Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The 129th Edition of the Carnival of Education

I've received what seems like a TON of entries for this week's carnival, and I'm going to do my best to use all of them for this week's carnival, so here goes.

My Daily Reads

When he's not shamelessly promoting his book, Learn Me Good (available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Lulu), Mr. Teacher is the walking epitome of studliness at his school. At least that's how new (to me) blogger Fractions speak louder than nerds views male teachers. Funny, the women at my school must have missed that directive. As an added bonus Mr. Teacher links to other male teachers who blog. You can also take his >YouTube Challenge, (is that Styx's Too Much Time On My Hands I hear in the background?). A winner will be drawn from the names of those who comment on his videos (*cough, Mike in Texas, cough*)and will receive a free Learn Me Good t-shirt.

If you like to speed AND you're a resident of the state of Virginia, be careful out there. According to the EdWonks Virginia governor Tim Kaine wants to put massive fines on speeders, at least those who are from Virginia. If you have an out of state license you pay a more modest fine.

Once again NYC Educator takes on the KIPPers with his comments on the drill and kill methods to meet minimum standards they employ. On a side note, wouldn't it be great if we could pick and choose our students and demand they spend extra time in school?

The Science Goddess is getting a PhD and preparing for her upcoming role as an instructional coach. This week she looks at research into teaching and learning. I'm not much for charts and graphs but anyone who refers to herself as a goddess is OK in my book.

If you like movie trivia be sure to check out the Movie Madness every Monday over at A Shrewdness of Apes

Around The Blogs

The Repairman presents A Hidden Third Factor That Influences Math Scores? posted at RepairKit. In this post he examines factors that may influence Math scores as well as solutions to these problems.

When it comes to Math, what's more important Thinking or Knowing asks Kim over at Kim's Play Place.

Frequent Carnival contributor IB a Math Teacher Student-Teachers With Disabilities over at 3σ → Left examines the case of a student teacher with disabilities, in this case depression and social anxiety. Should this person be allowed to work with students when her professor feels she one of the most negative people he's ever encountered?

New blogger In 2 The Trenches is excited about the new school year, and has a bunch of links to Google Apps that teachers can use. Be nice to her, she's a carnival virgin.

Matthew K. Tabor is seeking teacher opinions on this essay from a teaching applicant. There will be two followups for this post.

I'm always a sucker for any presenter who brings snacks, so Stephanie over at LeaderTalk suggests you Feed Your Teachers. She also offers of a list of positive traits for leaders to have. If you bring cinnamon rolls to my school I'll be yours forever, Stephanie.

Somehow I missed this great post, also about leadership, by Scott over at Dangerously Irrelevant. Scott invited bloggers and readers to write about effective school technology leadership.

Jose Vilson remembers When ... school was a little different. I have to ask, does that make him craaaaazy? Possibly!

Another blog new to me is Washington Teacher and judging by the picture on his blog, Washington must be a beautiful state. His submission is about a class action lawsuit against alleged NEA retirement kickbacks

Ryan over at I Thought a Think blogs about the snazzy new NCTM newsletter, and apparently has a Man crush on Skip Fennell. Is it


Tim has been reading up on John Dewey who felt that education should be about the here and now, and not a preparation for something (like standardized tests).

Cheating should not be allowed in any form writes Darren of Right on the Left Coast: Views From a Conservative Teacher. Darren examines the cheating scandal involving an Oakland charter school known for placing large numbers of students in college.

Chanman is taking the sans-union plunge as he resigns from the California Teacher's Association. Those of us who teach in Texas are often perplexed by powerful teacher's unions (you know those ones Rod Paige compares to terrorist organizations) as here in Texas teachers' unions have no power whatsoever in regards to salaries, working conditions or teacher assignments.

A good story can capture the attention of students, and History Is Elementary loves to tell this story about Washington crossing the Delaware, and NO! I won't tell you how it ends.


As a teacher who has researched the No Child Left Behind law and its supporters, I'm not a big fan of the Broad (rhymes with road) Foundation, and neither is Norm of Education Notes Online.

Are we doing kids a favor when we praise them, wonders Mr. Pullen. The results of a study he read may surprise you.


I've written numerous times about how I feel administrators ignore the opinions and ideas of teachers, and The Tempered Radical agrees with me. His submission for this weeks carnival is entitled Draconian and Dysfunctional. . .

Teachers are among the most trusted Professions writes Charles over at Trusted Advisor. Nurse and doctors are also high on the list.

Money management should be a family affair and who would know that more than the Millionaire Mommy Next Door. Her entry suggests ways to involve your children in the money management process.

