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Volume 3 Number 10

"Everybody loves hummingbirds, and they are wonderful tools to excite students about learning."

That quote from a classroom teacher is the basic premise of Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project...

October Columns
October Articles
October Regular Features
October Informational Items
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Also in this issue:

Effective Practices Apply to All Teachers Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Given Names - When NOT to Use Them and when TO Use Them Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
10 Tips for the Best Parent Conferences Ever! Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Assessment of Online Discussions Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman & George París Conway
Internet Security for Kids Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Talking about the Six Traits and Quality Writing The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
Primary Sites Grades Pre-K to 3 The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
That's Novel! 4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Apple Seeds: Inspirational quotes by Barb Erickson
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Featured Schools
October Poem
Frost at Midnight
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • IEPs According to Dr. Suess
  • Soda Pop Lawyers by Goose
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Harvest/Pumpkin Poems and Songs from the Lesson Bank
    Tic-Tac-Toe Homework from Jennifer Poe & Literature Circle Role Sheets from Donna Baker
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Trouble in Little Texas by Rhonda Henson, This is the Kind Of Moment I Live For by Bill T 7 NC, Random Act of Kindness Today by MaryB, and MORE...
    Least Restrictive Environment -- For All, Ward or Intensive Care? from Teachers.Net Chatboard
    Upcoming Creativity Workshops: Creative Writing, Drawing, Storytelling, and Personal Memoir from: Karen Bell
    Kidsworld Launched from: Judy Lastrina

    The Teachers.Net Gazette is a cooperative publication by and for members of the Teachers.Net community. We accept for consideration brief articles (approximately 350-2500 words) on topics of interest to educators. Articles should be fully edited, spell checked, and ready for publication. Send submissions by e-mail to along with a brief biography written in third person. A digital photo (headshot) is desirable but optional. Teachers.Net reserves the right to edit articles accepted for publication.
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    Bill Hilton Jr.
    Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project

    "The Hummingbird Project," a unique initiative that challenges, connects, and teaches student observers through the Internet. In Operation RubyThroat, participants observe the Ruby-throated Hummingbird in their home countries and share information with peers across North and Central America...

    Cover Story
    Harry & Rosemary Wong
    Effective Practices Apply to All Teachers

    The effective teacher is someone who can take an idea or technique, even if it is not related to education, and transform it into something that will apply to a personal situation. The effective teacher is a creative teacher---one who can THINK, REFLECT and IMPLEMENT...

    Dr. Marvin Marshall
    Given Names
    When NOT to Use Them and when TO Use Them

    It is a given that all students will not be attracted to all teachers. It is also a given that respect, rather than being liked, is the hallmark of great teachers. But chances of achieving both are far greater through encouragement and empowerment than by saying, "Call me by my first name."...

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    Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
    Meet our Antarctic Guide
    A conversation with
    USCG LT Marshall Branch

    Coast Guard LT. Marshall Branch is the officer and helicopter pilot who initiated and will be coordinating the e-mails from Antarctica Project with Teachers.Net and classroom teachers who sign up to participate...

    Full story
    Barbara Gruber & Sue Gruber
    10 Tips for the Best Parent Conferences Ever!

    Parent Conference week is such a busy time for teachers. Do you feel like you might as well live at school during parent conference time? Here are the ideas you need to turn conference time into a positive experience for parents and for you...

    Leslie Bowman &
    George Conway

    Assessment of Online Discussions

    Assessment of discussions has been the topic of an ongoing debate among online instructors and learners for quite some time. Assessment in this environment can be very subjective, just as with most written assignments. It is up to the individual instructor to decide what will be assessed and how it will be done...

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    Michele Nash
    Pumpkin Math and Writing Activities

    We do an activity called Pumpkin Math! Our PTO donates 5 pumpkins to our classroom. We also recruit 4 or 5 parent volunteers to facilitate groups of students.

    Each parent has a group of 4 students and 1 pumpkin. The groups do the following...

    Full story
    Dr. Rob Reilly
    There IS a Printer and a Xerox Machine in Your Classroom That You Can't See!

    Most classrooms that have a computer also have a printer. In a typical classroom the printer is a cheap throw-in on a package deal---"buy this computer and get a free printer!" But that "free" printer usually proves to be well worth the price; it does not withstand the onslaught of child-use...

    from the Teachers.Net Community


    Tic-Tac-Toe Homework
    from Jennifer Poe


    Literature Circle Role Sheets
    from Donna Baker

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    Also in this issue:

    Meet our Antarctic Guide - A conversation with
    USCG LT Marshall Branch
    by Kathleen Carpenter, Editor in Chief
    The Responsive Classroom: A Practical Approach for Teaching Children to Care by Dr. Belinda Gimbert
    Attitudes Toward Numbers Through History by Daniel Chang
    Classroom Photos by Members of the Teachers.Net Community
    How Many Environments Does a Child Have? by Judith Rich Harris
    The Hurried Child, Book Review by Sonja Marcuson
    There IS a Printer and a Xerox Machine in Your Classroom That You Can't See! by Dr. Rob Reilly
    What's Your Name? by Joy Jones
    The funny thing about control: Or to gain control you have to give up control by Karin Ford
    Through the eyes of a child - Reflections on teacher and student motivation by Sheree Rensel
    Non-Conventional Techniques in Teaching Science by P R Guruprasad
    Word Wall Tips from the 4 Blocks Mailring
    Teaching Gayle To Read (Part 8) by Grace Vyduna-Haskins
    Operation RubyThroat by Bill Hilton Jr.
    Dear Old Golden Rule Days, Chapter 4 - Creative Writing by Janet Farquhar
    Simple Science Center Ideas from the Early Childhood Mailring
    The Freedom Box, Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired by Dave Melanson
    Librarians, Deaf Students and Hearing Students by Linsey Taylor
    Pumpkin Math and Writing Activities by Michele Nash
    Take Home Literature Activity Bags by Paulie
    Favorite October Activities for the Classroom from Teachers.Net Mailrings
    Fun Facts