MSM-102-Happy New Year – Skype Frustration (Skype is soooooo 2009 …)


Things Not To Do During Exams

1. Bring a pillow. Fall asleep (or pretend to) until the last 15 minutes. Wake up, say “oh geez, better get cracking” and do some gibberish work. Turn it in a few minutes early.

2. Get a copy of the exam, run out screaming “Andre, Andre, I’ve got the secret documents!!”

3. If it is a math/science exam, answer in essay form. If it is long answer/essay form, answer with numbers and symbols. Be creative. Use the integral symbol.

4. Make paper airplanes out of the exam. Aim them at the instructor’s left nostril.

5. Talk the entire way through the exam. Read questions aloud, debate your answers with yourself out loud. If asked to stop, yell out, “I’m so sure you can hear me thinking. ” Then start talking about what a jerk the instructor is.

6. Bring cheerleaders.

7. Walk in, get the exam, sit down. About five minutes into it, loudly say to the instructor, “I don’t understand any of this. I’ve been to every lecture all semester long! What’s the deal? And who are you? Where’s the regular guy?”

8. Bring a Game Boy (or Game Gear, etc. . . ). Play with the volume at max level.

9. On the answer sheet (book, whatever) find a new, interesting way to refuse to answer every question. For example: I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that it conflicts with my religious beliefs. Be creative.

10. Bring pets.

11. Run into the exam room looking about frantically. Breathe a sigh of relief. Go to the instructor, say “They’ve found me, I have to leave the country” and run off.

12. Fifteen minutes into the exam, stand up, rip up all the papers into very small pieces, throw them into the air and yell out “Merry Christmas. “If you’re really daring, ask for another copy of the exam. Say you lost the first one. Repeat this process every fifteen minutes.

13. Do the exam with crayons, paint, or fluorescent markers.

14. Come into the exam wearing slippers, a bathrobe, a towel on your head, and nothing else.

15. Come down with a BAD case of Turet’s Syndrome during the exam. Be as vulgar as possible.

16. Do the entire exam in another language. If you don’t know one, make one up! For math/science exams, try using Roman numerals.

17. Bring things to throw at the instructor when s/he’s not looking. Blame it on the person nearest to you.

18. As soon as the instructor hands you the exam, eat it.

19. Walk into the exam with an entourage. Claim you are going to be taping your next video during the exam. Try to get the instructor to let them stay, be persuasive. Tell the instructor to expect a percentage of the profits if they are allowed to stay.

20. Every five minutes, stand up, collect all your things, move to another seat, continue with the exam.

21. Turn in the exam approximately 30 minutes into it. As you walk out, start commenting on how easy it was.

22. Do the entire exam as if it was multiple choice and true/false. If it is a multiple choice exam, spell out interesting things (DCCAB. BABE. etc. . ).

23. Bring a black marker. Return the exam with all questions and answers completely blacked out.

24. Get the exam. Twenty minutes into it, throw your papers down violently, scream out “Forget this!” and walk out triumphantly.

25. Arrange a protest before the exam starts (i. e. Threaten the instructor that whether or not everyone’s done, they are all leaving after one hour to go drink)

26. Show up completely drunk. (Completely drunk means at some point during the exam, you should start crying for mommy).

27. Every now and then, clap twice rapidly. If the instructor asks why, tell him/her in a very derogatory tone, “the light bulb that goes on above my head when I get an idea is hooked up to a clapper. DUH!”

28. Comment on how sexy the instructor is looking that day.

29. Come to the exam wearing a black cloak. After about 30 minutes, put on a white mask and start yelling “I’m here, the phantom of the opera” until they drag you away.

30. Go to an exam for a class you have no clue about, where you know the class is very small, and the instructor would recognize you if you belonged. Claim that you have been to every lecture. Fight for your right to take the exam.

31. Upon receiving the exam, look it over, while laughing loudly, say “you don’t really expect me to waste my time on this drivel? Days of our Lives is on!!!”

32. Bring a water pistol with you.

33. From the moment the exam begins, hum the theme to Jeopardy. Ignore the instructor’s requests for you to stop. When they finally get you to leave one way or another, begin whistling the theme to the Bridge on the River Kwai.

34. Start a brawl in the middle of the exam.

35. If the exam is math/science related, make up the longest proofs you could possibly think of. Get pi and imaginary numbers into most equations. If it is a written exam, relate everything to your own life story.

36. Come in wearing a full knight’s outfit, complete with sword and shield.

37. Bring a friend to give you a back massage the entire way through the exam. Insist this person is needed, because you have bad circulation.

38. Bring cheat sheets for another class (make sure this is obvious. . . like history notes for a calculus exam. . . otherwise you’re not just failing, you’re getting kicked out too) and staple them to the exam, with the comment “Please use the attached notes for references as you see fit. “

39. When you walk in, complain about the heat.

40. After you get the exam, call the instructor over, point to any question, ask for the answer. Try to work it out of him/her.

41. One word: Wrestlemania.

42. Bring balloons, blow them up, start throwing them around like they do before concerts start.

43. Try to get people in the room to do the wave.

44. Play frisbee with a friend at the other side of the room.

45. Bring one pencil with a very sharp point. Break the point off your paper. Sharpen the pencil. Repeat this process for one hour.

46. Get deliveries of candy, flowers, balloons, telegrams, etc. . . sent to you every few minutes throughout the exam.

47. During the exam, take apart everything around you. Desks, chairs, anything you can reach.

48. Complete the exam with everything you write being backwards at a 90 degree angle.

49. Bring a musical instrument with you, play various tunes. If you are asked to stop, say “it helps me think. ” Bring a copy of the Student Handbook with you, challenging the instructor to find the section on musical instruments during finals. Don’t forget to use the phrase “Told you so”.

