MSM 393: Makin’ the Frog Happy. ASCD is going away (well part of it), Help Wounds Heal

Jokes You Can Use:  

Why are frogs always so happy?

  • They eat whatever bugs them


Why did the witches’ team lose the baseball game?

  • Their bats all flew away


Why couldn’t the leopard play hide and seek?

  • He’s always spotted.


Why did Adele cross the road?

  • To sign “Hello” from the other side


Teacher: “Which book has helped you the most in your life?”

Student: My parents checkbook.


Q: Why did the can crusher quit his job?

A: Because it was soda pressing.


My friend told me he had the body of a Greek god. I had to explain to him that Buddha is not Greek.




A Teen Scientist’s Invention to Help Wounds Heal

Working out of her garage, Anushka Naiknaware designed a sensor that tracks wound healing, becoming the youngest winner (at age 13) of the Google Science Fair. Her clever invention addresses the global challenge of chronic wounds, which don’t heal properly due to preexisting conditions like diabetes and account for billions in medical costs worldwide. Join Naiknaware as she explains how her “smart bandage” works — and how she’s sharing her story to inspire others to make a difference.


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Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Outstanding Life Science Trade Books for 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 Life Science books:

  1.  “Catching Air: Taking the Leap with Gliding Animals” written by Sneed B. Collard III
  2.  “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin” written by Julia Finley Mosca
  3.  “The Great Penguin Rescue: Saving the African Penguins” written by Sandra Markle
  4.  “It’s a Fungus Among Us: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Scary” written by Carla Billups and Dawn Cusick


From the Twitterverse:  

Alex Corbitt‏ @Alex_Corbitt

17 Tips to Engage “Resistant” Classes! +Tip #18: Integrate Culturally Responsive Pedagogy! (by @finleyt) #edchat #Education #edtech #eLearning #ukedchat

PledgeCents‏ @PledgeCents

This is crazy. Look how many teachers say they are paying more than $500 a year out of their own pocket!  @alicekeeler #TeachersAreProfessionals #teaching #teacherlife #teacherproblems #education #edchat #whatisschool

Shelley Burgess‏ @burgess_shelley

Good morning friends. Excited to talk #CultureMatters with you and our special guest @JayBilly2 author of our 1st #LeadLAP Guide #LeadWithCulture


Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D.‏ @k12cto

The Key to 21st Century Classrooms Isn’t Tech. It’s Evolved Teaching. | EdSurge News  #edtech


Joseph Pizzo‏ @ProfJPizzo

Any fool can know. The point is to understand. Einstein #Wisdom @ncte @NJCTENews @NJAMLE @NJASCD @NewJerseyDOE @4theMiddle @sanwoz @LaVonnaRoth @DrDebbieSilver @DrKenPiascik @anniecp @Arsant10 @TheBradCurrie @DisruptedTv @diane_phares @ELLAdvocates @ECET2natl @jrochelle


Steven Weber‏ @curriculumblog

Staff Morale Is Lower Than Ever … #LeadUpChat


David Rockower‏ @dgrock Jun 7

Years ago I gave up on check out systems for my classroom library. I now hand out books and say, “Enjoy.” Most of the books come back quickly, some don’t; lots reappear on locker clean out day. @nerdy @ncte

Sandra Boynton‏Verified account @SandyBoynton Jun 8

June 8 is #BestFriendsDay. Spend a little time today talking, or going for a long walk, or laughing together, or just quietly enjoying each other’s company.

Christine Monge‏ @ChristineMonge

Here’s how to sign up for my book study …  Also maybe, just maybe, @HollyClarkEdu and/or @TanyaAvrith will be able to join the hangout from #ISTE18  


Kim Campbell‏ @KimCamp4Kids

It’s a wrap @HopkinsWJH. Ss r home for the summer and the Ts r having some fun@Hopkins270 #TsThatPlayTogetherStayTogether


Anthony Tosto‏ @MisterTosto

Mentoring Teachers: If you want to give your Student Teachers something to prepare them for this great profession, this is the book. It is informative, insightful, and empowering. #eduprotocols@jcorippo⁩ ⁦@mhebern #thenewfirstdaysofschool

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




Classroom Assessment Techniques: Quick Strategies to Check Student Learning in Class


Using Math Menus: Some Nuts & Bolts



PERTS Mindset

Online program delivered in two 30-minute sessions. Includes survey questions, short reading passages, and brief reflection exercises. Students will learn:

  • Scientific evidence showing that the brain is malleable.
  • Specific behaviors that can rewire the brain and increase one’s intellectual abilities.
  • The importance of effective study strategies and of getting help from others.


PERTS is an applied research center based out of Stanford University. We believe that evidence-based strategies should benefit all students, not just the privileged few. To make research accessible to all, we empower educators everywhere to implement evidence-based strategies cost-effectively. We are so excited to bring you Growth Mindset for 9th Graders and to make the latest research on growth mindset strategies actionable to every high school in the United States. 

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Web Spotlight:


20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

The Web Site Knows Not It’s Time.

ASCD EDge Discontinuation


The ASCD EDge website will be discontinued on July 1, 2018. The website will be removed and all content will be deleted.

You may download materials you have previously contributed to the ASCD EDge website; however, no specific download or take-out feature is being provided. To save your content, you can log in to your account and copy and paste your blog posts into a format of your choosing and download any other media using your browser’s standard download functionality.


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