MSM 311:  Plotting 8 Strategies . . .


Jokes You Can Use:


How do you make a tissue dance?

Put a little boogie in it.

What did one ocean say to the other ocean?

Nothing. It just waved.

What do you do when there is a sink outside your door?

Let that sink in.

Why should you never write with a dull pencil?

It’s pointless.

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Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Outstanding Trade Books


I was recently reading the March, 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, “Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12.”  In the article, NSTA and the International Literacy Association compiled a list of award-winning books.  Titles include:

* Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It

* The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science

* Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey

* Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal’s Mustang Cliffs

* The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans


From the Twitterverse:  

Michael Corridor ‏@MichaelCorridor

Flipping the classroom the first week! Students teach the class about their interests!!!!

Michael Corridor (@MichaelCorridor) | Twitter 2015-09-12 13-23-51

Rich Kiker ‏@rkiker

10 hacks that will change the way you use Gmail  #googleedu

Larry Ferlazzo ‏@Larryferlazzo

NEW:Excellent Article On Listening AND Writing Prompt I’ll Be Having Students Use With It …

Scott McLeod ‏@mcleod

New Web Tool Reads Your Email Drafts and Tells You If You’re Being a Jerk

Monte Tatom ‏@drmmtatom

Monte Tatom retweeted DigitalJLearning

#fhuedu642 #fhuedu320 #tn_teta #ISTEAPLN @MSMatters ~ great info on @YouTube in the classroom via @DigitalJLearn

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



8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On

  • Strategy 1: A Clear Focus for the Lesson
  • Strategy 2: Offer Overt Instruction
  • Strategy 3: Get the Students to Engage With the Content
  • Strategy 4: Give Feedback
  • Strategy 5: Multiple Exposures
  • Strategy 6: Have Students Apply Their Knowledge
  • Strategy 7: Get Students Working Together
  • Strategy 8: Build Students’ Self-Efficacy





Shutting down on November 1st.


Misplaced Modifiers

Cute video on misplaced modifiers.


Web Spotlight:


Student Recorded Exchange

What do you think?


Selfie Pedagogy:  The Digital Humanities and Selfie Culture  

Poking around in this article, I wonder if we as middle school educators couldn’t use something like this to get students to get a perspective outside their own.  


Random Thoughts . . .  

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