Monday, February 16, 2009
Head on over and check out several great reads. Posts include something about saving The New York Times, a review of Andy Crouch’s book Culture Making, sources to watch television online for free, and an opinion piece regarding a formal apology regarding slavery from an author you might be familiar with.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
And now for some weekend mirth (and boy do I need some.....):
It seems everyday we have more and more reasons to bemoan educational progress therefore a little humor goes along way. Several days ago I received the following in an email from my cousin. She said she thought me when she read it and I can understand why…….true the story involves a school setting, but the title and the subject matter also involves me since I had my youngest child at home in the presence of three midwives.
….and before you ask…..yes, it was a planned birth. :)
Now, on to a bit of mirth titled Middle Wife which is apparently the product of a 2nd grade teacher somewhere in the United States:
I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself,
but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second-grade classroom a few years back.
When I was a kid, I loved Show-and-Tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, Show-and-Tell is pretty tame, Kids bring in pet turtles, model Airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that.
And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.
Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.
She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my baby brother, And I'm going to tell you about his birthday.'
'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.'
She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement!
'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.
'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.
'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!
'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe! They started counting, but never even got past ten.
Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, so there must be A LOT of toys inside there.'
Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I'm sure I applauded the loudest.
Ever since then, when it's Show-and-Tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes along.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
You can find the History Carnival at Osprey Publishing, the Education Carnival at Lead From the Start, and I posted the Georgia Carnival over at Georgia on My Mind last Friday. The Georgia Carnival isn’t just a collection of postings concerning the state of Georgia….there’s always a wide range of topics there from national politics to art, to an interview with an ice road trucker.
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Georgia Carnival, of course! You can find it over at my Georgia site…..Georgia on My Mind.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Head on over, but watch for falling trees and other storm debris. Our Mother’s Day this year found the Atlanta area enduring another round of tornados, straight-line winds, and the oft repeated phrase, “It sounded just like a freight train.”
My family is ok, but many of my fellow Georgians are not. It was a bumpy morning around here from 2 a.m. until 5 a.m.
So, go to the carnival with me and let’s take our minds off storms and cleaning up. Good reads can always do the trick!
Friday, March 14, 2008
If you're education minded the education carnival is up over at Learn Me Good while Noirlecroi.com presents a teacher's life carnival.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
The Education Carnival was posted this past Wednesday over at the Sam Jackson College Experience and contains lots of education topics.
The History Carnival can be found over at Spinning Clio. Marc advises he had several off topic submissions. I’ve noticed the same going on with Education Carnival and the Georgia Carnival as well over the last several months, and the practice seems to be increasing. Did some spammy blog guru post some sort of insane post advising high-roller wannabes to submit to every blog carnival that comes down the pike to increase their hit counts and links? Basically the practice does nothing but slow down the carnival host as they attempt to put the carnival together, frustrate the readers who visit a carnival for one particular overarching topic or focus, and it really does nothing to increase the blogger’s reputation who adheres to submitting to this carnival and that carnival willy- nilly. These folks get a great big BOO from me…..not that it matters to them.
Me? I’m an innkeeper this weekend. Go read the intro to the Georgia Carnival and discover why. One thing is for certain....it’s very difficult to keep 8 female guests supplied with enough towels and toilet paper to get them through their day and evening. Last night at bedtime (2 a.m.) two of our toilets flushed continuously for 30 minutes…I kid you not! Also, don’t believe that hogwash regarding how teen boys eat more than girls. This evening they plowed through an entire stock pot full of chili and since last evening I’ve already thrown away six empty 2-liter drink bottles not to mention a gallon-sized milk jug that was full this time last night. Don’t get me wrong….for all my fussing I’ve enjoyed being their host. The whole situation has proven to me though that I don't have what it takes to be a hotel mogul.
Have a great rest of the weekend. I have to go on a reconnaissance mission regarding toilet paper and fold more towels.
Friday, February 15, 2008
No matter the reason for stopping by welcome to History Is Elementary, and welcome to the 29th edition of the Georgia Carnival…one of a very small number of state or regional carnivals being published today in the blogosphere.
