MSM 378: The Show About . . . But I Digress . . .

Jokes You Can Use:  


Why are ghosts such bad liars?

  • You can see right through them

Why can’t you ever give Elsa a balloon?

  • She’ll just “let it go”.

Which hand is better to write with?

  • Neither. Use a pen or pencil.

Why are math books always sad?

  • They are all filled with problems.

Which flower talks the most?

  • Tulips

What did one wall say to the other wall?

  • Meet you at the corner

Why is England the wettest country?

  • The queen has reigned for decades.

What has four wheels and flies?

  • Garbage truck

What goes up and down but doesn’t move?

  • Stairs






I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere. I am the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space.

What am I?


When is a door not a door?


Logic Puzzles

That’s where these challenging logic puzzles come into play. Take as much time as you need on each of them to give your brain a workout!

No time for leftovers: The astonishing scale of food waste in the UK and around the world

It is important to distinguish between food loss and waste:

  • Food loss: Occurs between production and retail
  • Food waste: Occurs between consumption and retail


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Did You Feel It?

I was recently reading the December, 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 Citizen Science article, “Did You Feel It: Shake Up Your Earth Science Classroom with Earthquake Citizen Science,” written by Jill Nugent. The article describes the free online project to track earthquake charts globally.  For more information, please visit:


From the Twitterverse:

Dr. Dru Tomlin‏ @DruTomlin4Edu

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Food for Thought: The 16 Characteristics of an Effective and Amazing Middle School  by @DruTomlin_AMLE


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Yes!! Make sure you are taking time for yourself this holiday season! You deserve it!

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Ian Jukes‏ @ijukes Dec 19

4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders

Kelly Malloy‏ @kellys3ps Dec 21

Oh no! Your student has found their name on Santa’s naughty list! They must write a persuasive letter convincing Santa that it is a mistake.

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28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

Student-centered teaching is teaching that is ‘aware’ of students and their needs above and beyond anything else. It places students at the center of the learning process.



I have chosen one word the last several years to guide my year and give me focus. This year, I’ve selected the word DISCIPLINED.


Exercising at own pace boosts a child’s ability to learn

A child’s attention and memory improves after exercise according to new research conducted by primary school pupils and supported by the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh.




Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’

A huge misconception amongst adults, according to Robinson, is that kids don’t like to learn. On the contrary, “my conviction is that kids love to learn. That’s not the problem,” he shared. Rather, “it’s the construct of school” that beats a love to learn out of students, he says.

  1. It’s a time of revolution in many industries across the world.
    “I mean that literally. There are changes on the planet now that are without precedent,” he said. “We have an exponential rate of technological change, over the past 30 years in particular. We’re heading into a period of even more radical technological innovation, and with it will go entire industries.”
  2. If populations are to meet this revolution, we have to think differently, particularly about the individual self.
    “We have to reframe the abilities of our children. We have deep natural talents, but we have to discover them and cultivate them. If you have a narrow view of ability, you generate an enormous about of inability.”
  3. Thus, we have to rethink how we do school.
    “There are systems we’ve created for efficiency, not to get people to learn things,” Robinson started, later adding, “We organize our kids’ learning by their date of birth. We don’t do that anywhere else, except school.”


Maybe There IS Some Value in Graphic Novels?

One of the most spirited conversations in Radical history started with a simple argument:  Graphic novels — which were the hot new genre back in 2011 — don’t require students to think as rigorously as more traditional forms of text.




Web Spotlight:


When Will We Get Serious about Teacher Stress?

Of late, I’ve become acutely aware of one sad commonality among these very good people. Teachers are stressed. One could argue teachers have always been stressed but I’m sensing something new and disturbing.


NASA will take images of its quiet supersonic jet’s shockwaves

In 2016, NASA began developing a quiet supersonic jet design with Lockheed Martin under the Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) program.


To The Students I Failed


Random Thoughts . . .  


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