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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...

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
    October Columns
    October Articles
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    Tic-Tac-Toe Homework

    from Jennifer Poe
    aka jenny/2/oh

    This idea for tic-tac-toe homework was contributed by Tina/OK. The teacher fills all nine squares of the grid with homework activities, and the children must choose three to complete which connect in a "tic-tac-toe." Some children will complete all nine. The homework is sent home on Friday and returned on the next Friday to give parents some flexibility.

    Something that Tina suggested which has proven beneficial is to try to keep the squares the same from week to week. For example, the top left square always contains science homework. This will make it easier to fill the grid each week. I always try to make the homework as meanigful and open-ended as I can, as opposed to sending worksheets all the time. I use the "Homework Series" book [Creative Teaching Press] for my grade level for homework ideas.

    Parents in my classroom were very happy with the flexibility which tic-tac-toe homework gave them, and were full of compliments.


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    Literature Circle Role Sheets

    from Donna Baker