MSM 437: Green Screen my face. . .

Jokes You Can Use:  

The first rule of Passive Aggressive Club is…

  • …you know what? Never mind. It’s FINE.

I’ve decided to become a math teacher, but I’m only going to teach subtraction.

  • I just want to make a difference.

Why do Dads tell Dad jokes?

  • Because they want to see their kids all groan up.

My calculus professor was 16 minutes late for his first class, 8 minutes late for the second, and 4 minutes for the third.

  • At this rate, he’ll never be in class on time.

I’m trying to convince my wife that I want a Segway for my birthday.

  • But every time I bring it up, she changes the topic.

Eileen Award:  

  • WeChat: Hannah and Helen


Every Noise at Once

Every Noise at Once is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 3,442 genre-shaped distinctions by Spotify as of 2019-09-06. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general, down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.

Paper Airplanes

John Collins, better known as “The Paper Airplane Guy,” has devoted himself to designing, folding, and flying the world’s finest paper airplanes.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Chris Geerer

I was recently reading the July, 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, Chris Geerer is featured. She is a Sixth and Eighth Grade Science teacher in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Her advice for a new science teacher is:

“Be open to nontraditional ways of using your skills.”

From the Twitterverse:  

Blunt Educator @BluntEducator

There’s a special place in heaven for certain ppl in schools: 1. Middle school teachers 2. Pleasant receptionists 3. KG teachers who have 20 kids reading by the end of the yr 4. Custodians who clean baseboards & take the time to talk to students What are some others?

Erin Scholes@ScholesE15

Make it your goal to contribute to #mschat this year! (See what I did there?!)

Mr. D’s Dream Team@MrDsDreamTeam

Today was the day we shredded the dreaded reading log and I received a standing ovation lol. It was my promise to them that they will never fill one of these out in my room. So that sheet ended up only where it belongs

@alicekeeler #ditchbook #tlap #xplap @jmattmiller

Michigan History Day@mihistoryday

In case you forgot…a new school year has started which means a new theme, new topics, and new projects. Excited? We are!!! #mihistoryday2020 #NHD2020 #breakingbarriers

Sammy Rebandt @MrsRebandt

Look at these happy faces working together on the Marshmallow Challenge! #EJPride

Jennifer Gonzalez @cultofpedagogy

How to Stop Yelling at Your Students #classroommanagement #buildrelationships #classroomclimate #teachertips

Miss D@TeachWithMissD

Imagine being given this card. JUST IMAGINE.


#teachergoals @teachergoals

There is no tired like end-of-the-week tired #teacherlife


DoInk Tweets@DoInkTweets


My mind is racing with ideas I can use with a green mask. Thanks for the simple suggestion. #doink #greenscreen #everyonecancreate

Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST.  Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go!  Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.


Retake Thoughts

When I reflect back on retesting, it was a very positive experience.  I remember one boy in particular who did not seem to try on the first test, but then did well on the retest.  I finally asked him why he does not do better on the first test. He said that he did not like the classroom testing environment.  He enjoyed coming in after school, on his own time, to take the test because he felt much more relaxed. I remember his saying, that he appreciated having a choice of when to take a test.


1619 Project

Foundation for Teaching Economics Simulation:  

Bad News (& Bad News Junior)

In Bad News, you take on the role of fake news-monger. Drop all pretense of ethics and choose a path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. But keep an eye on your ‘followers’ and ‘credibility’ meters. Your task is to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site. But watch out: you lose if you tell obvious lies or disappoint your supporters!

Bad News Junior

We also developed a special Junior version of Bad News, intended for children age 8-11. This version can be played here (American English) and here (British English). (intended for children age 8-11) (

Mentor Texts from NY Times

Web Spotlight:

Here’s What Students Think of our “Powered Off and Away” Policy.

Op-Ed: My high school students don’t read anymore. I think I know why

3700 MOOC’s

3,700+ MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are getting underway in September, giving you the chance to take free courses from top-flight universities. 

Here’s one tip to keep in mind: If you want to take a course for free, select the “Full Course, No Certificate” or “Audit” option when you enroll. If you would like an official certificate documenting that you have successfully completed the course, you will need to pay a fee.

Papercraft-inspired math turns any sheet into any shape

Random Thoughts . . .  

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