Jokes You Can Use:
Why couldn’t the butterfly go to the fancy New Year’s Eve dance?
It was a moth ball!
Q: What did the janitor yell when he jumped out of the closet?
A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in…
A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
“I don’t know what more they want? They give me questions I don’t know, I give them answers they don’t know.”
So, how do you get down off this elephant?
You don’t. You get down off a goose.
The Case Against Sugar
What do you see in others?
Steve Jobs on Asking
New Laws for 2017 (and some old ones)
Silly laws still on the books.
New California Laws for 2017
Because we teach Middle School . . .
Quilted Northern Commercial
Middle School Science Minute
I WAS RECENTLY READING THE OCTOBER, 2016 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 ARTICLE, “PHENOMENAL ENGAGEMENT.” IT WAS WRITTEN BY SUSAN GERMAN. IN THE ARTICLE SHE DISCUSSES HOW TO ENGAGE STUDENTS THROUGH THE USE OF RELEVANT SCIENTIFIC PHENOMENA.
From the Twitterverse:
This is what it is about. Kids will move mountains for teachers they respect and like.
xkcd: 2017 http://buff.ly/2hDiKW6
Make 2017 a great year!
Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation tomorrow 1863—here from his early handwritten draft:
Wondering what to download for the kids tonight? Here are 10 NYE-themed movies for ages 3-17: http://bit.ly/2iAtEup
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”
Based on NPR podcasts, this site provides the podcast segments and lesson plans. The basics are free. There is a tie in with Socrative as well. (You get a code that you can use to Import a quiz into Socrative. You must have a teacher account with Socrative, then go to Quizzes, Add a Quiz, import and enter the code). The questions that I looked at were pretty short and simple. Still, this could be a great option to get some stories for kids to listen to. It also brings out the possibilities of using podcasts (NPR in particular), for kids to listen to and react. Tie this into reading skills. Naturally, I would use Moodle to provide students that audio and follow up questions.
There is a premium option that includes interactive transcripts, student accounts and more. Pricing is not straightforward though (you need to request a quote, there are no costs listed).
Primary Sources Sets at DPLA
We’ve talked about DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) before. Now, they also have primary source sets.
Counting on Your Fingers
How high can you count on your fingers? (Spoiler: much higher than 10) – James Tanton
4 Non-Negotiables for Schools
TED Periodic Videos
Time For These Seven Edu Funerals
These things are so embedded in the culture, frameworks, policies, practice and mindsets of our schools and educational organizations, that many educators just blindly accept them, implement them and perpetuate them…..all regardless of their lack of success. Indeed, there is often overwhelming data or evidence that these things are not only unsuccessful, but often counterproductive.
- Homework As We Know It.
- Lecturing, Note Taking.
- Non-Digital Approaches
- Textbooks – Digital or Not.
- Factory-Style Classrooms.
- Final Exams.
- Fear & Compliance.
GUEST POST: A Student Tries out the Six Strategies for Effective Learning
I put these six evidence-based strategies to the test for the past six weeks. I used a different strategy each week to prepare for my weekly Research Methods quizzes, examining my own experience using each strategy, the difficulty (regarding time or thought) that went into it, as well as how I perceived the overall effectiveness of the strategy, as well as my own results with using it.
- Spaced Practice
- Retrieval Practice
- Concrete Examples
- Dual Coding
Random Thoughts . . .
A New Year’s Message from Mr. David:
The Boarding on Flight 2017 has been announced……
Hope you have checked in only the best souvenirs from 2016 in your luggage….
The BAD and SAD moments if carried, must be thrown away in the garbage on arrival …….
The flight will be for 12 months long.
So, loosen your seat belts, jingle and mingle.
The stop-overs will be :
Refueling will be at
The Captain (God) offers you the following menu which will be served during the flight…….
✅ Cocktail of Friendship,
✅ Supreme of Health,
✅ Grating of Prosperity,
✅ Bowl of Excellent News
✅ Salad of Success,
✅ Cake of Happiness,
All accompanied by bursts of laughter…
But remember, you will enjoy these meals and the journey better if you talk, share, smile and laugh together. Sitting silent and sullen will make the flight seem longer.
Wishing you and your family 👪 an enjoyable trip on board of flight 2017…..
Before the Flight 2016 ends,
Allow me to Thank All my Amazing Friends
Who Made 2016 Beautiful For me. I Pray that you all be Blessed With an Awesome Year Ahead.