50. Answer the exam with the “Top Ten Reasons Why Professor xxxx is a Terrible Teacher”

For your classroom:

On Our Mind:

Reading List:

  • The Alphabet versus the Goddess – Shlain
  • Catching Up or Leading the Way – Zhao
  • The Dumbest Generation- Bauerlein
  • Why Students Don’t Like School – Willingham
  • How People Learn
  • Super Freakonomics – Levitt

Mr. TB:  Thanks for letting us know we’ve been out of contact. We had an issue with the xml file which is now fixed.

From the Twitterverse:


Pamela Chandler’s students recently completed an activity in which they took a survey about the stressors in their lives. “Students were amazed at how many stressful things they deal with on a daily basis,” said Chandler. After the survey, students brainstormed ways of dealing with those stressors.

Last fall, before parent conferences, Stern asked her advisees to fill out a form designed to gather information about how students felt about school and how they thought their parents would respond to the upcoming advisory conference. “Included on that form was the question What would you like me to discuss with your parents that you feel is difficult for you to address?” said Stern. “Students have brought up the need for privacy, how they are trying hard even if they are not meeting with the results they would like, and that even though they like and respect their parents, they need to try things out for themselves. These can be difficult issues, and parents and the advisor can then discuss how to deal with them so that everybody is happier.”

Things that happen in one minute:


Free Books:

This collection features free e-books, mostly classics, that you can read on your computer, smart phone, or Kindle. It includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. To learn how to download these ebooks to your computer/mobile device, please visit our eBook Primer.

Literature for your eyes and ears.

Top Documentary Films- Free
An aggregation site for documentary films. They don’t host them. Well organized and easy to use. You’ll probably need to download the films.

Newspaper Headline
Create the banner and lead article for your own newspaper.

15 TED Talks for Teachers to Watch Before 2010 by Free Tech 4 Teachers (Richard Byrne)
OK so we’re a little late- you can still watch them.
1. John Wooden on Winning vs. Success.
2. Clifford Stoll Teaches Physics to Eighth Graders.
3. Don’t Eat the Marshmallow
4. Bill Gates Talks About Mosquitoes, Malaria, and Education.
5. David Merrill Introduces Siftables
6. Tom Wujec – 3 Ways the Brain Creates Meaning.
7. Jimmy Wales – The Birth of Wikipedia.
8. Julian Treasure – 4 Ways Sound Affects Us.
9. How Cell Phones, Twitter, and Facebook Can Make History.
10. Matthew White Gives the Euphonium a New Voice.
Update: Lead Like the Great Conductors.
Bonus: David Pogue on the Music Wars
Update #2: More reader suggestions
Pranav Mistry – The Thrilling Potential of Sixth Sense Technology.
Benjamin Zander – On Music and Passion
Dan Pink – The Surprising Science of Motivation


Integrating Open Education Resources into the Middle School Classroom

Session Description: As school districts struggle in today’s restrictive budget environment, administrators must find innovative options for providing high-quality, standards based curriculum. Open education resources are becoming a viable alternative for how school districts use electronic curricula. The integration of free content not only enhances existing curriculum but also provides educators with a wide array of additional instructional options. This session will demonstrate how teachers and educators can work together to modify, improve, and enhance the material and then share it with other educators.
Very personalized
Based upon curriki.
Teachers need time to spend playing. It’s not the end but the process that is important.
Teachers generally don’t get time to play. This is the advantage that kids have.
Have teachers evaluate sites.
The World is Open by Curtis Bonk.
The Machine is Using Us – You Tube The Machine is (Changing) Us – Curriki: Free membership – just need to register. Use the advanced search to limit searches down quickly. Several different filters are available.
3* – Collection gets a 3, then each individual lesson gets a 3 also.

Digital Manipulation:
Porfolio | Mouse over the images (one is inappropriate for school)


John Collins Writing
John Collins presenting.  Had a chance to talk with him.  Great introduction.
Make a note of any chapters or topics we will cover in the next few weeks:
5 paragraph essay
Improving Academic Performance:  What assignments are best?
1.  4-6 paragraph persuasive essay
2.  Friendly letter
3.  Summary
4.  Process paper- explaining how to do something
5.  Personal narrative
6.  Lab report
7.  Compare and contrast essay
8.  Research paper- proving a point with sources
9.  Literary analysis-analyzing literature
10.  Other . . . .
My pics from the list
4-6 paragraph persuasive essay
Personal narrative
John’s ‘Right Answers’
Compare & Contrast
Persuasive Essay (not supported by research)
Other:  Vocabulary Cards  (think Frayer Model)
Avril Coxhead

Events & Happenings:

Calendar of Events:

NMSA News:

Other News:

  • ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education.
  • The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference February 18 & 19, 2010. Jack Berckemeyer will be keynoting.
  • Second Life:
  • Google Teacher Academy for Administrators: “We’re very excited to announce our first ever Google Teacher Academy for Administrators.  Since many of you have been asking for a GTA for Admins for a while, we’ve decided to host the first one immediately preceding the ASCD conference, on Friday, March 5th in San Antonio, Texas.  As you might know, the Google Teacher Academy for Administrators is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educational leaders get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and learn how to apply examples from our innovative corporate environment.  Potential applicants include educational leaders or decision makers including (but not limited to) school principals, assistant principals, state, county or district superintendents, technology directors or coordinators, and CTOs who actively serve K-12 teachers and students.  For more information, please check out:
    Apply before midnight, January 25th here: