“I do know that the slickest way to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time — and then shut up.” ~ Jubal Harshaw, “Stranger in a Strange Land” (Robt. Heinlein)
And who better than the estimable Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach to lead the way with a truly wise and comprehensive post on 9 Principles for Implementation: The Big Shift ? You can find Sheryl N-B every day making the future real at 21st Century Learning.
Gonna start an extreme Strange Land Fan Club for eduwonkette, a blogger so smart she’s had her gender questioned. Read In Which We Make Sweeping Generalizations from a Sample of 69 Teach for America Teachers in North Carolina –and learn.
If we got to redesign a brave new ed-world, we could start by Redefining Basic Skills posted at TeachMoore by wise woman Renee Moore. Says Renee: How many facts does a child really need to know, and why does s/he have to learn them by a certain age or grade level? Meet a fellow traveler, Renee—here’s Andrea, at Andrea's Buzzing About... and her new blog Are You 'Slow'? "When we mistake speed for ability — or rather, lack of speed for lack of ability — we misinterpret a person’s intelligence and their ability to learn."
My best blogging buddy, Bill
Ferriter, presents Middle Schoolers and MySpace posted at The
Tempered Radical. If there were ever a
Susan N. Graham discusses prize teacher pork and some tips on not becoming somebody’s teacher-leader lunch in the first blog ever to make me salivate: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? posted at A Place at the Table.
Professionalism for teachers in this new world? Rich reading from fellow Teacher Leaders Network big thinker, Anthony Cody in Class Struggle: Empowering the Teaching Profession | Edutopia posted at Anthony Cody's Blog.
Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction—even science fiction—as these perspectives from the field reveal:
John Holland, my favorite fair witness, takes a risk and states the obvious in Lead from the Start: research finding: "what teachers do with kids" matters posted at Circle Time "Lead From The Start". Relationships, they aren't just for preschool anymore.
Must-read blog: New York State ELA Exam Plugs Teach For America and Working as a Grocery Bagger posted at The Chancellor's New Clothes. Kristina’s synopsis: "This is a two part post about encouraging students to be subservient and to accept inexperienced teachers as their saviors." Teacher in a Strange Land's take: There’s a lot more going on in this blog than is captured by Kristina’s brief comment. Read. And start blogging. Stranger than fiction indeed.
Stuff about interesting little citizens: check out With Great Expectations: Spring Break? posted by dayle timmons at With Great Expectations. More itty-bitty citizen stuff: Michaele Sommerville presents 1/2 Day, Extended Day, Full Day Kindergarten posted at Kindergarten's 3 R's: Respect, Resources, & Rants. Rounding out a truly inspiring little-kid trilogy, first-time Carnival submitter Jane presents Show, Not Tell... (Why I Love Student-Led Conferences) posted at My Life with Daniel.
Cossondra George, also in her Carnival debut, gives us The Arbitrary-ness of Education posted at Middle School, day by day from a teacher's point of view. Arbitrary—good word for middle schoolers.
Ms. Cornelius always looks at things from a new point of view. Check out That's why it's called a grade point AVERAGE. posted at A Shrewdness of Apes, which features, among many other interesting phenomena, the Cult That Is Marching Band.
Should Everyone Attend College? asks Corey Bunje Bower at Thoughts on Education Policy. Good question. Who gets to answer? Go check out Corey’s blog. He has lots of questions. Woodlassnyc asks another good question at When did education turn into an industrial complex? in her blog, Under Assault: Teaching in NYC.
Mrs. Bluebird, thinking about the real and surreal, in Failing to Launch and How to Take 60 7th Graders Camping and Live to Tell About It - Part 1 posted at Bluebird's Classroom, notes that this is "Part I in a series." Bluebird, how many more parts can there be? Tune in to next week’s Carnival, or cut to the chase: Chris Wondra on Why I Don't Do Field Trips posted at Think Thank Thunk. Chris, who appears to have had a bad experience, says: Overnight field trips + Teens = Sex? You'd better believe it. And if you're brave enough to supervise an overnighter, you'd better be ready to prevent it--or pay a price. Shudder.
Siobhan Curious presents some classroom insights in sharing leadership with students posted at Siobhan Curious, my nominee for best science fiction-y blog name. Nominee for best posting title? About this blog and its title posted by Dana at Epic Adventures Are Often Uncomfortable. The ability to tackle the adventures—epic and ordinary—that life throws at us is one of the most important skills we can teach to our students. Thus said Dana, speaking a mouthful.
