MSM #116:Show Me The Money! (Next week’s show is done too.)


Drill Sergeants
A drill sergeant had just chewed out one of his cadets, and as he was walking away, he turned to the cadet and said, “I guess when I die you’ll come and dance on my grave.” The cadet replied, “Not me, Sarge…no sir! I promised myself that when I got out of the Army I’d never stand in another line!”

During a recent password audit, it was found that a
young woman was using the following password:


When asked why she had such a long password, she said
she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters
long and include at least one capital.

On Our Mind:

Class Size

What can you do with an iPhone (or 4)?

New Directions for Music Programs:
(There are other videos of this lady performing other pop songs without the OMG cat.)

From our Listeners:

Troy & Shawn, Thanks for all that you do! I’ve attached a 4 minute
comment on your current podcast.  (Any chance on sharing what apps the University puts on those iPads/iPhones/iPod Touches?)
(FHU’s iKnow + FHU)
Rationale, Applications, Research structure, Paradigm,

Hey guys, interesting article about paying for performance in schools.  If this catches on, then I will write my former middle school, asking for my “back pay” from when I was a student there.

Robert  (Mr. Jackson to some of us.  😉  )

PS  What is a good book for advisory about study skills?
Carol Josel
1.  Other-wise and School-wise could be a resource  (
2.  The Parenting School-wise Tips book certainly could be used to teach kids study skills.
3.  I’d sign up for the newsletter also.  That and the cooking ideas at the end of the newsletter are rather tasty!
Susan Krueger
Haven’t tried it, but:  SOAR Curriculum.
7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covey
Have tried it.  You can also get it in audio format and use with the kids.  Make sure you have money committed to the program over time.
The Middle School Student’s Guide to Ruling the World! by Susan Mulcaire
We’ve reviewed this work in a previous podcast.

Should Kids be Bribed:,8599,1978589,00.html

From listener Dave Bydlowski
Middle School Science
9a.  Bring Local Earth Science Into Your Classroom

The Museum of the Earth and the Knabusch Mathematics and Science Center welcomes your application to participate in a professional development program that is focused on Virtual Fieldwork Experiences and the Teacher-Friendly Guide to the Geology of the Midwestern Region. This programs if for middle school and high school teachers.  Spend time in the field with scientists and fellow educators to learn ways of incorporating local Earth system science into your classroom! The workshop will be held at the Knabusch Mathematics and Science Center in Monroe, MI on July 28-30, 2010.

Comments from educators that attended past Teacher-Friendly Guide and Virtual Field Experience workshops include:
“I came in wondering and left inspired!”
“This is definitely a project my students can do and I hope to incorporate into my curriculum.”
“When I leave excited & energized, the experience is an excellent one!”

For more information and to apply visit:,_Summer_2010.html

9b.  National Lab Day Set for May 12, 2010

May 12 will be the first official National Lab Day for middle school and high school science students and teachers! A number of key events in Washington and in selected states are being planned.

Not signed up yet? Not to worry: even if May 12 doesn’t work for you, National Lab Day is more than just a day. Whether you are looking for help with your science fair, or maybe someone to host a field trip, advise an after-school program, help with a hands-on activity, or supply some cool lab equipment, National Lab Day can help.

At the NLD website you simply sign up then submit your idea for a project (or what you need in your classroom) and the website matches your request with a STEM professional who has also joined the NLD hub. (And you can also get funding for your classroom or project by registering on Donors Choose on the NLD site!)
Learn more and to sign up your project for National Lab Day at:

David Bydlowski

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