MSM 361:  Myth #1: This is going to be a short show.

Jokes You Can Use:  


Q: Why can’t you trust an atom?

A: Because they make up everything. 


Q: What did Cinderella say when her photos did not show up?

A: “Someday my prints will come.”


Q: Why did the golfer wear two pairs of pants?

A: In case he got a hole in one.


Q: What is the difference between a cat and a comma?

A: One has claws at the end of its paws and the other is a pause at the end of a clause.


I just read a book about Helium. It was so good that I can’t put it down.


A teacher asks her class what their favorite letter is. A student puts up his hand and says ‘G’. The teacher walks over to him and says, “Why is that, Angus?”





Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Keeping Math in Perspective

I was recently reading the April/May, 2017 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 the Editor’s Desk article, “Keeping Math in Perspective.” It was written by Patty McGinnis, Editor of Science Scope.  The article describes how students, who aspire to be scientists should be encouraged to follow their dream regardless of their mathematical ability.


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These five provocations inadvertently cause student resistance, stress, and acting out. What to do instead:

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The quality of relationships among the adults within a school have a significant & far-reaching effect on the culture of the school. #edchat


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Deeper Learning Is By Discovery, Not Delivery

I remember one of my mentors gave me this advice, “Make them (the students) think.”


There are numerous advantages to discovery learning. Students will remember more of the facts and fundamentals of the discipline when they learn this way. They will have more context to connect ideas and make learning stick. They will also develop skills as independent learners, something that will serve them well their whole life.


How could you improve your lesson design so that learning becomes more discovery and less delivery?




Explode These Feedback Myths and Get Your Life Back

Each year I’m faced with the dilemma: do I assign more writing, confining my life to the 8-1/2 x 11 page or 1366 x 768 screen? Or do I scale things back, then fret about whether kids are getting the feedback they need to succeed?


The only reason many of us will stop pushing ourselves to the breaking point is if it turns out that it’s not only bad for us, it’s also bad for students. As it turns out, that actually seems to be the case.


How can we shatter these myths, providing better feedback while modeling a life worth living? Here are the myths phrased as four “shoulds”:

  1. Feedback should be immediate
  2. Feedback should come from the teacher alone
  3. Feedback should be individualized
  4. Feedback should include a grade

Implied in many such myths is the idea that feedback should be objective, able to be quantified, scored, or rated by an outside observer. But in spite of our online gradebooks — which arrogantly assert achievement can be calculated to the hundredth place (implying 10,001 levels of performance!)— assessment and grading remain a fundamentally subjective endeavor.


Web Spotlight:


Google not, learn not: why searching can sometimes be better than knowing





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