MSM 461: Well, that was untimely…


Never climb into a deep vat of curdled milk. 

  • You’ll be in whey over your head.

What do you say to your sister when she is crying?

  • Hey, are you having a crisis?

Thought for the day: Can you buy chickens on the layaway plan?

I used to be a baby, then I grew out of it. 

I really, really don’t like Russian dolls.

  • They are so full of themselves

Where do they build Robot noses?

  • The Ol’Factory

Why is the alphabet so terrifying?

  • A bee sea….

My Czech Mate is surprisingly bad at chess.

Did you hear about Jamie who was arrested. 

Jamie: “I’m not saying a word without my lawyer present”. 

The officer said: “You’re a lawyer.”

Jamie: “Right. Where’s my present?”

You know what makes me smile?

  • Facial muscles.

I have a friend with a Parrot and an Alexa. All day the parrot keeps asking Alexa to play “Free bird”. 

Here’s hoping Elon Musk doesn’t become a politician and get involved in a scandal. 

  • Elon- gate would be really drawn out

Why is Spring the favorite season of trees? 

  • After a long winter, trees are releafed. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Mindful Modeling

I was recently reading the March, 2020 issue of “Science & Children,” a publication published by the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the Editor’s Note column “Mindful Modeling,”  written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.

She discusses bringing the practice of Developing and Using Models into our classrooms as a communication tool for developing and revealing student thinking.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Educational Disruption:  
    • Increasing value of Instructional Tech Coaches?  
    • Future scheduling
    • Constructs for “Classrooms”
  • Guidelines for Using Zoom with students
    • District level suggestions
    • Teacher level suggestions
  • Alternatives to using Zoom?  Viable alternatives?  
  • Bring back letter writing!  
    • 116 handwritten, hand-addressed postcards . . . keeping connected in COVID-19.  
    • Cursive enthusiasts of the world, unite!  
  • What kind of PD do teachers need based on where this could take us going into 2021 and 2022?  
  • Challenge to our listeners – 
    • Ideas for holding a Zoom (or other App) COVID-19 Scavenger Hunt!  
  • Discipline online
  • Security of Accounts
  • Parent Supports

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Our American Voices:  Citizenship Choice Board #2

Students make choices on a board that demonstrate four different American values.

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