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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
Gazette Home Delivery:

Also in this issue:

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.
    Kathleen Carpenter - Editor in Chief
    Mary Miehl - Technical Editor

    Tips for Getting Published

    Harry & Rosemary Wong
    Effective Practices Apply to All Teachers

    "But it does not apply to me. I'm a high school teacher," is the criticism that we sometimes hear of our book, The First Days of School, either from people who write to us or occasionally by reviewers of the book on No suggestions, however, are given as to what a high school teacher might be looking for. More often than not, these disparaging comments are made to imply that our ideas are better suited for elementary teachers...

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

    Most teachers have a desire to establish good relations with their students. To achieve this objective, young teachers new to the profession often suggest that students call them by their first name...

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

    Decrease your workload during conference week while maximizing the effectiveness of your conferences! Schedule some conferences for the week before the official conference week begins...

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    Cheryl M. Sigmon
    That's Novel!

    I recently heard from Theresa Miller, a 6th grade language arts teacher at Armstrong Middle (Home of the Mighty Wolves!!) in Rayne, Louisiana:

    "Our textbook is not the best"..."therefore, I've taken up the practice of teaching my reading through class novels"

    Right away I'll tell you that I don't think this is a good plan for your year and that there are a number of reasons for my position...

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    Leslie Bowman & George París Conway

    Assessment of Online Discussions

    There are a variety of activities that lend themselves quite well to online discussions. These include case studies, brainstorming, role-playing and reaction or position papers...

    Beth Bruno

    Internet Security for Kids

    Judy Lastrina wrote to me about a solution she developed to increase the safety of Internet use for children: she created a safe, secure, fun Network, called Kidsworld. "Kidsworld is not a Web site," says Judy. "It is a portal into a private Network for kids."...

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    Ginny Hoover
    Talking about the Six Traits and Quality Writing

    The one thing I could do for my students that would really change the quality of their writing was helping them to select their topics wisely. Two factors are very important...

    Marjan Glavac

    Primary Sites Grades Pre-K to 3

    Here are five sites for primary teachers...

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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