The 98th Carnival of Education

Step right up to the best writing in the field of education.  Take off your shoes, relax and stay awhile.

Thanks for visiting the 98th Edition of the Carnival of Education.  Next week’s carnival will be hosted by Darren at Right on the Left Coast.  Send your submissions to mrmillermathteacher (at) yahoo (dot) com or use this handy dandy submission form.  Posts should be submitted by 5 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, December 26th.

Now, on with this week’s Carnival of Education!

Tales From the Classroom

Samantha Rawson has a fool-proof method for getting wiggly and giggly boys to behave during School Concerts posted at Sam-Is-Mad.

In “A Simple Question Can Answer A Lot,” Chanman at Buckhorn Road tells about a student who asked him a question – just a simple question that the student didn’t think twice about, but which made Chanman think that sometimes teaching is like “trying to empty the ocean with a shot glass.”

Mr. Lawrence presents Teaching as Theater posted at Get Lost, Mr. Chips.

Speaking of theater, Terrell at Alone on a Limb writes about his own theatrics as a fourth grade teacher in “A Teacher’s Life.”

In  “A well-earned F” posted at Halfway There, Zeno tells about a student who defined an “F” in a unique way.

The Lives of Teachers

In “All At Once” Laura at Teaching (or at least trying to) tells about how the deaths of former students hit some harder than others.

Mamacita at Scheiss Weekly submits “Tampons: Satan’s Little Cotton Fingers”.  She remarks, “Teachers wonder about God, too.”

If you’ve considered learning a foreign language, John Wesley at Pick the Brain – Wit and Wisdom for Your Inspiration asks us to consider 5 Great Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language.  He then provides us with “How to Teach Yourself a Foreign Language.”

In “I am only one; but still I am one” Joan at Daddy’s Roses responds to a newspaper article on teacher pay. She writes:

The moral and ethical ills of society have become the ills of the public education system. The remedy for the unhealthy condition of the public schools begins with the renewed health of society as a whole

We all have favorite students – even if we won’t admit it openly. Mr. McNamar at The Daily Grind distinguishes between “having favorites” and “playing favorites” and then presents “My Ten Favorite Students“.  If you’re a teacher, you know them all!

Daniel at Concurring Opinions offers a unique and fair way of grading exams in “A Guide To Grading Exams.”  Mamacita claims she actually snorted Diet Coke all over her keyboard when she read it.

Right Wing Nation asks “Why Enforced Uniformity?” when it comes to cell phones.


The Lives of Students

Ruth at Ruthlace brings us the story of “Going to School in the 1930’s” – a nostalgic look at schooling in days gone by.

When my teacher came by to visit a few days after school was out for the summer she brought my report card. (Yes teachers, doctors and pastors were expected to make house calls.)

The Blogging Life of Teachers

Mr. McNamar was a little miffed with the recent Weblog Awards.  In “Best Education Blog” at The Daily Grind he calls for readers to vote for his personally selected list of edu-blog finalists.  


Sagar Satapathy presents Endorsement of online education plan of UI on hold! posted at Online University Lowdown.

OKP writes about an “advice column” of sorts in “To Dine on Thine Enemy” at Line 46. 

The Big Picture: Issues, Philosophy       and Advice

Joanne Jacobs writes about the New Commission on the Study of Skills in the Workforce in “Revolution vs. Reform.” She writes:

The U.S. spends more on education than most other industrialized nations but performs worse, the report says. Remarkably, it doesn’t call for spending more money on education. It calls for spending it differently.

EdWonk at The Education Wonks discusses the same report.  In “Wonkitorial: Another Report That’ll Be Ignored,” he writes:  

We have a commission that says, in so many words, that if teachers were compensated better, then school districts could be much more selective in who they hire. As classroom service would suddenly become very attractive to legions of our “best and brightest” young (and not-so-young) people, the overall quality of the classroom teaching talent would improve. Just like private enterprise. And like private enterprise, those employees who can not (or will not) perform will be out.

