February 06, 2008

Carnival of Education -- Valentine's Edition

Welcome to Colossus's second hosted Carnival of Education. While several of us (including myself) are involved in education, our blog doesn't focus exclusively on the subject. So, after perusing the Carnival, browse around, check us out, and we hope you'll come back!

Gifted Students

Mark Montgomery wonders which is better -- Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)? One thing to keep in mind: Ask about the programs' pass rate.

In The Classroom

On the Tenure Track fills us in why teaching Government class in an election year is so easy.

Eric over at Teachers Call has some lesson ideas for language teachers on how to get the most out of CALL lessons.

Messy classroom? Don't worry. Just venture on over to Just a Substitute Teacher Blog and get some tips on keeping your room clean!

History is Elementary has a great history lesson plan that is tailored for the "Multiple Intelligences" approach.

muse at me-ander showed "Men of Honor" to her 10th grade class in Israel. The flick's theme: "Be the best."

Mathew Needleman begins his series on integrating video into the classroom by showing you some of his (and his classes') work -- and how they did it.

Darren at Right on the Left Coast serves up an anecdote that I've also experienced: The kid who feels that he gets "frustrated" if the kid asks a question in class. His explanation may have many a teacher going "I've done that!" like it did me; however, if I may add, there's nothing more [personally] frustrating than a student who constantly pays little to no attention in class, and then complains to me "I don't get it."

I love anecdotes like this one from Learn Me Good. I burst out laughing when I read it, mainly 'cause I've seen similar things all too often!

The Reading Zone wonders why reading in class is considered by some to be "a waste of time." RZ is heading on a fellowship for a few days and wonders how the substitute will handle 25 minutes of SSR.

Ms. Teacher informs us what she did when her class misbehaved when a substitute was there. Perhaps one of the misdeeds was some of her kids misspelling the word "assign"?

Inside The Profession

Wow. Be sure to check out this powerful post from Scenes From the Battlefield. Blogger "oldandnew" writes about teaching in tough UK schools, and this Carnival entry is about having dreams about chaos in his class. Except that it's not quite accurate. O&N says "I dream that I have a class that simply won’t respond to anything I do to control them, or even to quieten them down." How many of you have had that dream? I sure have. It's usually before the school year starts or at times of heightened stress during the year. It's a freaky experience to be sure.

Friends of Dave says Parents Aren't to Blame for Academic Failure. He dissects three recent articles that show how "underachieving" public schools can indeed be successful -- and, by making these schools successful parents will get involved. Joanne Jacobs has still more.

Darren from Right on the Left Coast is back with a little tidbit every teacher's gotta love when it happens to them: You run into a kid who had you in class years ago, and they inform you that you were their favorite.

Eduwonkette offers up her Value-Added Bucket List; in other words, how do we measure teacher effectiveness?

Median Sib discusses R.T.I. -- "Response To Intervention." In a nutshell, it deals with IDing the struggling students as soon as possible to get them the help they need.

Pat at Successful Teaching offers some advice on resolving conflicts with teaching colleagues.

Greg Laden discusses the trend in online learning. In brief, the opinions about such learning are as diverse as the delivery methods of the online instruction.

I really enjoyed this post by Bellringers which discusses elementary school "re-enactments" and a Super Bowl-inspired Top Five [teaching/student anecdote] list!

The Tempered Radical ponders what happens when middle school teachers attempt to come to a consensus about grading and late policies. Read about his policies and compare 'em to yours!

The Core Knowledge Blog details some ... unusual trends in the responses by students as to who the "most famous" Americans are. Has our culture become "where a basic knowledge of history was considered a vital precursor to effective participation in our democracy, to an anti-academic orientation that views history as unimportant, useful only as a means of correcting historical injustices"?

My own post for this Carnival is my reaction to teachers in Dallas not being allowed to give students a grade of "zero."

Kid Culture

Ever watch MTV's "My Super Sweet 16"? I have, and in my opinion it is one execrable program. These folks agree with me, and how.

Laureen at Life Without School takes a look at "DNs" -- "Digital Natives" who are [this era's] technological wizards, so to speak. It's a terrific glimpse at how instant communication (and the proliferation of it) is rapidly transforming our culture.

Higher Ed.

Planning on studying abroad? You might want to check out these 69 study abroad tips from SchoolisHard.com. They're all common sense, good tips, and I know from experience. I spent the spring semester of my junior [college] year in a Spanish-speaking country, and it was possibly the greatest decision I ever made!

Mamacita (I love that blog handle!) at Scheiss Weekly just gave her first writing assignment to the students of her new semester class. Make sure you know what a Patronus is before you stop by!

Dave Saba at American Board for Certification for Teacher Excellence has two updates: "The Virginia Tech Effect," and that applications to colleges are rising.


NerdMom fills us in on what she plans to do to celebrate Pancake Day! (She also has a link to check out her recipe for Almond Buttermilk Pancakes! Yum!)


That's all, folks! Thanks for stopping by! If you wanna submit a post for next week's Carnival, click here to use the handy submission form.

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Looking good. Thanks for including both my links!

Posted by: Darren at February 6, 2008 09:34 AM

Looking good. Thanks for including both of my links.

Posted by: Darren at February 6, 2008 09:36 AM

Wonderful job! Thanks for including me.

Posted by: Batya at February 6, 2008 12:30 PM

Great job… Thanks for taking the time to do this and for including me.

Posted by: Bellringers at February 6, 2008 12:38 PM

You've done a wonderful job with the Carnival, and I thank you for including me.

Posted by: Mamacita at February 6, 2008 01:56 PM

Thanks for the inclusion!!

Posted by: Money Blue Book at February 6, 2008 02:51 PM

Thanks for including me!

Posted by: KauaiMark at February 6, 2008 07:47 PM

Graduated 1967 in upstate NY...top 10 in my class of 100...Regents scholarship...the education system today...IMHO...sucks! Standards have been lowered so that NCLB raises them to less than the minimum standards of 40 years ago. This is progress!? I enjoy your blog..and I know you have the best interests of the students at heart...but

Posted by: Jabberwock at February 6, 2008 08:53 PM

Great job. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! Thanks also for including me. Glad you were amused. :-)

Posted by: Bellringers at February 7, 2008 12:22 AM

Thanks for including me! You are a great host!

Posted by: Mark Montgomery at February 7, 2008 01:52 AM