MSM 415: We lost Shawn. He’s somewhere in the world, but where? Could be the BBC, or not. Your GeoGuess is as good as anyones!

Jokes You Can Use:  

When is a door not a door?

  • When it is ajar.

Did you hear about the man who got hit every morning by the same bike?

  • It was

What types of rocks are good friends?

  • Opals

Hey, I tried to make reservations at the library.

  • They wouldn’t let me. But then I couldn’t get in. They were booked.

9 out 10 people who are afraid of hurdles, never get over them.

Why do optometrists have a long lifespan?

  • They dilate.

I just bought a new thesaurus. All of the pages are blank. I have no words to describe how angry I am.

One day, Canada will take over the world. Then, you’ll all be sorry.

Example: Craft that might tip in the ocean. Answer: Canoe (Anagram of ocean)

  1. Bit of brush
  2. Opposite of unite
  3. Writings of a steno
  4. They affix without paste
  5. Having less reason for fears
  6. Animal that may need a shoer

*Answers: 1. Shrub 2. Untie 3. Notes 4. Tapes 5. Safer 6. Horse

Eileen Award:  

  • Twitter:  Caleb Paul


Everyday Leadership

We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

6 minutes, 11 seconds long. Great story of how we can all make a difference.

The Importance of Showing Up

New Words for 2018

Lake Superior State University’s Banished Words:

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Climate Change

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 section on NSTA News.  In this news section, NSTA reported its position statement confronting challenges of teaching climate change in our nation’s science classrooms.  Read the entire statement on climate change at:

From the Twitterverse:  

Ja Cook‏ @jacooksc

3 Questions I ask before making a rule for my classroom: Is it distracting? Is it disrespectful? Is it dangerous? #inteachable

Dr. Dru Tomlin‏ @DruTomlin4Edu

The @HeritageMS_WCS Future City Team is amped & ready to roll at the Future City Competition 2day! They are representing @WCSOH w/ Husky PRIDE! Thx 2 the teachers & families who support this awesome effort! Honored 2B your principal! @super_wcsd #STEAM #HuskyStrong

Dr. Dru Tomlin‏ @DruTomlin4Edu

Dr. Dru Tomlin Retweeted Todd Bloch

Q5 & honored 4 the mention! If grades & feedback were food 4 middle level ed, they would B a refreshing glass of sparkling H2O. Good before, during, or after an edu-meal. Transparent: can see goals/possibilities. Bubbly: can uplift. Accessible 2 all. #mschat @blocht574

Dr. Dru Tomlin added,

Todd Bloch @blocht574

Final Q5 is here: if grades & feedback were a food 4 middle level education, what kind of food would they be and why? #mschat (for @DruTomlin4Edu )

Will Richardson – Time to Change School‏ @willrich45

“Over the past five years, more than $13 billion in venture capital has been sunk into education technology startups. But…there’s precious little evidence suggesting that its trademark innovations have done anything to improve teaching and learning.” …

Michele Eaton‏ @micheeaton

7 ninja Google Keep tricks for teachers and students … @DitchThatTxtbk #googleedu #googlekeep #notetaking #organization #brainstorming

(*Also see  & )

TeachingEnglish‏ @TeachingEnglish

We want to develop some new FREE teacher development courses and would like to know which ones you personally would find most useful.  Could you help us by answering this short survey ? It shouldn’t take more than five minutes. #professionaldevelopment

Todd Bloch‏ @blocht574

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see @Beyond_the_Desk Present! She is awesome! Here is a great article by here about Busting Working sheets! … #mschat #michED

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


How Better Teaching Can Help Kids Who Can’t Read


British Broadcasting Service School Resources:  

BBC Drama

BBC The History Hour

BBC Economics With Subtitles

BBC Sounds – Short sound bites from longer shows that are good for hooking students at the beginning of a discussion.

History Hit (Dan Snow)

History is everything that has ever happened on the planet.

History Hit brings you the most extraordinary, dramatic, tragic and fascinating stories of our shared past.  We are reinventing how history is told in the digital age through video, podcasts, articles and more. Our new website also allows history fans to access historical trivia and articles by well known historians.

It’s good for what’s ailing you when the “History Channel” is showing Giorgio A. Tsoukalos and “Ancient Aliens


Validate and fix PDF’s for ADA compliance. (*Note that this is sometimes overwhelmed)

Free online teleprompter that scrolls as the words are read, not at a pre-defined speed.

Ashes in the Snow, the Movie

It is a good movie.  There are scenes that should keep it out of the classroom however.  So close, yet so far . . .

Web Spotlight:

Geo Guessr

Get dropped somewhere in the world. Move around and figure out where you are.

Which Country is being dialed?

Good ole T9 skills

Random Thoughts . . .  

Personal Web Site  

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