Welcome to the 85th edition of the Carnival of Education. It’s my first time to host the carnival, and I’ve had a blast reading all the submissions. Education bloggers are a diverse group! Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who are so passionate about the world of education.

Now let’s get on with the show!


What goes on in our classrooms? Why do we teach? What are the rewards of teaching? We’ll start off with an “editor’s choice” post from THE SHREWDNESS OF APES. Ms. Cornelius found out that when a child told her, “Wow, you know what? I learned something!” it wasn’t what Ms. C had intended.

Mamacita at Scheiss Weekly has no doubt who has and who hasn’t a valid excuse for being late. She mentions a “mean streak”, but I don’t believe it for a minute.

Michelle at Texas Ed has some ideas that are helpful when it comes to geography.

Don’t use a laser pen in class when IB a Math Teacher is there.

You’re in the middle of a lesson, and the intercom interrupts your class. A student has early dismissal for a dentist appointment. You have to deal with not only the interruption but with providing make-up work. Mr. Lawrence at Get Lost, Mr. Chips writes:

I think this reflects the attitude many parents have towards school: it’s just an inconvenience that gets in the way of the various other commitments we have in life.

Muse at me-ander just wants some RESPECT from her middle school students.

I thought that my students would behave better if they knew that I could actually throw the ball into the basket.

We’ve all heard about the “can do” spirit. La Maestra at California Livewire talks about the first weeks of school and Confronting the Culture of Can’t Do.

Anonymous Educator knows just how to handle students who ask for extra help.

I remember long, long ago – very long ago – when I had the same realization that History Geek had recently.

. . . it didn’t really occur to me until this past birthday that “I’m one of the grownups now.”

Enjoy it, History Geek. We go from the energetic young teacher to the wise veteran (i.e. old) teacher much too quickly.

Do you know the teacher union representative at your school? Dr. Homeslice asks:

Is your building union person a soldier or a diplomat? Both? One more than the other? How does it work for them? How are they regarded?

He adds:

I have learned the virtues of a closed door conversation.

It’s a balancing act. Read to find out how Dr. Homeslice manages it.

What do you think about group work? Hate it? Love it? Right Wing Nation has “Navigating the Group Work Maze.”

If part of our mission is to prepare students for work after the university, collaboration is a must, since most will be working in groups when they get jobs.

Denise at Let’s Play Math presents us with a challenge: Can you and your students make up some original math problems?

Sage Advice Needed” for La Maestra at California Livewire. What do YOU think is the most commonly asked question in the classroom?

My offering from The Median Sib is entitled “What Are Parents Thinking?” Sometimes I just don’t believe what parents tell me.


One of my favorite quotes for this week comes from Here in the Bonny Glen. This poignant post is another “editor’s choice.”

You seldom do know that the last time is the last time when you’re living it. Later, when you realize, it smacks you in the heart.

She’s writing about a special homeschooling time, but all of us can think of some last times that we didn’t know would be last timesl

Is it “Overreacting or Plausible Fear“? Teaching in the Twenty-First Century wants to know.

If your child is learning Latin, Trivium Pursuit can help.

Badgermama Liz tells us that “It is not cute. It is not right.” in “I’m not buying it, and I’m not selling it.”

For a little levity check out the “Musical Accord” contract at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Kelly at Pass The Torch has found that email makes life easier for parents.

Coach Brown TIVO’d the news one evening and heard a mother talk about the use of cell phones by students. He writes:

It could have been the most naive thing I’ve ever heard on public television.


Do you remember the news story about the retired teacher who died and left 1.3 million dollars to her school district? Well, Nina tells us how to retire rich on a teacher’s salary. And it doesn’t have anything to do with marrying money or robbing a bank either.

From Get on the Bus, Scott writes:

Teachers, take a look at what Thomas Allor is doing and how much he is making and then try to tell me he’s not a genius.


Steve Hargadon discusses OpenOffice via an interview with

“Whoever decided upon these two books ought to be shot,” writes Chanman of Buckhorn Road in “Adventures in Textbook Adoption.

Textbook Evaluator writes about “The Quest for the Holy Grail: Which instructional materials will raise student achievement?”


One of my fellow Cotillion ladies, CaltechGirl at Not Exactly Rocket Science, writes about the gender gap in science. Wait. Is there a gender gap in science?

One thing the study doesn’t seem to consider is that women often PREFER to opt out of the higher academic jobs because of the demanding schedule. We CHOOSE to remain in a comfortable lab, where our schedule is more flexible, we can work with the people we choose to work with, and we have time to be ourselves and actually SEE our families.

This is the elephant in the living room. Academic Science has many of them.

The Education Wonks discusses a disturbing case involving trust. This is another “editor’s choice” post.

. . . when it comes to their students, both administrators and teachers need to be trusted with the truth.


Pre-K is a subject that’s widely discussed. Ryan at edspresso discusses how Pre-K is structured in the U.S. He writes:

It seems to me that one of the main goals with designing any sort of pre-K solution should borrow from the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath: “First, do no harm.”
. . . when government asserts itself over parents in choices concerning very young children, it intrudes on fundamental family decisions.

And Spunky Homeschool talks about homeschooling pre-schoolers.

Mark at Thespis Journal writes that:

. . . we often have the problem of running to jump on the caboose of the latest “educational fad train” and never finishing the trip. . . . We need to stop running to catch the caboose, and be proactive in addressing the most over-riding educational concerns in our building.

Darren at Right on the Left Coast tells about a math professor who was suspended because of a test question.

The Other Districting Problem” is discussed by Matt at Going to the Mat. He writes about the effects of re-drawing school district lines.

Another “editor’s choice” is Joanne Jacob’s post, “Second-Time Success,” about students who repeat a grade. I remember professors teaching that retention is NEVER a good idea. Now it seems they could very well have been wrong.

