MSM 453: With No Objection, We Give You The Objective Builder of Joy!


I have a friend who has written a book. It’s on “how to fall down stairs”. 

Yep, it’s a step by step guide. 

I bought some new memory insoles for my shoes. 

No more forgetting why I walked into the kitchen.

I ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon. 

I’ll let you know. 

What did the patient say when informed by the Dentist that he had acute gingivitis?

Thank you. 

Quick tip: If someone named “Ruth” quits, don’t go around referring to the workplace as “ruthless”. 


Historical Differences

3. Playing Baseball in the Street

7. Rollar Skates with a key

8. Drive-in Movies

9. Bench Seats in cars

14. Sunday drives

15. One TV in the living room

17. TV sign off message

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Outstanding Science Trade Books for 2020

I was recently reading the February, 2020 issue of “Science Scope” a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, they listed the Outstanding Trade Books for Students in K-12, as determined by the Children’s Book Council and the National Science Teaching Association.

In this podcast, the top 5 middle school (6-8) books are highlighted.  They include:

* The Electric War:  Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse and the Race to Light the World

* Beyond Words: What Elephants and Whales Think and Feel

* Undaunted: The Wild Life of Birute Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans

* Dreaming in Code, Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer

* The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs

From the Twitterverse:  

Typical EduCelebrity  @EduCelebrity

Do not feel guilty if a student fails your class. If admin doesn’t bump the grade up to inflate average GPA or graduation rates, the student will get the credits by taking a summer online course in which 95% of the grade is earned by successfully registering for the class.

Diane Ravitch@DianeRavitch

Susan Edelman: Bloomberg’s Test Score Con

Susan Edelman: Bloomberg’s Test Score Con

Strange as it may seem, the best education reporter in New York City works for Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post. Her name is Susan Edelman, and she regularly reports on what is happening in the…

DoInk Tweets  @DoInkTweets


: This is an awesome new feature to an already excellent app! App smashes wonderfully into @Seesaw too! Hey @PennridgeSD  teachers- who wants to play?!!? #doink #greenscreen #everyonecancreate

Eric Curts  @ericcurts

Using Google AutoDraw for Sketchnotes, Infographics, Drawings, and More #ControlAltAchieve

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.



Annotate videos. (Need to compare to H5P).


3 Reasons Students Procrastinate—and How to Help Them Stop

Learning Objectives Builder

Google Earth View

Wallpaper downloads available.

100 Most Spoken Languages

Around the world, there are more than 7,000 regularly spoken vernaculars,

Web Spotlight:  

Why Sitting For Long Periods Can Affect Teens’ Mental Health

study finds that sitting still is linked to a higher risk of depression among teens, but even an hour of light physical activity every day reduces the risk of depression by 10%.

Kandola and his colleagues analyzed this data from when the children were 12, 14 and 16 years old. And they found that as these kids went through adolescence, they spent more time sitting.

Literacy Test

Spell backwards, forwards.

That may be a trick question. If you read it using normal syntax, you end up with the instruction to spell the word “backwards” forwards, which will give you the answer “b-a-c-k-w-a-r-d-s.” But, due to the comma, one could very reasonably read the command using a reversed syntax. In that case, the instruction would be to spell the word “forwards” backwards, resulting with “s-d-r-a-w-r-o-f.” Either answer is potentially correct — or, potentially, wrong.

Gratitude and acknowledgement are more important than ever

“Dear audience members,

A couple of days ago, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of our greatest literary figures, Jaan Kross. In the beginning of a play staged at the Drama Theatre to mark the occasion, the author has the main character turn to the audience with the following address:

“If you really want to accomplish something in this world, start immediately! Not in the next minute, but the very instant the desire comes. Even if it’s in the middle of the night. Do it now, straight away. It doesn’t matter how – just begin. Anything started tomorrow will be completed only after you’re dead and gone.

“You don’t have to be in the theatre to imagine the crafty, playful gleam in the old master’s eyes accompanying those words. In essence, it’s the attitude of a child at play, for whom time still comes down to the here and now, with thousands of possibilities still open. Not someone in the throes of time constraints, but someone with mastery over time. Someone who is forever experimenting and examining, who rejoices in successes, who might shed some brief tears and then try, try again if at first, they don’t succeed.

Happy are those who embody this attitude.”

Random Thoughts . . .  

The Dities – Happy 30th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuanian Independence.  

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