Wednesday, April 29, 2009

National Poetry Month- Thomas Wyatt and Adrienne Rich

National Poetry Month is almost over. There is only ONE more day! Here are some poems and if there are any poems that you would like, there could be a poem party tomorrow.

Thomas Wyatt
What Should I Say

What should I say,
Since faith is dead,
And truth away
From you is fled?
Should I be led
With doubleness?
Nay, nay, mistress!

I promised you,
And you promised me,
To be as true
As I would be.
But since I see
Your double heart,
Farewell my part!

Though for to take
It is not my mind,
But to forsake
I am not blind
And as I find,
So will I trust:
Farewell, unjust!

Can ye say nay?
But you said
That I alway
Should be obeyed?
And thus betrayed
Or that I wist--
Farewell, unkissed.

Adrienne Rich
Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen,
Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.
Aunt Jennifer's fingers fluttering through her wool
Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
The massive weight of Uncle's wedding band
Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer's hand.
When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.

Anonymous Lyric
Now Go’th Sun Under Wood
Nou goth sonne under wode-
Me reweth, Marie, thi faire rode
Nou goth sonne under tre-
Me reweth, Marie, thi sone and the.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

National Poetry Month- Children's poems

I hope everyone is has been enjoying National Poetry Month. I thought everyone would enjoy some poems for children.

At the Seaside
By Robert Louis Stevenson
When I was down beside the sea
A wooden spade they gave to me
To dig the sandy shore.
My holes were empty like a cup,
In every hole the sea came up,
Till it could come no more

The Field Mouse
By Cecil Frances Alexander
Where the acorn tumbles down,
Where the ash tree sheds its berry,
With your fur so soft and brown,
With your eye so round and merry,
Scarcely moving the long grass,
Fieldmouse, I can see you pass.
Little thing, in what dark den,
Lie you all the winter sleeping?
Till warm weather comes again,
Then once more I see you peeping
Round about the tall tree roots,
Nibbling at their fallen fruits.
Fieldmouse, fieldmouse, do not go,
Where the farmer stacks his treasure,
Find the nut that falls below,
Eat the acorn at your pleasure,
But you must not steal the grain
He has stacked with so much pain.
Make your hole where mosses spring,
Underneath the tall oak's shadow,
Pretty, quiet harmless thing,
Play about the sunny meadow.
Keep away from corn and house,
None will harm you, little mouse.

There was a Little Girl
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

I hope you enjoyed these poems. Do you have any favorites?

Monday, April 27, 2009

National Poetry Month- Sir Walter Ralegh

I hope everyone has been reading and writing a lot of poems during National Poetry Month. Today I am going to feature Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh).

I am sure that many of you know that Sir Walter Ralegh tried and failed to establish two colonies on Roanoke Island in America, but he was also a poet. And on a side note he also introduced the potato to Ireland and tobacco to Europe. He lived from 1552-1618 when he was at Whitehall for treachery. Enjoy these two poems.

[On the Life of Man]
What is our life? a play of passion;
Our mirth the music of division;
Our mothers’ wombs the tiring-houses be
Where we are dressed for this short comedy.
Heaven the judicious sharp spectator is,
That sits and marks still who doth act amiss;
Our graves that hide us from the searching sun
Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.
Thus march we, playing, to our latest rest,
Only we die in earnest-that’s no jest.

[Sir Walter Ralegh to His Son]
Three things there be that prosper up apace
And flourish, whilst they grow asunder far,
But on a day, they meet all in one place,
And when they meet, they one another mar;
And they be these: the wood, the weed, the wag.
The wood is that which makes the gallow tree;
The weed is that which strings the hangman’s bag;
The wag, my pretty knave, betokeneth thee.
Mark well, dear boy, whilst these assemble not,
Green springs the tree, hemp grows, the wag is wild,
But when they meet, it makes the timber rot;
It frets the halter, and it chokes the child.
Then bless thee, and beware, and let us pray
We part not with thee at this meeting day.

Monday, April 20, 2009

National Poetry Month- autobiographical poem

Today in honor of National Poetry Month I am going to do an autobiographical poem base on the form below, by pretending that I am someone else. I will be skipping line 11.

