I started this blog all the way back in March - a whopping two and a half months. I started it because on a LiveJournal teaching site I read, someone recommended It's Not All Flowers and Sausages. I went to check it out and I was hooked: funny, touching, introspective, biting, intelligent...I wanted to be just like Mimi! Which I'm clearly not. But either way, I was in. And from there, I started reading other education blogs that I found on her blogroll, then on those people's blogrolls, then on THOSE people's get the idea. And blogrolls are great, and I should put one up myself, and I'm totally going to once we actually hit summer break and I have some time and can actually figure out how to do it. But another way to find new blogs you like is the Carnival of Education. (I'm writing this post like I have people who read this who don't already follow the Carnival of Education. Maybe I do! Could happen. Anyway.)

The Carnival of Education may not have popcorn or sno-cones, but it definitely will take you for a ride. Some posts are cyclical, linking you back to other ideas, just like a Ferris wheel (which I just capitalized. Is it supposed to be capitalized? I feel like it is. Hmmm. Oh, yep, Wikipedia bears that out). Others are full of wild ups and downs, leaving you breathless at the end and maybe a little bit wanting to vomit - the education blogosphere's rollercoasters. And some are the neverending line you wait in, assuming it's going to lead somewhere good but in the end you get out of the spinning teacups and you're like, "Was that it? Seriously? Huh." But most are from the fun, interesting, thoughtprovoking analogies! Very few are completely unfulfilling. No matter what your style of reading, there's something there for you.

As of today, the most recent Carnival of Education is up - I've been reading 'em since, like, Carnival #217, and this is #225, so you know that I go waaaaaaaaaay back with this whole thing. Though I do have a post in it - yay! I can't wait to go check it out and find some amazing writers that I've never heard of before. I hope you do too!


Tatian & Tamara Greenleaf said...

Keep writing! I don't remember how I found your blog yesterday, but I really enjoyed the couple of recent posts I read during my lunch break. And no, I hadn't heard of Carnival of Education until I came across your site.

I teach technology, poetry, and media literacy in a K-8 school.

Tatian Greenleaf
San Rafael, CA

Brad said...

This is completely unrelated to your post, but I just wanted to say that I love reading your blog.

I stumbled on it through the Carnival of Education, and as a student in university with plans to be a Spanish teacher, I find teaching blogs like yours invaluable.

I like the personal feel yours has, and that post about Smiley and the others was tear-jerking.

Keep up the good work!

Bradley (New York)

teachin' said...

Hi Tatian - thanks for your comment! It's so exciting to know that my post actually wasn't just totally redundant. :) What an interesting combination of preps - how did you come to that?

Hi Bradley - thanks so much for your comment. It's really nice to hear that you enjoy my writing; to me, the stories, the moments, are what matter in life.

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