Carnival has almost left town

February 16, 2009 at 8:07 am
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I am almost a week late with the 210th edition of the carnival of education. My life as of late has been rather…fantastic – in the fantastical sense. A glorious grab bag of illness – both personal and familiar –  and emotion. I’ve spent much of the past 3 weeks in emergency rooms and intensive care units. I’ve been off work for 3 weeks but returning this morning, which is a good thing since I organized a good bulk of my books by colour yesterday.

Can you say obsessive?

Can you say obsessive?

Though I’ve been going stir crazy for the past few days, a result of too much time at home and in my head, I could not spend more than a few minutes at a time in front of this computer. I apologize to all of you who wrote these wonderful blog posts and have been eagerly awaiting this last week’s carnival of education.

At this point, I want to get this carnival out there before the last carny truck has been packed up and is rolling on to the next town, so here are the posts! Organized solely by the date they hit my inbox, they are a mix of posts for the pre-pre-pre school to the university graduate covering all kinds of topics from the political to dealing with parents, to selecting schools. There are a few that might be considered our advertisements of the week and even one post about dating. I figured I’d include it in honour of Le Saint Valentin.


Tom DeRosa presents 52 Teachers, 52 Lessons: Week 4 posted at I Want to Teach Forever.

Andy Skinner presents The Problem With Monty Hall posted at Doomsday Labs AND Questions for Question Box posted at Doomsday Labs.

Shen-Li presents 5 Ways to Raise a Smart Kid | Babylicious posted at Babylicious.

ESN presents How to Get Straight A?s in College (with Minimal Effort) posted at Universities and Colleges.

Bogusia Gierus presents Subtractions and Decomposing Numbers | Nucleus Learning posted at Nucleus Learning.

Larry Ferlazzo presents The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet posted at Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day….

Matthew Ladner presents Munchausen by Proxyocracy posted at Jay P. Greene’s Blog.

Bill Ferris presents Getting grading done posted at Instructify.

Alvaro Fernandez presents Learning about Learning: an Interview with Joshua Waitzkin posted at SharpBrains.

Paul Cancellieri presents Nickel-Bee No More? posted at Scripted Spontaneity.

Super Saver presents Education is a Lifetime Endeavor posted at My Wealth Builder.

John presents Stamp Collecting – Introducing Philately to Kids and Free Stamps Giveaway posted at One Family’s Blog.

Graysen Walles presents Teachers, Teaching, Heroes, Sheroes, | The Teachers movement, teachers, teaching tools, teacher resources posted at The Teachers movement, teachers, teaching tools, teacher resources AND Teaching, Teachers, Teaching Career, Education Careers, Public School, Great Careers | The Teachers movement, teachers, teaching tools, teacher resources posted at The Teachers movement, teachers, teaching tools, teacher resources.

Kelly presents Stories from School: Practice meets Policy: Yes We Can posted at Stories from School: Practice meets Policy.

John Adams presents Public Speaking – Part 1: Introduction posted at Review the Facts.

mister teacher presents I’d like to use a life line posted at Learn Me Good.

Lisa Nicol presents Education Slashed in Stimulus Bill posted at Read It and Believe It.

Pat presents How Can I Help My Students Be Creative? posted at Successful Teaching.

Britannica Blog presents Impatience with Bad Teaching posted at Britannica Blog.

Bellringers (Carol Richtsmeier) presents YB Disasters, Smackdown Meltdown & Goat Heads posted at Bellringers.

Ian Sherwin presents How to Brief a Law School Case | posted at Ian Sherwin.

Donald presents A Simple Tip for Finding Good Ideas posted at Life Optimizer.

Batya presents Teaching English posted at me-ander.

Laureen presents Peace Through Breakfast posted at The Life Without School Community Blog.

Margaret Garcia presents Top 50 Blogs For Studying Africa posted at Online University Reviews.

Scott McLeod presents Dangerously Irrelevant: Parents are using online tools to push on schools posted at Dangerously Irrelevant.

Blogger John presents Reductions for Induction: New Teachers Take to the Hill posted at Stories from School: Practice meets Policy.

Soph presents Test Scores Provide Valuable Measure Of Success in D.C. posted at Homeschool & Education News.

OnlineCollege presents Walden, and 99 other Free Online Books posted at Online Universities and Colleges.

Bob O’Hara presents “You May Blame Aphrodite” posted at The Collegiate Way.

Hall Monitor presents Parents humiliate teen over grades posted at

Andrea presents Education Headlines Examiner: Colleges are failing to thrive in this economy posted at Education Headlines Examiner.

Nancy Flanagan presents National Standards: A Thought Experiment posted at Teacher in a Strange Land.

Dave Johnston presents It's the Teaching Stupid posted at Friends of Dave.

Joanne Jacobs presents To bus or not to bus posted at Joanne Jacobs.

Mathew Needleman presents Two Comprehension Resources posted at Creating Lifelong Learners.

Dave Saba presents No difference. posted at DoE- Dave on Ed.

Vicarious presents The Parents – Part 1 | posted at Dating In Islam.

And Joel submitted, via Twitter, SYWTT Celebrates Two Years – A Brief History (2007) .


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    on February 16, 2009 at 8:59 am

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  2. brran1

    on February 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Glad to see you back to your regular self.

    brran1s last blog post at [site]..Semester Update: Spring, 2009

  3. Tracy

    on February 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks :)

  4. Elona Hartjes

    on February 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Sorry to hear about your health challenges. Hope all is well.

    How did I miss the fact that you were hosting the carnival? Thank you so much for doing this so that I can get to “meet” all these people.

  5. Batya

    on February 17, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Wonderful job and thanks for including me!

  6. Christopher Parsons

    on February 17, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Sorry to hear about your health issues.

    Oh, and “obsessive” *grin*

  7. Pat

    on February 17, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Thanks for including me and I can’t wait to read all of these entries! I have posted a link to this on my blog. I hope you are feeling better!

  8. Bill Ferris

    on February 17, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Nice carnival! And thanks for posting the Getting Grading Done article. However, I’d like to point out that it was written by Amanda French. I’m just the shlub who sent it. No harm done, I just want to make sure Amanda gets the credit :)

    Bill Ferris’s last blog post at Instructify..Those are some Lovely Charts you’ve got there

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