MSM 350:  It’s a Manic Moodle Monday Test Prepping!


Jokes You Can Use:  

Poodle: “My life is a mess. My owner is mean, my girlfriend is leaving me for a German shepherd, and I’m as nervous as a cat.”

Collie: “Why don’t you go see a psychiatrist?”

Poodle: “I can’t. I’m not allowed on the couch.”


A man goes to the doctor for a checkup. The doctor checks him out thoroughly doing various tests. He then goes back to his table and sits down. “I’m prescribing these pills for you,” he says.

Noting the weird name of the prescription, the man asks, “What am I taking now?”

“Oh, I don’t want you to swallow them. Just spill them on the floor twice a day and pick them up, one at a time.”


I wrote a book about birds…

It flew off the shelf.




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Instead, pick a language you don’t know, but can roughly approximate what it sounds like when spoken. Then, “speak” it, making up a nonsense version of that language as you go along. Now, take your “words” and put it to music which you think is appropriate for that language’s culture. If you do it well, you’ll end up with a song which to a native speaker is gibberish, but to someone who doesn’t know the language sounds like it could be real.



Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


Tapping Into Energy

I was recently reading the December, 2016 issue of “Science Scope,” a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.  

In this issue, I read the the Editor’s Desk article, “Tapping Into Energy.” It was written by Patty McGinnis, Editor of Science Scope.  The article describes how the topic of energy is one that touches every middle school science classroom regardless of the science discipline taught.


From the Twitterverse:  

Jordan Hubbard ‏@_MsHubbard  

Jordan Hubbard Retweeted Jack Berckemeyer

Bahah love my 8th graders.

Jordan Hubbard added,

Jack Berckemeyer @JBerckemeyer

If you teach middle school you know that 8th graders invented alternative facts – just saying 🙂

Big History Project ‏@BigHistoryPro

If you teach history, you teach writing:  #satchat #edchat

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”  

Stacy St. Clair ‏@StacyStClair

Another president’s take: – at Tribune Tower

Dr. Justin Tarte ‏@justintarte

If you’re looking for a list of educators to follow on #twitter, I’d recommend starting here:  #knobpride #education


Glenn Robbins ‏@Glennr1809

Hey #PLN please follow & RT to show one of my great teachers the power of Twitter PD! @AmyLeeBrewin

History News! ‏@historynews

Fashions for February 1813 … #twitterstorians

Aaron Duff, M.Ed. ‏@education_geek

Students will tell you…if you ask! #WritetoLearnMO #edchat #elemchat

Todd Distelrath ‏@tdistelrath

Anti-Common Core bill looks to replace MI standards with old Mass. standards. Mass. currently uses CC.  via @freep


#mschat every Thursday 8:00 pm.  Join Todd Bloch for a great conversation!  



Sharing Resources, Preparing for tests


Discussion of sharing resources and preparing for tests.


26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow




Presidential Historians Survey

C-SPAN’s academic advisors devised a survey in which participants used a one (“not effective”) to ten (“very effective”) scale to rate each president on ten qualities of presidential leadership: “Public Persuasion,” “Crisis Leadership,” “Economic Management,” “Moral Authority,” “International Relations,” “Administrative Skills,” “Relations with Congress,” “Vision/Setting An Agenda,” “Pursued Equal Justice for All,” and “Performance Within the Context of His Times.”

Surveys were distributed to historians and other professional observers of the presidency, drawn from a database of C-SPAN’s programming, augmented by suggestions from the academic advisors. Ninety-one agreed to participate. Participants were guaranteed that individual survey results remain confidential. Survey responses were tabulated by averaging all responses in a given category for each president. Each of the ten categories was given equal weighting in arriving at a president’s total score.


Learn about the past Presidents of the United States


Women in History

A collection of interviews with people who were there at key moments in women’s history


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