MSM 441: Quick Setting Assesscements.


 Social Media Survival Kit

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Gifted and Advanced Learners

I was recently reading the September, 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, “Gifted and Advanced Learners.” She discusses how closing the achievement gap means focusing on growing all students, including our nation’s brightest.

From the Twitterverse:  

NCTE @ncte

We’re 10 days away from the National Day on Writing. If you’re teaching eighth or eleventh-grade students, this is a great time to introduce the prompts for the 2020 Student Writing Awards. Learn more here: #WhyIWrite

Phyllis Fagell, LCPC @Pfagell

“Complaining is a violent move to inaction—it replaces the need to act. Let the uncomfortable feeling—the one that would otherwise lead you to complain—spur you to take productive action. Go ahead & complain—but go directly to the cause of the complaints.”  

Fixing Education @FixingEducation

Why Are Teachers So Tired All The Time? Research shows we make about 1,500 decisions a day! The constant requirement to ‘be on’ becomes DRAINING to our brains and bodies. It is called ‘Decision Fatigue.’

Doug Robertson @TheWeirdTeacher

I tried to get a reservation to the library. But I couldn’t. They were… … … All booked up

Phyllis Fagell, LCPC @Pfagell

“Moms. They love you and take care of you. But one thing they can’t do is remember celebrities’ names. Now there’s the Mom Celebrity Translator.” This is hilarious. ⁦


Dr. Mary Howard @DrMaryHoward

The problem I see with scripted curriculum is that we fix HOW and what you teach but we give teacher little room to use their professional judgement. If you have a script and take away professional judgment, you have the worst of both worlds. P David Pearson #ILA19 #G2Great

𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐝 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐧 @DrBradJohnson

Admin, next time you plan to evaluate a teacher, ask them to invite you when students are presenting projects, or teaching a class. Education shouldn’t be about the teacher putting on a dog & pony show for an evaluation. Its about the students engaged in their own learning.

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.


2020 Census (Statistics in Schools)

Web Spotlight:

Laziness Does Not Exist

*Warning, there is a fair bit of swearing in the article. 

There are always barriers. Recognizing those barriers— and viewing them as legitimate — is often the first step to breaking “lazy” behavior patterns.

If you look at a person’s action (or inaction) and see only laziness, you are missing key details.

Jokes of the Day

My nerdy friend just got a PhD on the history of palindromes.

  • Now we call her Dr Awkward


I asked Siri why I was still single.

  • She turned on the front camera.


They all laughed when I told them that one day I would discover the secrets of invisibility.

  • If only they could see me now.


Gravity is one of the most fundamental forces in the universe. What do you get when you remove it?

  • Gravy


I struggle with Roman numerals until I get to 159.

  • Then it just CLIX.


What is a web developer’s favorite tea?

  • URL Grey.


It’s a five minute walk from my house to the pub.

It’s a 35 minute walk from the pub to my house.

  • The difference is staggering.


I told my wife that I’ve always had a bit of a thing for Beyoncé.

“Whatever floats your boat”, she said.

  • I said, “No, that’s buoyancy”.


Cardi B has a sister who’s a fitness instructor.

  • Cardio O

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