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The 109th Carnival of Education is Open

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

The 109th Carnival of Education is open for your reading enjoyment over at What It’s Like on the Inside.  The Science Goddess has been her typically unique self in her presentation of the carnival.

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The 105th Carnival of Education is open at “This Week in Education”

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

This week’s Carnival of Education is open at This Week in Education.   Since just yesterday I started reading The Bridge to Terabithia with a group of fifth graders, I was excited to see that The Lizard Queen wrote about the challenges of the book.  Talk about good timing! 

There are many good blog posts to visit and learn from at the Carnival of Education.  So click on over and enjoy the entire carnival!

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The 104th Carnival of Education

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Welcome to the 104th Edition of the Carnival of Education.  What fun it has been to read all the submissions!  Thanks to everyone for such enthusiastic participation in this carnival.  Now, on with the carnival!

School Governance and EduPolicy

Alexander at This Week in Education writes about “School Reform Hurricane: The Atlantic Monthly’s Amy Waldman On The New Orleans Recovery District”

EdWonk at The Education Wonks tells us about a Rhode Island Catholic school that has adopted a silent lunch policy in “The School of Silence.”

Expecting youngsters to be “silent” while eating lunch is like expecting a politician to tell the truth or be silent.

At the DeHavilland Blog, Brett asks if we are “setting the wrong standards.”

Ruth Joy at Detocqueville’s Daughter writes  about “The Future of Catholic Schools – Who’s Kidding Who.” 

Brandon at Florida Citizens for Science discusses curriculum standards for middle schools and Science FCAT.

Bucky at a Brown Bag Blog analyzes what went wrong with the Houston school district’s “cutting edge” teacher bonus pay system with the post, “Bone Us Pay.”

Michelle at NCLB: Let’s Get it Right discusses the same bonus pay in “Houston, We Have a Problem.”

Yesterday, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) began distributing $14 million in bonuses to teachers and other school staff through its new pay for performance system. This system 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. 

Edspresso posts a series of reactions to President Bush’s State of the Union Address last week.  There’s a lot to read there.  So don’t get lost over there!

Patrick at The Psychology of Education looks at a new book that addresses “shadow children” and what the author claims is the #1 problem in education.

Matt at Going to the Mat writes about “A Better School Funding Mechanism.”

Michelle at Texas Ed writes about the drop-out problem in “No really?”

Brad in “I Liked the Book Better” at HUNBlog writes:

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. Homeslice tells about the phenomena of parents going on strike to support teachers in  “California Craziness:   LA, Bakersfield! Parents on Strike.”

Rory, at Kitchen Table Math, The Sequel, argues that the debate over new and old math isn’t a war, it’s more of an insurgency.

Teaching and Learning

Darren at Right on the Left Coast was listening to talk radio one morning on his way to work and heard another teacher Giving Teachers a Bad Name.

In “Hey, White Teacher!” Ms_Teacher shows us that “when students notice our differences, the connections that can be made are awesome.”

 John at Pick the Brain  discusses the two types of cognition in “Learn to Understand Your Own Intelligence.”  Since I preach metacognition to my elementary students daily, I really identified with this post. 

Elementary History Teacher discusses the use of literature in her classroom in “Let Them Read a Book!”


Several people wrote about blogging this week – blogging by teachers and/or students.

Russ at The Student Help Forum explains, “Why School Students Should Blog.”  He makes an excellent point:

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:

“Gr8 day!!! Went sk8in. G2G. Cya!”

By creating a blog where students are judged by real people, decent content will need to be created.

Dana, at Principled Discovery, has another take on the use of blogging in education.

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.

The Reflective Teacher and  Dana at HuffEnglish started collaborating about a Holocaust project via comments and email as a result of a blog post.  The resulting project may end up in book form.

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.

Denise at Let’s Play Math presents “Percents: The search for 100%“.

From the Classroom

The Sleepless Juggler, Lyn , compares her day with first graders with organizing earthworms.  Just reading her list of what went on in her classrom during one 7-hour day left me exhausted. 

Mrs. Bluebird has been noticing pencils lately – and it’s not a good thing.  Does “Dixon Ticonderoga” ring a bell?