Line 1: My name
Line 2: 3 personal characteristics or physical traits
Line 3: Brother or sister of or son/daughter of or husband/wife of
Line 4: I love 3 people, things, ideas
Line 5: I feels 1 emotion about 1 thing
Line 6: I need 3 things
Line 7: I share these 3 things
Line 8: I fear these three things
Line 9: I would like to see 1 place, or person
Line 10: I dream about 1 item or idea
Line 11: A student in my school or teacher's name
Line 12: My nickname or my first name

Eve
Woman, gullible, clothed
Wife of Adam
I love God, Adam and free will
I feel sad about eating the fruit
I need God, my husband, my food
I share consequences, a rib and Love
I fear God, pain and loss
I would like to see my grandchildren
I dream about the Garden of Eden
Eve

I hope you enjoyed learning about an autobiographical poem during National Poetry Month.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Writing with a Theme- Loyalty

Once upon a time in Pleasant Town, there was a boy who was new to the baseball team. This was his first time being on a team, so he did not know it was important to always support his team in all that they do.

One Saturday after practice the whole team decided to go to the matinee. It was only $.25 after all. The new boy decided he was going to sit by some boys from another school and not his team; this boy was about to get a lesson in loyalty.
The new boy was soon teased by the boys for wearing glasses and being new in town. The biggest boy threatened the boy and said," I will see you outside after the show,'' the new boy did not say anything, but he just looked straight ant the screen. He was wishing he had stayed with the team. The team knew about the threats, because the fight news was being whispered throughout the theatre. The new boy did not know what to do. He knew he could leave them, stay in the theatre or simply face the bully at the end of the show. He thought he would just walk out at the end and see what happened.

He did not enjoy the show and was glad to get out of there. To his surprise his whole baseball team was there waiting for him the bully decided it was too much to go up against a whole baseball team, so he left. The new boy learned that loyalty no matter how new could always surround you.

Friday, April 17, 2009

What is a Color Poem?

As National Poetry Month continues, we learn about a new type of poem. A color poem is about a single color by using analogies, similes or list nouns about that color. When writing a color poem the author can also use the five senses. Below is a poem I have written using the five senses.

Blue is all

Blue is a Rocky Mountain Bluebird in flight.
Blue is the sound a sunny day makes.
Blue smells like a blueberry.
Blue tastes like Blue Moon ice cream.
Blue feels like a hammock ready to swing in during the summer.
Blue is the color of love in my husband’s eyes.
Blue is a blue merle collie barking on a foggy spring morning.
Blue feels snug like my jeans.
Blue is the lid of peanut butter for the kids’ breakfast.
Blue is a pen I like to write with.
Blue is a robin’s eggs and the promise of new life.
Blue rose bushes are the promise of summer to come.
Blue is the passion when giving and receiving a blue diamond.
Blue is the ocean as big as God’s love.
Blue is the lonesome sound of a steam engine
Blue is the bluebells, delicate as life itself.
Blue tastes like mint, my toothpaste when I go to bed.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What is a Cinquain

In honor of National Poetry Month I am going to describe and show examples of different poetry. Today the form featured is cinquain.

In the early 1900’s Adelaide Crapsy read different tanka and haiku and so influenced she developed her own poetic system she called a cinquain. These poems consisted of twenty-two syllables distributed as 2, 4, 6, 8,2 in five lines.

The most famous of her cinquains from her book The Complete Poems is:
TRIAD
These be
Three silent things:
The falling snow... the hour
Before the dawn... the mouth of one
Just dead.

The cinquain I am doing today has this form:
Cinquains have five lines
Line 1: Title (noun) - 1 word
Line 2: Description - 2 words
Line 3: Action - 3 words
Line 4: Feeling (phrase) - 4 words
Line 5: Title (synonym for the title) - 1 word

Jon
Good, helpful
Plays with kids
Calm, loves his children
Father

If you want to create a cinquain tale on line click here.
If you want to a cinquain activity for you or your students click here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Writing Prompt- using Serendipitous Setting Descriptions

Pick an adjective, place and phrase from http://writingfix.com/right_brain/Serendipitous_Setting1.htm SerendipitousSetting Descriptions

I picked dangerous, fountain, and on a miniature train set.

One day I was working on my miniature train set when I noticed the fountain was working. This was not the first time I had seen the fountain by itself so I wasn't too worried.