The next carnival will be hosted over at Georgia on My Mind two weeks from today. If you maintain a Georgia blog and would like to host the carnival at your site e-mail me to set up a date. It’s a great way to put your own personal spin on the carnival.
The last edition of the Georgia carnival can be found at here, and the carnival archives are found here.
Due to some severe outages in my area (Thanks AT&T/Southern Bell) this was almost the carnival that didn’t happen. For that reason the submissions are presented in the order that they were received…..more or less.
Now… on to the highlights of Georgia blogging during the past two weeks. Please support these fine Georgia bloggers by letting them know you have visited them with a comment. Your continued support with your links and shout-outs at your site helps to alert others to what we Georgia bloggers have to offer:
Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr. wonders Can The US Prevent A Starvation Crisis? and Will the Euro Trump the Dollar? Big issues that deserve your input.
Every state needs a road geek and Steve Williams served admirably in that position. He presents A US 411 Connector Update posted at The Georgia Road Geek.
Moses E. Miles III gives us a character check-up and states, “Developing your character can lead to a hopeful more positive life.” Check out his post Celebrating Character posted at Three Sticks.
So what does a teacher do when the kids go home? Terrell shares what he did last week in his post Spring Has Sprung? posted at Alone on a Limb, saying, "A teacher walks the school woods looking for early signs of Spring." (His pictures are great!)
William Cotter better known in the Georgia Blogosphere as Paw Paw Bill states, “Everybody hates taxes--theirs, not yours. Yours are just fine.” So True. Read what else he has to say within his post Taxation With Representation.
I have a love/hate relationship with Home Depot myself, so I appreciate Paw Paw Bill's post Fall of the House of Homer .
This week at Georgia on My Mind I posted Moses Allen: A Great Georgia Transplant and over at Got Bible I thought about Love....the Greatest Thing.
John serves up another author interview with his post Never Challenge a Goblin to a Game of Rakachak: An Interview with Jim C. Hines posted at Grasping For The Wind.
Have you caught on to the fact that you can now watch many of your favorite television shows online? I have and it’s great! So has Kevin over at Satellite TV Guru. He provides The Best Places to Watch Prison Break Online.
Janet presents Buzzing With the Booties posted at Sky Girl Style. If I had to describe Sky Girl Style in one word I’d have to say “creativity” and I love the baby booties. This blog will be added to the Georgia blogroll in the next round of additions.
Another new addition will be Jen's Genuine Life. The tagline there states “a genuine native Atlantan mom of twins living life in the peach state”. Jen presents 13 Things about Republican Precinct Meetings and Conventions in the Peach State.
Felicia over at Fluffy Flowers presents Road Trip where we get a quick look at the lovely antique stores in Madison, Georgia and she provides another event from Lucky’s life with Scenes From a Vet's Office.
Russell over at Beer Pong Is Never a Good Idea has a few deep thoughts regarding The Modern Era, and I have to say I understand his position regarding cough syrup.
In case you were unaware this is the season of Lent. Pastor Bill over at Provocative Church asks the question, What is Lent and why do we do it?
Finally, the blogroll of Georgia blogs over at Georgia on My Mind contains several examples on online publications such as newspapers and magazines. Moonshine is one such example. It’s a magazine of the southern arts and the newest edition is available and free at the link. Go visit….the tagline states, “find the sublime by the light of the moon.” A few of the topics in the new edition include the National Symphony’s tour of South Carolina, and interview with the Blues pianist Eden Brent, photos of a pink dog, and something titled “Dumpster Diving For Roses”. Intrigued? I am.
The next edition of the carnival will be found at Georgia on My Mind on Friday, February 29th. Posts can be sent to email@example.com or use the handy submission form. Submissions are due Thursday, February 28th by 6:00 p.m.
Thanks for your continued support of the Georgia Carnival!
Friday, February 08, 2008
Interested in improving education? Interested in education policy? Then the education carnival is for you hosted at The Colossus of Rhodey. It’s not just lesson plans and theory. If education is your thing you can also check out the A Teacher's Life blog carnival and don’t forget the Carnival of Homeschooling.
