MSM 482: Kitchen Culture


How can a room full of married people be empty? 

  • There’s not a single person there. 

Where do baby ghosts go during the day?

  • Dayscare Centers

I told my suitcases that there will be no vacation this year. 

  • Now, I’m dealing with emotional baggage.

What would Spiderman do if he wasn’t a hero?

  • Web Design

You know I really like potato puns. 

  • I guess you could say that I find them apeeling. 

Did you hear about the guy who retired from the cloning lab? 

  • He doesn’t know what to do with himself.

Did you hear about the guy who was hit by a truck carrying Omega 3 pills?

  • He’s fine. He only sustained super fish oil injuries. 

I have a friend who composes songs about sewing machines. 

  • He’s a Singer songwriter, or sew it seams. 

A lumberjack went in to a magical forest to cut down a tree. Upon arrival, he pulled out his ax, started to take aim at a tree, when the tree shouted, “Wait, I’m a talking tree!”

The lumberjacked smiled and replied, “And you will dialogue.”

Why do the French like snails? 

  • They disdain fast food. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Online Educator

I was recently reading the September/October 2020 issue of “Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the “Career of the Month“ column written by Luba Vangelova.  Her article was entitled “Online Science Educator.”

Online educators present courses on a broad range of topics, to children or adults.  Course lengths and formats vary too-they can be live or asynchronous, interactive or lecture-based, or any combination thereof.  Julia Brodsky is one of these online science Educator and teaches astrobiology to elementary and middle school students.  She teaches world-wide while located in Rockville, Maryland.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Settling in?
  • Exhaustion? 
  • How do we establish a classroom culture with parents in the kitchen?  
    • “I gotta go . . . “  

The Twitterverse

Katelynn Giordano  @kngiordano

Want a good icebreaker that isn’t awkward, personal, or puts kids on the spot? Give ‘em a riddle. Watch them start talking, collaborating, and listening to each other. Works every time. Here’s a favorite of mine.

John Meehan @MeehanEDU

Played #AmongUs with a group of my students in 5th period study hall today. OFF. THE. CHARTS. engagement! Then we debriefed: Bluffing. Arguing. Defending. Plotting. Deduction & logic. What a perfect game for our current unit on rhetoric, argument, and the power of persuasion!

TeacherGoals @teachergoals

What would you put in the trap to catch a teacher?

J Mosley @Jmosley_history

Handed out the first “Retrieve It! Implement it!” homeworks for year 10 today. Students answer factual recall questions and then try using those facts in some related written work. Plan to use it to see if they understand the facts they can recall and use it correctly.  

Eric Curts @ericcurts

Video Series: How to Use Google Hangouts Meet… #GSuiteEDU #ControlAltAchieve

Don’t foget #MSCHAT every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST!  



Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it’s a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn.

Anyone who needs to remember things in their daily life can benefit from Anki. Since it is content-agnostic and supports images, audio, videos and scientific markup (via LaTeX), the possibilities are endless.

For example:

  • Learning a language
  • Studying for medical and law exams
  • Memorizing people’s names and faces
  • Brushing up on geography
  • Mastering long poems
  • Even practicing guitar chords!

Only practice the material that you’re about to forget.


How Are American Teachers Doing, Really?

Armistice Day

Lots of great interviews and resources. Great for social studies, but also English. Develop critical thinking of students with historical information.

Web Spotlight:  


Games to practice fact versus fiction.

Spot the Troll

Welcome, real human

A troll is a fake social media account, often created to spread misleading information.

Each of the following 8 profiles include a brief selection of posts from a single social media account. You decide if each is an authentic account or a professional troll. After each profile, you’ll review the signs that can help you determine if it’s a troll or not.

Click Profile 1 to get started, or visit the sections below to learn more.

Bad News

From fake news to chaos! How bad are you? Get as many followers as you can.

Random Thoughts . . .  

Personal Web Site   

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