MSM 379: Did I say that Right?


Jokes You Can Use:  


I got hit in the head with a can of Diet Coke today. Don’t worry, I’m not hurt.

  • It was a soft drink.


Why do melons have weddings?

  • They cantaloupe


Do I enjoy making courthouse puns?

  • Guilty.


Hostess: ‘Do you have reservations?’

Me: ‘No. I’m confident I want to eat here.’


Why did the man name his dogs Rolex and Timex?

  • Because they were watch dogs


I want to go on record that I support farming. As a matter of fact, you could call me:

Hear about the statistician 
who drowned crossing a river?

  • It 
was three feet deep on average.

Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers?

  • He will stop at nothing to avoid them.

I put my root beer in a square glass. Now it’s just beer.


Why should the number 288 never be mentioned?

  • It’s two gross.

What do you call a number that can’t keep still?

  • A roamin’ numeral.


How do mathematicians scold their children?

  • “If I’ve told you n times, I’ve told you n+1 times…”


The problem with math puns is that calculus jokes are all derivative, trigonometry jokes are too graphic, algebra jokes are usually formulaic, and arithmetic jokes are pretty basic. But I guess the occasional statistics joke is an outlier.


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Lifelong Kindergarten Part 1

This is the first in a seven part podcast series on the book, “Lifelong Kindergarten,” written by Mitchel Resnick.  This first podcast focuses in on the purpose of the book and the author himself.  Mitchel believes that by providing young people with opportunities to work on projects, based on their passions, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit, we can help them prepare for a world that requires creative thinking more than ever before.



From the Twitterverse:

George Couros‏Verified account @gcouros

4 Non-Negotiables for Schools

NCTE‏ @ncte Jan 6

The 30 Day Happy Teacher Challenge via @prestoplans  Could be a great way to kick off this year!

Kelly Malloy‏ @kellys3ps Jan 7

Seems like a great #newyearsresolution to me!

dailySTEM‏ @dailystem

Why didn’t the Sun go to college? Because it already had 1000’s of degrees! #FridayFun #ScienceJokes

Eric Curts‏ @ericcurts

20 Chrome Extensions, Web Apps, and Add-ons for Math … #edtech

Michelle Brahaney‏ @m_brahaney

New Treasure Trove Of Education Research … via @Larryferlazzo


Microsoft in Education Canada‏Verified account @MicrosoftEduCA Jan 11

The @SkypeClassroom calendar is packed with experiences to make 2018 the year of #globallearning:

Eric Curts‏ @ericcurts

21 New Free Interactive Pear Deck Templates for Google Slides … (Plus enter to win 1 year of Premium access) #edtech #edtechchat #GSuiteEDU #GoogleEDU #TOSAchat #ETCoaches #DitchBook @PearDeck

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




Principal Bucket List


Metacognition: How Thinking About Thinking Can Help Kids


Sketchnoting 101, for those with little artistic talent

After having done various forms of sketchnoting for almost a year now, I have some lessons and ideas I want to share with you. But beforehand, we have to take care of the elephant in the room. (And if you don’t want to deal with that elephant, you can find my list of lessons and ideas below it.)

Here’s the beauty about sketchnotes: You don’t need to be an artist to create effective sketchnotes. Using visuals to record ideas are better at producing memories that you can recall than just words.


Deeper Learning Performance Assessment Resource

Assessing student learning is crucial for Gold Standard PBL.




American Literature

Free eBooks. Novels, short stories, poetry, author search.

Open Culture: 900 Free Audio books

Optimism Stronger than Fear

My students carry with them their resilience, passions, and optimism. They see themselves as Americans and are determined to contribute to their community.


How can we, as teachers, respond in a way that supports and protects our students?

Here are some initial ideas:

  • Reiterate your commitment
  • Read up on your students’ countries; know their histories
  • Know your rights — and your students’ rights
  • Connect with your community
  • Encourage student activism


Getting respect for teachers in schools – well, it’s complicated

It is a bit of a chicken and egg scenario, or is it that simple? Should teachers automatically be respected once they walk in a classroom, or is the respect that students develop for teachers something that is developed over time?

What may be regarded as disrespectful behavior by students is very much subjective and attitudes have also changed over time. That said, we do have to respond to disrespectful behavior in schools and do our utmost to cultivate positive learning environments.

As is often said, be the change you want to see in your students.


Making Student Feedback Work

The benefits of student feedback are deep and wide — but not always recognized.

Students have a comprehensive view of how their teachers educate and motivate. Student evaluations can be collected cheaply, quickly, and regularly, giving teachers the opportunities to make real-time adjustments to their teaching. Teachers may actually learn about their students from feedback questionnaires, too — how they learn, whom they know well in the class, and with whom they work best.


Random Thoughts . . .  


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