MSM 386: Let’s have a rathole party!


Jokes You Can Use:  


Did you hear about the guy whose left side got cut off?

  • It’s OK, he’s “all right” now.


I couldn’t figure out why the baseball kept getting larger.

  • And then it hit me.


What do you called an angry carrot?

  • A steamed vegetable.


What kind of music is scary for balloons?

  • Pop music


What kind of dog doesn’t bark?

  • A hush puppy







Cartoon Sounds




The March of Our Lives



Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Learning Through Assessments


I was recently reading the January, 2018 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, “Engaging Students in Learning Through Assessment,” written by Patty McGinnis the Editor of Science Scope.  In her article, she discusses how assessment is more than an indication of student progress, it can also be a powerful method for engaging students in active learning.


From the Twitterverse:

Alex Corbitt‏ @Alex_Corbitt

5 Tips for Managing Student Paperwork (+ Tip #6: Go Digital!) (by @finleyt) #edchat #education #elearning #edtech #ukedchat #aussieED

Chuck Poole‏ @cpoole27

A teacher’s influence is one that never truly ends. It is an ever present force that helps build character, strength, and wisdom for years to come. #JoyfulLeaders

Eric Sheninger‏Verified account @E_Sheninger

3 critical questions when it comes to transforming learning: Why should we innovate? How will we successfully implement innovative practices? What critieria and evidence will be used to determine success and efficacy? #LT8Keys #empower18 #leadered

Frank Spencer‏ @Frankwspencer

District arms teachers with rocks in case of school shooter | WPXI

Teresa Gross 📝📚‏ @teresagross625

I am getting ready to launch a couple of twitter book studies soon. #pd4uandme

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




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Collaborative online whiteboard that is focused on math. This site does LaTeX well. You can write the LaTeX expressions, but more impressively, you can just draw the equation and it will convert it. Solves expressions as well.


Free version:

  • Math equations are downloaded as images.
  • 4 boards for free
  • Basic math recognition
  • PDF export with watermark


Lessons for Movies


Web Spotlight:


Returning the Favor – Mike Rowe  

Follow host Mike Rowe as he travels the country in search of remarkable people making a difference in their communities. Returning the Favor . . .   Recognized by the Got Your 6 Foundation for dispelling stereotypes of post-war veterans. Some clips are 6-10 minutes long making them a nice fit for the classroom and advisory.  Could even put them in Moodle with an H5P editor for formative assessment and then a single threaded forum for discussion. The show is in its second season on Facebook Watch, so you may need to use some “creativity” in getting this to your classroom . . .


Random Thoughts . . .  


Personal Web Site


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