MSM 306:  Visual Jokes that are Virtually Unstoppable, It’s Not Pathe-tic.


Jokes You Can Use:








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I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

The only thing wrong with a perfect drive to work is that you end up at work.

The olympian skier Picabo Street now works in the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital. Unfortunately, the administration told her she can no longer answer the phone, because this is what she said, “Picabo ICU” (Peek-a-boo, I see you)


A hungry lion was roaming through the jungle looking for something to eat.

He came across two men. One was sitting under a tree reading a book; the other was typing away on his typewriter. The lion quickly pounced on the man reading the book and devoured him. Even the king of the jungle knows that readers digest, and writers cramp.

Eileen Award:



Names around the World


Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or



I was recently reading the February, 2015 issue of “Science Scope,” a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.


In this issue, I read the article, “Teaching Graph Literacy Across the Curriculum” written by Andrew Zucker, Carolyn Staudt and Robert Tinker.  In the article they share a framework based on research indicating that everyone goes through three steps to understand a graph.


From the Twitterverse:

Joy Kirr ‏@JoyKirrPlease add one sentence to this padlet: What is #geniushour / #20time? … Thank you in advance!


Marlene M. Harris ‏@marlenemharris3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers  #ntchat #satchat


Dr. Byron L. Ernest ‏@ByronErnestParents should ask their kids this at the end of every #school day: “Did you ask a great question today?” ~ Freeman Hrabowski #STEMForum


Terie Engelbrecht ‏@mrsebiologyCreate a Physical Record of Your Blog With BlogBooker  #education #edchat


Monte Tatom @drmmtatom  ·  May 18Call for proposals still open for K12OnlineConference “Virtually Unstoppable” at  @k12onlinePodcast 306 -Today - Google Docs 2015-05-23 12-47-47



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Summer Reading


Tween Tribute

Tween Tribute includes an email with some curriculum ideas. The story is available in several Lexiles levels.

Discussion Questions:


Grades 3-4:Imagine that you had to wear a long dress or a coat to play tennis. How could these clothes affect your ability to play the game?
Grades 5-6:Why is it important to wear appropriate clothes when you exercise? What types of clothes do you think are appropriate for different sports?
Grades 7-8:

According to the article, professional tennis players want to show their personalities through their clothes. What type of outfit would show your personality?
Grades 9-10:

According to the article, women’s tennis outfits are less feminine and more sporty than they were in the past. Do you think this change is good or bad? Why?


Curriculum Connections



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  1. What is Quizizz?
  2. Quizizz is a fun multiplayer classroom activity, that allows all your students to practice together.
  3. How does it work?

View a Video Walkthrough

  1. Select one of the public quizzes or create your own.
  2. Click “Play” to generate your unique game code.
  3. Ask your students to open and enter the game code.
  4. See students joining on the live dashboard, and launch when ready.
  5. The game begins!

Track live progress of your class on your dashboard.

  1. What devices are supported?
  2. Quizizz works on all devices with a browser, including computers, tablets & smartphones.
  3. Does each student need a device?
  4. Each student/team needs one device.
  5. Can I create my own quizzes?
  6. Yes!
  7. Is it free?
  8. Yes!

Web Spotlight:

Myths in Education:

8 Myths that undermine education.


Hacking the Brain


Message to My Freshman Students

Welcome to higher education! If you want to be successful here you need to know a few things about how this place works. One of the main things you need to know is the difference between the instructors you will have here and those you had before. Let me take a few minutes to explain this to you.

First, I am your professor, not your teacher. There is a difference.


Let’s Stop Pretending

Greg Pearson — the mind behind the Better Together blog — tagged me a few weeks back as a part of Scott McLeod’s We Have to Stop Pretending project.  The thinking behind the project is that it is time to confront the unproductive truths that keep us from making schools different.

Random Thoughts . . .

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