MSM 318:  Making coffee while you drive, History and more!


Jokes You Can Use:


Original German:

“Aber Herr Ober, der Kaffee ist ja kalt!” “Gut, dass Sie mir das sagen, mein Herr! Eiskaffee kostet nämlich einen Euro mehr …”


English translation:

— “But Waiter, the coffee is cold!”

— “Thanks for telling me, sir! Ice coffee is one Euro more….”


Original German:

“Chef, darf ich heute zwei Stunden früher Schluss machen? Meine Frau will mit mir einkaufen gehen.” “Kommt gar nicht in Frage.” “Vielen Dank Chef, ich wusste, sie würden mich nicht im Stich lassen.”

English translation:

— “Boss, can I leave work two hours early today? My wife wants me to go shopping with her.”

— “That’s out of the question.”

— “Thanks, boss! I knew you wouldn’t let me down.


Original German:

Eine alte Dame trinkt zum ersten Mal Whisky. Sie überlegt eine Weile und meint dann: “Merkwürdig, das Zeug schmeckt genau so wie die Medizin, die mein seliger Mann zwanzig Jahre einnehmen musste.”

English translation:

An old woman drinks whisky for the first time. She thinks for a while, and then says: “Strange, the stuff tastes exactly like the medicine my late husband had to take for twenty years!”

Original German:

Herr Doktor, Herr Doktor, ich hab jeden Morgen um 7 Uhr Stuhlgang!” – “Ja, das ist doch sehr gut!” – “Aber ich steh erst um halb acht auf!”

English translation:

Patient: Doctor, Doctor, I have a bowel movement every morning at 7!

Doctor: But that’s great!

Patient: But I wake up at 7:30!


A good looking girl waved at me today…

But there was no way I was swimming out that far to save her.


What kind of car does a Jedi drive?



Last week our police station was broken into and the commode was stolen from the rest room. Yesterday police reported that the investigation is ongoing but the still have nothing to go on.


A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

“What are you doing?” she asked.

“Hunting flies,” He responded.


“Oh, killing any?” She asked.

“Yep, three males, two females,” he replied.

Intrigued by this she asked, “How can you tell?”

He responded, “Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone.”


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Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or




I was recently reading the January, 2016 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, “Cultivating a Next-Generation Classroom Culture.”  It was written by Christina Krist, Lisa Brody, Michael Novak, and Keetra Tipton.  The article identifies four key challenges that classroom communities will encounter when trying to engage students in NGSS-aligned instruction and presents some strategies for addressing those challenges.

From the Twitterverse: ‏@RWTnow

Middle level students choose books for independent reading in BOOKMATCH: Scaffolding Independent Book Selection

Lindsay Foster ‏@BSGSCSFoster

#waukegangoogle Greatest job is to teach my students HOW to be learners @Catlin_Tucker Have u: asked some1; watched a video; Googled it?

Derek McCoy ‏@mccoyderek

The 10 Practices of the Coaching-Leader

Larry Ferlazzo ‏@Larryferlazzo

Via @NPR: A Cooking Class Where New Immigrants Learn The Recipe For English ‏@RWTnow

Boys Read! Students get to know courageous male characters through writing, Internet activities, & discussion:

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

Dru Tomlin ‏@DruTomlin_AMLE

Dru Tomlin Retweeted Michael Taylor

#mschat is always highlight 4 me & my learning, 2! Relish every time I can join. Thx 4 bringing the edu-fire 2nite!



This graphic by Thomas Guskey Thomas Guskey is a fantastic challenge to whether we should be averaging grades — or honestly, if we shouldn’t just drop some BEFORE we average.

Chart showing the effect of a zero on a gradebook.

The effect of 0 on the Gradebook.






Tom Richey

Interesting History Materials


HipHughes History

HipHughes History is an arsenal of over 300 Instructional Videos for students of the Social Studies, teachers looking to flip their class and life long learners. So whether you’re looking for a pedagogical ally, a non-biased explanation of that new Supreme Court case or you’re a kid who needs to study some good ole’ history, HHH has your brain’s back!  


US National Archives

Web Spotlight:


Rick Wormeli

A new web site for the wonderful Mr. Rick Wormeli. Check it out. If you haven’t seen the videos, these are an amazing resource for talking about education.


100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day

On the coldest morning New York City has seen this winter, a stream of teenage students hit a bottleneck at the front of a Brooklyn school building. They shed their jackets, gloves and belts, shivering as they wait to pass through a metal detector and send their backpacks through an x-ray machine. School safety agents stand nearby, poised to step in if the alarm bleats.

It’s an everyday occurrence for more than 100,000 middle and high school students across the city.

Almost as many New York City students run the gauntlet of x-ray machines each day as pass through the scanners at busy Miami International Airport. And the procedure is numbingly similar. Students must remove belts, shoes, and sometimes bobby pins as the wait stretches as long as an hour.

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