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Seth and Emily Peterson, had twin sons Samuel and Ronan. Samuel was born first, but Ronan is older.


Women Make Us Better


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Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

eMammal Project


I was recently reading the November, 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 Citizen Science article, “Where the Wildlife Are: See Wildlife and Do Science with eMammal,” written by Jill Nugent. The article describes the free online citizen science platform that actively engages students in the study of mammals.  For more information, please visit:


From the Twitterverse:  


#AMLE2017 I love middle school because…

Kelly Malloy‏ @kellys3ps Nov 5

Love this idea of having students vote for the next read aloud!

Gabriel Elder‏ @geelder

A6: As long as everyone you follow is contributing to your educational growth then I do not think you can have a PLN that is to [sic] big. Why limit your learning when there is so many great educators to follow and learn from #NT2t


Kelly Malloy‏ @kellys3ps

I love this idea of having your students leave you notes  Great for building both writing skills & relationships!

You Had One Job‏ @_youhadonejob1

You had one job!

Christine YH, Ed.D.‏ @ChristineYH

So true. Exercise your professional autonomy that fully supports student learning. @gcouros #pedagogy

CBC Toronto‏Verified account @CBCToronto

Communities across Canada prepare for solemn Remembrance Day tributes:

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




Graphic Organizers

According to Allan Paivio’s theory of dual coding, humans process information in both visual and verbal form. When we see the word “book,” we picture a book in our minds, because we’ve had plenty of real-life experiences with books. When we’re learning new words or concepts, it’s helpful to try to form mental images for those ideas to reinforce their meanings.


Math Clotheslines

Provide math communities with visual, dynamic, and student-centered activities that build number sense, conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.



Medal of Honor Foundation

The Foundation

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which consists exclusively of the living Recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Foundation is dedicated to educating and inspiring Americans about the values embodied in the Medal of Honor: courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism.


Seven Tips for Getting More Out of Google Slides

  1. Start with a template
  2. Explore button
  3. Resize your slides
  4. Fun fonts
  5. Edit photos
  6. Mask image
  7. Duplicate slides

Google Slide Themes

SlidesCarnival templates have all the elements you need to effectively communicate your message and impress your audience, and completely free!



Quick Rubric


General Rubric Generator


Buck Institute for Education





Web Spotlight:



This STEMIE Coalition-fueled National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship (NICEE) event is an annual celebration of K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. This far-reaching forum is the marquee event of The STEMIE Coalition. The event provides a live, in-person opportunity for youth inventors and entrepreneurs in grades 3-12 to display their critical thinking skills through inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurial activities.


Random Thoughts . . .  

November 11 (11/11) is Single’s Day!  Well sorta . . .


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