WelcomeÂ to the 91st Edition of the Carnival of Education.Â Thanks for stopping by.Â We’re glad you’re here.Â Sit back, relax awhile and read some of the best writing on topics in the realm of education.
The Carnival beginsÂ with this week’s most memorable (to me) post.Â Â It is a “host’s choice” for this week.Â I believe that many of us veteran teachers have had experiences similar to Mamacita’s at Scheiss Weekly and we know what she means when sheÂ describes someÂ classes as “magical.”Â In this post, “It Was Magical,” she writes about a magical class and a magical student.Â
BOOKS AND TEXTBOOKS
Jill at Essential Blog presents Children’s Choices: book recommendations for students by students. Jill has an appreciation of the International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council’s Children’s Choices project. You can find some great new books tested and approved by kids nationwide. There’s a bonus reflection on how students might be able to share resources and information to get personalized project-based work done.
Along the lines of children’s books is my post about “My Favorite Read-Aloud Picture Books for Children.”
And speaking of memorable books, OKP at Line 46 wrote “No Pay But Love Returned” about attending a “night at the library” where a favorite author spoke. OKP provides us with a reminder of how books and authors touch our lives — long after we’ve read them (or even met them). By the way, this is OKP’s first time at the Carnival of Education. Welcome!
And while we’re on the topic of textbooks, Michelle at Texas Ed: Comments on Education from TexasÂ submitted “Educational Research Analysts.” She writes that people are still trying to influence Texas textbooks for ideological reasons.
IB a Math Teacher writes about his own textbook woesÂ when his textbook disappeared when he was absent:
. . . I check the number of the book she has and find out that the book she has is checked out to me. She does have a nice book cover on it, though, one of the fabric kind that you find at Target. I thank her for practicing “safe text”, but tell her she shouldn’t be stealing the teacher’s textbook while he is gone.
IT’S ALL IN A DAY’S WORK FOR TEACHERS
Ms. Cornelius at A Shrewdness of Apes writes about slacker teachers who attack other teachers for making them look bad.Â If you know a slacker teacher, please raise your hand.Â OK, I thought so!Â Ms. Cornelius, I’ll join you in that glass of merlot.
Mr. R at Evolving Education discusses “‘What Works’ in Math and Science Education Reform.”
And speaking of NYC Educator, he will be the host of next week’s Carnival of Education.Â Submissions are due by 6:00 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday, November 7th.Â Send submissions to nyceducator (at) gmail (dot) com, or use this handy dandy submission form.
Mr. Lawrence at Get Lost, Mr. Chips writes about a program in some of the high schools called “Child Development” where would-be teachers get a chance to work with some pre-school kids, create lesson plans and learn about disciplining them. It’s a great “starter program” for anyone curious as to whether or not they have the patience – or ability – to follow such a career path!
IB a Math Teacher at Three Standard Deviations To The Left makes an assessment at the “End of Quarter 1.”Â There are some familiar students mentioned – like Mr. ButYouWouldn’tHelpMe and Ms. IKnowThatIHaven’tDoneWellButI’llGetBetter.Â You recognize THEM, don’t you?
I’ve heard this story several times over the past few years.Â It’s still a touching story and a good idea for a class activity.Â Surfer Sam and Friends writes about it.
POLICY AND POLITICS
EdWonk asks, “Is It Time To Dump The “D” Grade?“ posted at The Education Wonks.Â Seems there’s a lot of confusion – sometimes between schools in the same district – with one getting rid of it and the other keeping it.
Matthew at Going to the Mat asks,”What are we teaching kids about elections?”Â Powerful lessons are being learned, and the kids who are learning these lessons will be tomorrow’s leaders.Â This post is another host’s choice.
Saugerties Teacher Association (STA) and the school board have come to an impasse after only 27 months of negotiations. I mean, come on….aren’t you in for the long haul? I don’t think you’ve given these negotiations an honest chance! Come on, what’s another year of fruitless and infuriating talking that you’ll never get back?
Beth at NCLB: Let’s Get it Right tells about a puzzling situation in which an increase of 3.9 million hours of data collecting and reporting is part ofÂ the “Paper Reduction Act.”Â Sounds about par for the course, doesn’t it?
Scott at Get on the Bus writes about how the going gets rough for Fordham, the nation’s chief champion of charter schools, when criminal charges come down against the founder of a top charter school it sponsored.
Wenchypoo presents The College Conundrum (L-O-N-G) posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.Â She discusses the pros and cons of going to college considering the recent study that showed college graduates earn approximately $23,000 more per year than non-graduates.
Margaret at Poor Starving College Student writes that private donations to public colleges and universities are necessary.
Joerg at Atlantic Review tells about “When German Universities wereÂ Models for AmericanÂ Universities.”
The Learning Umbrella realized that their homeschooling needed to change.Â They developed goals by asking themselves these questions:
What do you think an educated person is?Â What can they do?Â What do they know?Â What attitudes do they have?Â And then – how do you get to be that person?Â Where are you weak, strong, etc?Â
That wraps up the 91st Edition of The Carnival of Education!Â Thanks to EdWonk at The Education Wonks for giving me the opportunity to host this week’s Carnival of Education.
