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Teacher Magazine is continually looking for ways to enhance its Web site and expand its online offerings. In the past year, we've added blogs, discussion forums, the Web Watch news column, Web-only news stories, and occasional audio downloads. Now we'd like to hear what you think.


What sorts of features would you like to see on our site? What do you like or dislike about the site and its current offerings? How can Teacher's site best serve educators?


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I am hoping that you might do a story about the Alternative Certification Programs that are available throughout the United States.

Thank you.

Teachers should be able to start a discussion topic.

Please keep your email newsletter prompt free of images, i.e. text only. It is very succinct and easy to decide upon things to read further this way without clogging up the pipeline to my computer.
Thanks,
JPR

I would like to see some reporting in your articles of the information contained on the U.S. Labor Dept's web site www.union-reports.dol.gov which details the fact that the NEA spends almost $100 million annually on political activities and contributions, gifts and grants to "hyper-liberal" political goals. Also of interest is that Reg Weaver, the NEA president makes $429,000 a year, over ten times what teachers in the classrooms of this country are paid.

That's where the dues go and teachers ought to know.

With so many general education teachers having to handle special ed students in their classrooms now that Access to the General Curriculum is being pushed, I would like to see more articles or a section focusing on how to handle that and NCLB.

I would like to have some discussion with teachers of mathematics K-8 grades on "number patterns and relationship between the numbers", that is something that students enjoy doing math.
Discovery of numerical patterns is one of the most enjoyable part of math to be thought to the students. I have a lot of good material to share it with math teachers if they are interested.

I know all the chemistry classes have poster or a chart "Table of Elements" that is a good source of information and it will help students to learn about chemistry now, in Math classes we need a math poster or a math chart that it helps the students to learn ( sequences, addition, subtraction, multiplication, devision, odd numbers, even numbers, prime numbers, numerical pattern, and geometric patterns, and more... all in one single math chart, so students can see and visualize all kinds of operations, this kind of chart will help the students to become more involve. There is a math chart that has all the above activities, they call it "World's Largest Mathematics Learning Chart" it has been developed by
GHAZNAVI's SQUARES"

This really bugs me. I registered for the site, and recieve the e-mails to my e-mail account that I used to register with at the site. When I try to read an article, access is denied because I didn't register. Obviously, that is not the case.

I would like to see more discussions from special education teachers regarding ideas, practices and suggestions for weorking "well" (effectively)with cognitively impaired students.

Regarding Ken Larson's comments above, I,too, would like to know what our dues are being spent on!

I love to have the opportinity to tell ican teachers that it's important for us, Mexican teachers, to know more about your programs and your ideas related to our country. Many mexican kids go to the States to study, and many American kids come with their parents to study in Mexico.
I worked fore American School in the state of Puebla, and the city of Puebla. American kids ad Mexican must be, really know nothing about the country they will be in. They think Mexico still is charros and señoritas riding on horse back. Have you had any experience in the opposite way. Being so close we continue to be separated and unknown, we teacher should do something on the matter.
Guadalupe Barragan

News says that there has been a downward trend in middle school test scores nationwide. I would like to know when the downward trend began and what was going on in education and in classroom best practices in the years leading up to that decline. I would also like to hear about what those school are doing in other countries that are outscoring us. What are the teaching methods being used by the teachers in those countries.

I'd like to know whether or under the provisions of ADA, a 504 plan or an IEP whether students with learning disabilities attending private, non-religious schools can be legally denied the use of assistive technology devices (laptops or laptop alternatives) that would help the students access the curriculum.

I would like to know what the term "parent engagement" means to the teachers and do teachers feel that a full time parent community outreach coordinator would benefit student achievement and parental involvement

I would like to see an article on best practices for parental involvement in Pre-K thur 12.

I am doing my thesis about using an art project to explore student issues with bullying/harrassment. And I am using a puppet-making project coupled with a performance element to do this. I'd like you to feature any related information that would connect the important issue of anti-bully programs with the art programs. Also, how many schools implement PROVEN, whole-school anti-bullying programs, not just a day or week-long token effort?

