MSM 400: Citing 400 shows. Because Ponies are delicious.

Jokes You Can Use:  

Went to the ATM the other day and there’s guy standing there on leg.  After a bit, I asked him if he’s ok, what’s he doing? He says, “Oh, I’m ok.  Just checking my balance.”


What did the musician name his three daughters?

  • Anna 1
  • Anna 2
  • Anna 3


People said I’d never get over my obsession with Phil Collins, but Against All Odds, Take Look at Me Now, Mama.


My office has croissants once a week. Just one of our French benefits.


Why was there music coming from the printer?

  • It was jamming.


Imagine if America switched from pounds to kilograms overnight.

  • There would be mass confusion.


It would be impossible to negotiate with Rick Astley in a hostage situation.

Eileen Award:  

  • Mail:  Jeff Rodman, Executive Director of the New England League of Middle Schools




Happy Children Do Chores

One small longitudinal study, done over a period of 25 years, found that the best predictor for young adults’ success in their mid-20s was whether they participated in household tasks at age 3 or 4.

Children who help more at home feel a larger sense of obligation and connectedness to their parents, and that connection helps them weather life’s stressful moments — in other words, it helps them be happier.

…parents did most of the housework and intervened quickly when the kids had trouble completing a task.


Red Solo Cup Challenge

This is a great beginning of the year/end of the year cooperative challenge. Students needed to work together using a rubber band and string to lift cups and put them into formations.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Reinventing STEM

I was recently reading the August, 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 section “From the Editor’s Desk” written by Patty McGinnis. She wrote an article entitled, “Reinventing STEM Through the Maker Movement.” Through the article she hopes that she will inspire you to grown your students’ maker attitude by incorporating the maker movement into your classroom.


From the Twitterverse:  

Jennifer Gonzalez‏ @cultofpedagogy

12 Ways Teachers Can Build their Own Resilience Interview with @artofcoaching1  #teachers #mindfulness #youmatter #ntchat #buildrelationships #edchat


Classroom 2.0 LIVE!‏ @liveclass20

Come celebrate with us! If you’ve been a presenter or a participant in any of our #liveclass20 shows over the past 9+ years it would mean a lot to our Classroom 2.0 LIVE team to have you share a memory on the mic TODAY! 12pmET Details & login link:

Dan McCabe‏ @danieldmccabe

You don’t get grades for resiliency, curiosity, agility, resourcefulness, pattern recognition, tenacity. You just get successful. #satchat


Karly Moura‏ @KarlyMoura

It’s FINALLY HERE The Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid FREE eBook Version 3.0 Supercharged with TONS of resources to spark awesome ideas and help you blast off with the NEWEST @Flipgrid features  @SEANJFAHEY #FlipgridFever

Alice Keeler‏ @alicekeeler

Feedback with Bitmoji! Drag from the Chrome extension onto student slides. #googleEDU #googleSlides

Chris Weber, Ed.D.‏ @WeberEducation

Why Are We Still Personalizing Learning If It’s Not Personal?  @SolutionTree @MrElmerLLC #BoldSchool #divergED

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




Emailing Your Teacher

With Captain Communicator. *Not only is this useful, but could be a challenge for students to create videos as well.

Or a more serious version:


Random Groups

This is about randomly grouping students every day. Cards are presented for FREE. This could also be done with playing cards, with pick-sticks, Random Team Generator, in Google Sheets


Classroom 2.0 LIVE Webinar Series

Today is the last Classroom 2.0 LIVE Webinar.  Although they will be discontinuing the weekly show, the Livebinders and other resources will remain available at their website.  You can visit past recorded sessions and replay them to your heart’s content. You can also continue to catch them archived on iTunes.  


Classroom 2.0 Live Show:  

New England League of Middle Schools – Jeff Rodman, Ex. Dir.

A great way to get resources for your classroom is to attend conferences.  The NELMS conference has a great reputation for excellent conference sessions and a great place to learn from other middle school teachers.  The conference is March 21 & 22 in Providence, RI (at the convention center). There is also time to be a conference sponsor! Contact NELMS to get more information on how you can connect with New England’s premier regional middle level association.  NELMS:  Annual Conference Info:  

RapidWeaver 8 Released!  (And 3 patches)

For those of us who use it to build websites for our students, there’s an update.  And 3 patches in the past week or so. Check it out here:  (by way of example:  



You can cite websites, books, journals, and over 35 other sources.

  • Generate bibliographies and citations quickly and accurately
  • 100% free, even the premium features
  • No ads, privacy trackers, time limits, or restrictions

MyBib is a free bibliography and citation generator that makes accurate citations for you to copy straight into your academic assignments and papers.

There are tools that already do this, but they’ve stagnated, become infested with ads, and charge you for features that should be free (especially for students). We want to fix this.

If you’re a student, academic, or teacher, and you’re tired of the poor bibliography and citation tools out there, then you’re gonna love MyBib. MyBib’s auto-citer is the best and most accurate one out there, so you can create accurate citations automatically for books, journals, websites, and videos just by searching for a title or identifier (like a URL or ISBN).

Plus, we’re using the same citation formatting engine as professional-grade reference managers like Zotero and Mendeley, so you can be sure our bibliographies are perfectly accurate in over 9,000 styles — including APA, Chicago, MLA 7 & 8, and Harvard.

We listen to our users (that’s you!), and everything we’re building is being open sourced. This means that everyone has access to the MyBib code, and permission to use it to build whatever they want. We don’t show ads, and don’t block all the best features unless you pay a monthly subscription. MyBib is student-friendly, and the tool we wish existed.

MyBib is worked on by volunteers, and server costs are being covered by donations. There are no VCs, investors, or other toxic stakeholders here. We currently have enough donations to run until: October 2022, and just $30 can keep us going for another month. Wanna donate? Get in touch!


Richard Byrne did a video on using MyBib


Web Spotlight:


Calling Bull

*NOT FOR STUDENTS. This is a college class on Calling Bull$#!^.

Random Thoughts . . .  


Personal Web Site


We’d never do this, but . . .

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