MSM 322:  I don’t feel like cleaning this up.  No one eats their Wheeties anymore.

Jokes You Can Use:


What’s the difference between a Hippo and a Zippo?

Why do scuba divers fall backward into the water?

Have you heard the rumor going around about butter?

Today at the bank, a little old lady asked me to help check her balance. So I pushed her over. Everything’s OK though. The check bounced.

Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It’s very time consuming. Especially when you go back for seconds.

A magician was driving down the street. Then he turned into a driveway.

Two parrots were sitting on a perch. One turns to the other and says “Do you smell fish?”




The baffling reason many millennials don’t eat cereal

Few things are as painless to prepare as cereal. Making it requires little more than pouring something (a cereal of your choice) into a bowl and then pouring something else (a milk of your choice) into the same bowl. Eating it requires little more than a spoon and your mouth. The food, which Americans still buy $10 billion of annually, has thrived over the decades, at least in part, because of this very quality: its convenience.


And yet, for today’s youth, cereal isn’t easy enough.


His Smile

She has connected with him and it has made all of the difference in the world. At this point you might be wondering how, why, when? To be quite honest, I don’t know. What I do know is that she has been spending time with him on the weekends. Bonding. Connecting. Having fun engaging in non-school related activities. Even her duty-free lunch period is spent eating with him and a few of his friends. Because she knows that a cafeteria full of students and noise can be difficult for him.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Chemical Cleanouts


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, “Scope on Safety.”  It was written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT.  The article focused in on the safety question of the month, which was: “How often should middle school science labs have chemical cleanouts?”


From the Twitterverse:  

Alice Keeler ‏@alicekeeler

ThingLink – Let Students Figure it Out – …


Rich Kiker ‏@rkiker

After years of analysis, Google discovers the key to good teamwork is being nice  #GoogleEDU

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Diane Ravitch ‏@DianeRavitch

Amy Frogge: My 9-Year-Old Will Take Tests That Are Longer than My LSAT Exam …


Sue Gorman ‏@sjgorman

U.S. Department of Education Recognizes 13 States and 40 Districts Committing to #GoOpen with Educational Resources …


Larry Ferlazzo ‏@Larryferlazzo

How To Use Data – & How Not To Use It – In Schools … my new Ed Wk post w/ @betamiller @ASCD

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Matthew Lynch ‏@Lynch39083

Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration  #artseducation #edpolicy

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



Strategies for Reaching Quiet, Disengaged, Struggling, and Troublemaking Students

The Quiet Student

The Disengaged Student

The Struggling Student

The Troublemaking Student


Diagnostic Teaching: Pinpointing Why Your Students Struggle

by Terry Heick


  1. Fundamental curricular & unit design
  2. Complete all missing or incomplete assignments
  3. Differentiate assessments on non-mastered standards
  4. Isolate and prioritize standards for mastery
  5. Choose new materials/resources that feature more transparent illustration of standard
  6. Daily use of student exit chart
  7. Student goal-setting & progress monitoring
  8. Beyond-the-classroom support systems



3 Reasons Why All Learning is Personal

by George Couros • February 23, 2016 • 2 Comments

Here are three reasons that struck me upon reflection of this experience.

  1. Each individual has their own experiences and acquired knowledge. (Past)
  2. Each person creates their own connections to content based on the reason mentioned above. (Present)
  3. What interests each person biases what they are interested in learning moving forward. (Future)



Tests in 5 Basic areas:

Also have other exams available. There are lots of ads. The questions can be useful examples or good for students to explore. The TOEFL includes Listening questions.


Web Spotlight:


Student Learning Communities (SLC’s)

by dkerr • February 21, 2016

Once a cycle or once every week or two, students will get into their student learning community (grade specific or subject specific, or ultimately, passion specific that isn’t tied to grade level bands or subject areas) and collaboratively reflect on the day to day experience of school.


Random Thoughts . . .  


Open Textbook Post


Personal Web Site