MSM 417: Listen, Stories Can Be Powerful. One Book can make a difference.

Jokes You Can Use:  

Two years ago my doctor told me I was going deaf.

  • I haven’t heard from him since.

I gave my date a bottle of tonic water.

  • Schwepped her off her feet.

Ladies, if he can’t appreciate your fruit jokes…

  • You need to let that mango.

My 6 year old daughter has lined up all of her dolls towards the outdoor grill.

  • Looks like she’s preparing some kind of Barbie queue.

My wife says that I wasted money by ordering a 3 meter wide frame for our wedding photo.

  • Well I think she should look at the bigger picture.

I was really embarrassed when my wife caught me playing with my son’s train set by myself. In a moment of panic, I threw a bed sheet over it.

  • I think I managed to cover my tracks.

My friend went bald years ago, but still carries around an old comb with him.

  • He just can’t part with it.

I just noticed the minus button is missing from my calculator.

  • I guess it won’t make any difference.

Last night, I gave my girlfriend a medieval battle uniform to polish while I went to the bar…

  • She always said she wanted a night in, shining armor.

My wife keeps telling me that I’m the cheapest person she has ever met in her life.

  • I’m not buying it.

Not to brag, but I already have a date for Valentines Day.

  • February 14th.

Eileen Award:  

  • Twitter:  Octavia Nichole

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Kimberly Healy

I was recently reading the January, 2019 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, Kimberly Healy is featured. She is a middle school General Science teacher in Illinois. Her advice for a new science teacher is:

“Rely on colleagues for help!”

From the Twitterverse:  

Michelle Wagner‏ @wagnerlearning   

Internal Accountability matters! #wresa #teachertakethewheel @WilsonMellissa @WayneRESAELA

Leslie Fisher‏ @lesliefisher

Quizizz releases two very handy features. One is Read Aloud which can be toggled on in settings. This was available in their app and is now available on the web. This will even read out each possible answer. Also, once you complete a quiz you can retake the quiz in flashcard mode

jason Salhaney‏ @JasonSalhaney

How could you have improved one of your lessons today? Reflection is what makes you a better teacher. @spoonfuloflit @BethHouf @mgcjusa @bbray27 @iruntech @MathDenisNJ @RobSahliAP @nbartley6 @itsmeSpiri @LeeAraoz @Vroom6 @chrisp16 @JamieArmin @KleinErin @Glennr1809 @atkauffman

Eric Curts‏ @ericcurts

30 Free Google Drawings Graphic Organizers (and how to make your own) … #edtech

Ditch That Textbook‏ @DitchThatTxtbk

Curating content in the classroom: 30+ ideas for getting started.  Fabulous ideas curated from last night’s #DitchBook chat hosted by @SEANJFAHEY & @KarlyMoura  via @jmattmiller #wakeletwave #edtech  

Michigan State Police‏Verified account @MichStatePolice

𝙱𝚛𝚒𝚊𝚗 𝙿𝚎𝚍𝚍𝚕𝚎‏ @brianpeddle

The power of a book. The Castle is a 2007 project by Mexican artist Jorge Méndez Blake that subtly examines the impact of a single outside force. #education

Happy Birthday, Michigan! 🎂

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


Finding Ways to Give Students Choice:  Michigan History Day/National History Day

Michigan History Day:

National History Day:  

5 Ways to Design Your Teacher-led Station

In my work as a blended learning coach, I observe a lot of teachers facilitating blended lessons. The Station Rotation Model is particularly popular because teachers do not need a device for every student to make it work. Instead, students rotate between offline and online stations.

Ditching the Lesson Plan – BBC and the British Council

No lesson plan survives first contact with the students . . .

Comedian Gary Gulman Is Giving Daily Advice to Standup Comics, and It’s Good

…starting on January 1, 2019, he would be tweeting out a piece of advice every single day to standup comedians and anyone else who was reading. That’s right. Free amazing advice from one of the most successful stand-ups in the business. And Gulman has stuck to his promise so far. Unsurprisingly, the advice is spot-on and way more relatable than you might think. Even if you’re not a comedian, this is good advice to heed.


You’re Doing It Wrong

A quirky look at the little things in life that we take granted, but we’re actually doing all wrong…

Stories Podcast

It is originally designed for children and bedtime stories, but if you have ELL students, putting this in a Moodle would give them practice listening to oral language and give them essential references that are alluded to in other literature.

Earth – Moon- Mars (Speed of Light in Real Time)

Web Spotlight:

What should funders fund?

Learning happens in the mind of the student, and is the product of student thought. Teachers try to influence student thought. School leaders try to influence what teachers do, with the ultimate aim of changing student thought. District policy is meant to influence principals, state policy to influence districts, and federal policy to influence states.
Student thought ← Teacher ← Admin ← District ← State ← Feds
It does not matter what else is going right…if student thought is not changed, learning does not happen.

80’s Movies for Middle School Teachers

The Valedictorian’s Project

Random Thoughts . . .  

Personal Web Site  

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