MSM 402: Parents, Puzzles, and Pods (VoicePods that is)

Jokes You Can Use:  

Why are frogs always so happy?

  • They eat whatever bugs them


What do you call an indecisive insect?

  • A dust mite


Which punctuation mark would win a race?

  • The dash


Why are circles so smart?

  • They have 360 degrees





brain-teasers, riddles and optical illusions designed to give your brain a run for its money!


12 Characters that didn’t make the cut


Harvard followed 800 people over the course of multiple decades and found 6 things that make people live longer, happier lives

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Parent-Teacher Relationships

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 “Teacher to Teacher” article written by Susan German. She wrote an article entitled, “Forming Parent-Teacher Relationships Around Three-Dimensional Teaching.” The article is based on several conversations she had with teachers using three-dimensional instruction who are now struggling to garner parental support for the new way of teaching science.


From the Twitterverse:  

Amy Gwizdz‏ @Gwizzy

We are surrounded by teachers, leaders, parents, and even students who are playing the game of school. It’s been set up this way for years and it is hard to break decades of doing things “the way they always have been done” (even when we know it’s not best for kids).A.J. Juliani


Jennifer Fox, EdD‏ @JenniferFox13

Are you comfortable #blogging about your missteps in teaching? My preservice Ts are having a hard time realizing that a T sharing “disasters in the classroom” & what they learn is a good idea for growth. Can any1 help me out? #edtechchat #moedchat #tlap #edchat #2ndaryELA


Matt Miller‏ @jmattmiller

Your ripple effect as a teacher is far-reaching. Never forget your impact. #DitchBook #tlap #WednesdayWisdom #edchat

Kasey Bell‏ @ShakeUpLearning

When learning gets messy, teachers have to become facilitators of the messy. … #shakeuplearning #edtech #edchat #shakeuplearning #edtech


Tony Vincent‏ @tonyvincent

Students can ask Siri (instead of relying on a teacher) to spell words. Google Assistant and Alexa will also spell words.

Ditch That Textbook‏ @DitchThatTxtbk

10 low-prep, HIGH-return activities for class tomorrow!   Virtual field trips Caption this Collaborative slides Brain dump @Quizlet live 5 clue challenge Class podcast EduProtocols Graphic Organizers Templates  #DitchBook #edtech

ASCD‏Verified account @ASCD

Build positive teacher-student relationships this year. @rickwormeli2

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





Place some text into the text box and this site will read it for you. Could be useful for students to have their writing read out loud to them. Could be useful for EL students. Could be useful for Special Ed students.

  • Resulting files can be downloaded.


BookMark It

Allows you to “Bookmark” YouTube Videos. You create a bookmark (CTRL | B), add a comment. Then you click on the BookMark It extension to jump to that bookmark in the video.


New Teacher Resources for a New School Year from the Library of Congress

Web Spotlight:


Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences (2018)

Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents & We Are Not Here for It


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