Life can be tough teaching in UK secondary schools writes Scenes From The Battleground. He has a nice guide to his blog with a quick links to past posts.

Donna (a.k.a. Ms Whatsit) wants to know what you're doing to prepare for the first day of school. The first day? I'm still working on suppressing memories of last year!

Those little monsters should learn to appreciate what they have, says Alvaro over at Brain Fitness Blog. Actually his post is called Mental Training for Gratitude and Altruism, but you get the point.

The arts are being left behind says Riley Central, and one test score should not be used to judge an entire year's success. Amen, Riley, amen.

Connie is one talented cutie and even manages to win over grumpy Brit Simon Cowell. See for yourself!

Don't you just hate being ordered around by some teeth sucking bacon hunting desk jockey? Mimi is ready to take a cart full of math supplies and shove it up that jerk's . . .well, you get the picture.

Get an admissions blog already Yale! demands Sam Jackson, or else Mimi is going to take that huge stack of admission papers and shove it up your . . . maybe I'm the one who should switch to decaff.

Get a Job! Peter demands of himself over at A School to Call Home. I was nice and left out "you bum!" since I've been doing my best to form an ass-shaped impression in my chair all summer.

Check Out the Homies

Everybody's always talking about Marsha! Marsha! Marsha! and her post defining Who am I?. I bet she never gets tired of that joke. I also bet she wishes she could just reach out through the internet and slap the living . . .once again, you get the picture.

Need a great idea for some Social Studies projects? How about 25 of them courtesy of Annette at Homeschooling Journey?

Why not learn a foreign language along with your child? asks Sylvia over at Po Moyemu--In My Opinion.

Teacher Certification and Testing is on Janine's mind at Why Homeschool.

Thanks to all who contributed. Next week's carnival will be hosted by Dr. Homeslice. Submissions should be sent to drhomeslice(at)hotmail(dot)com no later than 9 P.M. EST on Tuesday, July 31st, or you can use this handy submission form.

16 comments:

DrPezz said...

Ok, I've brought my towel. :)

Now my quick question: I'm new to the blogging world and wonder if you know of any secondary Language Arts or English teachers blogging? I have loved the teacher blogs I've read thus far, but I have seen primarily science and math teachers well networked. I have learned quite a bit from them but would like to discuss some content specific issues as well.

Thanks!

rightwingprof said...

Hmmmm. I guess you didn't get mine.

Jose said...

Thanks for the love on your page. I am crazy, thank you very much. (Yes I got the reference). Anyways, I'll be coming back around; maybe we can exchange links or somethin'. Peace ...

EHT said...

Mike, you've done great job. I bet your tired of all those links right now.

It does seem that the carnival grows in number each and every week.

Thanks for linking to me. I'll link to the carnival before nightfall...

Millionaire Mommy Next Door said...

Thanks for organizing and hosting the carnival! Very well done. I'll be linking back on Friday.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,
Great job, as usual! Just a couple things though...
I'm glad that you linked to Fractions Speak Louder Than Nerds, but I was hoping you would like to MY rebuttal:
http://learnmegood2.blogspot.com/2007/07/quien-es-muy-macho.html
Also, nobody can win a T-shirt merely by commenting on my blog post -- they have to go and comment on my YouTube videos...
But overall, a great job! Your Cowboys Cheerleader is on the way!!

Mister Teacher said...

I have no idea why that got posted anonymously... the above comment is from ME!

ms. whatsit said...

Good grief this is a long one! Must've taken a while to put together.

Mike in Texas said...

Sorry, rightwingprof, I didn't, but email it to me and I'll add it in. mikea3_98@yahoo.com

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

Yew are a darlin', yew are!

Thanks so much for including MMM. I am sorry I didn't get my act together to send in something more substantial.

And once again, you've done a bang-up job pointing my way to some new denizens of the Edusphere! Thanks so much, my friend! You're a gem!

Stephanie Sandifer said...

Great job Mike! Thanks for the link -- I just pointed back at this post on my blog. :)

Stephanie

Mimi said...

Thanks for the shout out!! I'm impressed with all the linking...I have yet to master that trick!!!

I hope you liked my blog- it's a new thing for me and I'm LOVING it!!

Thanks again,
MIMI

AlvaroF said...

Great job, Mike :-)

let's also thank those little monsters for the jobs we have :-)

In2theTrenches said...

Thanks for the shout out homie- U da bomb-dizzle. Keep it cool and keep rising above!

Repairman said...

Thanks for wading through all the suggestions and providing annotation.

And thanks for including me. The blogging learning curve has been a great ride and it's still pretty wild.

Jennie said...

Wow, great carnival! I love having new places to check out!