MSM 337:  Advisory Refresher, Welcome Back to School,  Contronyms (wait, reverse that).

Jokes You Can Use:


My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start.

So far today, I have finished 2 bags of chips and a chocolate cake.

I feel better already.


A buddy of mine has two tickets for the 2017 Super Bowl. Box seats, plus airfares, accommodations, etc. But he didn’t realize when he bought them that this is going to be on the same day as his wedding, so he can’t go.

If you’re interested and want to go instead of him, it’s at St Peter’s Church in New York City at 5pm. Her name’s Louise. She will be the one in the white dress.

Thanks for your help!


I used to be in a band called Missing Cat… you probably saw our posters.


An anesthesiologist has a stock answer to the usual question asked by pre-surgical patients:

“How much will the anesthesia cost?”

“Oh, about $100.00. $1.00 to go to sleep and $99.00 for waking up. Most patients buy the whole package.”




Advisory Tips:


“An advisory is an organized group of one adult and a dozen or so kids that serves as the students’ first line of affiliation in their school,” said Stevenson in Teaching Ten to Fourteen Year Olds. “The group meets at least once daily, usually for the first 20 minutes or so of the day.”

Among the purposes of the advisory, Stevenson writes, are to

  • ensure that each student is known well at school by at least one adult who is that youngster’s advocate (advisor);
  • guarantee that every student belongs to a peer group;
  • help every student find ways of being successful within the academic and social options the school provides;
  • promote communication and coordination between home and school.


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Dissection Preservatives


I was recently reading the April/May, 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: “Is there an alternative to the preservatives found in commercial dissecting specimens?”


From the Twitterverse:  

Donny Sikora ‏@WWMSPPal

Can’t wait to see you on Tuesday! Podcast 337 - Heart  Mr. Sikora #CHAMPIONS

Podcast 337 - WELCOME

Beth Houf ‏@BethHouf

Beth Houf Retweeted Shelley Burgess

I do the same when people come to me and say “everyone” thinks this or “parents” complained. Which ones? #satchatwc

Beth Houf added,

Shelley Burgess @burgess_shelley

A5: May sound silly, but whenever someone blamed “The District”, I would say…”Who exactly do you mean?” Causes a pause… #satchatwc

Daisy Dyer Duerr ‏@DaisyDyerDuerr

@BethHouf Exactly! “Who is Everyone?” Hand them paper and ask them to write down names. ;0) #satchatwc


Cherra-Lynne Olthof ‏@cherraolthof

Dear teachers…..we got this! Welcome back!! #abed

Podcast 337 - Cherra

REMC Association ‏@REMCAssociation

MeL is the place for Michigan Teachers to find classroom resources #BackToSchool  #MichEd

Podcast 337 - MEL

Daisy Dyer Duerr ‏@DaisyDyerDuerr

Learning Foreign Languages Sharpens Our Minds  #edchat

Podcast 337 - Hello

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



Writing Prompts

Crossword Puzzles


Acquiring an extensive vocabulary is one of the keys to success in learning a language. Many learners spend hours learning long lists of words or trying to memorize flashcards, which can be rather boring — and not always very effective. When doing a crossword, on the other hand, you are actively thinking about the language and using your brain to literally solve a puzzle.Research has shown that this engagement with the language helps the learning process, and it’s certainly a more fun way to learn. But that’s not all, it seems that crosswords may also be beneficial to your social, emotional, mental, and physical health!


The Great Fire of London

This website was created by the Museum of London in partnership with London Metropolitan Archives, Guildhall Art Gallery and the Monument to mark the 350th anniversary of the fire. It also contains material from seven other contributors and is a one-stop shop for trustworthy, child-friendly content for key stage 1 teaching.



Easily create timelines. Download as a PDF. Can include pictures and descriptions.

Web Spotlight:


25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites

Left can mean either remaining or departed. If the gentlemen have withdrawn to the drawing room for after-dinner cigars, who’s left? (The gentlemen have left and the ladies are left.)


Trim as a verb predates the noun, but it can also mean either adding or taking away. Arising from an Old English word meaning ‘to make firm or strong; to settle, arrange,’ “trim” came to mean ‘to prepare, make ready.’ Depending on who or what was being readied, it could mean either of two contradictory things: ‘to decorate something with ribbons, laces, or the like to give it a finished appearance’ or ‘to cut off the outgrowths or irregularities of.’ And the context doesn’t always make it clear. If you’re trimming the tree are you using tinsel or a chain saw?




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