MSM 429: A Podcast in a Nanosecond, Sorta

Jokes You Can Use:  

Today I stopped at this roadside stand that said lobster tails $2.

  • So I paid my $2 and the guy said, “Once upon a time there was this lobster…”

What do I know about bonsai trees?

  • Very little.

What do you call a beehive without an exit?

  • Unbelievable.

I recently bumped into the man who sold me my antique globe.

  • It’s a small world.

Officer: “I’m arresting you for downloading the entire Wikipedia.”

  • Man: “No wait! I can explain everything!”

My wife and I were up all night arguing about whose turn it was to do the laundry.

  • At 2 am, I folded.

I’ve been prescribed anti-gloating cream.

  • I can’t wait to rub it in.


3 young men invite elderly widow to sit with them after seeing her dining alone

Helping Others Can Make Us Happy – But It Matters How

Conversational Skills

10 basic rules for having a great conversation.

*warning includes the word “crap”.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

The Necessity of Teaching Evolution

I was recently reading the April/May, 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, “The Necessity of Teaching Evolution.” Patty states that “Only by teaching students to think like scientists will Darwin’s theory become better understood.”

From the Twitterverse:  

John Spencer‏ @spencerideas May 16

If you, as a teacher, had walk-up songs as you started class, entered the staff lounge, etc. what would it be?

John Meehan‏ @MeehanEDU

A3. To quote @gcouros: “Stephen Covey states, nothing moves like the “speed of trust.’ If we want people to take risks, they have to know we are there to catch them and support them.” #satchat #innovatorsmindset

Phyllis Fagell, LCPC‏ @Pfagell May 14

Middle school girl: “Teachers should never ask a kid, ‘Are you okay?’ We’ll always say, ‘I’m fine.’ It’s the biggest lie we tell.” Me: “What should they do instead?” Her: “Don’t ASK us anything—just TELL us we’re a mess. Say, ‘You don’t seem like yourself. Let’s talk today.’”

Patrick Briggs‏ @pbriggs728

The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Middle School Students. ⁦@edutopia

George Couros‏Verified account @gcouros

It is Friday GIF Day 🙂 Show your reaction in GIF form when a student shows kindness and strength in character. Add your school’s hashtag if you have one! Go!

Cisco CSR‏ @CiscoCSR

Our animated web series, Global Problem Solvers: The Series, targets students during a critical developmental period with a combination of education and entertainment. Learn more here:  #GPSTheSeries

Christian Blocker‏ @iamcblocker

Thank you @MeehanEDU for the inspiration and sharing your wonderful ideas. I was finally able to share the #eggdashcalenge with my faculty. They really enjoyed it. I did make some changes to your template. Hope you don’t mind.

Pernille Ripp‏ @pernilleripp

It’s here – the best books of the 2018-2019 school year according to my students

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


How Schools Can Spend Time More Wisely: 4 Big Tips From Daniel Pink

  • Move tasks requiring extensive analysis to the beginning of the day, unless you’re dealing with high school students.
  • Want better academic performance from your students? ‘Give ‘em frickin’ recess.’
  • Starting the high school day later is ‘a giant pain’ but ‘the right thing to do.’
  • Want nicer, more inclusive kids? Consider mandating choir practice.


Fighting Apartheid with Posters

Many anti-apartheid posters were screen-printed, a printmaking technique characterized by a grassroots aesthetic. Created in South Africa and around the world, the messages of these posters still resonate today as people continue the struggle for freedom. Design your own poster!


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