In “A Poem to Start the Week: Love that brother!”  Terrell at Alone on a Limb writes about his use of Sharon Creech’s book Love That Dog in his 4th grade classroom.  That’s one of my favorite books, too.

Inside This Teaching Life

Graycie of Today’s Homework, provides us a humorous look at Professionalous Developmentation. 

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.

Teachers can be bullies, too,” says Miss Profe at it’s a hardknock teacher’s life.

Ms. Cornelius at a Shrewdness of Apes tells us exactly why she hates wrestling.  I happen to agree with her.

Mike at Education in Texas finds out that it was just as he expected regarding a grant proposal he made to purchase new educational software and new computers for his school’s computer lab.  Was he sabotaged?

The Science Goddess at What It’s Like on the Inside got my attention with her title,”Kinky Teachers.”  Her post includes words such as masochistic, sadistic, hairshirt, flagellate, guilt, multi-tool.  It is quite a read.


Linda at Life Without School write about “So What About Science?

Of Interest to Parents

As the grandparent of a kindergartener who has had up to two hours of “homework” on a school night, I can identify with Beau of Fox Haven Journal who writes about “Kindergarten University.”

Lisa at Let’s Talk Babies tells us “How To Save For College.”  Her post made me SO glad my two are already out of college.

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. 

Higher Education

Ted at Campus Grotto has written that The Most Popular College has received more than 50,000 applications for the fall of 2007.  Can you name the school?

Dr. Madeline Daniels writes about new degree programs being offered online and elsewhere in “Together We Learn (Part II)”.  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!

Madeleine Begun Kane offers us an “Ode to the Bar Exam” which provides a little legal humor.

Pushpa Sathish at Online University Lowdown presents “Big Cities on Top of Online Education.”

As part of his job, The Travelin’ Man from Stuff You Oughta Know reads college applications.  He shares his insights about “Why Letters of Recommendation are Irrelevant.”

Jane at Career Ramblings writes about her first day of teaching college level students in “The Experience of Teaching Business Students.”


Mike at Connecting the Dots has been looking at blogs and  video podcasts from Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.  In “Iraq from the Inside” he asks, “ How are kids learning about this war and what role should their schools and teachers play?” 

Laurie at Trivium Pursuit tells us how to “Learn Movie Making with Stop Motion Animation.”

Caroline and Alvaro at Sharp Brains present “Lifelong learning, literally: neuroplasticity for students, boomers, seniors…“  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.  Can you provide some suggestions? 

Internationally Speaking

Sometimes teacher comments need a practical translation – not only in American schools but in Korean schools as well.   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.”

Kelly, over at Ogretmen, writes about Litigiousness and Entitlement at the Turkish school where she teaches.

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 show that will give adults questions taken from fifth grade textbooks.  Can adults answer fifth grade level questions?  It might prove interesting.

Mr. Lawrence at Get Lost, Mr. Chips says, “I Can’t Stand This Book!“  Do you have a book that you just can’t stand?  Add your choices to Mr. Lawrence’s list.

Mr. Teacher at Learn Me Good writes about favorite TV teachers.  Do you have any candidates for him to consider?

Taking Care of Carnival Business

Look for the 105th Carnival next week at This Week in Education.  Your entry should be submitted by 9:00 p.m. (Eastern).  Send submissions to thisweekineducation (at) gmail (dot) com.  You can also use THIS HANDY SUBMISSION FORM.  

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.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Carnival of Education Entries Due TODAY!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

It’s Carnival of Education time, and thanks to The Education Wonks,  tomorrow’s carnival will be hosted right here at THE MEDIAN SIB.  Yea!  I love hosting the carnival. 

Entries must be received TODAY by 6:00 p.m. (Eastern).  That’s 3:00 p.m. (Pacific).   The easiest way to submit one of your posts is to use this handy-dandy submission form.  You can also email it to me at carol (at) themediansib (dot) com.  If you email your submission, include your site’s name, the title of the post and the URL of the post.

Then tune in here early Wednesday morning to read the best from the Educational blogosphere.

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The Carnival of Education #103 – over at The Education Wonks

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

This week’s Carnival of Education is up at The Education Wonks. Head on over there to read some of the best writing and information in the field of education.

