MSM 444: Bold Humility – We need some Thanksgiving songs.

Jokes You Can Use:

Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?

Michelle, is the commander of a Coast Guard cutter. When she gave her dad, Bob, a tour of her ship, he was impressed with the neatness of all decks. However, when Michelle brought Bob to her house, he couldn’t believe the disorganization.

“Why is everything in its place on your ship,” he asked, “but your house is such a mess?”

Michelle replied, “My house doesn’t take 30-degree rolls.”

A man went into a store and bought a self help audio book…

It was called “How to Handle Disappointment”…

It was empty.

Interviewer: “How do you explain this 4-year gap on your resume?”

Me: “That’s when I went to Yale…”

Interviewer: “That’s impressive. You are hired.”

Me: “Thanks. I really need this yob.”

My wife and I run a small restaurant where we often name our specials after our employees, dishes like “Sally’s Chicken” after our maître d’ who gave us the recipe, and “Rod’s Ribs” after a waiter who had his personal style of barbecue.

One evening after rereading the menu, I broke with this tradition and changed the description of the special we had named after our chef.

Despite her skills and excellent reputation, somehow I didn’t think an entrée named “Salmon Ella” would go over big with our customers.

Doctor: “Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first?”

Patient: “Good new please!”

Doctor: “Well, we’re naming a disease after you…”

A woman was shopping for something to wear to her 50th high school reunion when a group of teenage girls came into the same shop to try on dresses for their school formal.

“Gross,” complained one girl loudly to her friends, “this dress makes me look 40 years old!”

“May I have it?” called out the lady. “That’s just what I’m looking for!”

A boxer complains to his doctor about insomnia.

Doc: “Have you tried counting sheep?”

Boxer: “Yes, but whenever I get to 9, I stand up.”

Kid: Did you hear that there is a report of snew tomorrow.

Teacher: What’s snew?

Kid: Nothing much, what’s snew with you?

Forget about the past, you can’t change it.

Forget about the future, you can’t predict it.

Forget about the present, I didn’t get you one.

Which rock group has four guys who can’t sing or play instruments?

  • Mount Rushmore


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Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Serendipitous Science Part 2

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 William Sumrall, Hannah Robinson, and Kelle Sumrall.  In this article, we learn about the numerous examples of serendipity in science and how to use them to help students teach their classmates about historic scientific inventions.  In this second of a two part podcast series, we look at the lesson design and some interesting serendipitous events in science, such as:

  • Penicillin
  • Sugar Substitutes
  • Microwave Oven
  • Coca-Cola
  • Potato Chip
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

From the Twitterverse:  

Typical EduCelebrity@EduCelebrity

Excellent teachers spend a substantial amount of time in school. If you see daylight entering or leaving the building, then you’re simply not a dedicated teacher. If seeing the sun is that important to you, there’s plenty of time to catch up on weekends and in the summer.

Dave Schmittou EdD  @daveschmittou

Understand the total context behind this tweet: It’s no coincidence that when we started proclaiming “Always do what’s best for the kids” that we began to have a teacher shortage. Doing what’s best for kids does not have to be in contrast to what’s best for adults.



*Two more weeks until Thanksgiving Break *Teachers:


Jennifer Bond @teambond

5 new thank-you books will be sent to the #FreedomCenter at Detroit Metro Airport from the #DesignTech kids at@CliffordSmart. #wleced@WalledLkSchools#OtherPeopleMatter

Larry Ferlazzo @Larryferlazzo

Eat Like The Ancient Babylonians: Researchers Cook Up Nearly 4,000-Year-Old Recipes

Eat Like The Ancient Babylonians: Researchers Cook Up Nearly 4,000-Year-Old Recipes

Written on four tablets, three of which date back no later than 1730 B.C., the recipes are considered to be the oldest known. And they taste pretty good, says a scholar who recreated them.

Todd Bloch @blocht574

So my advisory class wants to know: are there any thanksgiving songs? #Thanksgiving … no ready for Christmas music #mschat 

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. 


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ISTE Acquires EdSurge News

“EdSurge is joining the ranks of nonprofit newsrooms. Today the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced that it has agreed to acquire EdSurge, in a move that leaders of both organizations say will provide a stronger financial base to continue to produce EdSurge’s journalism, research and other services about the intersection of technology and education.”

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