MSM 459: Hey parents! BeatBox your way to happiness!


What kind of music does the Easter Bunny like?

  • Hip hop

What do you call an anesthetized rabbit?

  • The Ether Bunny

For Christmas, I bought my wife beads from an abacus.

  • It’s the little things that count

What’s one good thing about a bad haircut?

  • It grows on you

I think I made a mistake. I clicked on “Start Your Free Trial” and now I’ve been convicted of theft. 

If you’ve ever seen pictures of Mount Rushmore before the carvings, you know that its beauty was unpresidented. 

What did one cell say to his sister cell that stepped on his foot?

  • mitosis

Why don’t eggs tell each other jokes? 

  • They are afraid to get cracked up.

Status Update:

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Grasping The Concepts

I was recently reading the April, 2020 issue of “NSTA Reports,” a publication published by the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the advice column “Ask A Mentor,”  written by Sharon Delesbore. A teacher in New York asked the following question: “As I continue to teach my science class, I often wonder throughout my unit if the students are really grasping the concepts.  How do I know my students are getting it?” Listen in as Sharon provides a great answer to this question.

The Twitterverse

Andrea Sherman  @Ed_Stories

“Remind your students that they are creating a primary source – documentation of what one student was thinking in March of 2020 during the global pandemic. Now we are all a part of history.”  @USHistoryIdeas @middleweb  Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST.  

Bob Harrison  @R_O_Harrison

The @H5PTechnology Essay activity is exactly what I’ve been looking for for years! Great way to automate feedback on a free response based on key words—the presence or absence of. Just absolutely outstanding!!


TeacherGoals  @teachergoals

Yong Zhao, Ph.D  @YongZhaoEd

Tomorrow (Sat 5:30pm EDT) live Ep4 #silverliningforlearning Using COL and Cool Open Education Resources hosted by  @punyamishra  @travelinedman  @chrs_dede  @mcleod

with guests from Commonwealth of Learning


We challenge you to recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home.

  • Choose your favorite artwork
  • Find three things lying around your house⠀
  • Recreate the artwork with those items 

And share with us.

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.


Beat Boxing

2005 Female World Beatbox Champion Butterscotch explains the art of beatboxing in 13 levels of difficulty. Starting with just the bass drum, Butterscotch layers more and more vocal drums and instruments on top of each other until she starts adding real, live instruments as well.

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