MSM 426: Scheduling, Science, Self-Selected PD.

Jokes You Can Use:  

How do you make a water bed more bouncy?

  • Add spring water

What do you call a polite man who builds bridges?

  • A civil engineer

I just Googled the phrase “missing medieval servant”.

  • It came back with “Page not found”.

I’ve written a book about falling down a staircase.

  • It’s a step by step guide.

A friend asked me if I knew anything about 1’s and 0’s.

  • I told him I knew a bit.

If you aren’t impressed with the picture of the first black hole…

  • You clearly don’t understand the gravity of the situation.

I totally understand why people work at fragrance factories.

  • Makes scents

A cop pulled me over and asked me, “Where were you between 5 and 6?”

  • I replied, “Kindergarten.”


Teach Girls to be Brave, not Perfect

We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.”

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How risk-taking changes a teenager’s brain

Why do teenagers sometimes make outrageous, risky choices? Do they suddenly become reckless, or are they just going through a natural phase? To find out, Kashfia Rahman — winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (and a Harvard freshman) — designed and conducted an experiment to test how high school students respond to and get used to risk, and how it changes their still-developing brains. What she discovered about risk and decision-making could change how we think about why teens do what they do.

Optical illusions show how we see

Beau Lotto’s color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can’t normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what’s really out there.

Rube Goldberg Machine

135 Facts

Easter in European Languages

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


This is the first of a two-part podcast series fostered by reading the March, 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 article on the “Outstanding STEM Trade Books for Students K-12: 2019.  In this podcast, I feature three STEM books:

1.  Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact

2.  Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree

3.  Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

From the Twitterverse:  

MiddleWeb‏ @middleweb

REVIEW: Strategies for Building on Students’ Strengths. @Dr_Armstrong #mschat #educoach #edchat @ASCD In the 4th edition of his Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, Thomas Armstrong offers a practical, balanced approach. #tlap #elachat #ellchat …

John Meehan‏ @MeehanEDU

A4. Every Thursday our admin team sends a weekly enewsletter with faculty Shout Outs! Once a year for teacher appreciation week, we even ask students to submit their own shout outs to teachers who are making an impact in the classroom. Great way to spotlight great work! #satchat

George Couros‏Verified account @gcouros

It’s Friday GIF Day 🙂 You get an email from your admin that just says, “Come see me at the end of the day.”. In GIF form, share how you are feeling. Go!

Secondary Principals‏ @massp

Would your students benefit from an hour lunch break with built in time to make up assignments & get extra help? Learn about one school’s “half time” program:

John Meehan‏ @MeehanEDU

A3. We’ve rolled out the @oconnellhs “igKnight Academy” – a radical self-guided approach to PD where teachers pursue their passion projects and earn “course” credit for asynchronous learning. Now sleepy PD meetings become collaboration days! Details: …

Ditch That Textbook‏ @DitchThatTxtbk

50+ awesome end-of-year ideas, activities and projects Brilliant ideas curated from last night’s #Ditchbook chat  via @jmattmiller

Eric Curts‏ @ericcurts

Google Tools for English Language Learners … #GSuiteEDU #edtech

Kayla Weidert‏ @MrsWeidert

Alright twitter, do your magic… our 7th grade geo class needs your help. We are collecting data from around the US about words that are prounced [sic]  differently by region. Please consider filling out this survey! Our goal is 1000 responses! RETWEET away!  

Karalee Nakatsuka 🐸‏ @historyfrog


John Brown is getting a lot of support for his Raid on Harper’s Ferry. My Ss did a great job creating historical Go Fund Me campaigns. @historysandoval @lantonha @FirstAveMS Happy #FrogtasticFriday

Lee Araoz‏ @LeeAraoz

Genius Hour projects are an awesome way to end the school year with passion-based, student-directed learning!! #satchat My updated collection of Genius Hour resources is here:

Edgar Allan Foe‏ @blacksmoke1033 Apr 18

This cretin has been dropping sticks down our chimney for weeks and today he finally accidentally dropped himself, this is the face of someone who knows they’ve been HAD

Let’s jump right in! How can we build a culture of readers in our classrooms and/or at home? #pd4uandme

Teresa Gross 📝📚‏ @teresagross625

Our librarian does flipgrid videos and then puts them in the stacks as QR codes. The Ss fill out a form, record and submit to her. @PMMSLibrary #pd4uandme

John Faig‏ @johnfaig

John Faig Retweeted Simon Kuestenmacher


Thanks. Where were you when I needed this in the 6th grade (40 years ago).

John Faig added,

Simon Kuestenmacher @simongerman600

The Mercator projection distorts size of countries on a map. This animation compares the real area of countries with the distorted view in Mercator projections. Source:

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Is Your School Schedule Flexible?  AMLE and Elliot Merenbloom

Early leaders of the middle school concept established the goal of flexible organizational structures. But what is flexibility? The answer might include

  • The utilization of opportunities to make change
  • The absence of rigidity
  • An openness to various ways of implementing decisions, programs, or policies
  • Recognition of the unique needs of individuals




“I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that

I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.”

— Charlie Munger

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pomological Watercolor Collection

The USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection documents fruit and nut varieties developed by growers or introduced by USDA plant explorers around the turn of the 20th century. Technically accurate paintings were used to create lithographs illustrating USDA bulletins, yearbooks, and other series distributed to growers and gardeners across America.

Museum of Endangered Sounds

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