MSM 210: What’s Wrong With The Teenage Mind . . . ?

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Jokes You Can Use:

Boss: I’ve noticed that you go out and get your haircut during work hours.

Employee: It grows during work hours.

Boss: It also grows during non-work hours.

Employee: I didn’t get it all cut.


What did the leftovers say when put into the freezer?

Foiled again.


What’s another name for a nursery?



Eileen Award:


  • Annie Murphy Paul
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  • Joe Webb
  • Sara Davenport Sisk


World of Coins


Food Tweeting Around the World



Fun with Visual Charades and Narrated Slideshows Based on Fairy Tales

In their recently published article, “Five-Picture Charades: A Flexible Model for Technology Training in Digital Media Tools and Teaching Strategies,” in the journal Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, Curby Alexander and Tom Hammond present a persuasive case for using “visual charades” as a learning activity with students involving media and creativity.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


In the Spring Edition of “Green Teacher,” Emily Harris wrote an article entitled, “Fostering Students’ Water Wisdom.”  The purpose of the article was to bring water awareness into the classroom and contribute to a better global future.


She says that teachers play a vital role in helping foster an early appreciation of this most precious resource.  For this reason, WaterCan developed curriculum resources in both English and French which can be freely downloaded from the “Water Wisdom Portal” at:


She then goes on to share one of her favorite lesson plans for 7th – 8th grade students, entitled “Water Around the World.”  This class project introduces students to water usage, and to data gathering and analysis.


Dave’s Water Cycle Song:


Hey Dave, what do you think about this?  

“Voyager 1 Spaceship to Break Out of Solar System, Into Outer Space”  

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Thompson: The Humiliation Of High-Stakes Standardized Testing

Virtually all of my students volunteered accounts of the testing indignities that have been dumped on them, but I am particularly haunted by Jeremy, as I will call him.  This brilliant Native American gave into depression when stakes were attached to weekly benchmark assessments, meaning that half of class time was lost to testing.  In my non-tested class, Jeremy would periodically wave a standardized math or English test that he was supposed to have turned in for a grade.  “This is what they think of us,” he would moan. Like nearly 40%  of that semester’s sophomores, Jeremy dropped out was driven out by the test prep which drove out teaching and learning. 

Future Shock

I’ll have more to say on the iPad later but one can’t help being struck by the volume and vehemence of apparently technologically sophisticated people inveighing against the iPad.


Computers Grade Essays Fast … But Not Always Well



Imagine a school where every child gets instant, personalized writing help for a fraction of the cost of hiring a human teacher — and where a computer, not a person, grades a student’s essays.

Perelman says any student who can read can be taught to score very highly on a machine-graded test.

Shermis ran the Gettysburg Address through one of the earlier-generation computer grading programs, one usually used to evaluate the writing abilities of college freshmen.

Suffice it to say, Abe did not ace the test.

The computer graders he uses give students instant feedback on every draft. Pence says there’s no way he and his red teacher’s pen could do that. And quicker responses, he says, lead to more writing.

“The quantity drives the quality up,” Pence says. “It’s kind of the old bicycle thing — the best way to learn how to ride a bicycle is to ride a bicycle. And the best way to get better at writing is to write and receive consistent, timely feedback.”


What’s Wrong With the Teenage Mind?


“What was he thinking?” It’s the familiar cry of bewildered parents trying to understand why their teenagers act the way they do.

How does the boy who can thoughtfully explain the reasons never to drink and drive end up in a drunken crash? Why does the girl who knows all about birth control find herself pregnant by a boy she doesn’t even like? What happened to the gifted, imaginative child who excelled through high school but then dropped out of college, drifted from job to job and now lives in his parents’ basement?

What happens when children reach puberty earlier and adulthood later? The answer is: a good deal of teenage weirdness.

Becoming an adult means leaving the world of your parents and starting to make your way toward the future that you will share with your peers. Puberty not only turns on the motivational and emotional system with new force, it also turns it away from the family and toward the world of equals.




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By enriching existing methodologies – rather than replacing them – GoClass empowers you to build on your teaching experience while engaging students in a 21st century learning environment.

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50 Summer Learning Activities for Kids

Common Sense Media has produced a 16 page guide to summer learning activities.


 Summer Reading List

Summer, with its steady supply of barbecues, picnics, parties, and other heavy doses of sociality, makes the need for a well-timed antidote of solitude more urgent than any other season, and what better solitary escape than a good book? It’s time for the annual Brain Pickings summer reading list for cognitive sunshine. Gathered here, in no particular order, are 10 recent and forthcoming books to infuse your season’s well-measured you-moments with a wealth of cross-disciplinary stimulation.

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