MSM 397:  No Plan Survives First Contact With a Microphone . . .

Jokes You Can Use:  


Doctor: “I’m sorry but you suffer from a terminal illness and have only 10 to live.”

Patient: “What do you mean, 10? 10 what? Months? Weeks?!”

Doctor: “Nine.”

Why did egyptians shave their heads regularly?

  • To be more pharodynamic

Guest at a restaurant: “I refuse to eat this roastbeef. Please call the manager! “

  • Waiter: “That’s no use. He won’t eat it either.”


I thought I’d tell you a good time travel joke

  • but you didn’t like it.


I heard a report about a bad outbreak of the tummy bug, apparently 9 out of 10 people there suffered from diarrhea.

  • I can’t stop thinking about that tenth person who apparently enjoyed it.




Taking a ball from a kid


Growing a Chinese Bamboo Tree


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or



I was recently reading the March, 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 Citizen Science article, “iNaturalist: Citizen Science for 21st Century Naturalists,” written by Jill Nugent. The article describes a project that empowers citizens to record biodiversity.  For more information, please visit:


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This should be a wake-up call to AP history: multiple-choice testing is a fraud. You do not find it in college history courses worthy of that name. … and …



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Let It Go

“Let it go,” the title of this article, is not a tribute to the famous children’s movie, but rather a directive to teachers. To create an instructional shift that focuses on students, there are a few mentalities teachers just need to let go:


Teaching: five things I wish I’d known fifteen years ago




Unhangout is an open source platform for running large-scale, participant-driven events online.


Describing Words

This tool helps you find adjectives for things that you’re trying to describe. Also check out and



Web Spotlight:


Our World in Data


Ashes in the Snow (Beyond Shades of Grey)

A holocaust book by Ruta Sepetys popular with teens is coming out as a movie.  


Random Thoughts . . .  


Personal Web Site


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