Last-Minute Conversions posted by NYC Educator, who says, "What do you do with kids who do no work all year and then request a miracle four weeks before school ends?” TIASL’s response: Introduce ‘em to the concept of science fiction.
Mister Teacher dips into fiction himself with A really sorry movie parody posted at Learn Me Good. Sez Mr. T: "My parody of Speed Racer -- E-Raser." We get it, T. And muse over at me-ander channels yet another movie: Meeting The Parents.
historyiselementary presents Ah....the Month of May posted at History Is Elementary. A very pretty blog interface and some lovely thoughts. Speaking of lovely thoughts, California Teacher Guy posted some over at CaliforniaTeacherGuy—one of those random sweet moments that makes a teacher understand that maybe it’s a good day, after all.
OK. How about 10 Ways to Make Certain That Your Kids Hate School, Become Lazy & Dependent Learners, Drive Their Teachers Crazy, & End Up Living in Your Basement Until They Are 40 - posts - Homework. Dinner. Life. Longest blog title winner, posted by Angela Norton Tyler, who says, "in this post, Angela shares a story about how she used to do too much for her daughter." Way, way too much, evidently. A good one.
Sarah Weisz says Everyone wants to be in Teach for America posted at Teaching Excellence Network. Not exactly everyone, but certainly lots of bright young things. Here’s the money quote, however: why [are] fabulous, bright, committed teachers...still leaving in such great numbers?
One fabulous, bright, committed teacher who isn’t going anywhere, Pat, shares Perceptions About Teaching over at Successful Teaching. And check out Darren and Ronald Reagan, man of steel (brass?), in Right on the Left Coast: Views From a Conservative Teacher in his post Free Speech And Rudeness.
Junkies is The Science Goddess's offering this week, on What It's Like on the Inside. Inside, outside, junkies…who knew?
From a strange but different
Revisiting AERA, Bill Ayers, the Weather Underground and Public Education comes from Matthew K at Education for the Aughts. Is Matthew old enough to remember Bill Ayers? Teacher in a Strange Land is.
A little science, a little math, a little rock and roll:
One of my blogging heroes, the eponymous Joanne Jacobs (Joanne Jacobs), pokes at us with What do math-smart women want? Are men from Mars? Are women from Venus? Read about why women prefer to “work with organic things.” Hmmm.
In Reflections of a Techie, math/science teacher-techie Marsha Ratzel muses on the intricacies of Homework, Feedback and Improving Grades. A+ stuff—but Marsha, what’s a shoulder partner? This blog involves lots of paradigm-shift thinking.
Great discussion on STEM over at the award-winning Teacher Voices, featuring some of the smarter teachers on the planet: The Teacher Leaders Network.
Greg Laden presents How Society Will Accept Rational Science: The Best Way to Frame Global Warming and Evolution . Check Greg Laden's Blog for more Real Science and a cool picture of what I hope is Greg dancing with his beautiful daughter.
IB a Math Teacher presents Scapegoat posted at 3σ → Left. And IB happy to share this link. Over at Let's play math!, Denise shares The Function Machine Game , a game of math and pre-algebra, for students in grade 5 + up. Denise, meet IB.
And over at the Strange Land midway, a selection of items and ideas for sale, organizations for your consideration -- things to marvel at and to wonder about.
Michael Snyder presents Radical Depopulation Of The Earth - The Solution To Mankind's Problems? posted at Shattered Paradigm.
Mark Montgomery presents College Applications: They Can Make You Sick. No kidding. Mark posts at Great College Advice. And—has Mark been talking to Jay Mathews? How Good are Advanced Placement (AP) Courses? Are They Worth Taking?
Paul Li presents Brain Training for Kids posted at Lumosity Brain Health, saying, "Teachers and parents should be aware that brain games is a fun way to help children improve their memory, attention, and processing speed and might be more beneficial to children with ADHD/ADD than medication."
Shaheen Lakhan presents Democracy vs. Domestic Violence posted at GNIF Brain Blogger, saying, "People are looking at how we are affected by the groups we belong to that are treated unequally and subjected to various kinds of stress and discrimination -- a field called intersectionality. Poor education contributes to domestic violence and other violent and criminal behavior."
Matthew Paulson presents Avoid Default When Struggling With a Student Loan » American Consumer News posted at American Consumer News.
Dave Saba presents MO does equal
momentum | American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence posted at
DoE- Dave on Ed, saying, "
are packing up—but please return to a Strange Land again. It's been great having you here.
"Remind me to write a popular article on the compulsive reading of news [on education]. The theme will be that most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers." ~ Jubal Harshaw, “Stranger in a Strange Land,” (Robt. Heinlein)