MSM 431: Be Careful Where You Step, This Show Has Holes.

Jokes You Can Use:  

Two windmills are in a field. One asks, “What kind of music do you like?”

  • The other one says, “Well, I’m a big metal fan.”

My wife asked why I spoke so softly in the house.

I said I was afraid Mark Zuckerberg was listening!

  • She laughed.
  • I laughed.
  • Alexa laughed.
  • Siri laughed.

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Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Covey Denton

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 “Member Spotlight” section where NSTA highlights a middle school science teacher, from across the United States. This month, Covey Denton is featured. She is a PreK-Sixth Grade Science teacher in North Caroline. Her advice for a new science teacher is:

“Don’t be afraid to fail!”

From the Twitterverse:  

Eric Curts‏ @ericcurts

New stickers! Will be bringing these to #ISTE19 and all my other summer conferences! #edtech #ControlAltAchieve #ISTE2019

Mrs. Rogers‏ @mrsrogers304

Our third graders did a fantastic job at our Famous Michigander celebration! What a fun way to celebrate all of the wonderful things we’ve learned about Michigan this year. @DublinWL @WalledLkSchools   

Diane Ravitch‏ @DianeRavitch

Mary Holden: What Happened When a Veteran High School Teacher Switched to Middle School Teaching …

Matt Miller‏ @jmattmiller

The newest DITCH book is out! DON’T Ditch That Tech: Differentiated Instruction in a Digital World TONS of practical ideas and solutions for using tech to do great differentiated instruction!  #DitchBook #tlap #gttribe

Billy Krakower‏ @wkrakower

Study questions relevance of learning styles  #K12 #NJed #NYedchat

Carla Arena‏ @carlaarena

HOW TO START YOUR OWN MICRONATION  microbation, projectbasedlearning

Larry Ferlazzo‏Verified account @Larryferlazzo

Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week  

Diane Ravitch‏ @DianeRavitch

Michigan: The New State Superintendent Brings Hope for Real Change …

Miro‏ @MiroHQ

Our new Mind Mapping tool maintains a good balance of simplicity and function and helps you bring your ideas to life. Give it a try and don’t hesitate to share your feedback with us!

Bored Teachers‏ @Bored_Teachers

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


Comic Master

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Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1938

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.  These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, later renamed Work Projects Administration (WPA).

Federal field workers were given instructions on what kinds of questions to ask their informants and how to capture their dialects, the result of which may sometimes be offensive to today’s readers (see A Note on the Language of the Narratives).

Web Spotlight:


I saw John Medina, author of “Brain Rules,” speak years ago and he said something to the extent of “Creation without consumption is the equivalent of playing the air guitar; you might know the motions, but you won’t actually know how to play.”  Yes, you can Google anything you want today, but that doesn’t mean you understand the concept with any depth.

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