MSM 406: Secret – Sneaky Sugar Free!  (And Gluten Free Too!)

Jokes You Can Use:  


Did you hear about the combination of Alphabet Soup and a laxative?

  • It’s called Letter Rip


What’s the best thing about Switzerland?

  • I’m not really sure, but the flag is a big plus


Did you hear about the latest discovery at What’s A Matter U?

  • In addition to Dark Matter and Anti-Matter, they have discovered It Doesn’t Matter.



  • Caused by wearing tight clothing (or sew it seams)


Always give 100%

  • Unless you’re giving blood


Did you hear about the guy kidnapped by a pack of mimes?

  • They made him commit unspeakable acts


What do you call a teacher afraid to fart in public?

  • A private tooter


Did you hear about the latest trial?

  • A tailor, when pressed came apart at the seams. His altered testimony completely unraveled. His fabrication came apart at the seams.


I was telling some cheesy jokes the other day, but they didn’t go over well. It seems everyone was laughtose intolerant.


If they are going to arm teachers, will the librarians have to have silencers?


Did you hear about the new employee who refused to sign up for his 401K?




Sneaky Sugar

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Culturally Responsive Classroom


I was recently reading the September, 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 “Science for All” section written by Kaitlyn McGlynn and Janey Kelly. They wrote an article entitled, “Creating a Culturally Responsive Middle School Science Classroom.” The article focuses in on strategies to create a culturally responsive foundation for your classroom.  All of the knowledge that students possess as a result of their cultural background and interactions is referred to as their “funds of knowledge,” and these funds of knowledge are useful, powerful, and transferable.


From the Twitterverse:  

Alice Keeler‏ @alicekeeler

I challenge you on this, ask students to make a presentation with NO WORDS! YOU are your presentation. Your slides are a visual for your AUDIENCE not a crutch for your presentation.


Google DocsVerified account @googledocs  

Introducing a .new time-saving trick for users. Type any of these .new domains to instantly create Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites or Forms ↓


OJMS Admin Team‏ @OJ_Orioles

An engaging fraction lesson in @JennMackey313 6th grade math class where Ss try to find out who killed Mr. Frac? Happy to report it wasn’t us! #StudentEngagement #BeAnOriole


NJAMLE Spring Conference – Call for Presenters … via @njamle Save the Date March 15,2019 @KeanUniversity. #Amle2018 @NJSTW1 @njapsa @NJEAPreservice @NJCTENews @njsped @NJAET_org @NJSchPsy @NJEAPD @NJEA @NJSTANews @NJASCDSouth @NJASL @NJStandards @NJACTE1


Pam Millikan‏ @millikan_pam

Pam Millikan Retweeted Katie Powell

This webinar is certainly worth your time! Don’t miss it

Pam Millikan added,

Katie Powell @Beyond_the_Desk

Hi #AMLE2018 friends! If you enjoyed Worksheet or Lecture Busters, missed them, or want to share them with colleagues, I have an @AMLE webinar coming up Nov 7. I’ll share a few Busters but then move on to the process for designing your own.

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MiddleWeb‏ @middleweb

MiddleWeb Retweeted AMLE

We’ve been proud to feature Amber’s Flexible Classroom columns here at MiddleWeb: … #AMLE18 #AMLE2018 #mschat


Pam Millikan‏ @millikan_pam

Pam Millikan Retweeted Christine Thielen

May we all stay on the journey of growth and improvement!#amle2018

Pam Millikan added,

Christine Thielen @cmt215il

“Leadership is not a title, it’s a journey.” – @mgrosstaylor #AMLE2018

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Rick Wormeli‏ @rickwormeli2

That moment when you pause on the last day of a great education conference and think about all you’ve learned and realize you could actually do the ideas back at school…#AMLE2018


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




Build and Evaluate Comprehension with Creative Performance Tasks

  1. Create a Coat of Arms for a Story’s Protagonist
  2. Create a Wanted Poster for a story’s Antagonist
  3. Build a Scrapbook for a Character
  4. Design a New Book Cover or Book Jacket
  5. Develop Book Reviews and Trailers
  6. Produce a Card Game

Build student agency with choice



I wanted to be able to use this model to have students collaborate and teach each other concepts (not vocabulary), so (OF COURSE) I thought of using a collaborative Google Slide Deck!




E-books for Comic Creation


The “secret menu” for Google Slides, Docs, Drawings and more


Jenny Everywhere

According to Steven “Moriarty” Wintle—a comic artist from Ottawa, Ontario—Jenny Everywhere is the first “open source comic character.”


Time Traveler for Words

When was a word first used in print? You may be surprised! Enter a date below to see the words first recorded on that year.


UKEd Magazine – Issue 51


National Screening Room

The National Screening Room showcases the riches of the Library’s vast moving image collection, designed to make otherwise unavailable movies, both copyrighted and in the public domain, freely accessible to the viewers worldwide.

The majority of movies in the National Screening Room are freely available as both 5 mb MP4 and ProRes 422 MOV downloads.

The National Screening Room is a project of the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. The goal of this digital collection is to present to the widest audience possible movies from the Library’s extensive holdings, offering a broad range of historical and cultural documents as a contribution to education and lifelong learning.

These selections are presented as part of the record of the past. They are historical documents which reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress does not endorse the views expressed in these movies, which may contain content offensive to users.



Drag and drop words onto a picture.


Web Spotlight:

The National Stock Market Game  

National SMS is a nation-wide stock game for schools in the United States.

Unlike other stock games, you can create your own class rules and trading dates to best fit your own lesson plans, and your students can participate in nation-wide rankings!

We give prizes to the top teams throughout the country every semester, so join your class today to participate!

It takes 5 minutes to get registered and set up your class, and your students can be trading today!


EduPaths – Professional Development Website  

Benefits of EduPaths:

Demonstrated ability to reach educators statewide

  • Completed Enrollments: 15,973
  • A scalable resource with current capacity for 100,000 educator accounts and the ability to ramp up quickly if more are needed
  • Courses created will be accessible to ALL Michigan educators
  • Maintains database and provides participants with a physical transcript to submit for documentation and SCECH’s
  • Strong results-oriented collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education
  • Partnership with the State Education Network (SEN) to secure efficient transfer of educational content
  • Able to support CTE programs through 200+ courses in the following pathways:
    • Assessment, Instruction, Curriculum, Data, Foundation, Leadership, School Improvement, Technology, and more
  • By leveraging an existing platform, additional courses that are needed can be created for just the cost of content development


Random Thoughts . . .  


Personal Web Site  


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