MSM 271: Nerds, Saving Money, Put it on Paper

Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.

Jokes You Can Use:

Job Interview Question

You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. You pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus:


1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.

2. An old friend who once saved your life.

3. The perfect man (or) woman you have been dreaming about.


Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?


Think before you continue reading. This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.


You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first; or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect dream lover again.

A woman with a headache went to her medicine cabinet to find a bottle of Advil. She did as the bottle said; take two and keep away from children. Soon her headache went away!

Q: Where do cows go on Fridays?

A: To the Moooovies


What do you call a big fish who makes you an offer you can’t refuse?

The Codfather.

Eileen Award:

  • Twitter:  Sandra Martin, Carina Soto, Kaley Katherine, Duncan Gunstone



Wil Wheaton’s Response to being called a nerd

Wil Wheaton explains to a girl how to handle being called a nerd.

Body Language

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.



Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


I was recently reading the January, 2014 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.  In this issue, I was reading the article, “Every Assessment Tells a Story,” written by Fred Ende.

In this article, Fred shares his design of Story Assessments as a form of evaluation design.  His purpose for designing Story Assessments was to reduce student anxiety.

From the Twitterverse:

* Marc Prensky ‏@marcprensky

Don’t just use technology to do old things in new ways—use technology to do new things!

* Tobie Taylor Jones ‏@tobiemichele

“It is my belief that as a part of my professional growth plan, I am perpetually in beta.” ~ @datruss Love this!!! #lifelonglearner

* Sue Gorman ‏@sjgorman

Common Core & Ed Tech: More iPad Creativity Tools! … #ccss #ipaded #wiedu

* Karen McMillan ‏@McTeach

The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It)  (Fascinating stuff about the brain!)

* Scott Newcomb ‏@SNewco 29m

iPad Apps Separated by Subject Area  #edcampmetrodc #edcamppgh #edchat

* Android Central ‏@androidcentral 54m

Best Android Apps for March 2014  #android

* Youhadonejob ‏@_youhadonejob

I’m not sure Disney has got a grasp on the concept of pirates. image permalink

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”



14-Year-Old Proves U.S. Can Save $370 Million by Changing Fonts

Changing the standard typeface used by federal and state governments could save the United States roughly $370 million a year in ink costs, according to a peer-reviewed study by Suvir Mirchandani. The best part of the story? Mirchandani is just 14 years old.

It all started when Mirchandani, a student at Dorseyville Middle School near Pittsburgh, Pa., noticed that he was getting a lot more printed handouts in class than he used to in elementary school. He wondered how wasteful it was, and then discovered just how expensive ink is. At up to $75 an ounce, he points out, it’s twice as expensive as Chanel No. 5 perfume.

Want to encourage your students?:



Create all types of graph paper to print or use as a background for Interactive Whiteboards, presentations, etc.


  1. Learn

  2. Practice

  3. Read

One free way to learn a new language. There is now a mobile app. Did I mention that it is free?

Comics in Education

Great resource that is all about using comics in education.



Web based whiteboard. No registration required. No app or plugin required. Teacher creates class accounts.

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