NYC EducatorÂ will be the host of next week’s Carnival of Education. Submissions are due by 6:00 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday, November 7th. Send submissions to nyceducator (at) gmail (dot) com, or use this handy submission form.
You can find Carnivals 1 through 90 at the Carnival of Education ARCHIVES.
Please take time to visit the education writers featured in this carnival.Â If you are so inclined, remember that comments and trackbacks make bloggers happy.Â
The Median Sib (yes, that’s me!) is hosting this week’s Carnival of Education.Â Submissions are due on HALLOWEEN (Tuesday, Oct. 31) no later than 6:00 p.m. Eastern.Â Send submissions to carol (at) themediansib (dot) com, OR use this handy submission form.Â Come on, folks!Â If you’ve never submitted something before, now’s the time to give it a try.Â If you’ve written something the past week in the area of education, send it in!
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Thanks to Alabama Improper for providing that definition.Â And since we Cotillion ladies do a lot of “conversational exchanging”, it’s an apt word for our canival.Â Beth did an absolutely fantastic job of putting together some wonderful posts.Â So click on over and check it out.Â Â Thanks to Beth, also, for the cool Cotillion graphic!
I was initially shocked at what I learned this morning as I worked with a group of six third graders. The lesson was about writing personal narratives. I selected the book A Picnic in October (written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, published in 1999) as the read-aloud for the lesson. The book is an excellent example of a personal narrative written from a childâ€™s perspective. On the next to the last page there is a drawing of a family looking up at the Statue of Liberty with the New York City skyline in the background. The twin towers of the World Trade Center are prominent in the illustration.
When I finished reading that page aloud, I asked the children, â€œWhat do you notice in this illustration?â€
Silence. Slowly answers began to straggle in.
â€œThe motherâ€™s long skirt.â€
â€œTheyâ€™re all looking up at the Statue of Liberty.â€
â€œThe tallest building in the world.â€
Finally, â€œThe twin towers.â€
I jumped on that response. â€œThe twin towers,â€ I repeated. â€œWhat do you know about them?â€
Silence. Then hesitantly a little boy replied, â€œThere are two of them.â€
More silence. I prompted, â€œThe twin towers were part of the World Trade Center in New York City.â€
At last one child said tentatively, â€œTwo planes hit them and they were gone.â€
The faces of the other children remained blank. It was obvious that the questioning and comments were not ringing a bell of memory or recognition for them. That canâ€™t be, I thought. And so I persisted. I asked a few more questions, but soon it was obvious that, except for the one child who had vague knowledge of two planes hitting the twin towers, the children knew nothing of September 11, 2001.
These children are third graders â€“ 8 years old. In 2001 they were toddlers of three. More than likely their families sheltered them from the horror of that day â€“ as they should have. However, in the ensuing five years, these children have not been told or taught the events or lessons of that day.
As the children left to return to their classes, and as I thought about the lesson further, my incredulity slowly waned, but it didnâ€™t go away. Is ignorance about an event that has so sharply defined the world we live in a good or a bad thing? Or is it simply the way it is? I am glad those children have retained their innocence about todayâ€™s dangerous world. At what point, though, do children need to know such things?
I believe that T-shirt slogans could be a microcosm of school culture. They certainly have their own “little world” of catch phrases that showcase attitudes, ideas and opinions. I’ve written about t-shirt slogans before. Iâ€™m sometimes amused and other times flabbergasted at the things parents allow their children to wear to school. Second grade girls wearing heels or see-through blouses. Third grade boys with pants so big they’re in danger of falling down. However, it’s the t-shirt slogans that continue to keep me entertained.
Here is a sampling of t-shirt slogans Iâ€™ve noticed this past week at school.
â€œBorn to be wild.â€
Okay, that’s fairly innocuous. However, I’ve noticed a trend towards t-shirts slamming sisters. I haven’t seen the corresponding slogans slamming brothers – just sisters. I believe in good old healthy sibling rivalry. Being one of seven children, I’ve experienced enough of that myself. However, I’m not so sure that the following t-shirts are particularly healthy.
â€œ3 Things Iâ€™m Good at:
*Annoying my sister
â€œIf you think Iâ€™m annoying, you should see my sister.â€
Have you noticed how the word “annoying” is becoming overused?
According to my 5-year old granddaughter the following t-shirt contains a BAD word â€“ the dreaded â€œSâ€ word for preschool and kindergarten children.
â€œDo you want to know how to keep stupid people busy? (see back of shirt)”
And on the back of the shirt: â€œDo you want to know how to keep stupid people busy? (see front of shirt)â€
Be careful! I had a bowl of attitude for breakfast!
Then there are the typical – the silly – the nonsensical – the brandnaming:
â€œKnow what I mean, Jellybean?â€
â€œWill work for jewelry.â€
â€œItâ€™s time to duel! Yu-Gi-Oh!â€
If t-shirt slogans are a microcosm of school culture, then school culture is, at the same time, silly, sarcastic, mean, brand-conscious, defensive, arrogant, and sweet.