MSM 411: Getting the Information on More Than Adequate Yearly Progress!

Jokes You Can Use:  


How do mathematicians scold their children?

  • If I’ve told n times, I’ve told you n+1…


A mathematician arrives at home at 3 a.m. His significant is mad. You said you’d be home by 11:45. Why are you late?

  • I’m right on time. I said that I’d be home by quarter of 12.


Why did Beethoven get rid of all his chickens?

  • All they would ever say is “Bach, Bach, Bach”


What did the photon say when asked by TSA if there was any baggage to check?

  • Nope. “I’m traveling light”.


Rene Descartes walked into an ice cream store. “Would you like a scoop of chocolate?”

  • Rene responded “I think not” and promptly disappeared.


What did the shark say after eating the clown fish?

  • This tastes a little funny.


What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Betty Jo Moore

I was recently reading the November/December, 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 “Member Spotlight” section where NSTA highlights a middle school science teacher, from across the United States.  This month, Betty Jo Moore is featured. She is a middle school Physical, Life, and Earth and Space Sciences teacher in North Carolina. Her advice for a new science teacher is:

“Surround yourself with a strong professional learning community of like-minded, passionate educators.”


From the Twitterverse:  

MiddleWeb‏ @middleweb

REVIEW: Teacher’s novel captures the absurdity facing educators. @RoxannaElden #mschat #edchat #middleschool #leadupchat #nchat #tlap #LeadLAP Reviewer & new principal @ritaplatt says Adequate Yearly Progress is hilarious & spot on. … …

Kim Campbell‏ @KimCamp4Kids

Kim Campbell Retweeted Mike Griffen

There’s simply nothing like teacher tired…

Mike Griffen @LeeEatonAP

As an administrator it’s easy to forget how demanding it is to be in the classroom with 28 or 29 students, engaging them in instruction, managing behavior, and helping each grow. Subbing today puts that back into perspective.


Richard Byrne‏ @rmbyrne

Five Good Places to Find Public Domain Video Clips


Teresa Gross 📝📚‏ @teresagross625

Please join us tomorrow morning! #pd4uandme #leadupchat #edugladiators #satchat #LeadLAP @Katiemc827 @kylelaurie @specialtechie @Rdene915 @Jhaywardtwit @MeehanEDU @Isham_Literacy @SaraKiffe #pln365

Sean Junkins‏Verified account @sjunkins

DOK in Social Studies. #NCSS2018

Brad Dale‏ @bradjdale

A new gradebook in Google Classroom – signup to test it out. …


Will Richardson – Time to Change School‏ @willrich45

“I don’t think there is any question that by stripping students of their ability to choose much of anything of consequence during their time in school, we’re leaving them more prone to let others choose for them in their out of school lives.”  #satchat


Teenage Whisperer‏ @Teen_Whisperer

Are you actually listening to the teen who’s talking to you? You might think you are, but are you really? #troubledteens #edchat #youthwork #therapy #parenting #fostering


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




Persuasive Maps

This is a collection of “persuasive” cartography: ​more than 800 ​ maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs – to send a message – rather than to communicate geographic information. The collection reflects a variety of persuasive tools ​, including​ allegorical, satirical and pictorial mapping; selective inclusion; unusual use of projections, color, graphics and text; and intentional deception. Maps in the collection address a wide range of messages: religious, political, military, commercial, moral and social.



RACE. Rather than using the 4-letter acronym, I reduce it initially to three letters: R for Reuse the words in the question, A for Answer the question, and P for Prove you are correct. I’ll get to the E in a bit. It takes the most time to teach R.




History Hub


“The PBL Playbook” and How PBL can Help You Innovate Inside the Box


Where Everybody Knows Your Name – Edutopia

How one district identifies which students are falling through the cracks and need to connect with adults in the school.


569 Free Art Books

5 Decades of MET publications on art history available for free.

Web Spotlight:


The Students Suing for a Constitutional Right to Education


Teaching Responsibility or Compliance?


Random Thoughts . . .  


How to make Lithuanian Cepelinai (Zeppelin) Dumplings  

‘Tis the season for comfort foods.  This is a winner!!

LRT – Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony  

Yes, part of it is in Lithuanian.  “Carol of the Bells” is in English and watch how Santa arrives.  Interesting to see how others start the Christmas season.


Moodle Comic Instructions

Comics on using Moodle. I would love your feedback. I would also love your suggestions or requests.


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