners, and T-shirts and resounds in chants, assemblies, and informal conversations. In some schools, the mission is to prepare low-income, urban students for higher education, students, for ...
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    Mazes Galore

    Primary Subject - Math Secondary Subjects - Other Grade Level - 3-4 Concepts To Teach: Spatial Reasoning, Directions Write the word MAZES on the board (looks great and attracts attention if written in a graffiti style!) Show some posters of mazes - discuss what the purpose of these are. Blindfold individual students and ask another to verbally lead them through a ...
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    Violence and Psychiatric Evaluation

    h4. Student showing propensity for violence can be required to undergo psychiatric evaluation Michael Demers and his parents filed a federal lawsuit against school officials after he was suspended from school following his refusal to undergo a psychiatric exam. The suit alleged among other things, a violation of Michael’s due process rights. School officials sought to have Michael psychiatrically examined after ...
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    Louisiana Teachers Banded Together

    Louisiana Teachers Banded Together
    Good, Old Fashioned Organizing Louisiana teachers banded together and got the board to listen. By 9 p.m., when Carole White began telling the school board her story, the crowd of 100 teachers watching the hearing since 5 p.m. had dwindled, but the 12 board members were paying close attention. After months of organizing and newspaper publicity, they knew the issue before ...
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    Counting

    Subject - Math Grade Level - K-1 Using your paint program on your computer have students to draw 4 circles, 3 rectangles, 6 squares. Fill in with different colors. Ask how many red circles do you have. How many blue ones and so on.... do the same with rectangles, and squares. With first graders you may have them to write a ...
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    Index Page

    Featured Lesson Plan [photo:27565] Earth Day is celebrated on Tuesday, April 22nd this year. It all started in 1970, when 20 million people celebrated the first Earth Day. What does Earth Day mean to you and your students almost 40 years later? Take part in some of the activities below and discover current Earth Day finding, connect with classroom resources, ...
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    High-Speed Internet for Drop-Outs and Slackers

    High-Speed Internet for Drop-Outs and Slackers
    A new campaign to lower the dropout rate in Los Angeles schools will rely heavily on popular Internet websites such as YouTube and MySpace, as well as radio spots aimed at vulnerable teens, school officials announced Monday. The Los Angeles Unified School District initiative also features a new website, www.MyFutureMyDecision.com. The site highlights alternative ways of earning a diploma and describes ...
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    Raging Debates

    As we near the end of the year, tempers are hot and everyone is stressed. As students complete final assignments and tests, you may be searching for a constructive classroom activity that doesn't require a high level of planning. Consider a debate! Tackle a current event or a legal battle and you're sure to start a conversation. Before you jump in ...
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    Teacher-Bloggers: Is there a line?

    In reading the California Teachers Association magazine, teacher Darren Miller learned that teacher-bloggers’ free-speech rights may be limited by rules barring “immoral or unprofessional conduct.” Or not. The courts haven’t ruled. Related Links Product: Integrating Technology Into Teaching Buy now. Discussion: What do you think about teachers blogging? Talk back. Get the education you need to start earning more. Connect with ...
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    Impact of Federal Support

    Federal support for magnet programs has increased dramatically over the past decade. Since the inception of the Magnet Schools Assistance Program in 1985, over $739 million in MSAP grants has been awarded to a total of 117 school districts (half of all districts having magnet schools). MSAP funding has been effective in encouraging and enabling districts to establish or expand magnet ...
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    Admission Process for Charter Schools

    Parents choose to enroll their children in charter schools, usually entering a lottery for selection when schools are oversubscribed. The schools are free to determine their own governing structures, which include parents and teachers as active members. In all these configurations, autonomy gives charter schools the flexibility to allocate their budgets; hire staff; and create educational programs with curriculum, pedagogy, organizational ...
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    The Challenge to Keep Students in School

    The Challenge to Keep Students in School
    h4. Liberal coalition is first to weigh in with a proposal to improve state schools. After Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared in March that 2008 would be his "year of education reform," people around the state with an interest in public schools began organizing. Researchers, advocates, teachers, parents, politicians - they all want to influence what the governor will focus on next ...
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    Where Is It?

    Submitted by: Lee Robbins Grade level: 2-5 h4. Objective: Students will improve in their ability to describe place and location in their writing. h4. Resources: Numbered small paper objects (about 2 inches tall). This can be seasonal. You could use pumpkins, Christmas trees, even cartoon characters...I used Easter eggs. Number them from 1 to around 20. Each team will need paper ...
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    Government: Getting into World War 2

    Submitted by: Mitchell Franz h4. Grade level: 4-5 h4. Objective: Show the kids what it was like to live in the age of World War 2. h4. Resources: Research Materials h4. Teacher Preparation: Tell them about a research project. h4. Procedure: 1. Interview a person during World War 2 2. Two pages on the facts of World War 2 3. Timeline ...
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