MSM 387: Put On Your Chair Slippers and Ctrl-Tab Your Ears For The Show!

Jokes You Can Use:  


  • If a firefighter has two eyes, what does a ballerina have?  
    • Two Too/Tutu  
  • What’s invisible and smells like carrots?  
    • Bunny farts.  


Fountain Pen jokes:


  • What newspaper does a fountain pen read? The New York Tines.
  • Two fountain pens walked into an ice cream shop, the third one ducked.
  • I heard Lamy was going to develop a new Velcro pen, but they thought it might get ripped off.
  • I used to get a small shock whenever I touched my pens. Needless to say, I’m ex-static.
  • Did you hear about the new anti-gravity pen? It’s impossible to grab one!
  • Why wasn’t the fountain pen popular on Instagram? It wouldn’t post.
  • Wanna hear a joke about a broken nib? Nevermind, it’s pointless.
  • What do you call a factory that makes adequate pens? A satisfactory
  • Did you hear they’re going to have a new outdoor pen show? It’s supposed to be in tents!
  • What are the worst fountain pens made? Vacuum fillers, because they suck.
  • A duck walks into a pen store to get a new pen and says “just put it on my bill”.
  • I have an entire drawer filled with pen caps. They look so lonely there, because they have no body.
  • I keep looking for camouflage pens, but I can’t seem to find any.
  • I was considering becoming a nibmeister, but I heard it’s a grind.
  • Did you hear about the new apocalypse pen? They’re selling like there’s no tomorrow!




If the person who named Walkie, Talkies…

Stamps = Lickie Stickie
Defibrillators = Hearty Starty
Bumble bees = Fuzzy Buzzy
Fork= Stabby Grabby
Socks = Feetie Heatie
Hippo = Floatie Bloatie
Nightmare = Screamy Dreamy


*Warning, some of the suggestions by others are NSFW.


OK GO! Video


Yale’s Most Popular Class Ever and What We Can Learn from It

A few years ago, psychology professor, Laurie Santos, proposed a new elective class at Yale University. She believed it would be a helpful and relevant course for students. No one had any idea how popular it would become.

It’s a class on happiness.



WOOP stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, and Plan.

It’s a practical, accessible, evidence-based activity that helps students find and fulfill their wishes. In character development terms, WOOP builds self-control.

Good curriculum to start kids planning and making things happen. WOOP includes lots of resources to help teachers plan. Also includes workbooks for students. 



The Power of Yet

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Density of Pop

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 Disequilibrium section, “Why is regular soda denser than diet soda,” written by Todd Hoover. The article helps teachers design a 5E Unit to help students visualize the differences between the densities of diet and regular soda/pop and learn about the nutritional differences between the two.

From the Twitterverse:

Alex Corbitt‏ @Alex_Corbitt

8 Final Exam Alternatives (by @finleyt) #edchat #education #eLearning #edtech #ukedchat #AussieEd

Susie Highley‏ @shighley

I know a lot of Ts who do special activities the afternoons of testing; schedules are already disrupted, so it’s a great time to do genius hour, Breakout EDU, etc. #INeLearn


Eric Curts‏ @ericcurts

Random Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets … #edtech

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*PS – Happy Birthday to James!!

Write About‏ @mywriteabout

Happy #NationalPencilDay! What will you and your pencils write about today? #EngChat #ELAchat

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10 Reasons to Use Inquiry-Based Learning via @sylviaduckworth #satchat

Alice Keeler‏ @alicekeeler

Collaborative Lesson Plan Template – …

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




Why dance is just as important as math in school  





Google Go Phone

“Android Go is a special configuration of Android Oreo designed for lower-end mobile devices, particularly those with less than 1GB of RAM. It features a number of stripped-down UI elements and variants of traditional Google apps made to optimize memory usage.”  

Ars Technica Article


101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook: Updated Version

Here for the good stuff? You’re a few steps away from access to:

  • 101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook, an insanely practical guide full of new teaching ideas
  • The Digital PIRATE: Tech Like a PIRATE, great activities that combine free tech tools and engagement hooks from “Teach Like a PIRATE”
  • Links and resources from Matt’s keynote presentations

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Web Spotlight:


Google Tips


  • CRTL | SHIFT | T – reopens closed tabs (useful as you are walking around and want to see what the students just closed)
  • Extensity – quick turn Google Chrome Extensions on or off (important because each extension that is running will take resources. Extensions can also cause conflicts.)
  • Rename a link – paste a web site into a Google Doc. Click on it once and pick “Change”. Make the text more user friendly (also ADA compliant).
  • Randomize your class or Groups without an add-on (Create a Google Sheet with names (via form or class list), Freeze the top row (header), Highlight columns, Click on Data | Randomize range)
  • Chrome tabs: CTRL | Number to go to that tab. (1-8, 9 will go to the last tab)
  • CRTL | Tab will switch windows


Random Thoughts . . .  


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