NYC Educator discusses “The War on Terror Victims.”

Check out NCLB: Let’s Get it Right where there’s a photo of a FEMA-supplied housing unit for teachers.

In an attempt to get “the best and brightest teachers to return to New Orleans,” New Orleans is giving teachers. . . a large walk-in closet to live in.

It’s a soapy subject when Eduwonk talks about how Secretary Spellings compared No Child Left Behind to Ivory Soap, saying it was 99.9 percent pure.

And edspresso has something to say about “Weaver and Spellings on NCLB.”

Phil for Humanity wants to Stop Pork Barrel Politics and see some progress made on Recycling Landfills.

Margaret at Poor, Starving College Student knows exactly who should run for office.

John Dewey is No Mr. Miyagi, according to D-Ed Reckoning.

What do you think about diversity? Right Wing Nation declares that Diversity Destroys Education.

EdWonk writes about a teacher who was fired for telling parents the truth.

Oklahoma lacks specialty teachers, and wonders why. Ms. Cornelius is here to explain.


Patricia at a better you blog writes:

If you act in business as your elementary teacher trained you, you will never advance.

Click the link to find out what creates success.

Andrew at The Current Events in Education suggests the following for class discussion:

Pose the following scenario to students: “You go home from school today and find out that comptuers no longer work. You come back to school the next day and find that computers still don’t work and will never work again.” Ask students to consider what they’ve lost? Ask what might be lost throughout the world.


At Discource about Discourse, there’s a discussion about developing and writing blogging rules for students.

Did you know that there was an article in USA Today that highlighted teachers who blog? Some of our Carnival of Education folks were featured. “Teacher Blogs” by Mark at Thespis Journal tells about it.

You know how you can spend HOURS writing a thoughtful, well-researched post, and no one makes a comment. Then other times you dash off a post in a couple minutes, and you’re flooded with comments. Margaret at This Week in Education discusses “What Prompts Readers to Comment.”

Spunky Home School has announced a “Capture the Educational Moment” contest for bloggers. Click the link to check out the guidelines and prizes.

That wraps us this week’s Carnival of Education. Thanks for visiting, and a special thanks to EdWonk for asking me to host it. It has been fun!

Next week, the Carnival goes home to The Education Wonks. The deadline for submissions is: 8:00 PM (Eastern) 5:00 PM (Pacific) Tuesday, September 26th. Submissions may be sent to: owlshome [at] earthlink [dot] net. Contributers may also use Blog Carnival’s handy submission form

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28 Responses to “Carnival of Education – 85th Edition”

  1. Thespis Journal Says:

    links from TechnoratiKeeping the ghost light on to keep the theater from going dark: The Carnival of Ohio Politics is posted over at Newshound. Take time to read one or two of the interesting articles. The Carnival of Education is posted atThe Median Sib. There are many wonderful articles and topis. Jay at Stop the ACLU deals with Hugo Chavez’s temper tantrum at the UN today. Chavez, Cindy Sheehan’s best friend, is a certifiable kook. AJ Strata says they are handing out huge fig leaves for McCain,

  2. PASS THE TORCH (old site -- visit my new site at Says:

    links from TechnoratiPass the Torch Tuesday spotlight post about honesty. Pass the Torch Award winners receive the magnet on the sidebar, the award button to display on their site, as well as front page listing from me for a week. The Carnival of Education is up atThe Median Sib, featuring my post, Email Teachers Please visit for some thought-provoking reading. My picks this week are What Are Parents Thinking? and Last Regular Day And Spunky Homeschool’s “Educational Moment” Contest is still open for entries until

  3. Dr. Homeslice Says:

    Thanks for including me– great carnival!

  4. EdWonk Says:

    Nice job with a huge selection of posts from throughout the EduSphere!

  5. Pass the Torch Says:

    Whew! What a list! You’ve done a fine job of organizing this very diverse selection. Thanks for including mine.


  6. Pass the Torch Says:

    History Geek’s hyperlink is incorrect – it takes us to the carnival page.

  7. Mark Montgomery Says:

    Man oh man oh man…what a great carnival, and I am amazed at the volume and quality of the entries. Thanks for pulling this all together.

  8. Says:

    Carnival time…

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  9. Joan Says:

    What a great carnival! I will be reading blogs many hours today — fodder for much thought!

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  11. beth Says:

    Great job with the Carnival!!

  12. SSpunky Says:

    Thanks for putting this together. I actually messed up and sent in the wrong link. So I want to let people know that I’m giving away a digital camera to one lucky public, private, or homeschoool teacher on my blog. Hurry it ends this Friday. You can get all the details on my blog.

  13. muse Says:

    WoW! You really did a great job, and thanks for the link.

  14. Mamacita Says:

    You’ve done a great job with the Carnival! Thank you for including me.

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  16. carol Says:

    Pass the Torch – thanks for letting me know about History Geek’s link. I’ve got it fixed now. I was finishing up the carnival at 3:30 this morning, and so I wasn’t as “with it” as I should have been.

    Thanks everyone for visiting and for the nice comments. It was fun – and I’m convinced that education bloggers are the best!


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  18. Mad Kane Says:

    Great job! Thanks very much for including me!

  19. La Maestra Says:

    Fantastic Carnival–thank you for including me! -)

  20. History Geek Says:

    Wonderful job! Thank you for including me.

  21. Ms Cornelius Says:

    Hey, Carol! Thanks for the EC, and for putting in my late entry (blogger picked that aftrnoon to shut down the only other time I had to send it in…). And do you know that that kid is still repeating that line? Makes me feel like getting up in the morning.

    Fabulous, fabulous job here! I hope you really didn’t stay up until almost 2 am.


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    Ahhh, well it’s George Bush’s fault.

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