The 167th Carnival of Education!

Image copyright and courtesy Bob Kueppers.Welcome to the Carnival of Education! This is the 167th carnival, and the second time The CEA Blog has hosted this wonderful collection of rantings, musings, quotations, ideas, thoughts, inspirations, realizations and the like. The 168th edition will be hosted by the Education Wonks; email them at owlshome {at} earthlink {dot} net, or use this handy submission form. Yes, for those of you wondering, the picture is a snapshot of our fair city. Without further ado, click on the jump below and…. let’s Carnival!

Why do teachers leave? Why do teachers stay and cope with (extremely) challenging situations? Sarah at the TEN Blog looks deeper, with a little help from NPR.

Clix needs your advice— to participation grade, or not to participation grade?

Ahh, credit recovery. This time, Joanne Jacobs takes a look at the recovery mess in NYC.

Factoring quadratics for idiots…but done in a nice way.

Thankfully, New York’s legislature said no to tying Empire State’s teachers’ tenure to student test scores, and Eduwonkette highlights the back and forth “union pinata” fest in the blogosphere.

You’ve got to read the whole thing, but Renee is right on the money with the blurb below:

I would argue further that the push for application of free market principles in the reform of schools is insidiously counterproductive and may actually threaten American democracy in profound ways. Developing a rating system for schools based on flawed, limited testing instruments, then publishing those ratings in a push to get parents to shop around for educational options sounds like democracy in action. In reality, it exacerbates existing inequalities in educational and social resources.

An Ed blogger that quotes “Beck” deserves to be linked.

Kaui Mark, a substitute teacher, ponders the number of potential combinations when given this directive frmo the absent teacher:

Lesson plan entry: “Hand out worksheet packets and have students staple before starting. They know what to do.”

Do you have the JACK internet filter at school? Carol does at home.

NYC Educator, a teacher of ELL students, recounts the power of mastery of language as told by the parent of one of his students:

On the way home, she told her husband, “I can speak English. I could say whatever I want. And everyone understood me. Not only that, but they were afraid of me.”

Ms. Cornelius has to go through what we all do at one point or another, and it’s always a shock, no matter who the student is.

As a teacher, should you demand indoctrination in your classroom, or nurture your students’ discovery and development?

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. What do you say about students who fail despite their planner?

Paul admits to being the “Sage on the Stage”; are you that teacher too, dear reader?

As usual, Larry shares his ELL sites with everyone.

Dave says. (Apologies to Jane’s Addiction.)

Inflation will raise school lunch prices, and low income students and their parents will suffer unless the federal government does something, says Matt.

OKP muses about their most recent open house.

We’ve all heard excuses before; these however, are from the adults.

Presenting is like a piano recital; when you make a mistake, don’t point it out– just keep going.

Let’s Play Math was kind enough to collect all of these math games for carnival-goers to play.

Entitlement: when earn becomes “deserve”.

When was the last time you podcasted from your classroom?

Chanman wonders if he went too far

The Tempered Radical confirms his suspicions; his kids have gone digital and there’s no turning back.

One person’s self-evident truth is another person’s unfounded theory, quoth Jose.

Birds of a feather….teach fowl language to one another?

Mr. D says to reach our federal math goals, the nation must change how we teach math.

Joel gives advice on how to change the course of your students…but beware, whatever they do, it is your fault! 

A new student with just six weeks to go…and they have an affinity for uh, “revising” bulletin boards.

This parent gets an “A”– for all the right reasons!

Corporations must market to our students ethically, says this blog post.

D Ed Reckoning points to a district somewhere that’s used DI (Direct Instruction) to close the achievement gap between ELL and non-ELL learners….

Drilling: Necessary. Killing? Not so much.

Learning math by DVD? No improvement shown? Bribery to get the program in schools? Say it ain’t so, Darren!

Flipping a card…it’s on this blogger’s pet peeve list.