MSM 307:  Quotes, Nitrogen – Cheat and Don’t Get Caught. We’ll be back!


Jokes You Can Use:

A man walks into the psychiatrist’s office with a zucchini up his nose, a cucumber in his left ear, and a breadstick in his right ear. He says, “What is wrong with me?

The psychiatrist replies, “You are not eating properly.”


Q: Do you know why dogs don’t dance?

A: They have two left feet!


A little boy asked his dad for a dollar to give to a little old lady in the park. His father impressed by his son’s kindness, gave him the dollar. “There you are my son,” said the father. “But, tell me, isn’t the little lady able to work any more? “She sells candy” was the boy’s reply.

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The Paper Airplane that you wish you’d made

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Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or



I was recently reading the February, 2015 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 column, “Scope on the Skies” written by Bob Riddle.  In his column, Bob provides questions that students would have fun answering.  In this issue, he asks questions about nitrogenous breathing organisms, planets inhabited by robots and cameras that simulate our eyes.


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Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit

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How to Cheat on State Standardized Tests and Not Get Caught

It could be my college experience that leads me to write this article. I’m not encouraging anyone to follow the advice given here, but I’m sure that many have already done so. The fact is that any time you create a game, people will game the system, and that is just what our current test and punish culture has lead to.

If you are going to do some erasing, you better be selective and not get carried away. Here are my tips.

  • On the papers of your top students and your bottom students, don’t erase anything.
  • Focus on your bubble kids. I wouldn’t correct more than two questions per test. I would use a high-end eraser, and use almost a surgical technique.
  • Most of the efforts I have seen to fire poor teachers depend on at least two consecutive years of poor performance on the tests combined with other criteria. If this is the case, it’s fine if your students do crappy year one as long as they do better year two.
  • Most teachers are concerned about students cheating on assessments of all kinds, and usually take action to control cheating opportunities. When it comes to the state tests, however, you just might want to lower the cheating barriers.


If you haven’t figured it out yet, this article was written with tongue firmly in cheek.

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