MSM- 164 Michigan Reform, Cursive, and Comedians.

Jokes You Can Use:

TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
SARAH: Yesterday you said its H to O!

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, “why is the bride dressed in white?” “Because white is the color of happiness,” her mother explained. “And today is the happiest day in her life.” The child thought about this for a moment. “So why is the groom wearing black?”

Confucius say: Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient.

Two guys were riding in a car, arguing about how to say the name of the city that they were in. One said “Louieville” and the other “Louiseville.” They went on arguing and arguing, until they came upon a fast-food restaurant. The one guy goes inside and says to the waitress, “Tell me the name of the place where I am right now really, really, really slowly.” The waitress goes, “Bur-ger-King.”

On Our Mind:

Gov. Snyder announces Michigan School Reform
New certification level:  Master Teacher
New certification steps:  Provisional – 5 years
Pre-Professional – 3 years
Master Teacher – National Certification or State Level Observations
“Degrees Matter”:  Anybody with a degree can teach in their area.  (Except education degrees . . .)
What does this do to “Highly Qualified”?
Seniority:  If your principal eliminates your position, the other buildings don’t have to let you bump into a position there.


Who Am I?

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Science Scope, the National Science Teachers Association’s middle school science journal.  It comes with membership in NSTA.

From the Twitterverse:

*Frankwspencer Developing Better Teacher Evaluation Systems – High School Notes (…
*teach42 Steve Dembo Looking for some fun sites to play around with this weekend? Check out Trust me, you’ll find SOMETHING new 🙂
*Larryferlazzo RT @SeanBanville: 17 lesson plans & listenings for holidays in May – Twinglish
*LS4C1 Rhee says teachers don’t put students first. Gov. Christie calls teachers fat. Soon Donald Trump will say they have weird hair
*schoolwise Education Week: How Education Reform Traps Poor Children… via @educationweek
*QcodesR Students give QR codes mixed reviews
*drmmtatom Who Am I? A History Mystery #fhuedu508
*JohnMikulski Blog: Teachers, advocate for yourself and your profession. #ntchat
*ktenkely “Teach your students facts and you empower them for a test. Teach them how to think, and you empower them for a lifetime.
*3woshA4MA Aysha Al Awadhi“@habhoub84: @justinbieber its my 1st time tweeting u! Plz let my students concentrate in class! Pleads of middle school teacher :D”
*CaliLewis New owners for Delicious (you might have heard of them), and some search engine help for stolen cameras!
Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST.


Delicious has a new owner:

Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, Hurley and Chen have firsthand expertise enabling millions of consumers to share their experiences with the world. Delicious will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS.

To continue using Delicious, you must agree to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks to AVOS. After a transition period and after your bookmarks are transferred, you will be subject to the AVOS terms of service and privacy policy.

What Educators Can Learn From Comedians:

Talking Education: A Virtual Workshop for Innovations
By Andrew Marcinek

The Case for Cursive

For centuries, cursive handwriting has been an art. To a growing number of young people, it is a mystery.

Strategy of the Week:

Using ‘Answer Cards’ to Identify Struggling Students

Each student has at his desk a set of index cards. You will have distributed these at the beginning of class. Written on each card is a single response, such as A, B, C, D or YES or NO. You may want to add TRUE and FALSE or any others that you need.


We want to shine a light on the places where the open source way is multiplying ideas and effort, even beyond technology. We believe that will be a gathering place for many of the open source stories we’d like to share–through articles, audio, web presentations, video, or open discussion.


Welcome to TikiToki, a web app that makes it dead easy to make stunning, animated timelines that work in your browser. Our basic account is completely free.
How would you like to create beautiful, interactive timelines that include videos and image galleries? Well, now you can thanks to a great new web service brought to you by ChronoFlo and Webalon.

TikiToki makes creating online timelines as easy as possible. Sign up for our free, basic account and within almost no time, you could be creating a timeline of your life, of a historical event that interests you or of the life of a great musician or artist… the possibilities are endless.

Already have loads of videos and images on Flickr, Youtube and Vimeo. You’ll be pleased to hear that we have integrated TikiToki with these popular services, making adding videos and images to your timeline a cinch.

You don’t even have to pay a penny to start creating timelines. Our basic account is completely free.

Click the ‘continue’ button below to see a demonstration of how our timeline software works. And when you are finished playing with it, sign up and start making a timeline of your own!


Timelines can be Flash or Javascript.

Web Spotlight:


Need Children Read “Proficiently” by Grade 3 to Be Sure to Graduate From High School? Some Possible Misinterpretations of Hernandez

by Stephen Krashen

Much Ado About Nothing

Events & Happenings:


Calendar of Events:

NMSA News:

      • Other News:
  • ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education.
    • The ISTE Special Interest Group:  Virtual Environments is holding meetings on Mondays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm (SLT) on ISTE Island.

Ohio Middle Level Association:

Michigan Association of Middle School Educators

  • Second Life:
    • Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details.  Check frequently this week as the ISTE Annual Convention is this week.
    • Video: Educational Uses of Second Life