Why did the police officer pull over the moving van?
- He wanted to bust a move.
What do dentists call their x-rays?
- Tooth pics
The re-opening of LEGO stores was a big event.
- People were lined up for blocks
There was a HUGE sale on long paddles at the store.
- You could say it was a Big Oar Deal.
I’m going to name my next dog Rolex.
- Yep, he’s going to be a watchdog
Why do dogs float in water?
- They are good buoys
I was going to look for my watch.
- But I could never find the time
Did you hear about the guy on the phone pumping gas when his wife called.
- He had to his Exxon hold
Today, I was ironing bored and I noticed that the cover of my ironing board was wrinkled, and I laughed at the irony. Then I laughed because “irony”.
I witnessed an altercation between two sketch artists.
- Guns were drawn
I’m changing all my passwords to “Kenny”.
- Yep, I’ll have Kenney Loggins.
Communists’ jokes aren’t funny.
- Until everyone gets it.
Goth anti-vaxxers will never listen to which band?
- The Cure
I just sold my homing pigeon on eBay.
- For the 22nd time
Middle School Science Minute
Middle School Science Minute: Environmental Health Scientist
I was recently reading the April / May, 2020 issue of “Science Teacher,” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.
In this issue, I read an article written by Luba Vangelova. The title of the article was “Environmental Health Scientist.”
Environmental health scientists study how environmental toxins impact human health, and work to mitigate such risks. The article features an interview with Casey Bartrem, an environmental health scientist who serves as the executive director of Terragraphics International Foundation in Moscow, Idaho. Casey is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Reports from the Front Lines
- Dateline Shijiazhuang: China pulls students from schools – July 11 final exams. 期末考试 COVID-19 Round 2.
- Summer Plans?
- Training the kids
- Training the teachers
Episode 13: Remote Teaching and Home Learning: Examples from South Korea and Singapore https://bit.ly/2YAyAVR #silverliningforlearning @AASAHQ @NASSP @NAESP @NSBAPublicEd @ASCD @ISTEEdLeaders @pdkintl @Chalkbeat @MindShiftKQED @hechingerreport @futureready
We are excited that Tara Fugate of Fraser PS is the MI nominee for the 2020 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. The winner of the award will be announced during the NHD Award Ceremony on Sat. 6/20. Good luck Tara! #mihistoryday2020 #NHD2020
#Moodle, say hello to #Jitsi Meet! The new Moodle 3.9 version of the Fordson theme introduces a simple Jitsi Meet launch button for every course… automatically! Just add a Jitsi server URL and you are now ready for remote learning! #opensource #edtech #onlinelearning
I think we all can agree that required face mask use will create an interesting challenge in ventriloquism schools.
Why is there a teacher shortage in the U.S.? Some of the best teachers are leaving the profession. In fact, in the past year, 80% of teachers have thought about leaving their job. Additionally, 22% of college students used to major in education. CURRENT numbers are at 4.6%!
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.
NCSS – Position Paper on Teaching Civics
A call to action for introducing policies and civic practices in schools needs to occur at local, state, and national levels. NCSS members are encouraged to use this position statement to urge their policymakers, educators, families, and communities to adopt a vision and plan for providing all students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for effective civic life.
Politicraft – Card Game for Civics
“Civic mindedness is not something you are born with. The knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective civic engagement must be acquired and practiced in a safe environment. That is the purpose of PolitiCraft.”
Currently $14.95 per deck : https://www.politicraft.org/buy/politicraft-base-card-deck-second-edition
The Governor’s Decision Room
Video Introduction: http://seekingmichigan.org/thedecisionroom/#
Main Site: http://thedecisionroom.org/
Sample Materials: http://seekingmichigan.org/thedecisionroom/sample.pdf
Article: “Our ‘Secret Weapon’ In An Age of Us-Against-Them”
“Instead of firing back, Crenshaw built a bridge. Instead of shaming and scolding, he spoke tenderly. Instead of seeking vindication through retaliation, he sought friendship through peacemaking. Instead of adding to the cycle of outrage, he soundly defeated outrage with a gesture of unconditional love.”
CSPAN: What to do with the Confederacy?
Statues – Keep ‘em: https://www.c-span.org/video/?448679-5/debate-confederate-monuments
Statues – Lose ‘em: https://www.c-span.org/video/?448679-7/confederate-monument-controversies
Statues – Estonia: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/18/what-lithuania-can-teach-us-about-grappling-with-confederate-statues/?fbclid=IwAR1POG5GylgK2ZzRcZSebjmU5Q8n0Jt02YNaRaBgbAKQV9l8nNR2r52P9KU
Historical Meanings of the Battle Flag: https://www.c-span.org/video/?448679-8/confederate-battle-flag-debates
Should Confederate Heritage be Preserved: https://www.c-span.org/video/?448679-8/confederate-battle-flag-debates
Competing Memories: https://www.c-span.org/video/?448679-6/competing-memories-civil-war
Revokable Citizenship: https://news.err.ee/1103931/government-can-now-revoke-citizenship-of-convicted-traitors
Accidental Courtesy – Movie
Musician Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby. He’s played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but it’s what Daryl does in his free time that sets him apart. Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Amazing Grace (2006) – Movie
Based on the true life story of William Wilberforce, a leader of the British abolition movement, Amazing Grace chronicles his epic struggle to pass a law to end the slave trade in the late 18th century.
Youth in Government – Involvement and Action
From modeling legislators at the local, state and national level to advocating for change, Youth and Government™ allows students to expand their worldview and shape public policy.
Frederick Douglas Archives – Library of Congress
“It has long been our anxious wish to see, in this slave-holding, slave-trading, and negro-hating land, a printing-press and paper, permanently established, under the complete control and direction of the immediate victims of slavery and oppression…that the man who has suffered the wrong is the man to demand redress,—that the man STRUCK is the man to CRY OUT—and that he who has endured the cruel pangs of Slavery is the man to advocate Liberty.”
William Wilberforce Papers – Duke University
Political and personal correspondence of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), member of the House of Commons. Many letters relate to his leadership in the movement for Britain’s abolition of the slave trade. Correspondence discusses the evils of the slave trade; the slave trade in Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish colonies; slavery, especially in the West Indies.
William Lloyd Garrison Archives
Selected copies of The LIberator key to the abolition movement.
Slidesmania – Hyperdocs based slides
Google Slides and PowerPoint templates for Hyperdocs style lesson design.
Reverse Image Search – easy to use
Link to Fragment
Browser extension that allows for linking to arbitrary text on a page.
This extension allows for easily creating a special link to the currently selected text on a page via the context menu. When opening such a special link, a compatible browser will scroll the selected text into view and highlight it.
How accurate is your memory?
Visual Guide to Coronavirus
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