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From: Christine Besack (mrsbeeswax_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun May 11 2003 - 05:47:24 PDT

Hi All,
I forwarded this update I receive regularly from Teachers First , they always have top notch , current info for teachers. (art included ) I always find at least two or three references that I can use.
The first article mentioned is a very important topic in light of recent events in the news.

Hope this helps, Christine Besack :)
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Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2003 8:38 AM
Subject: TeachersFirst Update - May 12, 2003

 TeachersFirst Update - May 12, 2003
 Helping Troubled Students

This spring seems to have brought on another rash of highly publicized incidents of school violence. Most teachers have a sixth sense about students who are in need of help, but finding ways to get help to those who need it is often a problem. TeachersFirst has just released a new article on "threat assessment" a fearsome-sounding phrase for identifying and helping troubled students. Communication is the key, and this is something with which every teacher in every building can help. We hope you will take a few minutes to read this one, and to pass it along to your colleagues. Somewhere in your school there's a student who will one day thank you for it. You can find our new article at:

 Springtime Blues

Spring is one of our favorite school seasons, and one of our favorite primary-level spring lessons deals with "blues" - the color that is. It's a second grade reading lesson based on Blueberries for Sal and other books with "blue" titles. This is one of those that doesn't take lots of materials but can be rewarding for teachers and students alike. You can find "I've Got the Blues" at:

 Summer Reading Resources

Spring means summer cannot be far away, and summer reading is often a challenge. TeachersFirst and our companion TeachersAndFamilies site have great solutions: a collection of over 500 books that are viewable by both age level and theme. There are synopses and author and title resources available for many titles. For even more information, users can click on a book cover to see the title's listing at This is a great page to use for your own reading lists, and we hope you'll also pass it along to students and their parents. Our reading suggestions begin at:

 Up in the Air

Science and social studies who want to plan ahead should know that the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC is this September. A number of commemorative events and web activities are in the works; some are already available. This is a great opportunity for teaching science, inventions, American history, or any of several other related areas. TeachersFirst has lots of flight-related resources available; more are on the way. You can see our collection at:


Missing Mail?

We've had several notes recently from folks whose weekly Updates had not arrived. Both commercial ISPs and school servers are increasingly using software to filter "spam" email. Even though our mailing list requires a sign-up, some systems may be blocking your weekly Update. We're working hard to modify our procedures to reduce this likelihood. If you've been receiving our Updates at school and they're suddenly missing, please check with your technology staff; they may be able to correct the problem.

Featured Sites

This week's features include great sites about art, electricity, college planning, and lots more. The features never move; they're at:

 That should cover it for this week. We're always interested in hearing from you. Please send comments, questions, or ideas to - You really do make a difference.


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