MSM 443: Ooooooooommmmmm! I think I’ll Record This…Or Maybe Just Tweet It

Jokes You Can Use:

Middle School Girl to Middle School Boy:

Would you like to be the sun in my life?

Boy: Yes

Girl: Good. Stay 92.96 million miles away from me.

What lights up a Soccer Stadium?

  • A soccer match. 

Why do seagulls fly over the sea?

  • Because if they flew over the bay, they’d be bagels

Why did the mushroom get invited to the party?

  • Because he was a fungi

What do you call birds that stick together?

  • Vel-crows

What did the ocean say to the shore?


Meditation Can Alter Our Perception Of Time, Study Finds

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Serendipitous Science Part 1

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 article “Science-Based Serendipitous Events” written by Jill Nugent.  In this article, we learn about the numerous examples of serendipity in science. There were so many examples, that I decided to do a two-part series.  Part 1 deals with the discovery of Teflon. Part 2 will do with a short summary of many serendipitous events.

From the Twitterverse:  

Dr. Mary Howard @DrMaryHoward

Thank you Stephen Krashen for sharing this wonderful 2005 article he wrote with JoAnne Ujiie: Junk Food is Bad For You, but Junk Reading is Good for You


Typical EduCelebrity@EduCelebrity

Principals: whenever a veteran teacher comes to you in despair saying that they are not respected or appreciated, remind them that their reward for 30 years of teaching was 30 years of teaching.

Typical EduCelebrity@EduCelebrity

Teachers, be sure to post your learning objectives in the hallway for the students who cut your class so they don’t miss anything.

Doug Robertson@TheWeirdTeacher

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen children play leap frog…

Rick Wormeli@rickwormeli2

We did at my house when our kids were young, but Leap-unicorn is a little rough. Leap-Dalek ‘even rougher.

Dominic Helmstetter

BBC World Service@bbcworldservice

1/8 The fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November, 1989, was one of the most significant events of the 20th century. But why was the Wall built in the first place

#BerlinWall30 #BerlinWall  

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.


Record Your Directions

Presentation Recording

I would twist this one an do this in Moodle. Using the Workshop Module, the students could complete their presentation (recording is simply a button) and submit it. Students would provide feedback to the student using a rubric.


Justice Map: Visualize Race and Income Data

How can I use Justice Map?

  1. Visualize race and income data for your neighborhood, county, state, or the entire US.
  2. Share a custom map with your friends.
  3. Journalists, bloggers, activists, and others can create maps for their online or print publications.
  4. Map makers can add race and income layers to their maps.
  5. Spatial Analysis. Advanced mode lets you compare who lives within 1 vs 5 miles of a location (and more!).


Student-Driven Differentiation

Book review from Middle Web

Web Spotlight:

Righting A Wrong: Japanese Americans And World War II Poster Exhibition

Why I’ve Stopped Using Teachers Pay Teachers