Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Carnival Of Education: Week 174

Welcome to the midway of the 174th edition of The Carnival of Education!

Here's the very latest roundup of entries from around the EduSphere. Unless clearly labeled otherwise, all entries this week were submitted by the writers themselves.

Folks interested in hosting a future edition of the C.O.E. should please let us know via this email address: owlshome [at] earthlink [dot] net.

Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about last week's midway, which was hosted over at Bluebird's Classroom. Visit the C.O.E.'s early archives here, later archives there, and our latest entries here.

Next Week's Carnival will be hosted by Mister Teacher over at Learn Me Good. Contributors are invited to send submissions to: learnmegood2 [at] yahoo [dot] com , or, easier yet, use this handy submission form. Entries should be received no later than 9:00 PM (Eastern) 6:00 PM (Pacific) Tuesday, June 10, 2008. Please include the title of your post, and its URL, if possible. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the midway should open next Wednesday.

Special Note: Due to some disastrous technical troubles, (several hours of reading and work lost) we are presenting this week's midway "in the raw." That is, (pretty much) as they were submitted on the Blog Carnival submission form. Should corrections be needed, please contact us at: owlshome [at] earthlink [dot] net.

We apologize to our readers and hope that our next effort is more worthy.

Let the free exchange of thoughts and ideas begin!

Joanne Jacobs presents Billy Joel, history teacher posted at Joanne Jacobs.

Mamacita of Scheiss Weekly let's us know that young ladies are still the targets of senseless fashionistas and then she invites you to take a look at what happens when 5th graders attempt to tie-dye their own fashion statements.

Over at What It's Like on the Inside, the Science Goddess has online learing at it's best. And she has what happens when Censorchimps attack. (Related: Be sure to follow this link to her post on the school "tree killer." It seems as though every school does have at least one!)

Amy Cortez presents The Gifted Kid and His Unfinished Projects posted at The Eclectic Telegraph, saying, "It's Springtime. The weather is breaking. Summer is around the corner. Lazy days ahead - right? If you're homeschooling a gifted kid, perhaps the lazy days have been around all winter."

Matthew Ladner presents
What's the Matter with Oregon? posted at Jay P. Greene's Blog.

Terri Bunch presents
No Child Left Behind or What? posted at teachergirl.

Mark Montgomery presents
School?s Out! Top 10 Summertime Tips for College Admission posted at Great College Advice, saying, "The college admission process never stops, even when the last bell has rung for the year."

Melissa B. presents
The Cost of Staying Safe posted at the scholastic scribe.

Batya presents
Testing, Again posted at me-ander, saying, "learning languages"

Neelakantha presents
100 Free Library 2.0 Webinars and Tutorials posted at

Matthew Paulson presents
Practical Gifts for College Graduates posted at American Consumer News.

David Cassell presents
Famous Distance Education Learners posted at

Sheila Danzig presents
Distance Degree Programs offer New Opportunities for Chronically Ill Students posted at Degree Talk Blog.

The School Bus Driver presents
Useless field trips posted at Tales from the School Bus.

One Language presents
A Basic Introduction to Adverbs posted at Learn English Articles, saying, "In the English language, adverbs are words that are used to enhance verbs and other parts of a sentence, excluding nouns."

Heather Johnson presents
Technology and the At-Risk Student posted at Teaching in the Inner City.

Sam Shah presents
Matrices, Social Networking, and Algebra II posted at Continuous Everywhere but Differentiable Nowhere.

Next week's Carnival Host, Mister Teacher, presents
Don't space me, bro! posted at Learn Me Good, saying, "Some funny responses from my kids about living on another planet.

oldandrew presents
Heroes of SMT submitted by the British-based Scenes From The Battleground, saying, "British blog about teaching in tough schools. SMT stands for Senior Management Team."

John Holland presents
its OK if I talk to myself posted at Circle Time "Lead From The Start", saying, "teach like you're playing with matchbox cars"

Last week's Carnival host Carol Richtsmeier presents
Train Wrecks, Dr. Laura & Throwing Tinkerbell Under the Bus posted at Bellringers.

Woodlassnyc presents
Dumbing down, numbing up posted at Under Assault: Teaching in NYC.

Michael. presents
Top 10 Law Student Books of the Moment: Starter Edition posted at A Law Student and Young Lawyer Blog - Law Vibe.

Ted Reimers presents
Funny Graduation Speeches posted at CampusGrotto.

Pat presents
Computers are like cars posted at Successful Teaching.

Samir Bharadwaj presents
Presentation Preparation and Other Public Speaking Anxieties posted at Samir Bharadwaj dot Com.

