Life’s a carnival

Bellringers has posted the Education Buzz carnival — and met the yearbook deadlines!

Steve Spangler showed off fun science on the Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday. “In past appearances, he has made giant Elephant’s Toothpaste, blown hundreds of ping pong balls across the stage, walked across a pool of corn starch, laid Ellen across a bed of nails and shot smoke rings across the studio.”

 If I Had a Million Dollars is the theme of this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling, hosted by Forever, For Always, No Matter What.

Life’s a carnival

The Education Buzz carnival has a Mentos-in-Coke fizz, thanks to host Steve Spangler.

Home Grown Mommy is hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling.

Get a Buzz on

Submit here by Saturday afternoon to be included in next week’s Education Buzz carnival, which will be hosted by Steve Spangler.

Education Buzz Carnival

At the Education Buzz Carnival, host Steve Spangler is writing about connections.

As educators, we encourage our students to activate their schema – think of what they already know that they can connect to something new – with each unit, chapter, lab or problem set.

When we study science, for example, we are also studying mythology, Latin, Greek, history, and sociology. Astronomy cannot properly be studied without also studying mythology. A proper study of history is also a study of biography and geography. English is a combination of hundreds of languages. The ink in our pens. . . the alphabetical order of a keyboard. . . . the composition of our bread. . . . the etymology of our words. . . .the names of rockets and cars. . . . everything is connected to everything else. Oh, and by the way? All those weird punctuation symbols exist not only in writing class, but also in math and music as well.

Connections. Let’s make some!

Mark Bauerlein encourages teachers to teach unabridged literature.

And here’s the real challenge: to make 15-year-olds realize that The Odyssey isn’t drudgery, but in fact speaks to their egos and desires and anxieties a lot more meaningfully and entertainingly than does the latest episode of My Super Sweet 16.

Bauerlein reads stories from The Odyssey to his five-year-old son. Why did Odysseus taunt the Cylops? (Pride.) What happened (suffering and death).  Can a hero make mistakes. (Yep.)

Carnival of Education

Visit the teacher appreciation edition of the Carnival of Education at Steve Spangler’s Blog.

Carnival of Education

The Carnival of Education is holding a science fair at Steve Spangler’s Blog.

Carnival of Homeschooling

Visit the identity crisis edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling at Dewey’s Treehouse.

Submit here for the Carnival of Education, which will be appear tomorrow at Steve Spangler’s Blog.