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Someone told me it takes 5 sheep to make a sweater. 

  • I didn’t even know that they could crochet.

I think I made a mistake. I put my dryer on spin. I asked why it lost one sock:

  • “I didn’t lose your sock so much as I provided you an opportunity to stimulate the economy.” 

I’ve started investing in stocks: chicken, beef, vegetable

  • One day I hope to be a bouillonaire.

I got into a fight with a fellow stamp collector. 

  • There was no clear winner. We both got some pretty good licks in. 

What kind of lights were on Noah’s ark?

  • Floodlights

I used to think that I was indecisive. 

  • Now, I’m not so sure. 

I, for one, like Roman numerals. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: From STEM to STEAM

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

In this issue, I read the “From the Editor’s Desk” section and the title of the article, within the section was “From STEM to STEAM” written by Patty McGinnis. 

The article describes how her school’s annual career day has morphed from STEM to STEAM.


Video Conferencing:

  • Comfort
  • Security
  • Whole Group vs Individual

Web Spotlight:  


Natural disaster plus government botch job equals the board being swept clean, allowing players a golden opportunity to move in and clean up.

But while some folks may view this shutdown as a philosophical opportunity, for some it’s all about the investment opportunities. Like Katrina’s aftermath, vulture capitalism at its finest.

The Twitterverse

Greg Wolcott  @GregJWolcott

TEACHERS:1000’s of you work in schools that have been canceled in the upcoming weeks. Make it UR goal to either call every kid & say hi or write them a letter, telling them what you appreciate about them, recognize the strengths they bring to your classroom! #Significant72  

Typical EduCelebrity  @EduCelebrity

A number of schools are closing in order to do a “deep cleaning“ of the buildings. Normally, this might take a day to do, but thanks to all of the budget cuts throughout the years, it will take weeks with the two people each has remaining.  

Yo-Yo Ma  @YoYo_Ma

In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort. The first of my #SongsOfComfort: Dvořák – “Going Home” Stay safe.

Leonardo Carella@leonardocarella

Italians in lockdown all over Italy are keeping each other company by singing, dancing and playing music from the balconies. A thread to celebrate the resilience of ordinary people. This is Salerno:

See also this BBC Report:  


It’s been a week to remember

Ms S. Scanlon @ShaunaScanlon10

When your white board is at school. Sometimes the most simple ideas are simply the best. This really made me smile  @Colaistebride

Dave Schmittou EdD  @daveschmittou

If you are a current assistant principal/vice principal, I would love your help. I am doing some research on your importance to your school. Do you mind completing this one minute survey?

Please share! #leadlap #LeadUpChat #PIAchat  

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.


Student Journals Could Be Primary Sources – So Write!

David McCullough, in one of his interviews on CSPAN, talks about the importance of daily writings he had access to to write his books.  If you want to influence the future, write things on paper now is essentially his advice to young people today because when the servers turn off, there goes the primary sources.  This article from MiddleWeb has some suggestions for turning your students’ journaling into the future primary sources for historians and educators.

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