Jokes You Can Use:
A little boy was starting to dig into his dinner. His father gently reminded him that they hadn’t said a prayer yet.
“It’s OK, we don’t have to. Mommy is a good cook”.
On Our Mind:
- The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard Mlodinow
- 8 weeks to go.
- PivotalEllie Ellie Dix
- Ron Peck: Thanks for the Twitter answer.
How to Listen to Music
Music has a powerful grip on our emotional brain. It can breathe new life into seemingly lifeless minds. But if there is indeed no music instinct, music — not just its creation, but also its consumption — must be an acquired skill. How, then, do we “learn” music? Even more curiously, how do we “learn” to “listen” to music, something that seems so fundamental we take it for granted?
Body Language Decoder
Middle School Science Minute
This is a three part feature on outstanding science tradebooks for students in Grades 6 – 8.
The National Science Teachers Association has recently announced its Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12. In this podcast we look at two of the books which are very appropriate for students in grades 6 – 8. They are:
Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature
by Dora Lee
Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 feet Below the Chilean Desert
by Marc Aronson
From the Twitterverse:
|Watch for middle level tweets on Twitter with the hashtag #midleved.|
An Open Letter to Educators
If the message in this video resonates with you feel free to send it to any teachers, principals, professors, university presidents, boards of regents, boards of education, etc. you think should see it.
TED offers free video lessons for high school and college students
By Lyndsey Layton, Published: March 12
Imagine you’re a high school biology teacher searching for the most vivid way to explain electrical activity in the brain. How about inserting metal wires into a cockroach’s severed leg and making that leg dance to music?
Starting Monday, that eye-popping lesson, performed in a six-minute video by neuroscientist and engineer Greg Gage, is available free online.
Use the interactive maps to find recordings of regional accents and dialects, wildlife and environmental sounds, and selected world and traditional music.
Includes dialects, and the Millenium Memory Bank. Also includes Holocaust survivors.
Ultra Slow Motion
What Happens When A 35-Year-Old Man Retakes The SAT?
*Warning – Not Safe for Work language is used.
Shockingly, little about the SAT has changed since I set foot in that classroom. Most students still have to take the test using bubble sheets and a No. 2 pencil, which is insane to me. They’ve managed to digitize VOTING
How Long Is a Piece of String? BBC and Comedian Alan Davies Explore Quantum Mechanics
by Maria Popova
In How Long is a Piece of String?, they enlist standup-comic-turned-physics-enthusiast Alan Davies in answering the seemingly simple question of the film’s title, only to find in it a lens — a very blurry lens — on the very fabric of reality.
Events & Happenings:
Calendar of Events:
Ohio Middle Level Association:
- The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference.
AMLE Affiliate Conferences:
- The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 2012 in Warren Woods, MI.
- The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2012
Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar.