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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...

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The Responsive Classroom:
A Practical Approach for Teaching Children to Care

by Dr. Belinda Gimbert Approaching issues of classroom management and discipline is much more than what teachers do when children break rules and misbehave. Rather than simply reacting to problems, we need to establish an ongoing social curriculum...

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Attitudes Toward Numbers Through History
by Daniel Chang Ever since man has developed numbers, he believes that certain numbers carry mystic power. Hence, this develops the idea of superstitions. Over the ages, people have given special significance to numbers...

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How Many Environments Does a Child Have?
by Judith Rich Harris

The persistent focus on parents as the primary source of influence on children has left major gaps in our understanding of why children turn out the way they do. Too much emphasis has been placed on the parents and not enough on the other people in the child's life...

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The funny thing about control:
Or to gain control you have to give up control

by Karin Ford

My first year teaching was spent trying just to survive and keep my class of young children categorized as Autistic alive. During my second year, I was actively struggling to gain or regain control of my classroom. As I look back now, I have to chuckle...

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Through the eyes of a child
Reflections on teacher and student motivation

by Sheree Rensel

One of the great advantages to getting older is the ability gained to see experiences with a long, clear vision. After years of living, we begin to see the patterns and cycles of events with new eyes...

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Word Wall Tips
from the 4 Blocks Mailring

Making Word Wall word cards durable/reusble without creating glare [This tip would work for just about anything you display on classroom walls.]...

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Simple Science Center Ideas
From the Early Childhood Mailring

My science center is the popular place in my room. I've collected oodles of stuff over the years. I put things out for themes and also seasons...

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Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project

Because hummingbirds tolerate humans and are drawn to feeders and flower gardens, these tiny birds are ideal subjects for observation and research. In addition, the general mystique of hummingbirds makes them a stimulating topic for study and discussion among children and adults of all ages...

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Pumpkin Math and Writing Activities

Favorite October Activities for the Classroom

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

LT Branch: My mother and wife are both elementary teachers so I have a soft spot for supporting projects that can make learning more interesting for the students...

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

Wouldn't it be great if you could have a high performance printer in your classroom? Even better wouldn't it be terrific if you had a Xerox machine connected to your computer?...

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Sonja Marcuson

The Hurried Child,
Book Review

I admire Elkind's dedication to the children of America; however, I found the information in the Third Edition of The Hurried Child, to be nothing more than common sense spelled-out in excruciating detail...

Joy Jones
What's Your Name?

"The new kid's name is too hard to pronounce, so let's just call him Sam."

"Her name is so long - why don't we shorten it?"

Have you heard comments like these at your school? I'm sure no one intends to offend, but...

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P R Guruprasad
Conventional Techniques in Teaching Science

I have developed this material with the Indian context in mind where most classroom teaching is chalk n' talk, reasons for which include the following: substandard, outdated and irrelevant teacher training courses...

Grace Vyduna-Haskins
Teaching Gayle To Read (Part 8)

I have tremendously mixed feelings as I write this final chapter about working with the little girl I've been tutoring intermittently for the past ten months and documenting here in the Gazette...

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Janet Farquhar
Dear Old Golden Rule Days - Chapter 4 - Creative Writing

Pigtail Peggy, with her cotton print dress, white socks and brown shoes, reminded me of a miniature rural housewife. She came inside one morning recess with Ellen and pointed to the pine covered hill outside the window...

Dave Melanson
The Freedom Box, Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired

There is now a new and wonderful device on the market for computer users who have low vision or no vision at all. It is called the "Freedom Box," invented by a gentleman named Mike Calvo...

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Linsey Taylor
Librarians, Deaf Students and Hearing Students

"It is commonly believed that the average high school graduate who is deaf reads at the fourth/fifth grade level," (Schirmer, p. 122)

As a teacher and a future librarian the above quote is disturbing. I have pondered the question "As a librarian, how can I improve Deaf and hearing students reading abilities?...

from the Building Blocks Literacy Mailring
Take Home Literature Activity Bags

Paulie posted these ideas for easy to make take-home Literature Bags.

She lists a book or other piece of literature then some materials and activities children can do at home to extend and enhance learning...

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Also in this issue:

Classroom Photos
contributed by Members of the Teachers.Net Community

This one is just an overview of Room 210 from the doorway...

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    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
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    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
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    Letters to the Editor
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