I continued working on my new two-story depot. I was really excited about my new depot. My best friend had made it for me and had given it to me on my birthday. It was a replication of my favorite depot in Mashy, Michigan. I was so impressed with the job that Timmy had done. I compared the pictures that I had with the depot and there was nothing missing, I could not believe Timmy had been able to put in all of the details.

What was this? My fountain, which usually just ran water, was now running purple water and was shooting sparks. That was really strange. I was not sure what to think. I had never seen that before, was something strange going to happen or did I need to return the fountain to the store?

I decided to leave the depot where it was and run the trains. I had three trains, so I wanted to see what would happen to the fountain if I stopped the trains at the depots and also at the fountain. I started running the trains, one at a time and slowly at first. As far as I could tell the fountain had not changed yet. It was still running purple water and shooting black sparks out of the top. I decided to stop my smallest train at my oldest depot. It was a replica of an old West depot. I stopped my middle-sized train at my Scottish depot. As far as I could tell the fountain was still behaving as before. Actually it seemed to be a little happier. It was still purple, but it had stopped shooting the black sparks.

I was ready for my last train. This train engine was my pride and joy. It was a silver and black steam engine and that looked like the Orient Express. Now that I think about it, it was after I had gotten this engine the fountain started to behave strangely. I just had to drive my engine past the fountain and to my new Mashy depot. I wasn't sure what I was going to do if my fountain turned dangerous, Well, nothing happened when I drove next to the fountain and stopped for about five minutes, actually the fountain water got lighter.

I took this as a good sign. I decided to move on to Mashy Depot. You will never believe what happened next. The fountain was so upset that the black sparks turned red and caught the nearby bushes on fire. The water turned black and went everywhere. Fortunately it put the fire out, I sure did not know what I was going to do about the fountain. I decided to take it off the train table for a couple of days to see if it could start acting rationally. Please stay tuned to see if I got rid of the fountain or Mashy Depot

Monday, April 13, 2009

What is Education, Part 2

The word “education” means different things to different people. I decided to look in different dictionaries to see how the definition of education has changed. I was hoping to get more feedback from the first post about the definitions, but the response was minimal.
Following are two of the definitions I have chosen to show you:

In Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language says;
“EDUCA'TION, n. [L. educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.”

In today’s Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary it says;
Education Pronunciation:\e-jə-kā-shən\ Function: noun Date:1531
1 a: the action or process of educating or of being educated ; also : a stage of such a process b: the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process 2: the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools — ed·u·ca·tion·al\-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective ed·u·ca·tion·al·ly \-ē\ adverb

Random Thoughts of a Librarian-in-Training said, “‘educate’ comes from the Latin ex + ducere, meaning literally “to lead away” indicating that the process is one designed to take somebody from their previous activities and instill them in new, better pursuits.
The main difference which I see is that the first definition is trying to tell people how they should educate children whereas the second is simply doing the job of a dictionary and explaining what education is. Perhaps more light might be shed on the subject by Merriam-Webster’s definition of “educating” or of being “educated” as the definition hinges on the definitions of these two words.”

Then I decided to look up the words educating and educated. I have put those definitions below; they are from the Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary.

Educate Pronunciation: \ˈe-jə-ˌkāt\ Function: verb Inflected Form(s): ed·u·cat·ed; ed·u·cat·ing Etymology: Middle English, to rear, from Latin educatus, past participle of educare to rear, educate, from educere to lead forth — more at educe
Date: 15th century transitive verb
1 a: to provide schooling for b: to train by formal instruction and supervised practice especially in a skill, trade, or profession2 a: to develop mentally, morally, or aesthetically especially by instruction b: to provide with information : inform 3: to persuade or condition to feel, believe, or act in a desired way intransitive verb: to educate a person or thing

Educated Function: adjective Date: 1588
1: having an education ; especially : having an education beyond the average 2 a: giving evidence of training or practice : skilled b: befitting one that is educated c: based on some knowledge of fact
— ed·u·cat·ed·ness noun

I think the definition of education from Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary encompasses more types of learning and is a little more religious. The Miriam-Webster online dictionary is very general and scientific and it should have included the definitions of educating and educated in with the definition of education. I agree with all that Random Thoughts of a Librarian-in-Training has to say. That leaves me to ask you. What kind of definition do you like, the kind that tells people how to educate or the one that is as basic as it can get?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A poem in Honor of National Poetry Month and Easter

