MSM 374: Acquire No Taxes.


Jokes You Can Use:  


You’re American when you go into the bathroom, and you’re American when you come out, but do you know what you are while you’re in there?

-You’re a European.


Did you know the first French fries weren’t actually cooked in France?

  • In Greece.


Want to hear a joke about a piece of paper? Never mind… it’s tearable.


Spring is here! I got so excited I wet my plants!


Did you hear about the guy who invented Lifesavers? They say he made a mint.


What do you call a factory that sells passable products? A satisfactory.


Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted.


Why did the invisible man turn down the job offer?


A woman is on trial for beating her husband to death with his guitar collection. Judge says, “First offender?” She says, “No, first a Gibson! Then a Fender!”


When you ask a dad if he’s alright: “No, I’m half left.”


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


5/4 of people admit that they’re bad with fractions.




Going to School


Parking in a Handicap Spot


The ByStander Effect

We’d all like to consider ourselves helpful people, but are we always quick to lend a hand whenever the opportunity arises? In this episode of The Science of Empathy, we tested, through various scenarios, just how long it would take for people to offer assistance to someone struggling right in front of them.




Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


Update for Dave  on Gediminas’ Castle:  


Learning Cycles

I was recently reading the November, 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 article, “Teaching with Learning Cycles and Storylines.” It was written by Susan German.  Learning cycles are the blueprint to student learning.  Thoughtful consideration of instructional models such as the 5E can guide teachers in structuring learning cycles in such a way as to optimize learning.


From the Twitterverse:  

Amanda Laforet‏ @MrsLaforet

Three of the most important things to inspire huge change in education are #bravery #creativity #empathy @jheil65 #edtechteam #tvdsbtech

Sandra Balestrin‏ @technolit

3 qualities we need as educators to make revolutionary change: Bravery, Creativity, Empathy #EdTechTeam #tvdsbtech


Will Richardson‏ @willrich45

Change Your Screen to Grayscale to Combat Phone Addiction

Aaron Hogan‏ @aaron_hogan

What a powerful question! What if choice—more than fancy tech options, maker spaces, or any number of other novelties—empowered students to take control of their own learning? #EmpowerBook

Diane Ravitch‏ @DianeRavitch

Timothy Egan: Blame Our Civic Stupidity on Failure to Teach Civics and Government …


Dr. Dru Tomlin‏ @DruTomlin4Edu Nov 16

Dr. Dru Tomlin Retweeted Todd Bloch

A5. Admin need 2B out there in the hallways, classrooms, cafeteria–& setting a positive tone (not just reinforcing rules). Building relationships & greeting Ss & Ts. Recognizing Ts who take joyful risks. Step up. Don’t just show up. #mschat


Rick Wormeli‏ @rickwormeli2 Nov 17

Want to build student self-efficacy? One great way to do it is by teaching students to construct and deconstruct their own, and others’, metaphors in their learning.


Donalyn Miller‏ @donalynbooks

Powerful words from Anna Quindlen. #ncte17

George Couros‏Verified account @gcouros

3 Myths About “Empowering” Students in Schools Today …

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




Computer Programming



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Lithuania Teachers Language Association  

The FIPLV Nordic-Baltic Region (NBR) Conference 2018 “Teaching and Learning Languages in the 21st Century:  Linguistic, Educational and Cultural Aspects” June 7-8, 2018.  


  • To bring language policy makers, language teaching professionals and researchers together for a discussion about the mission of teaching in 21st century, the meaning of teaching quality, efficiency and effectiveness, as well as analyse the aims, needs and perspectives of teaching /learning languages in multicultural environment that could consequently enhance the promotion of democratic citizenship, social cohesion, and intercultural dialogue.
  • To exchange information and knowledge, share best practices and experiences across national boundaries on teacher training and the enhancement of the development of teachers’ competences that would serve to acquire a better understanding of teaching the New Generation of students.
  • To disseminate best practices and experiences of Lithuanian teachers as well as of language teaching professionals from abroad in language teaching at all levels in all stages of life.  



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PBS Learning

Good resources. Videos can be downloaded with a FREE account. Search by grade level, subject area, etc.


Class Hook

Teach, engage, inspire

Teach your students using their favorite TV shows and movies.

Find curated video clips for use in your classroom.


Web Spotlight:


Second Life

The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future

Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life.


Random Thoughts . . .  

Moodle Minute

For my Economics class, I run an Acquire Tournament to help them learn financial literacy.  Last Thursday I add some reality to the rules.  I introduced . . . TAXES.  Here’s what they think about taxes:  


Mr. McGirr has decided to include taxes.  This is fair or unfair because . . . .

You must post one answer and respond to two other people. #PayUp!  


  • “This is not fair because people who are working hard for there money are getting taxed for no reason, but the people who just sit there and are lazy just go get money handed to them.It’s just like a BIG SLAP IN THE FACE for the people who are working very hard for there [sic] $$.Mr. McGirr I thought we were friends.  🙁 🙁 “ #taxationwithoutrepresentation
  • “Its not Fiar [sic] we need money for our grade so bac players are getting better grades and the higher people get lower grades.”  
  • “I [sic] feel it fair to a point then it becomes to much. I do agree with the president in this topic maybe if the tax is lowered to 22% it would be better for both sides. We get less money taken from us an they still get money.”  
  • “This is unfair because people make choices on what to do with their money and for people who made the right decisions and used their money wisely and got a good job get payed good but for people that are lazy and don’t use their money wisely end up with no money. The goverment [sic] should be able to make money not take money. And people should learn that money cost money”  
  • “I think this is unfair because everyone is getting taxed differently. It would be more fair if everyone was taxed the same amount. I’m not necessarily against the taxes themselves, otherwise how would the government be able to pay for roads and such? I just disagree with the fact that half the class gets taxed less than the first half.”


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