MSM 382: “I Wonder” Questions – i.e.  “I Wonder What The Show Is About?”


Jokes You Can Use:  


A woman came to her doctor in a panic.

“Doctor, all day long my daughter eats yeast and car wax, and won’t get out of bed! What will happen to her?”

  • “Don’t worry,” said the Doctor, “eventually she will rise and shine.”


I swallowed some food coloring the other day.

  • I’m dying inside.


I changed my iPod’s name to Titantic.

  • Because it’s SYNCING.


Why are fish so easy to weigh?

  • They have own scales.


How can you check to see if Lady Gaga is dead?

  • Poker face.


Have you heard about the new movie “Constipation”?

  • It hasn’t come out yet.


What’s the difference between boy snowmen and girl snowwoman?

  • Snowballs


What’s the most famous fish in the sea?

  • Starfish
  • (If you know a better fish pun, please let minnow).


Why did the Roman chicken cross the road?

  • Because she was afraid someone would caesar!


What do you call the story of The Three Little Pigs?

  • A pigtail!




U.P. concrete worker shares lesson of 4th-place Olympic finish with son

He finished in fourth place. No-man’s land. No medals. “No glory,” as Baumgartner said with an accepting smile.

“Fourth place!” Baumgartner said to his son. “The wooden spoon. Just think how famous you would be at school, if I was on the podium.”

Baumgartner has taught his son to savor every second, to squeeze everything out of every opportunity. Baumgartner plans to stay the duration of the Games to show his son “the full on Olympic experience.”





Accepting consequences

A very short video from Bagger Vance. He moves some vegetation which inadvertently moves the ball. Everyone wants him to not follow the rules.


Amazon Day One Videos

A variety (currently 29) of videos that focus on Entrepreneurs. Some good leadership choices. All of the videos are under 3 minutes.


Text neck and other Modern Maladies

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Lifelong Kindergarten – Part 4 — Passion

This is the fourth in a seven part podcast series on the book, “Lifelong Kindergarten,” written by Mitchel Resnick.


This fourth podcast focuses in on chapter three in the book, “Passion.”  In chapter three, Mitchel emphasizes:

  • Building on Interests
  • Wide Walls
  • Hard Fun
  • Gamification
  • Personalization
  • Tensions and Trade-Offs: Structure


From the Twitterverse:

Coach Ben 😎👍‏ @cogswell_ben Feb 14

With the Chinese New Year almost here, it’s time for you or your students to test your mastery with this differentiated #hyperdoc WARNING ADVENTURERS ONLY->  #alisalstrong #tosachat #cuerockstar #ditchbook

Bored Teachers‏ @Bored_Teachers Feb 15

Let the games begin!

edublogs‏ @edublogs

“PBL is not a license to ditch the standards or take a break from real learning. It’s not the same thing as a pizza party or Field Day.” How Do You Teach to the Standards When Doing Project-Based Learning?”  via @spencerideas #PBL

Karly Moura‏ @KarlyMoura Feb 15

It’s HERE!! The Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid FREE eBook 2nd Edition Packed full of resources to help you blast off with awesome ideas and take flight with NEW features @SEANJFAHEY #SolidGold #FlipgridFever …

Jennifer Williams‏ @JenWilliamsEdu 15 Dec 2016

‘I Wonder’ Questions: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry  Revisiting this great post! @edutopia #wonder #inspireinquiry

Library of Congress‏Verified account @librarycongress

We have posted some great stories on @Medium about how people use the Library’s collections and how you can too. Take a look, ….

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





  • Tip 1: Know your school’s anti-bullying culture and showcase it proudly.
  • Tip 2: Give everyone the resources to live and to thrive in the culture that you’ve actually just created.
  • Tip 3: Empower your students to take a stand.
  • Tip 4: Reinforce effort. Work at leadership success.
  • Tip 5: Be there for your students and families. Serve their needs each and every day.



Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children by Yong Zhao

How do you close the achievement gap? Start by changing the question.  


When we use the achievement gap to define success, we shortchange our students. It’s time to recognize that the potential for greatness lies in a unique form within each child―and that the goal of education should be to encourage and develop it. This inspiring manifesto brings in research from different disciplines and demonstrates how to uncover individual greatness by giving students control of their learning. You’ll also find:  

  • Strategies for implementing personalizable education
  • Examples showing practices that have gone wrong―and right
  • Guidance for teaching disadvantaged students


Personalized Learning Vs Personalization of Learning

…the idea of “personalization of learning,” meaning more in how does the teacher understand the student, build on their interests, and create learning opportunities for the student3.  I can get behind this idea.

The personalization of learning creates the opportunity for more depth and authenticity, whereas “personalized learning” seems to be more about knowing the “stuff”.


Web Spotlight:


John Spencer

“As you know, I am a huge fan of the design thinking process. And, for that reason, my friend Jochem Goedhals (who I met in the Netherlands) and I want to get a sense for how educators use design thinking and design processes as they develop, implement, and improve their practice.

This is part of the initial research we are doing on a book that Jochem and I will be writing in the future. This survey will be part of what drives our research and writing.

It’s a quick survey and it would mean the world to me if you took the time to fill it out.”


Random Thoughts . . .  


Personal Web Site


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