Podcast 89: “Whatta We Gonna Do Brain? Same thing we always do Pinky” . . . Middle Schoolers take over the World!


Today in English we learned absolutely nothing about killing mockingbirds.

I went to a tough high school. In biology we used to dissect custodians.

School is where you always try to do your best-except when your friends are watching.

Teachers deserve a lot of credit. Of course, if we paid them more, they wouldn’t need it.

Back-to-school sales get me all excited. Of course, pretty much any sale gets me all excited.

School is very important. Everyone should get at least a high school education–even if they already know everything.

You know our education system has problems when Hallmark comes out with a new line of “Easy-to-read” graduation cards.

My kids have everything they need to go back to school—except the right attitude.

The best part of going back to school is seeing all your friends. The worst part is that your teachers won’t let you talk to them.

Shout outs:

Susan Mulcaire – The Middle School Student’s Guide to Ruling the World

From the Twitterverse:


Advisory idea:
1.  The Middle School Student’s Guide to Ruling the World!* by Susan Mulcaire

2. Video – Silent Beats
Video on Prejudice. Interesting point of views. If we don’t teach kids literacy beyond the printed word, we are doing them a disservice.


A Three Story Intellect! BLOOM’S TAXONOMY and Costa’s Levels of Questioning

Molecular Workbench

Awesome Highligter:

What’s on our Mind:


Michigan Finalists for National Teacher of the Year.
Nate Childers             Hart Middle School                     Rochester Community Schools

Sandusky Schools
Secondary science/health teacher
Middle school principal


National Subject-Matter Standards? Be Careful What You Wish For

By Marion Brady
“American education,” said Buckminster Fuller, “has evolved in such a way that it will be the undoing of the society.”


The promise of technology and change, so far, has fallen short at Philadelphia’s School of the Future.

By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo


Events & Happenings:

Calendar of Events:
NMSA News:

  1. NMSA’s Annual Conference:  NMSA ‘08 Technology Focus VideoNMSA ‘09 Invitation Video:  Indianapolis, IN Conference  November 5-7, 2009.  Individual Registration is now open.  September 30th early registration deadline is approaching  (Use MAMSE09 as your source code.)
  2. ATTENTION Michigan Association of Middle School Educators & Friends: MAMSE is putting together a bus for the trip to the National Middle School Association’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN this fall.  Ride down to the conference in a luxury bus.  With all the conversations with middle school teachers on the bus, I wonder if we could call this a mini-MAMSE conference?  There’s nothing like getting together with people who love the people we love:  our students.  Getting together with folks like that is energizing and priceless.  Email Teresa Sutherland for information and details.  Don’t forget to mention you heard about it on Middle School Matters.
  3. Dan Pink is keynoting the conference.  Here’s a teaser at TED.
  4. NMSA 09 Housing Information now available.  Some hotels are nearing full if not so already.  Special housing rates end October 5th.
  5. NMSA 09 Conference Connection:  Stay connected before, during, and after the conference!  Start your packing lists for the conference using packwhiz.com!

Other News:

  1. ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week.  Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education.
  2. The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference February 18 & 19, 2010.  Jack Berckemeyer will be keynoting.
  3. The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 4-5, 2010 in Dexter, MI.  MAMSE will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary!
  4. The Wisconsin Association of Middle Level Educators is holding their Annual Conference October 8-9, 2009.
  5. Theater Education Opportunity:  Eastern Michigan University’s Quirk-Sponberg Theater has announced their Fall 2009 Season.

    “The Prince, the Wolf and the Firebird”
    By Jackson Lacey
    Directed by Pam Cardell
    December 4, 5, 10, 11 at 7PM
    December 5, 6, 12 at 3PM
    School Matinees: December 9 and 10 at 10:00 am.  Tickets $4.00 for students and every 15 students gets a chaparone in for free.

  6. Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar.
  7. Classroom 2.0’s Ning BlogArchived content is available.  This week’s session:  Google Research and Google Web Search Curriculum“.
  8. Second Life:
    • No Events specified.  Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled.  See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details.
    • Video:  Educational Uses of Second Life