MSM 418: Ignore My Face

Jokes You Can Use:  

If someone makes their fortune in ships, we call them a shipping magnate.
If someone makes their fortune in oil, we call them an oil magnate.
– What do you call someone who makes their fortune selling fridges?


My job is to drill holes in things and then bolt them together.

– At first it’s boring, but later on, it’s riveting.


A lot of people were confused at the grand opening ceremony of my ribbon-repair business yesterday!


I couldn’t understand why my dog was motionless.
– Then I realised… it was on paws.


I once fell in love with a girl who only knew 4 vowels.

  • She didn’t know I existed.


These Skills Are Hard To Learn But Pay Off For The Rest of Your Life

  • Grit
  • Adaptability
  • Silence Your Inner Critic
  • Learning to say “No”
  • Critical/Creative Thinking
  • Emotional Intelligence (People Skills)

Video is 7 minutes 29 seconds long. OK for the classroom (no language, etc.)

A 5th grader’s boredom while visiting her mom’s job led to $70,000 for the elderly in need

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Global Fishing Watch

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 “Citizen Science” section, written by Jill Nugent.  The title of the article was “Global Fishing Watch: Helping “Reel In” Illegal Ocean Fishing.”  In this article, we learn about the Global Fishing Watch Project which was created to combat illegal ocean fishing. To learn more about this project, visit:


The Fish Game – Foundation for Teaching Economics

Video Demonstration: Download The Fish Game Guide Time required: 10-15 minutes Materials: 2 large sheets of chart or butcher paper OR 2 overhead transparencies Leave one chart/overhead  blank Using a large marker, divide the other into 6-8 sections with irregular shapes and sizes 15 – 20 goldfish crackers quarters – 4 times the number of … Continue reading

From the Twitterverse:  

Scott McLeod‏ @mcleod

Q2. If you asked the teachers in your schools the question of “Technology for the purpose of WHAT?”, how do you think they would respond? (Efficiency? Replication of traditional school work? Student empowerment? They don’t know? Other?) #satchat #edtech #edchat #4shifts  

Allison Antolik‏ @Mrs_Antolik

Let me shout this out for all the middle school teachers: Middle school kids are NOT TOO OLD to benefit from a class read-aloud novel!

Allison Antolik added,

NCTE @ncte

The read-aloud: 1. Builds empathy & understanding 2. Scaffolds cultural engagement 3. Cultivates the power of deep listening…


Congratulations to AMLE Executive Director Will Waidelich on his pending retirement!

Check out this article by Nita Paris from the February issue of AMLE Magazine. It shares what neuroscience reveals about our students and how we should respond

Michael Werner‏ @SimpleCEO

How to Design Picture Perfect Slides with Keynote

Brad Dale‏ @bradjdale

How to Add Voice Comments to Google Docs with an Add-on. @KaizenaHQ …

NPR‏Verified account @NPR

An early spring is predicted by Punxsutawney Phil, as the world’s most famous groundhog did not see his shadow today.

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


Ways to Encourage Good Behavior, Without Junky Prizes or Sugary Treats

Study claims @ClassDojo encourages an archaic approach to school discipline

…while the technology may be innovative, apps such as ClassDojo encourage an archaic approach to school discipline and neglects a genuinely educational approach to developing behaviour.

Further, they express concern that the app conditions children to accept rising levels of surveillance and control.

…the app focuses on controlling students rather than helping them to build a deeper understanding about the why and how of behaviours in a social setting.

instead:… shift away from controlling discipline practices to practices that engage students with learning, and incorporate student voice.”

Comparison can also be drawn between ClassDojo and China’s Social Credit System which works much like a financial credit rating but based on behaviour.

Related:  Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School Installs AI Cameras.  

“The school district home to the deadliest high school shooting in American history will install controversial security cameras equipped with facial recognition and artificial intelligence capabilities.”  


Tools that are Open

We make things. We get curious and make things to work out ideas. Or we make things for clients. Or we make things just for fun. A lot of the things we’ve made are useful tools and processes. And they’re openly licensed, so here you go!

Web Spotlight:

Paper Sculpture

Sound Lab

Listen to a set of tones. Then pick whether the tones go up or down. At the end is a survey.

Shanahan on Literacy

Random Thoughts . . .  

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