MSM 499: Whistle, not while you work, but at home and on Video


Hey, did you hear about the guy who ate some Clownfish? 

  • He complained that it tasted funny

Did you hear about the shoe repairman who wanted a callus removed? 

  • It was a corn on the cobbler

Did you hear about the new word that I came up with yesterday? 

  • Plagiarism

Did you hear about fish that are in schools? 

  • Sometimes they take debate

Did you hear about the chef who lost his job for stealing utensils?

  • It was a whisk that he was willing to take

What do you get if you boil a funny bone?

  • Laughing stock

That’s humerus

Did you hear about the guy named Joseph who went on the Dolly Parton diet? 

  • It really made Joe lean, Joe lean, Joe lean

Did you hear about the guy who was singing in the shower and got shampoo in his mouth? 

  • It became a Soap Opera

Did you hear about the group of Baby Soldiers? 

  • They are the infantry

Did you hear about the guy who handed his Dad his 50th birthday card?

  • His Dad said, “You know, one would’ve been enough”

Did you hear about the country that switched from pounds to kilograms overnight? 

  • There was mass confusion

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

What is Engineering?

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 Matt Bobrowsky.  His article was entitled “Q: Can a Simple Engineering Project Be Used to Teach Some Science?.”

Within the article, the author takes a quick look at the difference between science and engineering.  Science increases our knowledge about the universe and our surroundings in a systematic way, while engineering is the application of this knowledge to create new and better products.

Reports from the Front Lines

  •  Video in the Classroom
    • Remote
    • After times
  • Parents controlling access   
  • Tabs
    • Tools
    • “Cost”
  • Acquire
    • | Kahoot!
    • Nearpod | Renaissance
    • Mystery Science | Discovery Education
    • Hoonuit | Powerschool  


How old is my sister?

The Twitterverse

 Typical EduCelebrity   @EduCelebrity

You gotta hand it to the administrators who say that student homework is busy work and also expect teachers to turn in a reflection from what they learned at inservice.

Jenna @jennavd22

Some jerk sent my kid home for the weekend with a whistle.

SCAssoc. for Middle @The_SCAMLE

Check out the SCAMLE Conference Program at… #scamle2021 @Princess_of_Edu @dmcdonald141 @jenkinstiger @MrsIngram @RJMotivates @JBerckemeyer @JemellehCoes @TeachMrReed @latoyadixon5 @psloanjoseph @Pied_SCAMLE

 Jordan Shapiro @jordosh

How to Help a Teen Out of a Homework Hole @lisadamour

EL Magazine  @ELmagazine

Want to make your school a better place for everyone? Make emotional health a habit. @rickwormeli2 outlines the 7 habits of highly “affective” teachers. #edchat

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


Emoji Writing Prompts


75 Questions Students Can Ask Themselves Before, During, and After a Lesson.  

Are there questions students can ask themselves while you’re teaching? Questions that can guide and support their own thinking and awareness before, during, and after your teaching?

AXIS:  The Culture Translator

On Knowing

What it is: New York Times columnist Ben Smith wrote at length (paywall) about the resignation of Donald McNeil, a public health reporter at the paper. It was conversations that happened on an international field trip with teenagers that brought an end (language) to McNeil’s 40-year career.

Why it’s insight into how teens are thinking: Some teens seem to be taking the Taylor Swift lyric, “I knew everything when I was young” pretty seriously. One of the people who went on the trip, who was 17 at the time, noted that McNeil wasn’t at all receptive when she and other students told McNeil that his opinions were offensive to them. Not only do many teens feel a certain moral obligation to point out when they feel an older person “needs educating” (the most withering of Gen Z insults), they presume that the older person would be open to learning from them, and would want to apologize. Of course, it’s nothing new for teenagers to think they know everything there is to know, but never before has a generation had access to so much information that can be instantly called upon; maybe it’s even somewhat understandable that Gen Z would think they know more about the world than their elders. As parents and caregivers, it’s important that we understand where our teens are coming from, and also that we help them understand that truly transcendent wisdom can’t be bestowed by a Google search or two.

Slang of the Week

we live in a society: a phrase originally used to describe the feeling of being left out or left behind in society, but now often used to make fun of people who think they’re being deep. (Ex: “I saw the Mayor of New York City eating pizza with a knife and fork. Truly we live in a society.”)  

Same Energy

Same Energy is a visual search engine. You can use it to find beautiful art, photography, decoration ideas, or anything else.

Web Spotlight:  

1000 Fails Lead to a Single Success

Pro freestyle mountain bike rider Matt Jones wants to try a new trick, something no one has ever done before. In this video, you see him go through the entire process of bringing a new idea or invention into the world:

Random Thoughts . . .  

Legislative Update:  

  1. H.R.542 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) Save Education Jobs Act  
  2. S.45 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) School Security Enhancement Act  
  3. H.R.204 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) STEM Opportunities Act 

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