The latest edition of the Georgia Carnival can be found here
Finally, lots of interesting postings regarding various history topics can be found at Historia i Media. This blog is written in Polish, but a large majority of the submissions are written in English so just click through the submission links and be surprised if you don’t have a translator program.
Friday, February 01, 2008
The Georgia Carnival is up over at Georgia on My Mind. Some of the posts that really stood out as I was putting it together last night were:
An interestng look at the prosperity gospel and capitalism. Is it a natural merger?
Of course we wouldn’t want you non-Southern types to loose those stereotypes you have concerning my Homeland so there’s some Liveass Possum Chasin' from Ashes and Glass.
The Shelbinator is a street reporter for MTV’s Choose of Loose. Read and view his experience during the MLK weekend political events in Edwards, Obama, the Secret Service and Me. I would hope teachers are using the election for several teachable moments, and blogs can provide great resources to show how citizen journalism can have an effect on Campaign ’08.
A GOP Georgiacast from Paw Paw Bill
And finally….. Should Georgia officially apologize for slavery?
If that’s not enough weekend reading for you tune in to the most recent education carnival found at Creating Lifelong Learners.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Isn’t Frosty great? Not bad for two teenage girls who have only had real snow in their yards three or four times since birth.
You folks above the Mason-Dixon Line like to poke fun of us Southern types when we get ice and snow. Yes, we all run to the store when ice is in the forecast. Yes, schools shut down and folks stay home from church. Heck, ten people from our church called today to let us know church had been cancelled.
Apparently Jesus doesn’t drive too well in the snow and neither do Georgians. We just don’t get enough practice. It is a real safety issue in these parts when black ice forms on the roads. You can read more about the snowy south here, here, and 943 closings and delays in the Atlanta area are being reported.
I received a nice email this week from my friend, Mrs. Mecomber, who authors the great blog New York Traveler. Her kids are finalists in a video contest and they need our votes. Head on over to her post that tells you specifically how to vote. I always loved the Swedish Chef character!
The Georgia Carnival is up over at Georgia Politics Unfiltered…..great postings and great blogs to explore!
Dolce Belezza provided 13 Books Which Have Won an Award in 2007 and I’m so glad she did. There’s three or four listed I have on my list to check out.
I was most impressed with Dr. Pezz and his lesson plan that included showing his students the video Star Wars and Mythology produced by the History Channel. The good doctor states I think the kids will be excited to see how the patterns, structures, and archetypes used in Greek/Roman and Norse mythology are still being used in modern storytelling.
I love this! When the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? came out many of my young students were very excited about it. I took advantage of the teachable moment that presented itself and we had a short talk about the time period presented in the movie as well as the connection to The Iliad and The Odyssey. It’s never too early to begin showing students connections between literature of the past and entertainment of the present and future.
Have a great rest of the weekend!
Friday, January 04, 2008
During the week between Christmas and New Year’s there was quite a discussion going on regarding my post about the painting of Washington's prayer at Valley Forge. One of the participants in the discussion, Hercules Mulligan, decided his most recent thoughts on the matter were too long to post as a comment so he was inspired to create his own posting. You can read it here. Let the discussion continue….
Those darn educators (I’m one of them) are at it again with a recipe swap. You can find them over at Meeyauw’s spot at the Teacher Pot Luck Carnival
Polski3 wants to know what’s on your bulletin boards.
Finally, Miss Profe is wondering about student motivation. The education guru who solves this problem will make millions, won’t they? I found Miss Profe’s take on the matter interesting and the example she used was Frederick Douglass. So what creates intrinsic motivation? Miss Profe wants to know is it your circumstances or are you already wired for it at birth? For some reason I couldn’t post a comment there but what I would have said involved Mr. Douglass. I’m not sure it was just his circumstances that prompted him to be so driven though he did have some horrific circumstances to overcome. The reason why I question the circumstance reason is there were plenty of others who came out of slavery who did not make their mark on the world in any particular way. I think when we finally hit on a perfect formula we will discover there is no perfect formula but a very mixed basis for intrinsic motivation that involves parenting, culture, environment, and even DNA. I think Miss Profe brings up a very valid question…..head on over and enter the discussion.