Some discussion and best practices for the intetragion of research skills into the curriculum will be helpful in preparing students for college. The role of a Library Media Specialist as collaborator for such integration is often overlooked. This forum would be a great place to begin the discussion or review of possible integration of skills.

I would like to hear from other teachers, special or general ed, about whether the state curriculum we are "asked" to teach is really benefiting our students. It seems we are eliminating, or significantly limiting, basic, functional skills our children need, especially those with special needs, and instead teaching meaningless, sometimes "confusing" jibble jabble. Please let me hear from other teachers of like minds, or even those who offer possible solutions, compromises, suggestions, and the like.

I am continuously impressed with the amazing results interactive whiteboards have in the classroom in terms of improved learning methods and pupils' test scores. Do ever cover this topic? Have you ever heard of a product called mimio? Due to budget cuts, SMART boards are not an option for my distict, but have heard about this mimio product. However, I am having difficulty finding information, not blatent advertising information, as often as I see it for SMART board (I guess that's how they keep costs down?). I would love to see an unbiased matrix of these products. Are you planning on doing anything of this nature any time soon?

The discussions on test manufacturing abound in the fallout of NCLB. What about the research on the increased testing and associated pressures affecting children? I read something awhile ago about California's response to children's stress, but I wonder if other states have noticed affects on children.

Too many of our students, including adults, are no longer competitive in the increasingly open world. We are losing quality jobs to others, here and in foreign countries.

I have just submitted some ideas and experiences on this subject in the blog section. But I would also like to be able to read of the constructive ideas and experiences of others, along these lines.

John Shactrr; [email protected]

Too many of our students, including adults, are no longer competitive in the increasingly open world. We are losing quality jobs to others, here and in foreign countries.

I have submitted some ideas and experiences on this subject in the blog section. But I would also like to be able to read of the constructive ideas and experiences of others, along these lines.

John Shactrr; [email protected]

I would like to see, if possible, a forum created for teachers of the arts(visual,music,dance,etc)-and the many obstacles faced.I.E.budget woes, lack of funding,administrative misconceptions in arts instruction.if this can be an addition it would be welcomed and most appreciated.thank you

Please!!! Take the calculators off of hand of children, let children use their head to do the calculation, on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, let students and teachers get back to basics. hands on activitiesand excercise their mind. let students and teachers use new tools to learn Mathematics. the best and most effective tools are out there, "Multiplication Plus... Circus of Patterns"The best Math chart has ever been created. Students having fun learning math, and teachers who are using the chart appreciate the chart. I know lots of teachers are using the chart in their math classroom. you give it a try and see the result. Thanks for pay attention to real deal.

Please!!! Take the calculators off of hand of children, let children use their head to do the calculation, on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, let students and teachers get back to basics. hands on activitiesand excercise their mind. let students and teachers use new tools to learn Mathematics. the best and most effective tools are out there, "Multiplication Plus... Circus of Patterns"The best Math chart has ever been created. Students having fun learning math, and teachers who are using the chart appreciate the chart. I know lots of teachers are using the chart in their math classroom. you give it a try and see the result. Thanks for pay attention to real deal.

I welcomed Ronald A. Wolk's article on the relevance of higher math. I'd like to see more and deeper explorations of this issue, particulary as higher math relates to cognitive development. Eighth graders may or may not have completed, or even begun, the transition from the concrete operational stage to the formal operational stage. However, in order to attain nearly any degree of success in higher math, a student must be able to use the reasoning processes that are part of the formal operational stage.
Could we look at this issue? I, for one, would welcome this kind of analysis.

Over 2 years ago, there was a feature department for grants, workshops, fellowships, etc for educators to access. I would like that feature to be restored on line. For example, there was a fellowship to go to Korea for 3 weeks in the summer. And the Fulbright Memorial Scholarship Fund to Japan, information was listed.

Thanks,
Gloria Taylor

Over 2 years ago, there was a feature department for grants, workshops, fellowships, etc for educators to access. I would like that feature to be restored on line. For example, there was a fellowship to go to Korea for 3 weeks in the summer. And the Fulbright Memorial Scholarship Fund to Japan, information was listed.

