MSM 237: The Socially Awkward Show

Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.

Jokes You Can Use:

While Mark was shopping for pet supplies, one of the sales people came running up to him. “Mark! Mark! I just saw someone driving off with your BMW!”
“Dear God! Did your try to stop him?” “No,” said the clerk, “but don’t worry. I got the license plate number!”

A man goes to the doctors and asks why he’s been feeling ill. The doctor examines him and replies “I’m sorry to tell you, you’ve got the disease known as Yellow 24.” “What’s that?” the man asks. “It means your internal organs have started turning yellow – you’ve got 24 hours to live”.
The man goes home and tells his wife the bad news. His wife says “Well, will you come to bingo with me tonight then? Otherwise you’ll never be able to.” The man agrees so he and his wife go to the bingo. He finds that he’s won the one-line and £10. He begins to think this isn’t such a bad day after all. Twenty minutes later, he’s won the full house and £150. He enters the lucky draw, worth £500, and wins that too. The bingo caller calls him up on stage.
He says “I don’t believe it, mate. You’ve won three competitions in a total of £660 in one night. You must be the luckiest man on the earth!”
The man says “Well, no, I’m not. I’ve got Yellow 24.”
The bingo caller looks down at the piece of paper he’s holding and starts clapping. “I don’t believe it; he’s won the raffle as well!”

Nurse: Good morning Mr. Smith, you seem to be coughing much more easily this morning.
Mr. Smith: That’s because I’ve been practicing all night.

Eileen Award:

  • Twitter: Robert McGarry, Ashley Blankenship, Michelle Corbat, Jonathan Swegels, Sally Baldridge, Andy Zimmer, Emil Ahangarzadeh
  • Facebook: Karen Decker, C. Joan Seager, Linda Perukel
  • Google+: Jason Neiffer
  • Diigo: Keith Schoch, Ron King



Brain Food

Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Good Will Hunting

Restaurant run by Owner with Down’s Syndrome

Oreo Separating Machine

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Fire Blanket

I was recently reading the NSTA Ready Reference Guide for Safer Science, Volume 2, written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT. Within the book are topics dealing with “Safer Science” and questions that teachers have sent him regarding “Safer Science.”

From the Twitterverse:

* Daniel Hodge ‏@hodgedvcves
Cool app to create posters “Phoster” #4thchat #5thchat
* Terie Engelbrecht ‏@mrsebiology
RT @Ron_Peck: Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students  via @zite
* Chad Lehman ‏@imcguy
31 Top Apps for Education from FETC 2013 — THE Journal …
* Jennifer Loetzerich ‏@J_Loetzerich
Algebra I Livebinder …
* russeltarr ‏@russeltarr  provides free loops and audio clip downloads #topaudio
* Parentella ‏@Parentella
Seems Like This Canadian “Parent Academy” Has Some Good Ideas  #education
* Eye On Education ‏@eyeoneducation
3 Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves  @LarryFerlazzo #edchat #teachchat #ntchat
* Philippa Isom ‏@PhilippaIsom
For us new Edmodo users …
* Scott McLeod ‏@mcleod
The Nerdy Teacher: Professionals Make Time for Learning #edchat
* Will Richardson ‏@willrich45
Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking  #edchat
* Monte Tatom ‏@drmmtatom
Free World Digital Library for Teachers & Students  #fhuedu642 #fhuedu320 ~ for @MSMatters followers
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.


Twitter Is Perfect for Socially Awkward People

By Peter DeWitt on February 26, 2013 6:14 PM
Socially awkward sounds so much better than workaholic.
Twitter has one more benefit that happens naturally, and that is the relationship it can build between different stakeholders in the system.

Use Celly to Setup a Free Text Messaging Group Chat

Text messaging is one of the best ways to communicate with groups today. For teachers wanting to setup text messaging systems with students, Remind101 is one of the best, free options available. Our OM parent group used to set our group up because it’s easy, straightforward, free, and even has free iOS app. If you’re wanting to setup for a school group, see this celly @ school page.


Web Spotlight:

Students Share Characteristics Of Their Favorite Teachers

Homework Why’s and Homework-Wise

If we are relying on homework as the main way to teach responsibility, we are in trouble.

Words Matter: What Values Do Your Words Convey?

I encourage people to choose their words wisely, because the words we choose have a powerful effect on other people. As this post showed, the words we choose matter not only for teachers, but for anyone else who plays an important role in someone’s life.

Primary Source Analysis Guides for Students and Teachers

Why we have our best ideas in the shower: The science of creativityPosted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Written by Leo Widrich

Another ingredient, that’s very important for us to be creative is dopamine: The more dopamine that is released, the more creative we are…
Dopamine alone, which gets triggered in hundreds of events, where we aren’t very creative, can’t be the only reason. Another crucial factor is a distraction, says Harvard researcher Carson…
Lastly, after you have received an influx in dopamine, can be easily distracted by an extremely habitual task like showering or cooking, a relaxed state of mind is absolutely important to be creative, says Jonah Lehrer…


Amplify Tablet comes to the Education Market

With the Amplify Tablet, students gain a mobile learning device that is organized around their in-school courses and out-of-school interests. The tablet becomes their digital backpack, filled with all of the content, assignments and activities of their classes, as well as tools to individualize their learning and explore their interests.

iPad App:

Too Noisy for iPhone, iPad, and iPod

This app measures the volume of the classroom in a graphic that can be displayed.  Not that they wonder how loud they are.  Ever.  But now you can show them!