MSM 403: The Panic On Their Faces

Jokes You Can Use:  


I just found out I’m colorblind. The diagnosis came completely out of the dark grey.

If you don’t pay your exorcist, do you get repossessed?


Doctor said that I may have Tom Jones disease.

OMG, I said. Is that rare?

“It’s not unusual…”


I called my boss to see if I could come in a little late.

He said “Dream on”…

He’s so nice.


How do dog catchers get paid?

  • By the pound


What is a vampire’s favorite fruit?

  • Neck tarine.




How Did “OK” Become One of the Most Popular Words in the World?


Young Boston intellectuals in the early 1800s used a humorous code of abbreviated phrases, like “KC,” or “knuff ced”; “KY,” “know yuse”; and “OW,” “oll wright.” And while most of them eventually fell out of fashion, one abbreviation persisted: “OK,” or “oll korrect.”


OK started off as the LOL of its time. Then Martin Van Buren’s presidential campaign popularized it and its brevity proved useful for sending telegraph messages. You can read more about the history of the word in Allan Metcalf’s book, OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word.


7 Lessons Every Kid Should Learn in School (That Have Nothing to Do with Curriculum)

  1. Scratch Your Itch
  2. You are in the driver seat. So buckle up and drive.
  3. You need to stop distracting yourself and start inspiring yourself.
  4. Big thinking actually does work.
  5. Motion creates motion…and it creates ideas.
  6. You better start trying new things and challenging yourself ASAP!
  7. Live for others, not yourself.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Illuminating Food Webs: A Maker Jigsaw

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 article “Illuminating Food Webs: A Maker Jigsaw” written by Shelly Rodriguez, Jason Harron, Patrick Benfield, and Miriam Reyes. The article brings “making” into the science classroom by providing students the opportunity to bring the curriculum to life by combining engineering and design practices with their own creativity.


From the Twitterverse:  

Dr. Rogers‏ @LeslieRogersUWL

Looking forward to presenting at @AMLE 2018! This is an outstanding conference. So happy to join forces with the other awesome middle level teachers attending this event! #middlelevelteachersrock #AMLE2018

Beth Houf‏ @BethHouf

After another interesting day, was sure pumped to get these beauties in the mail! #fmsteach #leadlap #tlap


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EducationalAppAdvice‏ @edappadvice

The modern day retelling of Hansel and Gretel would be a very different story #DigitalNatives

Steven Weber‏ @curriculumblog

A5: You Need Committees, Task Force, Leadership Programs, and Feedback From Multiple Stakeholders #leadupchat

Common Sense Ed‏Verified account @CommonSenseEd

Let’s face it — some online spaces can be full of negative, rude, or downright mean behavior. But what counts as #cyberbullying? Help your Ss learn what is — and isn’t — and give them the tools they need to combat the problem.  #DigCit #lessonplans


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




Going Digital is About More than just Devices


  • Technology should never isolate us.
  • Unlocking Passions.
  • Enable Collaboration.
  • Talk Less and Listen More.
  • “Care For” means more than “Care About.”





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Are Audiobooks as Good For You as Reading?


Random Thoughts . . .  


Moodle Moot US


I’m co-presenting! Chris Kenniburg and I will be presenting on Monday morning


For the record:  The Moodle Audio works on a Chromebook Tab 10 tablet.  In case you were wondering. 🙂


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