MSM 274:  The length of a paycheck correlated with the amount of time spent listening to podcasts . . .


Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.

Jokes You Can Use:

Notice to Employees (Includes Part Time Workers)



We will no longer accept your doctors’ statements as proof.

We believe if you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to work.



We are no longer allowing this practice. As long as you are employed here, you will need all of whatever you have and should not consider having anything removed. We hired you as you are, and to have anything removed would certainly make you less than we bargained for. Anyone having operations will be FIRED immediately.



In the event of extreme pregnancy, you will be allowed to go to the first aid room when the pains are FIVE MINUTES apart. If it is false labor, you will have to take an hour’s leave without pay.



This will be accepted as an excuse, BUT we would like two weeks notice, as we feel it is your duty to teach someone your job prior to . . . or after death.


This new benefit program started yesterday.

The Management


What did the spider email to the fly?

Visit my Web site!

An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, “Ah, you’re an engineer — you’re in the wrong place.” So the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, they’ve got air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is becoming a pretty popular guy. One day God calls Satan up on the telephone and asks with a sneer, “So, how’s it going down there in hell?” Satan replies, “Hey, things are going great. We’ve got air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators, and there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next.” God replies, “What??? You’ve got an engineer? That’s a mistake — he should never have gotten down there; send him up here.” Satan says, “No way! I like having an engineer on the staff, and I’m keeping him.” God says, “Send him back up here or I’ll sue.” Satan laughs uproariously and answers, “Yeah right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?”

What is worse than a giraffe with a sore neck?

A centipede with athlete’s foot.


Where did the kittens go on their class trip?

To a mewseum.


A cowboy rides into town on Friday, stays three days and leaves on Friday how does he do it?

The horses name is Friday

Middle Schooler orders pizza. He gets a large. Just before it’s cut, he asks how many pieces.

Eileen Award:

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How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities


It’s not just in coffee anymore. From drinks to jerky to gum, caffeine is everywhere. In our latest video, we take a look at the science behind the world’s most popular drug, including why that little molecule keeps you awake and reveal just how much caffeine is too much.

What is “Pretty”?

How the Blind see beauty

Citizenship Test

Middle School Science Minute

byDave Bydlowski (k12science or




I was recently reading the February, 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, “Science Evolving,” written by Elizabeth Chick.

In this article, Chick explains how she developed a yearlong study of famous life scientists to bring together the Common Core for English Language Arts with the Nature of Science, found in the Next Generation Science Standards.


From the Twitterverse:

Jason Eifling ‏@jeifling

NPR Launches Database of Best Commencement Speeches Ever#graduation

Will Richardson ‏@willrich45

Posted yesterday: “The Real Stranger Danger” #edchat#education#parenting#edleadership

Heather Aston@Heather_Aston 

@lparren: Projects to Engage Middle School Readers via@edutopia#anesu#cisdlib#eastbroncos

Derek McCoy ‏@mccoyderek 1h

50+ Ways a Tablet Can Make You a More Effective Teacher

MiddleWeb ‏@middleweb

RT@CharlesMBlow: This Teen Has Published Two Books Before Graduating From Middle School #mschat@amle

Monte Tatom@drmmtatom ·

Apple’s Official Guide To Teaching With Apps ~#fhuedu642#fhucid#tn_teta#edwebchat#sigadmin =>@MSMatters

Rick Wormeli ‏@RickWormeli 

Unrecoverable zeroes and F’s give students excuse to drop the effort, avoid the learning. Why bother? The brain seeks self-preservation.

Richard Byrne ‏@rmbyrne

Create a Mobile Language Lesson With QR Voice

Kerry Walker ‏@kerrywalker55

@TopInventionss: Watermelons are square in Japan so they’re easier to”wow thinking outside the square

Craig Vroom ‏@Vroom6 10h

10 Ways to Measure A Successful Year, So Far. …#edchat@justintarte@casas_jimmy@TonySinanis@gcouros

Scott Newcomb@SNewco 11h

RT@mccoyderek: Wonderful Guide to The Use of Rubrics in Education #edchat

Monte Tatom@drmmtatom · May 22

Create Your Own Personalized Podcast Using@Voxer via@Joe_Mazza ~#fhuedu642#sigadmin#edwebchat#tn_teta

Monte Tatom@drmmtatom

Teaching Character: The Choices We Make ~#fhupsy306#fhuedu610

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



Spurious Correlations


Open Rocket

OpenRocket is a free, fully featured model rocket simulator that allows you to design and simulate your rockets before actually building and flying them.

The main features include:

  • Six-degree-of-freedom flight simulation
  • Automatic design optimization
  • Realtime simulated altitude, velocity and acceleration display
  • Staging and clustering support
  • Cross-platform (Java-based)

Engaging 6th Graders With Coding

This week I am giving some guest bloggers the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences. This is a post from Alison Franz.



AMLE Book Clearance



Kaizena allows teachers to provide audio feedback on shared Google Docs. This must be added through the App Store.


Random Thoughts . . .

Kids will still go to physical schools, to socialize and be guided by teachers, but as much, if not more, learning will take place employing carefully designed educational tools in the spirit of today’s Khan Academy –modular learning tailored to a student’s needs.

— Google gurus Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen pp 21-22 of  THE NEW DIGITAL AGE: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives (Vintage)


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