Friday, December 21, 2007
The latest edition of the Education Carnival is up over at The Education Wonks
The Carnival of Political Punditry can be found here and The Carnival of Family Life is over at Adventures in Juggling.
Tune in next Wednesday when this blog will be hosting the 151st edition of the Education Carnival.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
We are in the midst of home renovations…the kind that takes years instead of months for some crazy reason. At any rate new floors are down in the kitchen, dining and living rooms, new appliances have been installed in the kitchen, and I have too many decisions to make regarding lamps and window coverings. Yes, I know things could be worse.
We did manage to get our tree up this week. If you will remember we were painting last year, and for other reasons I simply didn’t feel like putting up a tree last year. It’s nice to reconnect to all of the different ornaments again.
Without further ado…..This week’s weekend reading assignment:
Lessons on how MySpace and Blogger should not be used are evident in this news story along with some of the fallout here and here. The supposed blog by the mother, Lori Drew, who tricked Megan Meier, is found here. The comments are lengthy but are interesting.
Carnivals abound this weekend…..one of the Christian Carnivals can be found over at Beyond the Rim. They were nice enough to include a post of mine regarding being dead or alive.
The Carnival of Education can be found over at So You Want to Teach? The postings I enjoyed the most from the carnival were Birthday Girl from Bluebird’s Classroom and Celeste Archer’s plea from the Schools For Tomorrow Blog. My own posting in the carnival regarding a dream teaching assignment hasn’t garnered anymore comments than what were already there. Could it be educators see a dream assignment as something so elusive they can’t even fathom one?
Once again I missed the Potluck Carnival over at Ms. Whatsit. It’s not to late to snag some holiday recipes and while you’re over there tune in to some of her other postings.
The Georgia Carnival is being hosted by Drifting Through the Grift. Head on over and see what Georgia bloggers have to offer. It’s hard for me to believe this carnival will celebrate its first birthday after the first of the year. Time does fly.
Under the category botched history…..There’s a reason why I don’t watch The View other than the fact I’m busy during that time…Sherri Shepard asserts Jesus Christ came before the Greek Civilization. Huh?
Finally, make sure you actually read all of Mitt Romney’s speech regarding religion and government given earlier this week before you form an opinion. Here's the Good Morning America page with links.
Friday, November 23, 2007
The 23rd Georgia Carnival has been posted and can be found here..
My gold star award goes out to Facing the Sharks, this edition’s host, for the wonderful job of presenting all of the submissions.
Go on over visit for a spell! You just may find an interesting new blog you never noticed before.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
The image you see here is courtesy of the Atlanta Water Shortage blog via The Atlanta Journal. Amazing, isn’t it? All that we should see of the tree stump is the very top or not at all. Our area lakes are quickly becoming desert landscapes.
I find it ironic that here in the middle of an extreme drought my husband and I spending the day getting ready to cook at a fish fry tonight for our Sunday School group at church. Of course I don’t have to do too much….hubby handles the cookers, and I’m mixing up the hushpuppies with plenty of green onion and buttermilk.
In an about face from American History I was intrigued by a book mention from Uncovered History….The Fall of the House of Hapsburg. I’m putting it on my list to see if the local library has it. World of Royalty also linked to something I might be able to use with students…Sherwood Forest is in danger. You could use the article to open a discussion on historical places and people versus Disney and other media portrayals. Some places our young students see in the media really do exisit, but the history is skewed.
First things this morning I was hit with this interesting tidbit of discovery. I hope to have more time tomorrow evening to delve into this...for now the hushpuppies are a priority rather than DaVinci and music embeds.
Another link you could use for diversion is from Caffeinated Politics involves watching Atlantis land from inside the craft. NYCEducator hates it when I used this word but……NEAT-O!
The Wrens Nest Online (of Joel Chandler Harris/Brer Rabbit fame) have been working with middle schoolers regarding this whole blogging thing.
