MSM 376: Poe in the Snow? We have video…

Jokes You Can Use:  



  • Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?
    • Great food, no atmosphere.
  • What do you call a fake noodle?
    • An Impasta.
  • How many apples grow on a tree?
    • All of them.
  • Why did the coffee file a police report?
    • It got mugged.
  • How does a penguin build it’s house?
    • Igloos it together.
  • What do you call an elephant that doesn’t matter?
    • An irrelephant
  • Want to hear a joke about construction?
    • I’m still working on it.
  • The shovel was a ground-breaking invention.
  • The rotation of earth really makes my day.
  • Today at the bank, an old lady asked me to help check her balance. So I pushed her over.
  • My dog used to chase people on a bike a lot. It got so bad, finally I had to take his bike away.
  • I’m so good at sleeping. I can do it with my eyes closed.
  • The other day, my wife asked me to pass her lipstick but I accidentally passed her a glue stick. She still isn’t talking to me.




John Boyer‏Verified account @boyerweather

You’ve heard of Elf on the Shelf, but Richmond has Poe in the Snow



Turnip Prize

Pulled pork.

Have your kids create their own entries. Have a competition.


Auschwitz inmate’s notes from hell finally revealed



Fun with drawing. But the reason behind this is all about Neural networks.


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or



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, “How to Start a STEM Club.” It was written by Margaret R. Blanchard, Kylie S. Hoyle and Kristie S. Gutierrez.  In the article, the authors presented an eight-step plan for starting an after school STEM Club.


From the Twitterverse:  

Eric Curts‏ @ericcurts

Emoji Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets … #edtech


Bethany Petty‏ @Bethany_Petty

HyperDocs are AWESOME! – #edchat #hyperdocs #teachingwithtech @edtechteam

Dr. Tony Sinanis‏ @TonySinanis

Active engagement often includes collaboration & joy because of the passion around the work. This is how I’ve seen it “rub off” from engaged educator to educator- they are excited to share their work! #EduGladiators

Why don’t we have courage to give colleagues feedback? What are we afraid of? Courageous Conversations for Cowards  


John Meehan‏ @MeehanDJO

John Meehan Retweeted Rick Wormeli

Memo to Santa and future me…

John Meehan added,

Rick Wormeli @rickwormeli2

Shhhhh. Don’t let it get out too far and wide — Rick Wormeli was very busy last year and this year….and that’s scary. The result is coming in February 2018….


Rachelle Dene Poth‏ @Rdene915 …: As we near the holidays, don’t forget to treat yourself over the break #sketchnote via sylviaduckworth #edchat #tlchat #edadmin#cpchat #edchat #edtech #education

“It does not make sense to hire smart people, and then have them follow stupid rules.” … on @LinkedIn

George Couros‏Verified account @gcouros

Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break  via @spencerideas


Gary Stager, Ph.D.‏ @garystager

How about teaching?


Apple Education‏Verified account @AppleEDU

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from Dec 4-10 with our new Hour of Code challenge & facilitator guide. … #EveryoneCanCode


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





How about a display board with activities for those who are done?


Study finds reading information aloud to yourself improves memory


You are more likely to remember something if you read it out loud, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

A recent Waterloo study found that speaking text aloud helps to get words into long-term memory. Dubbed the “production effect,” the study determined that it is the dual action of speaking and hearing oneself that has the most beneficial impact on memory.

The study tested four methods for learning written information, including reading silently, hearing someone else read, listening to a recording of oneself reading, and reading aloud in real time.


11 Comic Creation Web Tools and Apps




Brain Scans Reveal Why Rewards and Punishments Don’t Seem to Work on Teenagers

One aspect of risk behavior in adolescents appears to be an apparent inability to match their behavior to the likely rewards (or punishments) that might follow.


Parents and teachers are painfully aware that it’s nearly impossible to get a teenager to focus on what you think is important. Even offering them a bribe or issuing a stern warning will typically fail. There may be many reasons for that, including the teenager’s developing sense of independence and social pressure from friends.


Now a new study, published in Nature Communications, shows that this behaviour may actually be down to how the adolescent brain is wired.

Adolescence is defined as the period of life that starts with the biological changes of puberty and ends when the individual attains a stable, independent role in society. (This definition may leave some readers wistfully pondering the second half of that equation). We now know that it is also a time of tremendous brain reorganisation, which we are only just beginning to understand.

Effectively, this study demonstrates the emerging efficiency of a “cool” cognitive control system moderating a “hot” motivational assessment system, resulting in the appropriate balance between the rewards offered and the actions required to maximise performance.


Just increasing any reward/bribe you might be tempted to offer to get a teenager to do something may not have the desired effect.


Instead, try to give young adolescents as much information as possible about an upcoming decision—this could help redress the imbalance between cognition and motivation.



A wide range of tutorials. Could be useful for those self directed students who like to learn new things.


Camtasia Alternatives

Dispelling educational myths


Google Arts & Culture


Applied  Digital Skills


Google Made with Code

Introduction to coding. Easy to use.


Web Spotlight:


The Nested Splat! Series

Welcome to Splat!  You are only moments away from a VERY POWERFUL, highly interactive number sense strategy that can be used at any grade level!

This post includes 50 (fifty!) free, downloadable PowerPoint math lessons!



Only a fraction of unsolved problems are suitable for the school classroom, however there still are a huge number to choose from. The purpose of this conference was to gather mathematicians and educators together to select one unsolved problem for each grade K-12. Here is a pdf summarizing the winning unsolved problems. Here are the criteria used to make our decisions:


Istorijos Detektyvai – History Detectives

So, here’s an idea from left field.  Show a clip from Istorijos Detektyvai as an example of how other cultures view social studies/history.  You can get whole shows from LRT’s webpage, everything from cooking to soap operas.  It’s an interesting cultural swim exploring the food shows and what Lithuanians find fun to eat, to designing a living space shows, and what they find newsworthy in their programming.  If you find the subtitles button, let me know.  Seriously.  Let me know.


Click the Play button below to listen to the show!