MSM 486: We’ve done too much with sowing Discord.


Brevity by Dan Thompson (

How can you tell if your donuts are bored? 

  • They get that glazed look….

I used to play triangle in a reggae band, but I had to leave. 

  • It was just one ting after another.

Did you hear that they are going to televise the World Origami Championship? 

  • It’s on Paperview

I’m not always comfortable going to the store. 

  • The cashiers are always checking me out. 

I misplaced my pizza cutter, so I’m using a Bryan Adams CD. 

  • Yep, It cuts like a knife…..

Some people ask me where I store all of these jokes. I think that should be obvious….

  • In a Dad-a-Base

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Conducting Science Labs in a Virtual World Part 1

I was recently reading the November/December 2020 issue of “Science Scope” a publication for middle school teachers from the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read “The Online Teacher“ column written by Denise Wright.  Her article was entitled “Conducting Science Labs in a Virtual World.”

This is the first in a three-part series on the three strategies for conducting science labs in the virtual world.  

Part 1 — Virtual Simulations

Part 2 — Science at Home

Part 3 — Use of Data Sets

Online science labs can be rich experiences that students enjoy.  Teachers can include labs in online learning by using virtual simulations that include written directions, a screencast explaining directions, and questions for discussion.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • When 8th Graders “Repurpose” Google Meet Updates – The Raised Hand  
  • Schticky Stuff – Google Meet Room Monitors, Google Meet Room Hostess/Hosts, 
  • Failure Rates? – Greenville County Schools 
  • BackChannels
  • Checklist Module in Moodle  


Get To Know Your Students Better

The Twitterverse

Karen Vaites  @karenvaites

‘If 38% is our national proficiency rate and it’s also (roughly) the percent of students who learn to read without much effort, we really have to ask ourselves, “What’s the impact of our effort?!”’   

SCAssoc. for Middle  @The_SCAMLE

We are accepting applications for presenters!! Use the link to submit your proposal!! Link:

Will Richardson-BIG Questions Institute  @willrich45

I think once a year, school communities should have a “‘ Why Do We Do This?’ Day.” Take the most embedded practices, put them on the table and ask that question. And then figure out if they want to live with the answer or change it. Might be eye-opening. #justsayin

Jennifer Gonzalez  @cultofpedagogy

Students are asking teachers to set up school-based @discord groups, but teachers are hesitant because of COPPA, FERPA, CIPA concerns. (Also, creepy strangers..?) It looks like some stuff is in place (link below). Teachers, what concerns do you have?

Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm.  


 56 Ways to Gather Evidence of Student Achievement

Redefining Annotation


Slides Timer


Digital Notebook

Gettysburg AR Experience – American Battlefield Trust

Step onto the battlefields of Gettysburg and witness history as it happened through virtual recreations and augmented reality technology. Interact with soldiers and civilians who experienced what it was like to be at the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. Be there when President Lincoln gives his famous Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg AR Experience is now available for FREE via the App Store and Google Play.

Web Spotlight:  

We Can Help Students with Trauma Face Life More Positively

Mood Weather Report: Learn More About Your Students

Childhood trauma survivors are more likely to feel insecure about their surroundings. Therefore, it is important to record their daily psychological state. To build up confidence and face every day actively, our school asks students to record their “Mood Weather Report” every day.

Are You Smarter Than  Middle Years Kid?

15 Second Video Challenge

We invite middle and high school students to create a short video that defines or teaches any of the words in our Word of the Day collection. Contest Dates: Nov. 10-Dec. 15, 2020.

Teacher Mental Health Break:  The Homework Song  

Random Thoughts . . .  

Personal Web Site   

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