MSM 178 Confession- Talking is hard, Need a Job?

Jokes You Can Use:

Ruth_A_Buzzi Ruth Buzzi
If Catholic dogs go to Catechism, how can Catholic cats accept that dogma? (#HappyCaturday to @jwgagne)

When choosing a cat, remember the striped ones make you look thinner. #happyCATurday

An older cat, reclining on a psychiatrist’s couch, said, “Sometimes I think I could have done so much more with my lives.” #HappyCATURDAY

Were you first hibited before you were inhibited, after which you could become uninhibited? If so, #yougottaberealspecial

Eileen Award:

Patty Riccardi


Don’t Laugh at Me (Book version) (This one includes the lyrics on screen)  (Peter Yarbourgh)

What People Don’t Get About My Job: From A(rmy Soldier) to Z(ookeeper)

Over the summer, The Atlantic gave our readers a simple prompt: Tell us what people don’t get or appreciate about your job. The response was so eloquent and overwhelming, it was practically encyclopedic.

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

This middle school science minute is the first in a series of four podcasts on lab safety in the middle school lab.  You can download a copy of the Science Laboratory Rules and Regulations from the National Science Teachers Association, by visiting:

In this podcast, we look at the 7 standards of student conduct in the laboratory and in the field.

From the Twitterverse:

*TeacherSol Maria Angala
Teachers open the door; you enter by yourself -Chinese Proverb-
*mcleod Scott McLeod
New bookmark: Twenty Tips for Managing Project-Based
New bookmark: Finding Your Funding Model
*RobJacobs_ Rob Jacobs
I am thinking inside the box because too many people are thinking outside the box
*Larryferlazzo Larry Ferlazzo
RT @teachingquality: RT @teachmoore: Teacher Leaders Assess Obama’s Plan
*cybraryman1 Jerry Blumengarten
My Writing Prompts page might be useful: #daily5 I used to have my students describe a pencil.
*garystager Gary Stager, Ph.D.
@willrich45 Divide family income by 100 and you get the (old) SAT score (based on 1600)
*Mimadisonklein Erin Klein
Resources for iPads in Education
*ncarroll24 Nancy Carroll
World Mapper: Great for geog. or Social stud. #4thchat #elemchat #edchat #midleved #highered
*GatewaytoSkills 21st Century Skills
Grade 5-12 #lessonplan on heroes & connections btw #CivilWar & #9/11 #sschat #historyteacher #gifted #isedchat #midleved
*mrsebiology Terie Engelbrecht
Literacy Strategies: Links to explanations & templates #edchat #midleved #elemchat #engchat
*Tools4Education David E
Testmoz, online test generator: No account needed #edchat #edtech #midleved #elemchat

Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST.



The bait and switch of school “reform”

But behind the high-profile back and forth over specific policies and prescriptions lies a story that has less to do with ideas than with money, less to do with facts than with an ideological subtext that has been quietly baked into the very terms of the national education discussion.

What was Ron Clark Thinking?

September 10th, 2011 by Larry Ferlazzo
I hope any teacher reading it ends up following the opposite of some of the advice he gives:

And if you really want to help your children be successful, stop making excuses for them. I was talking with a parent and her son about his summer reading assignments. He told me he hadn’t started, and I let him know I was extremely disappointed because school starts in two weeks. His mother chimed in and told me that it had been a horrible summer for them because of family issues they’d been through in July. I said I was so sorry, but I couldn’t help but point out that the assignments were given in May.

Now, that’s the way to model empathy….

Middle School AP Posting:

I am posting a Middle School Assistant Principal position today. If you know of anyone that may be a good fit, send them my way. It is a short posting. Deadline is next week Monday at 4:00pm  you know of a good candidate that may be the right fit, pass it on to them.
Mr. Ryan K. Pfahler

Middle School Principal
Coopersville Area Public Schools
198 East Street
Coopersville, MI 49404
616-997-3401 Phone
616-997-3414 Fax


The Likeable Constitution


Fauxflash is an online application that takes the hassle out of flash cards and lets you get right to studying.

Super Book of Web Tools

Web Spotlight:

Confessions of a bad teacher

And, according to my personnel file at the New York City Department of Education, I was “unprofessional,” “insubordinate” and “culturally insensitive.”
In other words, I was a bad teacher.

Little did I know I was entering a system where all teachers are considered bad until proven otherwise. Also, from what I saw, each school’s principal has so much leeway that it’s easy for good management and honest evaluation to be crushed under the weight of Crazy Boss Syndrome. And, in my experience, the much-vaunted “data” and other measurements of student progress and teacher efficacy are far more arbitrary and manipulated than taxpayers and parents have been led to believe.

Good teacher? Bad teacher? I suppose it’s how you measure it. As far as I know, there is only one scrap of positive data in my personnel file at the DOE, a memo from the assistant principal commending me for passing enough students to put Latinate’s pass rate in the Department of Education’s “safe harbor.”


More on Teaching Innovation with the Curiosity Box

More than one reader expressed an interest in seeing some examples of the kinds of metaphorical connections that my kids are making between the content that we are studying and the odd objects that we are collecting in our curiosity box.

Is REAL Formative Assessment Even Possible?

Formative assessment—timely feedback gathered and reviewed during the course of a learning experience that serves to ‘inform’ both teachers AND students and allows for the ‘formation’ of new learning plans—matters.

But I’m really starting to wonder whether or not effective formative assessment is even possible in the classroom.


Web Tools:

Teacher 2.0

Steve Hargadon has created a place for teachers to do their own professional growth online.  As you answer questions about your teaching, you get feedback from other participants and the chance to encourage others in their growth.