Carnivals abound for reading pleasure….The 58th History Carnival is here, the Georgia Carnival is here, and the Education Carnival is here in an agenda type format (neat idea or should I say NEAT-O?).
Walking in the Berkshires has proposed a new carnival I’m really excited about. It’s called the Carnival of Curiosities. It’s a great idea and I can’t wait to participate. Head on over and check it out.
Finally, in case you missed it I posted Grace for Faith: The Perfect Trade over at Got Bible, and I explain how I would rather remember fallen members of the Allman Brothers Band over at Georgia on My Mind.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Dear Son is home from school (laundry for me), Dear Daughter is busy with her social life (driving for me), Dear Hubby is at church participating in a work day (I get to control the TV remote), and me……
I have a deadline to meet with a paper that MUST be written and what am I doing? I’m preparing a blog entry instead. If you’ve spent any time around here I think it’s fairly clear that I like to write, however, I have to be interested in my topic. The topic of my paper is merely a summary of an eight week course….it should be fairly simply for me to do, but I’m sooooo disinterested. The assignment is a pointless rehash of things I’ve already said. I’ve thought of several ways I could structure the assignment, but unfortunately I’m not the teacher this time and as a student apparently I have no control….
Too often we see kids in the classrooom who are disinterested. They do everything they possibly can to avoid starting an assignment. Often this is due to a lack of knowledge or skills, but more often than not it is simply because the assignment doesn’t challenge or motivate the student. I think the solution is flexibility. Sometimes when I have a child who is avoiding an assignment I sit with him or her and we take a look at the particular standard and narrow down what it is the student should know or be able to do. From there I ask the student to come up at least two ways they could prove to me “they know” or “can do”. Once that is done I take a look at the choices…sometimes we have to tweak it a bit or two….and then I ask the student to choose one of their solutions and get on with it.
A little power and some choice will go a long way sometimes.
Just a thought…..
My first link for this weekend’s reading assignment is a happy one. Sometime ago I posted a lengthy recap of the Genarlow Wilson saga. Yesterday I watched on televison as he was finally released from prison and walked into the arms of his mother and sister. Yes, this young man made a poor choice, but poor legislation by the Georgia General Assembly (even though their intention was good) is at the heart of this matter. Georgia blogger, GriftDrift has the best recap of all issues concerning Wilson’s odyssey.
Speaking of my homeland the Georgia Carnival which I normally host here was hosted this week by Rusty at Radical Georgia Moderate. He did a great job and don’t hestiate to wind your way through a Georgia Carnival thinking it’s all about Georgia and won’t be interesting. There are many postings about other subjects; however, Rusty’s recap of our water woes is a most excellent round up of what might end up being a war with Alabama and Florida.
Did you know that two cabinet members were killed in an explosion in the early 1840s? I wrote about it earlier this week over at American Presidents.
I was also infected with the 10-20-30 virus, but I’m better now.
If this doesn’t give you enough to read the Education Carnival is a must see, and an article regarding America's oldest natural history museum begs for more research regarding the various collections it still holds.
As for me…..I still have that dang paper to write. :(
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Last week’s Education Carnival can be found at Global Citizenship in a Virtual World while the Carnival of Homeschooling can be found at The Voice of Experience.
I’m way behind in my journal reading for some reason. I just keep stacking them up on the coffee table. Meanwhile interesting issues are simply passing me by. I really need to take a day or two and get caught up.
One magazine I’m finally getting around to looking at is the September issue of Edutopia Magazine. They included a list of ten blogs titled Edublogs We Love. Many congratulations to the authors behind these great sites. They are:
2 Cents Worth
Around the Corner v2
Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch
Moving at the Speed of Creativity
PBS Teachers: Learning Now
If you haven’t already noticed these sites involved in the education discussion take time to visit them and add them to your blogroll.
Friday, September 14, 2007
The Education Carnival can be found here…….here is literal as in History Is Elementary!
I plan to spend the weekend revisiting some of the education carnival entries to leave comments, as well as enjoy the Georgia carnival.
I hope you do the same and have a nice restful weekend with plenty of reading and of course, football.