Overwhelmed Mom presents
Peer Relations posted at A Bundle of Contradictions.

Technology Editor presents
How to Send Emails that get Delivered and Read posted at Physician Entrepreneur.

Gina presents
Teacher Top Ten List posted at Where's the Sun?.

Collin Williams presents
Teacher on Paid Leave for Sex with Students posted at, saying, "Not sure if this really fits your theme... sorry if it does not. Otherwise..."

Bill Ferriter presents
Surviving Digital Frustration. . . posted at The Tempered Radical, saying, "In this post, the Tempered Radical offers words of advice for those who struggle to continue to move forward with digital learning experiences in the face of the all-powerful firewall."

Katrina Cain presents
What is the Smallest Cell in the Human Body? posted at What is the Smallest.

Marjorie presents
The Amazing California Health and Happiness (Homeschooling) Roadshow posted at Life Without School.

Technology Editor presents How to Give a Speech posted at Physician Entrepreneur.

Eduwonkette presents
Mike Petrilli and the Fat Police posted at eduwonkette.

Andrea presents
School "Discipline"? posted at Andrea's Buzzing About..., saying, "Discipline is not about “making children do what you want” nor about “controlling behavior with punishments and bribes” (really two sides of the same coin). It's not even related incredible wayfinding signs posted on the ends of the library stacks."

Jose DeJesus MD presents
How to Send Emails that get Delivered and Read posted at Physician Entrepreneur.

Ryan presents
Fat Bastard Takes to the Classroom posted at I Thought a Think, saying, "Fat teachers cost billions, sez Mike Petrilli. I'm one of those."

Dave Saba presents
Transforming Schools American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence posted at DoE- Dave on Ed, saying, "Technology will eventually transform education - but not today."

Phil Hayes presents
Lowest Paid Teacher Now Earns $63 Billion posted at The CEA Blog, saying, "Wouldn't we all like to be making this? (In theory.)"

Darren presents
Search, Seizure, and Seniors posted at Right on the Left Coast: Views From a Conservative Teacher, saying, "What are students' rights when it comes to having the trunks of their cars searched?"

Stephen Dean presents
Is This A Viral Marketing Campaign? posted at Stephen Dean's Copywriting And Internet Advertising Blog - Copywriter.

Dana presents
Homeschooling without credentials leads to educational anarchy posted at Principled Discovery.

Sarah Weisz presents
Interdisciplinary Learning posted at Teaching Excellence Network.

Alvaro Fernandez presents Lumos Labs (Lumosity) Brain Training Games posted at SharpBrains.

Susan Gaissert presents
How Much Do You Know About Mother Jones? « The Expanding Life posted at The Expanding Life, saying, "Just a teaser, to hopefully spark someone's interest in a worthy subject."

Greg presents
What's Right, Or What's In The Rules? posted at Rhymes With Right.

Kim presents
Why I'm Homeschooling--Misguided Science posted at Kim's Play Place.

NYC Educator presents
Liars, Damned Liars, and Teenagers posted at NYC Educator.

IB a Math Teacher presents
This Is The Opportunity that I've Been Waiting For posted at 3σ → Left.

Mrs. Bluebird presents
It's Summer, Stoopid! posted at Bluebird's Classroom, saying, "Mrs. Bluebird has a brain freeze and actually forgets that it's summer!"

Jose presents
Soft Like Baby Talc posted at The Jose Vilson.

historyiselementary presents
The New Catch-22: The Social Studies Version posted at History Is Elementary.

Nancy Flanagan presents
SAVE THE CHILDREN posted at Teacher in a Strange Land, saying, "So now the answer to urban dysfunction is charter boarding schools?"

Mark Pullen presents
Kids and a Cognitive Surplus posted at The Elementary Educator, saying, "Thanks so much for hosting!"

Scott Walker presents
End of the Year... posted at The English Teacher.

Heather Wolpert-Gawron presents
Make an Offer They Can?t Refuse posted at

Walter presents
More Education Decreases the Risk of Death posted at Highlight HEALTH.

Larry Ferlazzo presents
The Best Ways To Create Online Tests Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... posted at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites Of The Day For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL.

Sagar presents
50 Tips and Tricks to Create a Learning Space in Second Life posted at College Degrees.

Andrew Edgington has submitted
Create web 2.0 label posted at Learn Photoshop Now, saying, "Creating a web 2.0 label is simple enough to do when you follow these easy steps."

Considering the nature of on-line publishing, teacher Clix ponders a question that all EduBloggers ask themselves from time-to-time: "What subjects are suitable for blogging?"