MSM 399: My Sister’s Favorite Color is PINK!

Jokes You Can Use:  

I’m still getting over the fact that oranges are basically presliced by nature.


While waiting for the waiter, you become the waiter.


Ever realize just how surreal it is to read a book? You sit for hours staring a marked slices of a tree while vividly hallucinating.


When you are going left, right is wrong and left is right.

Thus, right is wrong, but also right. Yet right being wrong doesn’t make left right, so while right is wrong, we can’t conclude the left is right.


Want to achieve a beach body? It takes two steps:

  • Have a body
  • Go to the Beach


Coffee is a constant victim where I work. It gets mugged every day.


Shouldn’t pregnant women be called body builders?


Do the clothes that a lawyer wears to court become his/her law suit?


If someone stole all your lamps, you would be delighted.


Apple is working on new autonomous car. Any bets on how tough it is for them to install Windows?


This may come across as cheesy, but I think you’re grate.


If you’re a Fireman, you never want to work at home.


If you are gluten free, do you go against the grain.


Rogaine really messes with your head.




Boost your EI

Good questions to focus an advisory class.


The 5-Hour Rule Used by Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Elon Musk

That’s why the most successful people in the world spend their free time learning.


So how do they find the time to read daily? They adhere to the five-hour rule.


The concept is wonderfully simple: No matter how busy successful people are, they always “set aside at least an hour a day (or five hours a week) over their entire career for activities that can be classified as deliberate practice or learning.”


“Throughout Ben Franklin’s adult life, he consistently invested roughly an hour a day in deliberate learning. I call this Franklin’s five-hour rule: one hour a day on every weekday,”

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

You Are A Scientist

I was recently reading the July, 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 Commentary article, “When You Walk Into This Room, You’re Scientists,” written by S. Elisabeth Faller. The article describes the principles that all teachers can use to promote positive, science-linked identities.  The principles include:

  1.  Prioritize communication in science
  2.  Position all students as scientists
  3.  Allow students to be science authorities
  4.  Demonstrate that science really matters


From the Twitterverse:  

Todd Bloch‏ @blocht574

Dear Middle School Student- … #mschat #michED #colchat

Matt Miller‏ @jmattmiller

This study tells us retention of info from lectures dips when kids attention is divided on digital devices. The magic of #edtech in class, folks, isn’t in taking notes for lectures. It’s about creating. Collaborating. Connecting to other people.  


Two Guys👨‍🏫‏ @twoguysde

The way you greet your students tells them all they need to know about your class.

3 replies 7 retweets 42 likes


Kristen Brooks‏ @KristenBrooks77

Celebrate individuality by having students create “All About Me Adjective Selfies” with the Clips App. Perfect to loop for parent night! @AppleEDU #EveryoneCanCreate #ClassroomClips #AppleClips #AppleEduChat #K12 #ADE2018 #iPads4EDU #AppleTeacher #BackToSchool2018 #BeKind


Alice Keeler‏ @alicekeeler

Acer Chrometab: Chromebook + Tablet – …


Christine Thielen‏ @cmt215il

Christine Thielen Retweeted Will Waidelich

Are YOU going to #AMLE2018 in Orlando?? It is going to be awesome!

Christine Thielen added,  


Will Waidelich‏ @WillWaidelich

#AMLE2018 is October 25-27, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Thank you to our great sponsors. @CUWisconsin @cuaa @CorwinPress @GAfundraising @LeadtoFeed @ReadNaturally @2ndStepProgram @Teach_Travel @AMLE


𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕟𝕒 𝕊𝕡𝕚𝕔𝕜𝕒𝕣𝕕🍎‏ @SSpickard

Feel free to use at your school: … #MEMSPA #LeadPositive #NAESP #CharacterCounts #kindessmatters

Connie Rensink‏ @rensink_connie

Sandra Lima Argo shares Tony Wagner’s 7 Survival Skills (NOT soft skills) #GlobalEd #GlobalCompetency #RUWorldReady

Bored Teachers‏ @Bored_Teachers

Patience of a saint.

Jennifer Gonzalez‏ @cultofpedagogy

8 Things I Know for Sure About (Most) Middle School Kids  #midleved #middleschool #mschat #wholechild


Steven Weber‏ @curriculumblog

A good curriculum allows students to demonstrate their understanding in multiple ways. If you see 25 projects that look identical, you may have more compliance than student contribution. #satchat #colchat #LeadUpChat #WeLeadEd #edchat


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





We talked about CODAP but failed to mention that it was used in the Ant Picnic (Middle School Science Minute).


Highlighting Mistakes – A Grading Strategy


Ten Non-Standard Ideas About Going Back to School



Are You Monitoring Your Relationships with Your Students?

Some great thoughts and resources here. What type of teacher are you? Do you “justify” not knowing the students (all of the students)?


Random Thoughts . . .  


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