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Carnival of Education: 207th Edition

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Welcome to the 178th Carnival of Education – Spring Break Edition

Whether you are catching up on your reading at the beach, attending a few professional development conferences, or enjoying the many perks of spring break life (including but not limited to waking up and changing into a new pair of pajamas for the day), you will find great minds blogging about fascinating topics.

Although sitting around on the couch all day seems unproductive, Joel came up with 50 Online Reference Sites for Teachers over at So You Want To Teach?. After watching a a John Stossel program, John Holland got out of his pajams and wrote False Alarm: It’s Only John Stossel posted at Inside Pre-K.

Larry Ferlazzo made sure that his movie watching had educational value and posted The Best Places To Find Theatrical Movies On Science, Math, & History at Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites Of The Day For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL.

At the beach, John Holland (Inside Pre-K) is sipping colorful drinks and explaining the “accountability for preschoolers in MD” from his Explanation Provided? post. Michael Mazenko (A Teacher’s View) continues the debate he started on his Home Ec Returns post after tossing a frisbee on the beach.

SwitchedOnMom opted for professional development and a conference where she experienced Jay Mathews – Live! (The “More” Child). At another conference about higher education, Jim presented a talk on How to Navigate the College Financial Aid System (Blueprnt for Financial Prosperity) and Nate Desmond explained 12 Ways to Waste Money in College (Debt-free Scholar). Dana gave a presentation about her b-school experiences In Search of Sustainable Careers – 5 Reasons Why I Would Not Go Back to Business School (Investoralist) saying, “Do business school lead to sustainable careers? Some points to consider in face of global financial chaos.”

During a trip to DC, Matthew Ladner debates policy wonks about The Rhetorical Rights and Wrongs of the Obama Speech (Jay P. Greene’s Blog). Bradley Shea of bradley defends his views about The Need For Breakfast Clubs. After a visit to the White House, Bill Ferriter spoke about The Impact of Market Norms on Education. . . posted at The Tempered Radical, saying, “In this post, the Tempered Radical responds to Barack Obama’s recent pleas to young Americans to serve their nation by working in classrooms. “That’s just plain beautiful,” the Radical writes. “There’s one problem, though: Education has gone through a painful transition in the past two decades, from a profession driven by social norms to one driven by market norms.”

Scott McLeod presents Help wanted: Sites that connect classrooms across the globe? posted at Dangerously Irrelevant, saying, “A growing collection of places that allow teachers to connect their classrooms to others across the globe!”

Mathew Needleman presents Writing Tip #3: Pictures Aren’t Just for Babies posted at Open Court Blog.

After attending a debate tournament with students, Soldave presents Preparing students for English speech & debate contests posted at Big in Japan.

At a local library, Kim of Wild About Nature gives a book talk entitled Book Review: One Wolf Howls. After a tutoring session, Bogusia Gierus Nucleus Learning explains why Tutoring is like a GPS | Nucleus Learning. From a computer lab, Travis A. Wittwer presents TECH & TE(A)CH posted at Stories from School: Practice meets Policy.

At a delightful park picnic, Joanne Jacobs muses that The revolution is not a picnic (posted at Joanne Jacobs). Andrew Bernardin passes the sandwiches and edits his  Jacks of All Topics, Masters of None post which is now at The Evolving Mind.

Mrs. Bluebird tries to relax after A Rant – Casting Off Accessories, Teacher Accountability and the Reality of Our World posted at Bluebird’s Classroom, saying, “Mrs. Bluebird is fed up with parents who aren’t parenting.”NerdMom presents Technology, Education and Life posted at Nerd Family.

While cleaning out a bookcase in a classroom, Clix pondered reading and posted SSR times at Epic Adventures Are Often Uncomfortable, saying, “As we struggle through difficulties in the classroom, it can be helpful to remember that other great heroes also faced near-impossible challenges, and even triumphed!”. Pat also spent time in her classroom and thought about classroom management. The resulting post is Catch Them Doing the Right Thing at Successful Teaching. Adding to the classroom management discussion is Jim McGuire. He presents Where Does Hard Work Come From? posted at The Reading Workshop, saying, “What causes students to work hard? This post takes a look at students’ work ethic.”

Madeleine Begun Kane uses her break to indulge a writing habit. The result is A Robot Violinist That Plays Better Than Your Kid? posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. TeacherC does the same and produces a narrative entitled On Mercy Killing in the First Grade (or, how I stopped worrying and learned to appreciate punch lines) at An (aspiring) Educator’s Blog. Mike Holden shares Part 1: What is happening with teaching jobs? posted at DoE- Dave on Ed. Miss Profe writes about past experiences with students in Número Uno posted at Pensamientos.

That concludes COE Spring Break. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of education using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page. There were many submissions to this carnival. If your post did not make it to the midway, please try again next time!

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Written by TeacherC

18 March 2009 at 12:13 am

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  1. Great Carnival! Thank you for including me.


    18 March 2009 at 4:47 am

  2. […] yeah, you have got to check out the Carnival of Education today. As soon as I get settled at my parents house this evening (after some disc golf with friends […]

  3. […] Carnival of Education is up on the midway at An (aspiring) Educator’s Blog. Don’t miss out on all the fun! See what […]

  4. […] teachers out there? You might be interested in checking out the 207th edition of the Carnival of […]

  5. Weird, I submitted something yesterday, but never received a confirmation email. I can’t hold it against you for not including me if you never even got it! 🙂
    Hey, just a reminder that today is the last day to get in on March Mathness! Fill out a bracket at for the chance to win bragging rights AND a nice 14 disc DVD set from The History Channel!!

    Mister Teacher

    18 March 2009 at 11:05 am

  6. How do you decide who makes it? I didn’t, but check out my post, anywey.

    Jason Oller

    18 March 2009 at 2:11 pm

  7. […] Carnival of Education is in full swing at An (aspiring) Educator’s […]

  8. Thanks for including my post on Technology and Teaching. I like the idea you mention in your opening paragraph–the idea of reading on the beach. Ahhhhhh. How about reading blogs on the beach? Now that would be great. Thanks for hosting the COE. It is always appreciated, plus I now have another great education blog to follow.

    Travis Wittwer

    18 March 2009 at 11:46 pm

  9. […] Carnival of Education I’ve been in the Carnival of Education before (but am not today), and I always find interesting and provocative posts.  One such post […]

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