Palm Sunday
It was a great day today
bluebirds and robins singing, clear sky.
It shows Easter is near.
Oh for that day,
Kenwood Park Presbyterian Church bells ringing
and from inside, sounds of rejoicing.
I love that holy day,
when Jesus died for my sins
and arose into heaven to be with the Father.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

National Poetry Month

Did you know April was National Poetry Month? National Poetry Month was founded in 1996 by the Academy of American poets and has been celebrated annually. It has been celebrated in Canada since 1999. Let's celebrate this month.

  • Poetry comes from the Greek word, poiesis.
  • The oldest surviving poem is the Epic of Gilgamesh.
  • American poet Emily Dickinson only published seven poems while alive.
  • William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets and two narrative poems.
  • John Keats was not popular while he lived. Now he is considered one of the best poets of the English Romantic movement.
  • The Academy of American Poetry has a list of 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month. Please visit their website, www.poets.org for more information.
  • Nostradamus wrote his prophecies in quatrains.
  • Writer's Digest is having a poetry contest and has a special blog for National Poetry Month. Please go to here to learn more.

I hope you have enjoyed learning more about National Poetry month. I would enjoy hearing some of your poetry.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Carnival of Family Life!!!

Welcome to this week's Carnival of Family Life!!! I have enjoyed reading your posts. As you read the posts, please comment and socially bookmark to show the blog owners we appreciate their hard work. Thank you for reading. Enjoy!!

Family Cooking & Recipes

Missy presents Tea Party posted at The Pink Pistachio.

Cyndi Lavin presents Low country shrimp and black-eyed peas posted at Real Food Fast!. Cyndi is "obsessed with low country recipes lately" and presents her current favorite.

Annette Berlin presents Baked Potatoes With Spinach And Cheese Sauce posted at Craft Stew. "From start to finish, delicious baked potatoes with spinach and cheese sauce takes 15 minutes," according to Annette, "if you have a large and robust microwave."

Family Crafts & Activities

GrrlScientist presents Let's Give Three Bronx Cheers for Bumblebees! posted at Living the Scientific Life, filled with pictures and reference tools, is a discussion of the natural history and economic importance of Bombus species -- the bumblebees -- and what you can do to help them live in your garden.

Lori DiPatri presents Wednesday...Pizza Night posted at Where in the world is....Deerwood Drive.

Renae presents A Simple Way to Store and Preserve Children's Art posted at Life Nurturing Education.

Stephanie presents Natural Dye for Eggs posted at Make It From Scratch, demonstrating a fun and natural way to dye Easter eggs.

Chief Family Officer presents What do you put in an inexpensive Easter basket besides candy? posted at Chief Family Officer. Readers need to provide suggestions for how to fill up an Easter basket without including any candy at all.

Scott Allen presents Change It – A Social Media Meme for a Better World posted at Scott "Social Media" Allen. "When I accessed my 14-year-old son's MySpace photo gallery, you'll never guess what I found," Scott writes.

Family Finance

Finance Tips 101 presents Tips On How To Apply For A Scholarship posted at .

James presents Five Things to Do Once You are Out of Debt Fine-Tuned Finances posted at Fine-Tuned Finances.

Jim presents » Top 5 Online Banks: Savings or Checking Accounts posted at Bargaineering.

RateNerd presents How To Protect Children From Identity Theft posted at Rate Nerd. "They can’t vote, drink or apply for credit cards. Yet every year nearly a half-million children have their identity stolen and used by an adult," RateNerd explains. "Often, the criminal and victim are members of the same family."

DR presents 10 Tips to Declutter Your Finances posted at The Dough Roller, a discussion of Leo Babauta's new book and “the fine art of limiting yourself to the essential . . . in business and in life.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Debt Elimination Tips: How To Reduce Debt With These Dos and Don'ts posted at The Digerati Life.

Super Saver presents Claiming a Parent as a Dependent on a Tax Return posted at My Wealth Builder.

The Smarter Wallet presents Job Hunting Tips: How To Deal With Losing Your Job posted at The Smarter Wallet. Every day, American families are being impacted by job losses, so these tips are timely, as well as useful.