Next week’s carnival will be right here at THE MEDIAN SIB. Get those entries in as soon as possible. The deadline is Tuesday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. Email them to me at carol(at)themediansib(dot)com, or use this carnival submission form. (Note: The carnival submission form is the easiest way. Once you type in the URL of your post, it does practically everything else for you.)

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Nancy Pelosi – It’s All About the Children!

Friday, January 5th, 2007

I love this cartoon  I watched some newsperson interview Pelosi last week, and Pelosi seemed so plastic and smug. Her responses to questions were rote and lackluster.  From my perspective, this cartoon is exactly on the mark.  The idea of being responsible for oneself seems foreign to so many on the left.  They expect the government to do everything for them, and if anything is wrong, they look around to find someone to blame.

More about Pelosi  here and here.

Tiara-Tip to Darleen

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Thursday Thirteen – 42nd Edition – My 13 Favorite Education-Related Posts of 2006

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Here are thirteen of my favorite education-related posts from 2006.  This was suggested by aquiram at “Education in the Twenty-First Century” in last week’s Carnival of Education.  It sounded like a good idea.  So here goes:

Perhaps in succeeding weeks I’ll do my thirteen favorite political posts, or my thirteen favorite “that’s my life” posts.  We’ll see.

1.  The Words That Strike Fear in the Hearts of Teachers  – Whether you’re a teacher or not, you might identify with my reaction to these words.  (January 26, 2006)

2.  Getting Whupped! – You never know what children go through at home before coming to school. (February 4, 2006)

3. How Do You Spell “Penis”? – Seems like a perfectly legitimate question for a first grader. (March 18, 2006)

4. A Totally Unscientific and Irrelevant Study of Second and Third Graders’ T-Shirt Slogans – self-descriptive.  They’re funny, cute, obnoxious, and/or puzzling.  (April 20, 2006)

5.  The Truly BEST Reward of Teaching – I’ll never forget Alicia. (May 25, 2006)

6. What Do Principals Look For in a Teacher? - I must’ve been on summer vacation because I didn’t have an educational post in June.  So I choose two posts for May.  Forget all that “philosophy of education” stuff.  In this post I tell what principals REALLY should look for in a teacher  (May 2, 2006)

7. The Writing Workshop and a Gift - I write about a professional development activity that is interesting and helpful!   (July 27, 3006) 

8. A Test for Aging Teachers - Here’s the scene:  You’re in a restaurant and an adult walks up to you and says, “You were my second grade teacher!”  Children change, and you have no idea who it is.  What do you do?  (August 15, 2006)

9.  Recess – Memories of Bygone Times – (September 24, 2006)  Remember recess?  It’s in danger these days.

10.  Did You Really Have to Tell Me That?  (October 10, 2006)  Sometimes kids provide TMI!

11.  Being Evaluated – Is there ANYTHING more Time-Wasting and Aggravating?  – The title says it all.  Thank goodness it’s over with for five years.  (November 4, 2006)

12.  Walking in Memphis – He sounded like Johnny Cash, Looked Like Jerry Springer, and Sang Eric Clapton -  What happens when a group of 10 teachers goes to Memphis for a workshop (December 9, 2006)

13.  And to round out the thirteen, I’ll take a post from November that tells a story I love.  The story comes from my niece who is a teacher, a mom of three and just happens to have a new blog (Sleepless Juggler)   Cows Have Many! – I still chuckle whenever I see that three-word sentence.  (November 25, 2006)


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here! 

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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The 100th Carnival of Education is at “Teaching in the Twenty-First Century”

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

This week’s Carnival of Education is hosted by aquiram at Teaching in the Twenty-First Century.  It is Carnival #100!!!!! What a milestone – 100 weeks of great writing in education!  This carnival is also Carnival #1 for 2007.  Click on over and check it out.

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The 98th Carnival of Education

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006


 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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Calling for Submissions for the 98th Carnival of Education

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

I will be hosting the 98th Carnival of Education on Wednesday morning.  If you have written on the topic of education – any aspect of education – please submit your post for the carnival.  Send your submissions to carol (at) themediansib (dot) com, or use this handy-dandy submission form.  I should receive your submission by Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. 

I’ll keep this post at the top of the page until Tuesday evening.  Look below for my more recent posts.

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