MSM 391: What? It’s dead? Now I’ll have to start a Scavenger Hunt

Jokes You Can Use:  


Any stairway is a stairway to heaven if you’re clumsy enough.


Sleeping Beauty must have been terrified the first time she went back to sleep.


If your shirt isn’t tucked into your pants, your pants are tucked into your shirt.


If you swap the “W”s in Where, What, and When with “T”s. You end up with their answers.


The snooze button has probably ruined more lives than shark attacks have.


Freshwater fish aren’t technically seafood.




How People Make Only a Jar of Trash a Year


Brainstorm vs Green needle

if you think of the word “brainstorm” you hear the word brainstorm. if you think of the words “green needle” you hear green needle.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Everyday Phenomena

I was recently reading the February, 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 “Teacher to Teacher” column, featuring  “Teaching With Everyday Phenomena,” written by Susan German. Phenomena are observable events that serve two purposes in her classroom.  First, they increase student engagement and second, they make subsequent lessons more coherent.


From the Twitterverse:

Todd Bloch‏ @blocht574

“Mr BLOCH I exceeded my NWEA goal in science!” So you learn something in my class? “Yeah, but that test doesn’t measure all I learned from you!” #mschat #miched Students are more than a score! (So is learning)


MiddleWeb‏ @middleweb

REVIEW – Fair Isn’t Always Equal: A Must-Read 2nd Edition. #mschat Grading & assessment thought leader @rickwormeli2 earns high praise. #edchat #leadupchat #middleschool #educoach @stenhousepub #grading #assessment #equity …

Danny Steele‏ @SteeleThoughts

Good teachers will spend some time this summer thinking about how they can improve their lessons next year. That’s just what they do.


Michigan Medicine‏Verified account @umichmedicine

Mowing the lawn on this holiday weekend? Dr. @braduren has important safety tips you need to keep in mind:

edutopia‏Verified account @edutopia

Thank you, Maria Montessori.

MiddleWeb‏ @middleweb

REVIEW: Helping Striving Readers Become Thriving Readers. @Stephharvey49 and @AnnieTWard have the answers says reviewer Linda Biondi. #engchat #elachat #educoach @ncte #literacy #reading @ILAToday #coteachat @ScholasticTeach …

Dave Burgess‏ @burgessdave

The 10 #PBL Commandments!!! Incredible video and Hamilton parody by @AmandaFoxSTEM … #tlap #geniushour #DitchBook


Mrs_Borak‏ @ashleyborak

Genius hour presentations were amazing! I’m so impressed by our student’s dedication and creativity.

Tarrant Institute‏ @innovativeEd

For the pm crowd: @dave_baroody shares rubric, resources & lessons learned from implementing Genius Hour


teacheridea‏ @teacheridea

TI: 20+ Summer Scavenger Hunts.  #edtech #edchat #elemchat #3rdchat #4thchat #5thchat #middlechat #mschat #6thchat #7thchat #8thchat #scichat

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




Desmos Pet House: A Linear {and Not-So-Linear} Project

To prepare Math 8 students for future linear studies in Algebra 1, Desmos Pet House, a math-meets-art-meets-coding project, began as a seemingly simplistic graph paper sketch.  However, the open task proved to be a “low floor, high ceiling” experience that whisked students into the world of linear functions, linear inequalities, restrictions on the domain and range, and even animations!  Desmos provides a platform for instant visual feedback for the algebraic “code” students wrote.




We Could Live without These Education Buzz words

Summer Reading List


Web Spotlight:  


The Web Goes Dark For . . .

  • WikiSpaces dies for teachers and classrooms July 31, 2018.  Grab your stuff while the grabbing’s good.

The Digital Curtain Falls Across . . .

  • Padlet:  Using the Freemium Model now.  
  • Avast – Education license is now discounted 50% instead of free.  
  • Xtranormal is now Nawmal and is priced for education at $10/month.  


Can you think of more that should be on this list?  Share them on this spreadsheet.  We’d love to hear from you.  



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