MSM 327:  Oh, look!  A Soapbox!


Jokes You Can Use:  


Waiter: Do you want a cup or bowl?

That’s a good idea. Otherwise, it’d be all over the table.


I had dream last night that I was a muffler. I woke up exhausted.


I have a friend who has a real fear of elevators. I’m proud of him though. He’s taking steps to avoid it.


Why did the A go into the bathroom and come out an E?

It had a Vowel Movement


How come Dracula doesn’t have any friends?

He’s a pain in the neck.


Do you know why one side of the geese flying V formation is longer than the other?

There’ more geese on that side.





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Logical Fallacy


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Current Events


I was recently reading the March, 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 Editor’s Roundtable column entitled, “Spreading the News – With Care!” It was written by Inez Liftig.  The article emphasizes the need for teachers to share current science news with students, but to make sure that the news is “grade-appropriate.”


From the Twitterverse:  


Dru Tomlin ‏@DruTomlin_AMLE Westerville, OH

A4. My Orwellian fear: tomorrow’s classes will have more monitoring, indoctrination, data w/ less understanding. Must fight now #satchat


Library of Congress ‏@librarycongress

Eva Jacques describes conditions in New Guinea in WWII & how troops taught natives US songs


Daniel Pink ‏@DanielPink

A clever Harvard experiment with cafeteria workers offers a simple but effective way to motivate employees …


Spiri Howard ‏@itsmeSpiri

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes #edtech #edchat #K12

Derek McCoy ‏@mccoyderek

Classroom assessments for a differentiated classroom

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Travis Burns ‏@Dr_TravisBurns

21st Century Classrooms embrace failure. Failure leads to learning. Freedom to Fail Rubric #satchat

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Michael Taylor ‏@nyrangerfan42

Michael Taylor Retweeted Megan Pankiewicz

The classroom is not your only learning environment – where will your lesson make the most impact? #satchat

Threaded Comment:  Megan Pankiewicz @MeganPank

A4. Can we all go outside more please? Can we make designated Outdoors While Learning Spaces? OWLS! Build them w/ purpose! #satchat

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






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Build your Infographic Maps with Legos . . .  


Samuel Granados has discovered an efficient way to display geographical data in 3D physical reality. Just use Lego []. One side of the map reveals the emigrants of each zone, the opposite shows the immigrants (both represented by the volume of the pieces).  




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Incubator School


What one college discovered when it stopped accepting SAT/ACT scores

Hampshire College is a liberal arts school in Massachusetts that has decided not to accept SAT/ACT scores from applicants. That’s right — the college won’t accept them, a step beyond the hundreds of “test-optional” schools that leave it up to the applicant to decide whether to include them in their applications. So what has happened as a result of the decision?

For one thing, U.S. News & World report has refused to include Hampshire in its annual rankings. For another, Hampshire officials say, this year’s freshman class, the first chosen under the new rules, is more qualified by other measures than earlier classes.


Innovation in ELL bodes well for K-12 students


Why Teachers Need To Know The Wrong Answers : NPR Ed : NPR

  • Lots of kids think it does. Lots of adults think so too. And they’re wrong.*
  • “Students are full of all kinds of knowledge, and they have explanations for everything.”
  • Sadler says that cognitive science tells us that if you don’t understand the flaws in students’ reasoning, you’re not going to be able to dislodge their misconceptions and replace them with the correct concepts.
  • “It’s very expensive in terms of mental effort to change the ideas that you come up with yourself,” Sadler says. “It’s a big investment to say, ‘I’m going to abandon this thing that I came up with that makes sense to me and believe what the book or the teacher says instead.’ “
  • Sadler gave 20 multiple-choice science questions to a group of middle school students. For each test item, one of the “distractors” was a very common misconception. In fact, often the misconception was far more popular than the right answer.
  • among teachers with stronger knowledge of student weaknesses, their students learned significantly more science, based on a retest at the end of the year.
  • “Teachers who find their kids’ ideas fascinating are just better teachers than teachers who find the subject matter fascinating,” he says.


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