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Jokes You Can Use:
Did you hear about the farmer who wanted to buy a thousand hens, but didn’t have the money…so…He put them on a layaway plan!
A guy was standing at the bottom of the stairs listening to the bells. He decided to go up and meet the ringer. So he raced up the many stairs until finally he was standing not three meters away from quazimodo.
In a soft voice he said “can I ring the bells” as the hunchback pushed his head against the bell
“No training is needed or you will be in danger”
The guy replied to this “C’mon please I’ll be careful”
“Be very careful”
Minutes went by and he pushed the bell with the might of his hands
“Can I ring the bell with my head? “The guy asked
“I can do it”
“Ok don’t say you haven’t been warned”
Alas on his first heave he lost balance and when the bell swung back it hit him out the window he fell down the tower to his death. Quazimodo raced down the stairs with all possible speed, when he was at the bottom a small crowd had gathered with a policeman examining the body
He yelled to the crowd
“Does anybody know this man?”
Quazimodo then answered
“No, but his face rings a bell”
Q: Why did the haunted house not like rain?
A: Because it dampened his spirits.
Two strands of DNA were walking down the street. One says to the other, “Do these genes make me look fat?
Q: What kind of dance does a butcher go to?
A: A meatball
Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar. One says, “I’ve lost my electron.” The other says, “Are you sure?” The first replies, “Yes, I’m positive…”
Q. What did one strawberry say to the other?
A. “If you weren’t so fresh last night, we wouldn’t be in this jam together!”
A cowboy rides into town on Friday, stays three days and leaves on Friday how does he do it?
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Rewritten Book titles
Middle School Science Minute
MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-SPECIAL EDUCATION
I was recently reading the December, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I came upon an article entitled, “Special Education in the Science Classroom: A Co-Teaching Scenario” written by Lisa Dieker, Lisa Finnegan, Kelly Grillo, and Dennis Garland.
In the article they cite five areas that science teachers should consider regarding building a positive, inclusive classroom setting.
1. Both teachers must be involved
2. Reading and vocabulary instruction is critical
3. Teaching students how to write in the science curriculum
4. Using effective grouping and teaching social skills directly
5. Assess learning constantly
From the Twitterverse:
Meryl Streep provides examples of Voice
From the Ellen Show
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Nice rundown on different tools to create infographics.
Down for everyone or just me?
Neat site that will let you know if a web site is down, or just down for you. This can help troubleshoot if a firewall is blocking a site or school filters, etc.
Free, easy to use.
3 Things We Should Stop Doing in Professional Development
by George Couros • January 30, 2014
1. Creating a detailed agenda
2. Scheduling back-to-back-to-back-to-back learning
3. Thinking that “collaboration” with others is the only way we learn
Remind 101 Adds Support for Sending Text Messages to Subgroups
Remind 101 has been busy to start 2014. Earlier this month they introduced the option to download your message history as a PDF. This week they introduced the option to send text messages to subgroups of students and parents.
Map: ‘How Much Snow It Typically Takes to Cancel School in the U.S.’
Trubetskoy includes the following clarifications:
In much of the Midwest and Great Plains, school closing often depends more on wind chill and temperature than on snow accumulation (“cold days”). Thus, this map may be misleading in those areas.
Many jurisdictions in California and other western states have significantly varied snowfall, depending on elevation. This makes it difficult to find an “average” number, or often makes it misleading.
Urban areas like Chicago and New York have more resources to clear snow and often need more to cause closings.
Clarification: The lightest green says “any snow” but also includes merely the prediction of snow.
Clarification II: This is snow accumulation over 24 hours/overnight.
Hawaii does get snow! Just… not where people live.
Connected Educator 2014 Conference
The Educator’s Un/Conference . . . and 4 Scechs to boot!