MSM 409: Oyez, Oyez, Oyez, The AI Knows Things About You . . .

Jokes You Can Use:  


One winter morning, an employee explained why he had shown up for work 50 minutes late: “It was so slippery out that for every step I took ahead, I slipped back two.”

The boss eyed him suspiciously, “Oh, yeah? Then how did you ever get here?”

“I finally gave up,” he said, “and started for home.”




Thirteen Virtues

  1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths [sic], or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


Daily Planner

Benjamin Franklin's daily schedule


How to Deal with Haters

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

I See Change

I was recently reading the October, 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 “Citizen Science” section, written by Jill Nugent.  The title of the article was “I See Change: Do You?” In this article, we learn about the I See Change Citizen Science Project which integrates citizen science, journalism, and weather and satellite data from NASA within a globally networked community that is actively contributing observations of environmental changes.  To learn more about this project, visit:


From the Twitterverse:  

Kasey Bell‏ @ShakeUpLearning

Teaching responsibility and preparing students for the real world: 20 alternatives to homework  via jmattmiller #ditchbook #shakeuplearning #edtech


Valeria Rodriguez‏ @Valeriasketches

Drawing is the fastest, most effective way to learn according to new research: givesdifferent ways to engage w/ info has 2 visualize what is being shared in detail think of how to render thaton go through physical process of creating …

Alice Keeler‏ @alicekeeler

As @joboaler says… it’s not my job to rescue students from thinking. Am I doing the thinking or are the students? How much of the lesson is “figure it out?” #edtechperu @EdTech_Tips

Alice Keeler‏ @alicekeeler

Activity dashboard front and center! See who has never looked at the document or when they last looked at it. Click the chart icon in the upper right. #googleEDU


Want to be our neighbor? Join us at our workshop! We’re excited to see hear more from @lkolb and @evelyndaughtery (Maybe @csteenst will provide us with another round of tributes to Mr. Rogers, too?)

Nick LaFave‏ @NFLaFave

PD on the Potty – Tissue #8 “Attention getters” for any lesson, and zooming shortcuts that work in any browser.  #EdTech #PDonThePotty #learningintheloo

Message:  Hey Middle School Matters! Thanks for the follow. I am building a free online tool for teachers. Drop in any URL and we convert it into a quiz for kids. It’s called Mt. Cleverest and it’s just been accepted as an IBM AI XPRIZE competitor. Would love for you or any teachers you know to check it out ( ). Let me know what you think!

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



Teaching ELLs with Short Animated Videos

Short animated videos are excellent for supporting literacy skills while making the learning fun and engaging. They are especially effective for English learners because they are visual in nature.





Oyez, Oyez, Oyez



What Learners Really Need


Web Spotlight:

PBIS Is An Incentive System, Venezuela Has An Incentive System . . .  


The still-evolving system, part of which uses “smart citizen cards” developed by ZTE, grades citizens based on behavior including financial solvency and political activity.

Good behavior can earn citizens discounts on utilities or loans. Bad marks can get them banned from public transport or their kids blocked from top schools.

Ahead of the vote, ruling party officials urged voters to be “grateful” for government largesse dispensed via the fatherland cards. They set up “red point” kiosks near voting booths, where voters could scan their cards and register, Maduro himself promised, for a “fatherland prize.”


Teachers at Staff Meetings


AI Explainer


Random Thoughts . . .  

Ian McGirr of London – I Know Things About You  

  1. I know your favorite Pizza from Papa Johns.
  2. I know you gamble at Red Casino, and they miss you.  
  3. Kala Jean from says, “Hi.  This is Kala.”  She sounds nice.  


Moodle Word Wall


Personal Web Site  


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