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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:

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
Upcoming Creativity Workshops: Creative Writing, Drawing, Storytelling, and Personal Memoir from: Karen Bell
Kidsworld Launched from: Judy Lastrina

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from the Teachers.Net Community

Teachers enjoy sharing. This month we have two printer ready items, Tic-Tac-Toe Homework from Jennifer Poe and Literature Circle Role Sheets shared by Donna Baker...

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Barb Erickson
Apple Seeds for October

It is because everything must come to an end that everything is so beautiful. ~ Charles Ramuz

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. ~ David Hume

Joys are our wings. ~ Jean Paul Richter

Earth's crammed with heaven. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning...

Ron Victoria
Today Is...

October is . . .
Adopt-A-Dog Month,
Computer Learning Month,
National Apple Jack Month,
National Car Care Month,
National Clock Month,
National Cosmetology Month,
National Dessert Month,
National Pickled Pepper Month,
National Popcorn Poppin' Month,
National Pretzel Month,
National Sarcastics Month,
National Seafood Month,
National Kitchen and Bath Month,
Vegetarian Awareness Month...

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A Poem for October

Frost at Midnight
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cry
Came loud---and hark, again! loud as before.
The inmates of my cottage, all at rest,...

from the Teachers.Net Community
Featured Schools

October's Featured Schools are; Mahala F. Atchison School, Voluntown Elementary School, Midland Academy, and Rabun Gap Community School...

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Soda Pop Lawyers

I fear that there may arise a tremendous controversy between a multitude of activists who will so thoroughly constipate our legal system that our society will be paralyzed in a hopeless gridlock.

As a result of the accusations declaring that schools are partially responsible for the alarming increase in overweight teen-agers because of the availability of soft drinks in schools, I'm sure that an activist group will be formed...


10. Still stuck in the Big Brother House...even after the show is over!

9. Working on my plan to become the next great white rapper.

8. Been seeing a counselor over results of American Idol.

7. Was arrested because of stealing so many pics and posting them on Teachers.Net.

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Also in this issue: MORE REGULAR FEATURES

  • Handy Teacher Recipes
  • Classroom Crafts
  • Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
  • Harvest/Pumpkin Poems and Songs from the Lesson Bank
  • Upcoming Ed Conferences
  • Letters to the Editor


    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