MSM 352:  Almost no Oscar, Almost …Vocabulary, Comics and MAMSE


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This sentence contradicts itself… no, wait, actually it doesn’t.


The Law of Volunteering”

If you dance with a grizzly bear, you had better let him lead.


“The Law of Avoiding Oversell”

When putting cheese in a mousetrap, always leave room for the mouse.


“The Law of Common Sense”

Never accept a drink from a urologist.


“The Law of Reality”

Never get into fights with less attractive people, they have less to lose.


“The Law of Self Sacrifice”

When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.


“Weiler’s Law”

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.


“Law of Probable Dispersal”

Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.


“Law of Volunteer Labor”

People are always available for work in the past tense.


“Conway’s Law”

In any organization there is one person who knows what is going on. That person must be fired.


“Iron Law of Distribution”

Them that has, gets.


“Law of Cybernetic Entomology”

There is always one more bug.


At a church in Mississippi, the pastor announced that their prison choir would be singing the following evening. I wasn’t aware there was a prison in the vicinity, so I looked forward to hearing them.


The next evening, I was puzzled when members of the church approached the stage. Then the pastor introduced them.


“This is our prison choir,” he said, “they’re behind a few bars and always looking for the key.”


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Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Systems Thinking


I was recently reading the January, 2017 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, “Systems Thinking Solutions.” It was written by Patty McGinnis, Editor of Science Scope.  The article describes how the cross-cutting concept of systems and system models is critical to science because it fosters understanding of the interconnectedness of system components.


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Easy to make math game for practicing math facts

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Singapore Will Drop Grades, Reduce Testing …


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“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” —Douglas Adams, who was born on this day in 1952


Troy Hicks‏ @hickstro

Dr. Johnston makes me wonder why, WHY we are so focused on Lexile scores and reading logs when a reading life is so much more. #mrapassport


Kelly Malloy‏ @kellys3ps

10 Classroom Discussion Techniques my guest post @RachelLynette ‘s Minds in Bloom blog


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




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