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Virginia Journal of Education

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Norfolk Member Pens
Inspiration Book

"Why are we losing so many students to the streets?" asks Education Association of Norfolk member LaTonya Wyche Ricks, a teacher at Dreamkeepers Academy. One reason, she thinks, is that we're not reaching out to enough young people, helping them believe in themselves. In response, Ricks has written The Empowered Youth Experiment, a book designed especially for 'tweens and teenagers. It's an easy read, meant to be finished in about 20 minutes, and aims to help youngsters and young adults think positively and raise their sights.

The book can be purchased for $9.95 on .

Olympic Themes Help
Younger Students

The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing are on the horizon, so now might be a good time to visit Kids Base Camp at the U.S. Olympic Team website. There, your students can meet helpful characters, such as Joe Bob Bear, Marty Moose, Rusty Raccoon, Sissy Skunk and Slug, who will help them learn about some Olympic ideals.

Students can view cartoons about teamwork, persistence and discipline; play games; learn about Olympic athletes of the past and present; learn fun facts about some of the countries competing and the equipment that will be used; and work through printable activities and worksheets.

To learn more, visit .

Federal Agency
Publishes Guides

The federal government's Institute of Education Sciences was created five years ago, within the Education Department, to be a source of research and information for educators. One of its outreach efforts has been the creation of practice guides, which offer information on research-based best practices.

The Institute has recently released two new practice guides, one on ways to encourage girls in math and science, and one offering suggestions to teachers on how they might best design instruction to improve learning. These two new guides join the first one, issued last year, dealing with teaching English-language learners.

For information about the guides and the Institute and its resources, visit .

Calling on
'Dr. Math'

From the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division challenges of elementary school, through the graphing, probability and algebra problems of middle school, right up to the calculus, trigonometry and fractals struggles in high school, Dr. Math stands ready to help. Produced by the Math Forum at Drexel University, Dr. Math can answer your questions, help you work out problems, and offer a treasure trove of math knowledge. There's also a "teacher-to-teacher" function that allows you to consult with colleagues from around the world.

To check it out, go to .



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