MSM 470: CoCoRhee Kick ‘em in the Knee! CoCoRaHS Kick ‘em in the Other Knee!


Have you ever tried blind-folded archery?

  • You don’t know what you are missing.

Did you hear about the Dad who got a tattoo of a thermos?

  • He doesn’t want anyone to touch the thermos tat. 

My wife insists she doesn’t want to go to an 80’s fancy dress party, 

but I remain Adamant. 

A woman was informed by the a doctor that she was pregnant. Her response?

  • Woman: “What? You’ve got to be….kid in me”. 
  • Doctor: “Did you get pregnant just to use that joke?” 
  • Women: Get pregnant for a lame pun? That’s inconceivable”. 

I can cut down a tree just by looking at it. 

  • I saw it with my own eyes.

Why does a chicken coop always have two doors?

  • If it had four, it would be a chicken sedan.

You know, Eagle eyed people aren’t  sure if they are supposed to take it easy

  • Or take it to the limit one more time. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: CoCoRaHS

I was recently reading the February 2020 issue of “Science Teacher,” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the Citizen Science Section written by Jill Nugent.  The title of the article was “Gauging Rainfall with CoCoRaHS: The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network.”

CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network.  CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail, and snow).  By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive website, the aim of CoCoRaHS is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education, and research applications.  CoCoRaHS is now in all fifty states, Canada, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Summer Prep Plans
    • What do you do for Fall?
    • School Directives?  
      • Principals sending Information Blasts  
      • State Departments of Education General Guidelines.  
  • OER materials?  
  • Stamped From The Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi     

The Twitterverse

maddie  @_AstroMaddie

i literally spit out my water


Julie Jee 아직도 피곤해  @mrsjjee

I asked my brother (ER director in New Rochelle) if he thought there would be school in September and he replied no before I finished saying September.

Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger

As it looks like more and more schools will open up with some form of #remotelearning here are some resources to help #edchat #suptchat #edutwitter #cpchat #COVIDー19 #covid19 #Covid_19

Don’t forget to go to #mschat on Twitter 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.


University cheating might be up — but don’t just blame students

Academic integrity experts say instructors must change how they assess students online during pandemic.

She said she’s not surprised by reports of students using Google during online exams and sharing answers in group chats with fellow students.

Why aren’t teachers using the resources companies sell to their districts?

  • How districts procure instructional resources often leaves teachers disconnected from what gets purchased, what is actually needed, and what gets used. One way to understand why teachers do or do not adopt certain resources is through Clayton Christensen’s “Jobs to Be Done” theory.
  • Teachers commit to employing a resource when they perceive that doing so will accomplish one of at least two potential Jobs to Be Done: (1) enhance their current practices to help them engage and challenge students or (2) signal to administrators that they are in line with their school’s new initiative. Teachers who expect a resource to fulfill the first of these jobs tend to use the resource more faithfully than do their peers with the latter perspective.

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