Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Carnival of Educators: Olympic Gold Edition

Welcome to the February 23, 2010 edition of carnival of educators.  There's a ton of great stuff in here!

In the Classroom

Matthew Halpern presents Clip Show. posted at Look at my happy rainbow!.  It's a "best of" from one of my favorite blogs.

Kim Hughey presents The Power of Love (or is it lust?) posted at Math Tales from the Spring, saying "I thought I'd share a funny story that happened in one of my classes recently".

M Dahms presents About Reader's Workshop: Real Reader's Don't Mark Up Books With Highlighters posted at A Reader's Community, saying "In the aftermath of a loooong professional development day, I had to get this out of my system!"

Jeff Benes presents Humanize the perpetrators too posted at Midwest Center for Holocaust Education's Educator Forum, saying "Great resource for educating about a critical time in human history."

Karren Colbert presents Rethinking Grades and Effort posted at The Write Brained Teacher.

Patrick Black presents Cooperative Learning posted at Teaching All Students. Read this as a companion piece to "Teaching: The Unprofessional Profession" below.

Cassy presents Snow Day - a Teacher's Best Friend posted at Reach for More - Aspira a más.

Rachel Lynette presents Ideas for Encouraging Self-Evaluation posted at Minds in Bloom.

Teaching and Technology

Sherry Amorocho presents More Spanish: Using Skype class to class posted at More Spanish.  Great primer for using this easy technology in the classroom, and not just in Spanish classes!

Robert Drummond presents Wii Sports for Mean, Median and Modal averages. posted at Robert Drummond's Blog.

Henrietta Miller presents Twitter for Teachers in 20 Minutes « posted at Classroom Chronicles, saying "Want to inspire fellow teachers to take up the challenge of Twitter?"

Carl Anderson presents Filling the Production Gap posted at Techno Constructivist.  Mr. Anderson focuses on the idea of engaging students by turning them into content producers.

simon finch presents Proper Tea is Theft posted at simfin, saying "This blog explores the reasons why IPR and copyright are real challenges for schools. The article has been very well received and prompted a lively and considered discussion via comments and Twitter."

Beyond the Classroom

Ben Klempner presents Fostering a child’s sense of competence posted at Effective Family Communication.

Dana presents Book Giveaway! posted at Roscommon Acres.  You can win a copy of Empowering Youth: How to Encourage Young Leaders to Do Great Things, written by my the author of Pass The Torch.

Nancy Flanagan presents Charters: A Tale of Two Cities posted at Teacher in a Strange Land, saying "Charter schools are not the same things to all people."

Dan Roberts presents A double dose of innovative learning with the funky chicken posted at Why did the Chickenman cross the road?.  Two posts for the price of one!

Lora Cowell presents Lessons in the News posted at LibraryRemix. Ms. Cowell applies lessons learned from the collapse of the Rocky Mountain News to a wide range of education topics.

Shelly Terrell presents Reflections on the Alfie Kohn Live Chat posted at Teacher Reboot Camp, noting "Alfie Kohn, internationally reknown education author, answered educators' questions during a free webinar. Read the recap that includes some of Alfie Kohn's most memorable responses and watch the 52 minute edited video."

Alen presents Teaching: The Unprofessional Profession posted at Technology In Class, saying "Professionalism is lacking in the field of education. Why teaching is the unprofessional profession explained." I agree that we need to care about and make the most of professional development (the main idea of this article), but teachers aren't invested because the vast majority of what's offered by their school and/or district is a joke. Workshops about engaging lessons are presented in the least engaging way possible, and we're expected to react differently than students do to just plain bad teaching. Schools and districts are the ones that need to be more professional and stop wasting teachers' time with poor PD.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Edu-Gaffe posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog.

Bellringers (Carol Richtsmeier) presents Spying, Skynet & Tape posted at Bellringers. Ms. R's unique take on the recent news of a school spying on their students through their laptops.

Joanne Jacobs presents Teacher seniority rules under fire posted at Joanne Jacobs.

Jessie Voigts presents Global Travelers - SoulTravelers3 posted at Wandering Educators, saying "I'd like to share with you one of my very favorite world travelers, a family traveling the world and sharing it with us. SoulTravelers3 is a fantastic website, full of great travel information, stories of homeschooling abroad, traveling, and learning while exploring different cultures."

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