NYC Educator presents The Blue Ribbon Panel posted at NYC Educator.

In Classrooms Evolved, Introduction: A Philosophy of Teaching at tdaxp, Dan tdaxp presents a philosophy of teaching focused on the college level, combining peer instruction and classroom democracy. 

Ken of D-Ed Reckoning writes “Teaching Reading is Hard Work“.  What do you think of his first two sentences?

It seems to me that the primary reason why many kids fail to learn to read on a timely basis is because many educators don’t want to put in the effort necessary to teach them. When given a choice, they will invariably pick the reading program and activities that require the least amount of teaching and effort.

Ryan at Edspresso writes about “the lack of autonomy teachers and principals have in today’s democratically-governed school systems, and how choice can help remedy the problem” in “Democratic governance of schools, part II: choice and autonomy (or: leave the coach alone!).”

Elementaryhistoryteacher writes that some schools are no longer requiring history as a graduation requirement, and she discusses the importance of history in “Is History Important? A Reprise”.

Ms. Cornelius of A Shrewdness of Apes discusses the use of incentives to improve school attendance in “In which I pull together the ultimate meaning of the educational universe as explained in the media.”

Allan Wallace is seeking comments about alternative education in “School Choice and Alternative Education” at BFU – self directed learning for visionaries.

The Science Goddess presents Equity in Education posted at What It’s Like on the Inside.

Matt at Going to the Mat writes about the lack of emphasis on anything but Reading and Math when it comes to NCLB in “Don’t Know Much About History (and other subjects).”

Phil at Phil for Humanity submits “Why Public Schools are Failures to the Best Students.”

Growing up through the public school system, I can attest that our school system does not bring out the full potential of students. Not even from the best students either. Sure, the public school system has a plethora of success stories, however I strongly believe that there are at least an equal number of contradicting stories on how the schools failed individuals, especially gifted and honor students.

Dana at Principled Discovery discusses Virginia’s universal preschool program in “Preschool for All.”

Jill Davidson presents Using Student Work and Performance as Our Guiding Light posted at The Essential Blog.  She writes:

Annie Chien, science teacher at New York City’s School of the Future, writes about how student participation should be based on an intense focus on students’ work, minds, and skills. “I want raw evidence of student learning, and a juicy conversation with the teacher and student on the process of making such great understanding.”

Brandon Peele presents The Economics of Self-Awareness posted at GT.

Alexander at This Week in Education discusses the Fordham Foundation in “How The ‘Influentials’ Report Gets (Nearly) Everything Wrong.”

Bob Sipchen writes about the issues involved when The National Science Teachers Association refused a gift of 50,000 copies Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” in An Inconvenient Clash of Science and Marketing posted at School Me!.  (Note: Sorry for the earlier error in identifying the writer of this post. Thanks to Janine for letting me know.)

Laurie Bluedorn presents Trivium Pursuit » Blog Archive » The Trivium posted at Trivium Pursuit. 

Chris at Practical Theory writes about “Dealing with the Worst Consequences of Your Best Ideas.”

Homeschooling and Parenting

Suni takes on Dr. Phil and his criticism of homeschooling in “Dr. Phil is a Dolt “posted at EternaLearning Academy:Taz’s Clues.

So why is everyone up in arms about homeschool? Was not homeschool the only school for hundreds of years? God didn’t set up a public school in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve didn’t kiss their children goodbye as they boarded the camel bus to go to the nearby public school when they were five years old. What makes people think that children being taught by their mothers and fathers is such a bad thing?

Homeschool mom, Sprittibee, shares an edible science project that will blow your top in her post entitled, “Potato Volcanoes Project.”

IB a Math Teacher presents Who Wants to Give Me a Response to this Woman? posted at 3σ → Left.  Click on over to see if you can help him out.

Alejandra Peraza de Halvorssen at A Guide to Raising Great Kids writes from the perspective of having raised five great kids “On Giving Orders and Obedience.”

