MSM 421: 4 Words to Ruin Your Field Trip

Jokes You Can Use:  

“Daddy, did you know that girls are smarter than boys?”

“No, I didn’t know that.”

“There you go.”


“The ditch-digger didn’t just quit, he yelled, ‘Take this job and shovel it!’”

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


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 “Citizen Science” section, written by Jill Nugent.  The title of the article was “Plant Phenology for Budding Biologists: Study Seasons of Change with Budburst.”  In this article, we learn about the citizen science project – Budburst. Budburst is a national phenology citizen science project that launched in 2007 and is currently based at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  To learn more about this project, visit:

From the Twitterverse:  

Jill Gerweck‏ @jillgerweck

Logged some professional development hours this afternoon diving into @studysync’s Teaching Labs! So nice to have relevant, applicable PD from the comfort of my classroom! #DigitalLearning #ProfessionalDevelopment #PowerUpMMS

Phyllis Fagell, LCPC‏ @Pfagell

11-year-old boy during carpool: “We played Sharks & Minnows in PE, but Daniel wouldn’t tag a single minnow!” Me: “Why? Isn’t that the whole point of the game?” Boy: “Yes, but Daniel says he’s a pacifish.”

Alice Keeler‏ @alicekeeler

Tip: the @nytimes has a weekly “what is going on in this graph” that removes the headline and article so students can just wonder and analyze. It’s wonderful. #wsmi

WeAreTeachers‏ @WeAreTeachers

Someone freed the lion. Okay, now you go.

Donnie Piercey‏ @mrpiercEy

Want to know how your students can create their own Google Expeditions in about 10 minutes? I made a bunch of quick video tutorials to help: Site: … Playlist: … Tour Creator:  #EdTechTeam #KyGoDigital #EdTech

Screencastify 🎬‏ @Screencastify

Today is HUGE!!We officially have over 10 MILLION users! Thanks for all that you have done to #sharescreencastify. To celebrate, we thought we’d offer 10% off today but ya’ll are too awesome for that – we’re doubling it. Enjoy 20% off an upgrade all day with code “10MILL”

Jennifer Gonzalez‏ @cultofpedagogy

The Cure for Bad PowerPoint: A Review of Presentation Zen @presentationzen  #edtechchat #teaching #profdev #deeperlearning #edtech

Rich Czyz‏ @RACzyz

A3: Here are some alternatives to HW … #4OCF #satchat

Mandy Froehlich‏ @froehlichm Feb 28

A1 At the risk of shameless self-promotion, this is what I have created the Hierarchy of Needs for Innovation and Divergent Thinking for. This kind of support has little to do with technology and more to do with creating brainspace. #createedu

Ditch That Textbook‏ @DitchThatTxtbk

Although it may not be possible to actually add hours to our day, we can utilize the resources available to us to spark our imagination and give us ideas for lessons we can use right away….

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


Use Digital Notebooks to Facilitate Book Clubs and Literature Circles at the Secondary Level

Different books appeal to different readers. Many students do not become readers until they encounter “the book.”

One challenge teachers face when students are reading different texts simultaneously is how to cover the standards if every student is reading a different book. While coaching a teacher in Palm Springs, I developed a digital notebook using Google Slides that teachers can use to facilitate a book club or literature circle unit.

Why It’s Crucial — And Really Hard — To Talk About More Equitable Grading

What’s the best way to teach math?

A boy in Lafayette, Indiana, recently thought his struggle with math was an emergency. He called 911 and told the operator he’d had a bad day at school and had tons of homework.


Harry Potter

The exhibition was split into rooms that reflected the subjects taught at Hogwarts, like Potions, Divination and Defence Against the Dark Arts, which echo the stories the British Library have shared on our platform through a series of fascinating online exhibits.


Welcome to Read.Inquire.Write.! Our free, downloadable curriculum creates a process to support middle school students’ argument writing through reading of sources and analysis of complex social and historical problems. Across investigations, students write increasingly complex forms of argument – from interpretations to critiques to counterarguments – with support from disciplinary literacy tools. Use our investigations and disciplinary literacy tools to support your students in the reading, thinking, and writing process, adapting the investigations to meet the particular needs of students in your classroom. Or, use our literacy tools and Library of Congress sources to structure your own investigations of social studies topics you teach.

National Online Safety

At National Online Safety, it is our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We will achieve this through equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise.

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