Welcome to the 104th Edition of the Carnival of Education.Â What fun it has been to read all the submissions!Â Thanks to everyone for such enthusiastic participation in this carnival.Â Now, on with the carnival!
School Governance and EduPolicy
Expecting youngsters to be “silent” while eating lunch is like expecting a politician to tell the truth or be silent.
Ruth Joy at Detocqueville’s Daughter writesÂ about “The Future of Catholic Schools – Who’s Kidding Who.”Â
Yesterday, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) began distributing $14 million in bonuses toÂ teachers and other school staff through its new pay for performance system.Â This systemÂ was developed with no real input from teachers and–surprise–it turns out that teachers have no clue why they did or did not receive bonuses.Â
Edspresso posts a series of reactions to President Bush’s State of the Union Address last week.Â There’s a lot to read there.Â So don’t get lost over there!
We need to know how well we’re doing in the classroom, and we need to know how effective our teaching methods are, but using high stakes tests to tell us the answer is like condensing a novel into a movie.
Doc at Dr. HomesliceÂ tells about the phenomena of parents going on strike to support teachers in Â “California Craziness:Â Â LA, Bakersfield! Parents on Strike.”
Teaching and Learning
In “Hey, White Teacher!” Ms_Teacher shows us that “when students notice our differences, the connections that can be madeÂ are awesome.”
Â John at Pick the BrainÂ discusses the two types of cognition in “Learn to Understand Your Own Intelligence.”Â Since I preach metacognition to my elementary students daily, I really identified with this post.Â
Several people wrote about blogging this week – blogging by teachers and/or students.
The current trends in teenage writing that were caused through SMS and other instant messaging services could be eliminated through blogging. Who would want to read anything similar to:
â€œGr8 day!!! Went sk8in. G2G. Cya!â€
By creating a blog where students are judged by real people, decent content will need to be created.
While blogging may have a use in education, I don’t see how it will “revolutionize” anything. Too much emphasis might have the opposite effect to what is desired.
Joshua, at Learning, The Gravy Way, presents “The Monotillation of Traxoline” (which I would award “title of the week”) about the problems students and teachers face when they do not share the same level of understanding.
From the Classroom
In “A Poem to Start the Week: Love that brother!” Â Terrell at Alone on a Limb writes about his use ofÂ Sharon Creech’s book Love That Dog in his 4th grade classroom.Â That’s one of my favorite books, too.
Inside This Teaching Life
Mamacita in “. . . in which the teacher finds she is learning far more than her students” at Scheiss Weekly writes:
I will always hold with academic excellence, but I have since learned that there are many different kinds of academic excellence. I have also learned that no amount or category of academic excellence can hold a candle to ethical excellence, or a good work ethic, or simple kindness.
Mike at Education in Texas finds out that it was just asÂ he expectedÂ regarding a grantÂ proposal he madeÂ to purchase new educational software and new computers for his school’s computer lab.Â Was he sabotaged?
The Science Goddess at What It’s Like on the Inside got my attention with her title,”Kinky Teachers.”Â Her post includes words such as masochistic, sadistic, hairshirt, flagellate, guilt, multi-tool.Â It is quite a read.
Of Interest to Parents
By 2024 the cost for a 4 year degree will range from $161,463 to $331,059, depending on if you child goes to an in-state public university, and out-of-state public university, or a private university.Â
Dr. Madeline Daniels writes about new degree programs being offered online and elsewhereÂ in “Together We Learn (Part II)”.Â What we usually think of as “traditional” teaching methods really aren’t traditional at all.
Truly traditional methods involved storytelling (i.e. sharing the experiences of elders, hunters, and workers), even dance, art, drama and role-playing through activities that mimicked real life tools and chores. Lectures in a crowded room are really a very modern invention, and a not very effective one at that!
Mike at Connecting the Dots has been looking at blogs andÂ video podcasts from Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.Â In “Iraq from the Inside” he asks, “Â How are kids learning about this war and what role should their schools and teachers play?”Â
Caroline and Alvaro at Sharp BrainsÂ present “Lifelong learning, literally: neuroplasticity for students, boomers, seniors…“Â It’s all about “brain fitness.”
Aquiram at Teaching in the Twenty-First Century is looking for resources in the form of themed music to go along with history and literature topics.Â CanÂ you provide some suggestions?Â
Sometimes teacher comments need a practical translation – not only in American schools but in Korean schools as well.Â Â Jeonjutarhell at Skillet Blogging (love that blog name!) gives us some great examples in “Little Lies…”
Initiating conversations in English. Asked me if she could go to the bathroom.
Good at picking out key words. Tells me every day is Tuesday.
A leader in the class. Your evil daughter controls the classroom with an iron fist and is without a doubt the biggest bully I have ever encountered.
Vibrant and enthusiastic. Finds staying in his seat akin to riding a bucking bronco. Eight seconds is about the limit.
No major behavioral problems. Hasn’t killed anyone yet.
Beginning to pick up sight words! Can now read “I” and “a.”
Joseph at Learn Chinese offers a Chinese vocabulary game.
Inside the Blogs
In “Fifth Grade Smarts” Joanne Jacobs tells us about a new Fox TV showÂ that will give adults questions taken from fifth grade textbooks.Â Â Can adults answer fifth grade level questions?Â It might prove interesting.
Taking Care of Carnival Business
Look for the 105th Carnival next week atÂ This Week in Education.Â Your entry should be submitted by 9:00 p.m. (Eastern).Â Send submissions to thisweekineducation (at) gmail (dot) com.Â You can also use THIS HANDY SUBMISSION FORM.Â Â
The complete Carnival archives can be found HERE.
And finally, thanks to EdWonk at The Education Wonks for giving me the opportunity to host the Carnival of Education this week.
That’s it for this week’s Carnival of Education.Â Thanks for stopping by.