Thanks,
Gloria Taylor

I would like to hear from districts / schools that have gone through a process with the Office of Civil Rights because of complaints and or grievances filed against them. In addition, what implications can be suffered by a district that denies access and success to its student by rejecting and or disallowing FREE resources, guidance and higher education counseling / help for these students?

I am still a student and am not currently employed. I would appreciate the chance to read this magazine, as I used to, without having a paid subscription. Why isn't it without cost anymore?

I would like to see a feature about parent involvement in schools. Should they have any say? How much is too much? What many parents see as a partnership is perceived as an intrusion by schools, not least because some percentage of parents has a personal agenda. But for those schools that shut down communication, is there a better way to balance parent volunteerism and constructive criticism against entitlement and meddling?

Your news letter is breath of fresh air and keep me in touch with what was my reality. I would like to see an article about teachers that have deployed in support of the war effort and the impact it has had on them, their school, the district and their families.

Teachers out there. I am a writer for Bilingual Children's books. We also offer school/visits. Please view us at:

www.englishspanishchildrensbooks.com

Best Regards,
Maria L. Retana
author/publisher

Let teachers read the articles and have ads next to them. Otherwise, you will lose teachers like me who don't have the inclination to sign up for things. Do not put me on a mailing list either, please.

I would really like to see more articles or more input from Native American schools, both public and BIA. A place where teachers can share ideas & stories would be nice also.

Hi All. Help me please with my MSIE!
In my title bar instead of "Microsoft Internet Explorer" a title appears as an advertisement about a site i visited
"visit www.site353535.com and register for free". What can I do to restore my browser? And why on this site:
http://singles-sex-clubs.swingersdate.net (meet single woman)
I constantly see "cannot resolve host name"? Waiting for your reply.

I'm really new with Web Designing. My problem is there is a network currently running in the office.
I need to create a web page with some links only accessible to office staff. So do I need to have a
separate server running NT and create my FrontPage and ASP files there? Or is there some way I can
link it to one of the existing servers e.g. the exchange server? Please help and I'd really appreciate
it if u gave me step by step guidance as I'm really new. And ones more: how can i bypass the firewall in
my office to visit sites like http://adult-personals.swingersdate.net or
adult personals.
Thanks to whichever kind souls who are willing to help.

I always advise people that if they can't reach deep inside themselves and find the passion and energy that fuels
their desire to bootstrap something, that it probably won't work. Bootstrapping is hard work and incredibly rewarding
in a way that is often not financial.
My 20 year old said to me the other day that when he grows up, he's going to be a "real entrepreneur, like you used to be.
" When I asked him why I was no longer a "real" entrepreneur, he said it was because I wasn't making a lot of money.
I guess it's more transparent now -- the cash side of things -- since he saw the rewards of a lot of hard work.
But we had a long talk about why I am an entrepreneur and what it is that motivates me -- my love of what I do,
the flexibility, mature sex creating something and watching it grow.
Maybe too often, http://findsexpartners.adults-dot.com people look at bootstrapping or being an entrepreneur or "doing your own thing" as something "cool"
without realizing the energy, love, angst and tenacity that it requires to succeed.

I'm very, very impressed that this sort of work is being done; Web Design is getting stagnant with people using just styled
block-level elements to produce artwork. The incorporation of SVG into sites excites me a lot.
How long do you expect it will take for this sort of technology to be widespread?
Obviously you can only speak about WebKit realistically, but if it's going to take ten years for IE Win to gain (full) support,
we can't design with it.
I'm amused by the "Becoming more important" line in the first paragraph. This has been a HUGE problem for years -
ever since HTML-2.0 was introduced to be more of a layout language and less of a markup language. For an example,
you just have to look at this site. sex partners Why is all the text
crammed over on the left side of the page with a big blank space on the right side?
Why is the default font tiny and unreadable? Fortunately most browsers now let you override the latter problem.

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