Shawn and Troy talk about relationships with Administrators, remote conferences, and more. Dave kind of gives us the Bird.
My doctor told me I was going deaf.
- The news was hard for me to hear.
A century ago, two brothers decided it was possible to fly. And as you can see, they were Wright.
I’m reading a horror story in braille.
- Something bad is going to happen, I can just feel it.
Anyone looking to buy a Delorean? Good shape, good mileage.
- Only driven from time to time
During my calculus test, I had to sit between identical twins. It was hard to differentiate between them.
Does anybody know where a guy can find a person to hang out with, talk to, and enjoy spending time with? I’m just asking for a friend.
Why did the Invisible Man turn down a job offer? He couldn’t see himself doing it.
I didn’t want to believe that my dad was stealing from his job as a traffic cop, but when I got home, all the signs were there.
I have a joke about trickle down economics. But 99% of you will never get it.
Middle School Science Minute
K12Science Podcast: Mark My Bird!
I was recently reading the May/June 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.
In this issue, I read the “Citizen Science” column, written by Jill Nugent. She wrote an article entitled, “Mark My Bird!”
Mark My Bird is a global online citizen science project associated with the University of Sheffield that invites participants to study the how and why of bird biodiversity and change over time by studying bird bills. For more information, please visit:
Reports from the Front Lines
- Moodle Moot UK
- Building Relationships with Admin
Abandoned art project found in the bus loop…I am naming it: “Teaching Middle School in May”
Principals- Visiting every classroom every day is not instructional leadership if the goal is to simply be seen. That’s your ego. Leadership is support, encouragement, and guidance when and where it’s needed…for them, even if it’s in the shadows and background.
A great father is a great teacher Here are five critical thinking skills to master and teach to your kids (thread)
1. Pattern recognition Figuring out “what things have in common” Our brains are pattern recognition machines. We constantly analyze the similarities between people, events, and scenarios to make decisions. Pattern recognition is how we deduce danger. It’s also how we prosper.
2. Reverse engineering Figuring out “what’s required” It’s nearly impossible to create anything if you can’t first picture it in your mind. Effective thinkers begin with the result in mind and work backward to determine what steps they need to take. The whole informs the parts.
3. Inference Figuring out “why something happened” We won’t always have all the facts. And a smart person doesn’t always need them. They’re able to analyze scattered facts and make deductions about why and how certain outcomes came to be. You can train this in your kids.
4. Prediction Figuring out “what will happen next” Cause-and-effect runs our lives. We must constantly determine the consequences of our actions. If we can’t deduce an action’s outcome, we can’t make beneficial decisions. And if we make bad decisions, we lead horrible lives.
5. Synthesis Figuring out “what’s important” As an adult you’ll need to sort through masses of information, retaining what’s relevant and discarding what’s not. Our brains are incredible, but they function best when we’re able to focus on what matters and ignore what doesn’t.
Conclusion: The world is full of data. Don’t rely on schools to teach your kids how to think. Everyday events can be used to spur countless conversations about how the world works. As your children get older, scale up the difficulty. Tailor the discussions to their interests.
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”
Merlin Bird ID
Merlin is powered by eBird, allowing you to build custom lists of the birds you’re likely to spot wherever you are. Use the filter options to explore birds for different locations or time of year, or switch to show all the species in the Bird Packs you’ve downloaded. Get more from the app with these Merlin Tips and Tricks.
The Kids Should See This
The Kid Should See This is a Webby Award-winning collection of 5,000+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home. And thanks to our members, it’s free and available for everyone.
Selections are grown-up-friendly, too. TKSST champions smart STEAM, history, and culture-focused content by museums, organizations, and creators who celebrate curiosity, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, kindness, and other essential themes for all ages.
Enjoy around 10 to 15 newly-added videos every week, browse the collections, and search topics in the archives. Founded in 2011, The Kid Should See This is curated and maintained by me, Rion Nakaya, with input from my 11 and 14-year-olds.
Discover CocoMaterial, the Open Source hand-drawn illustration library with 1,927 images. Customize & download!
AXIS: The Culture Translator
What it is: Chatbots like the Replika app are creating avenues for romantic relationships between people and AI. Replika allows users a limitless chat experience for free, but requires a payment plan to provide a girlfriend or boyfriend experience.
More Than Words
What it is: The terms “algo-speak” and “Voldemorting” have been coined to refer to ways social media posters modify certain phrases to sneak past automated algorithm censorship.
Trent Shelton had what can only be described as a failure in his career as a pro football player. But at his lowest point, he found the strength to turn his life around. He joins “CBS Mornings” to share his wisdom.
What Makes A Good Life?
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.