MSM 420: Half second slower on the rat hole. Alternative assessment, and finished the podcast with 50 mph winds . . .

Jokes You Can Use:  

Wall Street Journal photo subtitled:  Why Do Men Refuse To Wear Coats? Yup.  No coat. Much less . . . pants.


When I am told, “You’ll regret that in the morning”, I don’t let it bother me.

Being a problem solver, I just sleep in till noon.


Two little boys were at a wedding when one leaned over to the other and asked, “How many wives can a man have?”

His friend answered, “Sixteen… four better, four worse, four richer, and four poorer.”



Animated core message from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book ‘Flow.’

‘Selfie harm’ and the damage done by social media

…took photos of a group of teens aged 13 to 19, then asked them to spend a few minutes editing the shots using one of the many selfie apps marketed at teens. The result? “People are mimicking their idols, making their eyes bigger, their nose smaller and their skin brighter, and all for social media likes,” he said on Instagram.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Stability and Change

I was recently reading the February, 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 section “From the Editor’s Desk” written by Patty McGinnis. She wrote an article entitled, “Stability and Change: Integral to Systems.” The crosscutting concept of Stability and Change is a critical concept centered on understanding change in systems and the application of creating and controlling change.

From the Twitterverse:  

Jack Berckemeyer‏ @JBerckemeyer

If we would spend more time in schools dealing with social and emotional needs of our students we would see improvement in overall student success and empowerment!

Terry Hoganson‏ @TerryHoganson

Should all schools get a minimum of one full-time administration/principal regardless of school size? I’m interested to hear thoughts . #edleaders #edu ##education #edchat #leadership Also, should principals teach? We are talking about in my Masters Class.

Eric Curts‏ @ericcurts


Beautiful Audio Editor  Free online audio tool for recording and editing audio, then save to Google Drive or as an MP3 or WAV file. Works on #ChromeBooks h/t @rmbyrne #edtech #GSuiteEDU

Russel Tarr‏ @russeltarr

Create a Historical ClickBait Headline as a starter/plenary/revision exercise: …

Eric Curts‏ @ericcurts


Chromebook Trackpad Checklist … Infographic and checklist on how to use 1, 2, and 3-finger gestures on a Chromebook trackpad. By @dyerksjr1 #edtech #GSuiteEDU #GoogleEDU #ChromeBooks

Krista Venza‏ @kristavenza

So excited to be chosen to present at @AMLE for the fourth year in a row! Jon Treese & I will be presenting a concurrent session on our NEW BOOK, “R.E.S.U.L.T.S.: Promoting Positive Behavior & Responsibility for Learning!” Can’t wait for Nov! #AMLE2019 #AMLE19


Michigan Medicine‏Verified account @umichmedicine

Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV hard to do. Learn how #lowvision rehabilitation can help:

Scott McLeod‏ @mcleod

So why are teachers so bad at lesson design? I mean, they’re trained professionals in instruction and lesson/unit planning, right?  #4shifts #edtech #edchat  

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


Experimenting with Math Testing in Groups


Active-Shooter Drills Are Tragically Misguided

15 Amazingly Creative Book Reports


A database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions, video tutorials and printable folding plans. Find the best paper airplanes that fly the furthest and stay aloft the longest.

What Teachers Need To Know About The Science Of Learning–And What They Don’t

Lately, there’s been a push to acquaint educators with “the science of learning.” But only some aspects of that science actually help teachers do their jobs. Others just waste their time.

…there are two basic categories of learning science: cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Some efforts—particularly the Zuckerberg initiative—focus on neuroscience rather than psychology, while others mingle the two. That’s a problem, because—whatever its larger value—neuroscience is distinctly less useful to teachers.

Neuroscience is appealing partly because the data appears to be incontrovertible: just look at how different parts of the brain “light up!” But there’s a lot that brain scans can’t tell us—like whether a student is actually learning anything, or what to do if she isn’t. Changes in the brain may or may not have an impact on behavior.

Cognitive psychology, in contrast, has yielded a number of insights into what makes teaching and learning effective. It’s well established, for example, that students get a bigger boost from quizzing themselves about something they’ve read—or being quizzed by the teacher—than from rereading and highlighting the text.

Cognitive psychologist Daniel Willingham has opined that acquainting teachers with neuroscience is “a colossal waste” of their time. Testing expert Dylan Wiliam says he’s unaware of “a single neuroscience finding that helps teachers,” and he’s not sure there ever will be one. At least some neuroscientists agree that cognitive psychology does the intellectual “heavy lifting” when it comes to providing guidance to teachers.   

Web Spotlight:

Florida Student, 11, Arrested After Dispute Over His Refusal to Say Pledge of Allegiance

How We Can Fix Faulty Background Knowledge

The less flexible the teaching, the more poorly boys read

Random Thoughts . . .  

ARVRinED – ISTE 2019 session

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