Family Health and Wellness

Cyndi presents Another Simple Way to Release Stress Now posted at Evolution, explaining a step-by-step method to improve mood and decrease negative side affects.

Greg presents Emergency Food Storage Can Keep Your Family Safe during Crisis posted at DfendYourself. Emergency food storage is the first step in preparing for a calamity.

Kakie presents Nature Deficit Disorder: Leave No Child Inside posted at Bur Bur & Friends: Community Park. "Lack of unstructured outdoor play may have profound effects on the future of our kids," opines Kakie.

Aparna presents Medicinal value of Gooseberry (Amla) posted at Beauty & Personality Grooming. Amla has the highest quantity of vitamin C in natural form -- much more than oranges. Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant, lowers the risk of mouth, throat, stomach and cervical cancer, and fortifies the immune system.

Family Humor

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Does Your Guilt Spring Eternal? posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog.

Gal Josefsberg presents Good Neighbors posted at Gal Josefsberg, a tale about "two angry cats, one scared squirrel, and why my neighbors and I stopped talking."

Parenting Tips & Advice

Tracey presents 10 Ways to Entertain a Sick Child posted at Homemaker Barbi.

David McSweeney presents A Male Perspective: Becoming A Father posted at Girlz Night Magazine.

Jim presents Cell Phone Tracking For Teens posted at GPS Cell Phone Tracking. According to Jim, "Leveraging your teen's cell phone to ensure that they drive safely is a low cost option for parents."

Jeannie Anderson presents The Word Doesn't Change the Kid: Autism 101 posted at The Adventures of Mr. Busypants. Jeannie is a part-time college-level writing instructor/freelance editor who writes about her 6-year-old son with autism, and his little sister who is almost two years old.

Chris Channing presents A Guide To Computer Parental Controls posted at LearnStuff. "Parental control software has a simple purpose: keep one’s child safe from all the harm that the Internet may bring," writes Chris.

JuzaNobo presents Excessive Playing of PC Games: The Bad Effects posted at WrapT NoTES, offering tips to prevent your children from becoming addicted to computer games.

Dan presents How to Survive a Restaraunt with Your Kids posted at My Dad Blog, outlining some "unique approaches to surviving the dreaded 'out for dinner' experience with young children."

John presents All About Baby Thermometers posted at Modernparent.org.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hosting Carnival of Family Life

Tomorrow I am hosting the Carnival of Family life. Please join me. This is the first time I will be hosting this carnival. I am really looking forward to it. Enjoy!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Visit the Just Write Blog Carnival!!

I enjoy reading and participating in the Just Write Blog Carnival. Missy does a wonderful job every week taking and including our submissions. Please click here to learn more about what other writers have to say.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

What is Education?

What is education? Education means different things to different people. Yesterday I hosted an education carnival. I enjoyed reading the different posts. Everybody sent in different educational posts. I decided to look in different dictionaries to see how the definition of education has changed.
Following are two of the definitions I have chosen to show you:

In Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language says;
“EDUCA'TION, n. [L. educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.”

In today’s Miriam-Webster’s online dictionary it says;
ed·u·ca·tion Pronunciation:\e-jə-kā-shən\ Function: noun Date:1531
1 a: the action or process of educating or of being educated ; also : a stage of such a process b: the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process 2: the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools
— ed·u·ca·tion·al\-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
— ed·u·ca·tion·al·ly \-ē\ adverb

I am interested in learning what you think about these different definitions. Please leave your comments.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Carnival of Education- April 1, 2009

Welcome to the April 1, 2009 edition of carnival of education. Happy April Fool's Day!! I hope nobody has fooled you too badly. As always I am excited to host this carnival. There were many good entries and many different subjects. Thank you very much for helping me learn more about teaching techniques and how it is for you in the classroom. As I always say, "Your education never ends." Enjoy!!

soldave presents Model United Nations: a Teacher's Guide posted at Big in Japan, saying, "A teaching guide to teaching one of the most valuable and enjoyable high school courses there is: the Model United Nations"

Jim McGuire presents What Can Be Fixed posted at The Reading Workshop, saying, "Some things we control, others we don't. This post takes a look at both."

Nate Desmond presents 5 Ways to Waste Study Time posted at Debt-free Scholar.