Politics and Publicity

Next week’s host, Darren, at Right on the Left Coast, writes about a letter from a teachers’ union representative in “Hatred and Bile from The Union Types.”

Do you have student loans?  Bill at Ask Uncle Bill talks about “A REALLY Stupid Idea.”

Michele at AFT presents Sexy Back posted at NCLB: Let’s Get it Right!. She writes:

 The AFT could point reporters to examples of “regular,” high-poverty, urban public schools that are doing amazing things in school districts across the country, but it seems that they don’t regard that sort of story as “sexy” enough.  Perhaps we should enlist the help of Justin Timberlake in “bringing sexy back” to press coverage of public schools.

The Holidays and Education

Ms. SuperScience presents What to buy your favorite science teacher for the holidays at Beautiful Biology: Ramblings of a Science Teacher.  I have to admit that she suggests some gifts I’ve never considered. Just reading the list is entertaining. Here’s an example:

Atom Joke T-shirt – I love this joke – two atoms walk into a bar (or school, whatever) and one says, “oh my gosh, I lost an electron”. The other atom says, “Are you sure?” and the first atom says, “Yes, I’m POSITIVE!” What’s not to love? Gets groans every time from the students.

Mrs. Bluebird at Bluebird’s Classroom tells about a parent project that brings huge smiles to children’s faces in “The Christmas Store.

Mister Teacher presents The 10 days of Christmas, Finale posted at Learn Me Good.

And finally, I offer some suggestions on wonderful children’s picture books to give as Christmas gifts in “Christmas Gifts for Young Children – BOOKS!”

This wraps up this edition of the Carnival of Education.  Thanks for sharing it with us. 

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20 Responses to “The 98th Carnival of Education”

  1. Halfway There Says:

    links from TechnoratiLots of lessons If you haven’t checked out the98th Carnival of Education, you can do so over at MedianSib’s. Yours truly is represented on the roster by A well-earned F. (Hey, that sounds like I flunked!) MedianSib has done a ton of homework assembling this entry in the continuing series of education carnivals and it will

  2. Says:

    links from TechnoratiGo check it out at theMedian Sib.

  3. Joan Says:

    Wow, what an organizational feat! I will have to come back and read some of these after I shop for groceries — sounds like hours of good reading.

  4. elementaryhistoryteacher Says:

    Thank you thank you for a wonderful list of prime educational reading. I can’t wait to get started.

  5. A Blog Around The Clock Says:

    Science and Teaching…

    Tangled Bank #69: War on Christmas is up on Salto Sobrius. The 98th Carnival of Education is up on The Median Sib. The One Week Short of a Year Carnival of Homeschooling is up on Principled Discovery…….

  6. Darren Says:

    Well done!

  7. Zeno Says:

    This is really an embarrassment of riches! Thanks for compiling so many interesting stories for us, and thanks for including Halfway There‘s contribution in this round-up! It’s an honor to be part of so much great stuff.

  8. Mamacita Says:

    Well done indeed: Excellent Carnival! I thank you for including me.

  9. Pharyngula Says:

    Carnivalia, and an open thread…

    Encephalon 13 Carnival of Education #98 In other news, Atheism Online is back in version 2.0. All heathens should report for registration at once. I’ll mention again that there’s a new Tangled Bank at Salto Sobrious. Any volunteers for……

  10. Mister Teacher Says:

    Great list! As usual, I enjoyed going through many of the entries.

    Carol:  Thanks, Mister Teacher!

  11. Practical Theory Says:

    98th Carnival of Education…

    I’ve got one of last week’s posts up at the 98th Carnival of Education over at the Median Sib. So, in the spirit of collaboration, head on over and check out some of the other articles linked over there.

  12. Chanman Says:

    Wonderful job of organization as usual! Your creative intro headlines make me want to read each and every link.

    Carol:  Thanks, Chanman!  The carnival is a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun!

  13. the reflective teacher Says:


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