MSM 392: Middle School Directions, Story Telling and What happened this minute.

Jokes You Can Use:  

A duck was starting to cross the road and a chicken stopped it saying, “Careful.  Once you cross, you’ll never hear the end of it.”


This five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it.

  • short

When you need me, you throw me away. When you are done with me, you bring me back.

  • An anchor

I stay in the corner but travel around the world.

  • A stamp

What rock group has four members who don’t sing?

  • Mount Rushmore

What was the largest island in the world before Australia was discovered?

  • Australia

A woman shoots her husband and then holds him under water for five minutes. Then they go out to dinner. How can this be?

  • Camera and develop

A window cleaner is cleaning a window on the 25 floor. He wasn’t wearing any safety gear- falls, but is not hurt.

  • Cleaning the inside of the windows



TED Talk:  How Language Shapes Us  


Laurel vs Yanny – Next

Students need to look at the speaker to hear the differences.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Outstanding Physical Science Trade Books 2018


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 article on the “Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2018.  In this podcast, I feature Physical Science books:

  1.  “Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Revealed” written by Mary Losure
  2.  “The Secret Project” written by Jonah Winter
  3.  “When the Sky Breaks: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and the Worst Weather” written by Simon Winchester


From the Twitterverse:  

Rodney Hetherton‏ @RodneyHetherton 22h22 hours ago

When you try to give directions on a Friday.

Craig Kemp‏ @mrkempnz

NEW: The 2018 Top 8 Professional Learning Reads for educators as voted by you … get your books for summer now! #edchat @gcouros

Roxi Thompson‏ @roxi_thompson

An important reminder of why it’s so important to be actively engaged in school board elections. We need to make sure we have board members who will vote for policies that support innovation. @dintersmith #WhatSchoolCouldBe

This is Geography‏ @thisisgeography Jun 1


𝕊𝕙𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕪 𝕊𝕒𝕟𝕔𝕙𝕖𝕫 💡‏ @ShellTerrell

What learning designers can learn from comic design  #elearning #edchat

amightygirl‏ @amightygirl

The #RockfordPeaches, the women’s baseball team that inspired A League of Their Own, is celebrating their 75th anniversary this week! The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a major milestone in women’s sports. …

Roman Nowak‏ @NowakRo

Honour the love of learning. Learn, teach & lead with your heart. Share the joy & wonder. We are working with amazing kids daily. Help each one go further than they can imagine. #bekindEDU #kidsdeserveit #tlap #LeadLAP #edchat #JoyfulLeaders #engagechat #TeacherMyth #t2t

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



Starbucks Curriculum


A conversation and learning session on race, bias, and creating an environment that is welcoming to all.



The guidebook was designed for groups of three to five Starbucks partners to work through the learning session at their own pace—self-directed versus heavily moderated. Each module in the guidebook follows the same pattern—some form of inspiration (a film, a look into mind science, a leader sharing a story) followed by self- or group reflection and a chance to practice.



A personal and private tool for partners to self-reflect on behavior and the realities of bias in our society.



Films and documentaries to stimulate both a new understanding and a will to act.


Storytelling the Stillmotion Way: Part 1

Today I’d like to introduce a very special guest professor. Our friends from Stillmotion will be taking the reins for the next few weeks, using their experience as Emmy award-winning filmmakers to teach you a very special skill — the art of storytelling.

The Contest Results:




Free and Paid versions.



Take a picture of your homework.  Send it in. Or take a picture of your formative assessment.  Send it in.  


What Happened When I Committed to Loving My Students Unconditionally

Many teachers talk about loving their students. In fact, I have made bold announcements to everyone—from my colleagues to my friends and family—about loving my students every year that I have taught. But did I really love them? All of them? Every single student? Not really.

This school year, I tried another kind of love. I wanted my love for my students to be super-resilient and a little bit blind—similar to the kind of love I give to my own children.

Web Spotlight:


What Happens in an Internet Minute in 2018?


The numbers for these services are so enormous that they can only be shown using the 60 second time scale.

Any bigger, and our brains can’t even process these massive quantities in any useful capacity. Here are just a few key numbers scaled to a monthly basis, for fun:

  • 42,033,600,000 Facebook logins
  • 159,840,000,000 Google searches
  • 1,641,600,000,000 WhatsApp messages sent
  • 8,078,400,000,000 emails sent

On an annualized basis, the data becomes even more ridiculous, with something close to 100 trillion emails sent. (No wonder it’s so hard to get to inbox zero!)


2018 version:

2017 vs 2018


2016 version:


Random Thoughts . . .  


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