MSM 498: Pin and Click – You told on yourself


I wrote a book about poltergeists, 

  • It’s flying off the shelf

Did you know Yoda has a last name? 

  • Layheehoo

Did you hear about the couple that had to break up? One of them only had 9 toes. The other one was

  • Lack toes intolerant.

Do they allow laughing in Hawaii? 

  • Or just a low ha? 

Nothing in the English language starts with an N and ends with a G. 

Whenever someone tells me a knock-knock joke, I sit there quietly and pretend that I’m not home until they leave.

At first there were only 25 letters in the alphabet. 

  • Nobody knew why

Why do bees stay in their hives during winter? 

  • Swarm

Why did the cow get a ticket?

  • Moooo-ving violation

Eileen Award:  

  • iTunes:  AllforJMJ – Thanks for the rating!!

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute — Pinterest

I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “Science  & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read an article written by Ryan S. Nixon, Shannon L. Navy, Sarah Barnett, Marissa Johnson, and Delaney Larson.  Their article was entitled “Pinning and Planning: Five Tips for Using Pinterest to Teach Science.”

Pinterest is an online resource that teachers seem to enjoy and find useful.  Pinterest is a social media website where individuals can bookmark content found elsewhere on the internet in one convenient place.  Nixon and his students spent several months closely analyzing 1600 pins and their associated websites for teaching the topics of force/motion and adaptations.  Their research pointed out the benefits and weaknesses of Pinterest as a teaching resource.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • H5P in Instructional Design
  • Does “Hybrid” mean the same as Distance learning, just that some do it in the same room and some do it . . . distance?  
  • Technological skills? Sound matters
  • Do we finally have a consistent, daily use for the Swivl?  


Word(s) of the Year – George Grant, wordsmith

“The use of the right word, the exact word, is the difference between a pencil with a sharp point and a thick crayon.” – Peter Marshall   So, if you had to choose the precise word to describe 2020, what might it be?  

The Twitterverse

Ditch That Textbook  @DitchThatTxtbk

Create Netflix-style learning with screencasts…

Mike Roberts  @BaldRoberts

Teachers – Please complete this sentence. “The thing I miss most about pre-pandemic teaching is…” (I’m just trying to remember back to the good ol’ days…)

Pernille Ripp @pernilleripp

Are there other websites out there like the Pacific Northwest tree octopus one that is more recent?

Typical EduCelebrity   @EduCelebrity

One of the most important lines an educator should know is “Look, I don’t make any of the decisions around here”.

Mark Ryan  @RunEducator

How do you want your students to enter your classroom? Reply with an emoji

Senator Dayna Polehanki  @SenPolehanki

“Take it from a former teacher: focusing on the state summative assessment in the middle of a pandemic…will not provide any accurate measurement of performance and educational attainment.” @koleszar_matt

Quote Tweet:  

Bridge Michigan  @BridgeMichigan

Opinion | If teachers think standardized tests stink, maybe we should listen 

John R. Sowash  @jrsowash

Yesterday @GoogleForEdu announced more than 25 updates to #GoogleClassroom, #GoogleMeet, #GoogleDrive, and #Chromebooks. Here’s a quick summary of the most important updates.

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” 


Toolkit for “Mathematics in Context: The Pedagogy of Liberation”

This toolkit will help educators consider how to “humanize math” using Learning for Justice’s Social Justice Standards. It provides opportunities for reflection and examples of real-world applications.


The in-school push to fight misinformation from the outside world

“Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak,” the study’s authors wrote.

More than one third of middle school students report rarely or never having learned how to judge the reliability of information sources, which is “really the fundamental of what media literacy is,” said Helen Lee Bouygues, president of the Reboot Foundation, who is an expert on misinformation and critical thinking.

Web Spotlight:  


Wad-Ja-Get? is a unique discussion of grading and its effects on students. The book was written by three education professors who have had first-hand contact with the problems of grading in all its forms. Written in the form of a novel, the topic is explored through the eyes of students, teachers, and parents in one high school embroiled in a controversy around grading. Possible alternatives to the grading system are examined in detail and the research on grading is summarized in an appendix. This 50th anniversary edition of the book includes a new introduction by Professor Barry Fishman, updating the research and setting the original book in the context of today’s educational and societal challenges. Wad-Ja-Get? remains timely five decades after its original publication, and will be inspiring to students, parents, educators, and policymakers.

WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum offers a number of fun and educational programs for classrooms and individual students. In addition to an annual Essay Contest, the Museum serves as Louisiana’s sponsor for National History Day, hosts an annual High School Quiz Bowl, and much more!

Speak Up About Racial Microaggressions in Schools

Microagressions – like that comment – tend to be subtle, unconscious or unintentionally prejudiced. But they are not harmless.

I Tracked Down The Girls Who Bullied Me As A Kid. Here’s What They Had To Say.

Click the Play button below to listen to the show!