Mathew Needleman presents Losing It (In the Classroom) posted at Open Court Resources.com Blog.

JC presents SJ lol’s “Computer science major is cool again” 6Bubbles - Grad School, Money, Life posted at 6Bubbles - Grad School, Money, Life.

John Holland presents Inside Pre-K posted at Inside Pre-K, saying, "I have been having a debate with myself recently. I have been thinking about the role and importance of time out in my classroom management. I have been asking myself some tough questions. Do I ask too much of my students by expecting them to keep their hands to themselves at four years old? Am I too harsh when a student has refused to participate in a classroom activity after repeated attempts to reengage and redirect their behavior? Are my circle times too long? What if we do alternating locomotive and non-locomotive activities? Am I using materials and activities that will engage them? Am I making it easier or harder for them to be successful?"

Jennifer in OR presents Expressive Social Studies posted at Diary of 1.

siobhan curious presents who says you have to go to college? posted at Siobhan Curious, saying, "Thanks for hosting!"

Larry Ferlazzo presents Relationship-Building, Merit Pay, & Testing posted at In Practice.

Larry Ferlazzo presents The Best Sites For Learning About Yosemite & Other U.S. National Parks Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... posted at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites Of The Day For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL.

Fiona Lohrenz presents Ideas For Day Care Activities And Games posted at Child Care Only.

Kim presents Book Review: Ocean Hide and Seek posted at Wild About Nature.

Pinyo presents Why A Financial Education Should Not Be Postponed posted at Moolanomy.

woodlassnyc presents Stumped posted at Under Assault: Teaching in NYC.

Bill Ferriter presents The Tempered Radical: Cell Phones ARE Disrupting the Learning Environment posted at The Tempered Radical, saying, "In this article, the Tempered Radical explores how cell phones have changed the way that he learns---and wonders why schools aren't doing more to introduce students to the same potential sitting in their pockets."

oldandrew presents What if Senior Managers Told the Truth? posted at Scenes From The Battleground, saying, "British blog about teaching in tough schools"

Nancy Muller presents Essential Gardening Books for Kids posted at Recession Depression Therapy, saying, "Now that Spring has Sprung, ship your students outside for a little fresh air learning. Grab some inspiration and dig in to your learning adventure."

Pat presents Do It Now or Else posted at Successful Teaching.

Denise presents How DO We Learn Math? posted at Let's play math!, saying, "To teach effectively, I need to understand how students learn. I can think of at least 3 ways that I have learned math — what about you?"

Myscha Theriault presents More Classroom Ideas for Old Fashioned Index Cards posted at Myscha Theriault, saying, "An article for classroom teaching on the cheap and easy."

Mary Ann Zehr presents ELLs on the Border Talk about Violence in Mexico posted at Learning the Language.

Mary Ann Zehr presents The Library of Congress Pushes Primary Sources posted at Curriculum Matters.

Walter Holland presents Wax Banks: Curricula: a short essay about education. posted at Wax Banks, saying, "A rather dark entry - but then times are dark. Enjoy!"

hall monitor presents Paddling in School Draws More Controversy posted at DetentionSlip.org, saying, "Should we use corporal punishment in schools? Most feel strongly one way or the other."

Mister Teacher presents America's Next Top Student posted at Learn Me Good.

Educatorblog presents Ways of the Teacher-Feminist: Text, schema, and stereotypes, oh my! posted at An (aspiring) Educator's Blog, saying, "How are you a teacher-feminist? Have you noticed the impact of gender, race, and other social schemata in your classroom?"

Super Saver presents Kindergarten Decision Dilemma posted at My Wealth Builder.

Joanne Jacobs presents When parents do the homework posted at Joanne Jacobs.

Chanman presents Reminder to teachers: Don't get sick posted at Buckhorn Road.

Darren presents Above The Law posted at Right on the Left Coast: Views From a Conservative Teacher, saying, "Changing grades given by a teacher? Not in California."

Mike Holden presents The Retention Myth posted at DoE- Dave on Ed.

Miss Profe presents Lost My Cool posted at Pensamientos, saying, "I hope this suits. Thank you for hosting. :)"

Mark Stock presents Are you trained or educated? posted at HOPE Foundation, saying, "The blog "What's Working in Schools" ponders the question, "Are you educated or are you trained?""

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