MSM 367:   “Corny” jokes, more Moodle, giving 100% or less.

Jokes You Can Use:  


Grammarly‏Verified account @Grammarly

What a corny pun.

Santa Claus has the right idea …

Visit people only once a year.

~Victor Borge


What would men be without women?

Scarce, sir .. mighty scarce.

~Mark Twain


I was married by a judge.

I should have asked for a jury.

~Groucho Marx


My wife has a slight impediment in her speech.

Every now and then she stops to breathe.

~Jimmy Durante


I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.

~ Zsa Gabor


Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living.

The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

~Mark Twain


What’s the use of happiness?

It can’t buy you money.

~Henny Youngman

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.

~Herbert Henry Asquith


I don’t feel old.

I don’t feel anything until noon.

Then it’s time for my nap.

~Bob Hope


The cardiologist’s diet: If it tastes good … spit it out.



By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.

~Billy Crystal







Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


Getting Their Names Right


I was recently reading the Summer, 2017 issue of “The Science Teacher,” a magazine written for high school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.  


In this issue, I read the the “Health Wise” section article, “Getting Their Names Right.” It was written by Michael Bratsis.  Even though the article was written for a high school audience, it is very appropriate for middle school teachers and describes how mispronounced names can add to the difficulties that students have in the classroom.


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Owl Eyes


Science Notebook Corner

Keeping a notebook can help your students think and act like scientists. Sample our easy-to-implement strategies and lessons to bring science notebooking into your classroom.


How Technology Should Have Already Changed Your Teaching

  1. Giving letter grades
  2. Classroom design
  3. Where the learning happens
  4. The pace of student progress
  5. The audience for student thinking
  6. What is studied
  7. Where the questions come from
  8. Who provides learning feedback, and when
  9. Starting and stopping class the class, correcting misbehaviors
  10. Using curriculum maps to create finished units and lessons
  11. “Covering” your content



Wilson Center

Collections contain selected sets of historical documents related to a specific topic, region, or event.


The first thing teachers should do when school starts is talk about hatred in America. Here’s help.

#CharlottesvilleCurriculum: That’s the new Twitter hashtag for educators, parents and anyone else looking for resources to lead discussions with young people about the violence that just erupted in Charlottesville, when white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members marched and clashed with counterprotesters. One woman was killed and 19 were injured when a car rammed into the counterprotesters, and two state police officers assisting in the response died when their helicopter crashed on the outskirts of town.


10 things every white teacher should know when talking about race


Why Do We Murder the Beautiful Friendships of Boys?


Research shows that between 1999 and 2010 suicide among men, age 50 and over, rose by nearly 50%. The New York Times reports that “the suicide rate for middle-aged men was 27.3 deaths per 100,000, while for women it was 8.1 deaths per 100,000.”


Driven by our collective assumption that the friendships of boys are both casual and interchangeable, along with our relentless privileging of romantic love over platonic love, we are driving boys into lives Professor Way describes as “autonomous, emotionally stoic, and isolated.” What’s more, the traumatic loss of connection for boys Way describes is directly linked to our struggles as men in every aspect of our lives.


In America, men perform masculinity within a narrow set of cultural rules often called the Man Box. Charlie Glickman explains it beautifully here. One of the central tenets of the man box is the subjugation of women and by extension, all things feminine. Since we Americans hold emotional connection as a female trait, we reject it in our boys, demanding that they “man up” and adopt a strict regimen of emotional independence, even isolation as proof they are real men. Behind the drumbeat message that real men are stoic and detached, is the brutal fist of homophobia, ready to crush any boy who might show too much of the wrong kind of emotions.


And so, by late adolescence, boys declare over and over “no homo” following any intimate statement about their friends.

And so, there it is, the smoking gun, the toxic poison that is leading to the life killing epidemic of loneliness for men, (and by extension, women,) look no further. It’s right there: “no homo.”

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