MSM 219: Rat holes about electronics.

Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.

Jokes You Can Use:

A biology teacher wished to demonstrate to his students the harmful effects of alcohol on living organisms. For his experiment, he showed them a beaker with pond water in which there was a thriving civilization of worms. When he added some alcohol into the beaker the worms doubled-up and died.
“Now,” he said,” what do you learn from this?”
An eager student gave his answer.
“Well the answer is obvious,” he said ” if you drink alcohol, you’ll never have worms.”

The following 15 Police Comments were taken from actual police car videos around the country.

#15 “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.”

# 14 “If you take your hands off the car, I’ll make your birth certificate a worthless document.”

#13 “If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired.”

#12 “Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that’s the
speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.”

#11 “You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can
write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?”

#10 “Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think
it will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervisor?”

#9 “Warning! You want a warning? O. K., I’m warning you not to do that
again or I’ll give you another ticket.”

#8 “The answer to this last question will determine whether you are
drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?”

#7 “Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go
to ride on rides, eat cotton candy, and corn dogs and step in monkey poo. ”

#6 “Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.”

#5 “In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC.”

#4 “How big were those ‘Just two beers’ you say you had?”

#3 “No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we’re allowed to write as many tickets as we can.”

#2 “I’m glad to hear that chief (of Police) Hawker is a personal friend
of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.”

#1 “You didn’t think we give pretty women tickets? You’re right, we don’t. Sign here.”

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Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


This podcast is based on the Question of the Month Column, from the Scope on Safety Section of the September 2012 issue of Science Scope magazine, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.  It was written by Ken Roy.

This month’s question deals with letting rabbits run free in the middle school classroom.  Ken shares advice from the Humane Society of the United States and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences.

From the Twitterverse:

* Jason Eifling ‏@jeifling
Clifford has it? RT@Ron_Peck: 65 Ways to Say “Good for You” #edchat #elemchat #mschat #midleved
 Teachers.Net ‏@TeachersNet
When Students ask, “Why Do We Need to Know This??” @edchat #mschat
* Beth Lisowski ‏@MrsLTech
Cutting class begins in middle school, survey finds #mschat #edchat
* Maria Angala ‏@TeacherSol
New smartphone app tackles bullying #bullying #mschat #edchat
* Eye On Education ‏@eyeoneducation
16 Websites Every Teacher Should Know About  @medkh9 #edchat #teaching #ntchat #edstuff
* Dr. Joan McGettigan ‏@drmcgettigan
How to Build Happy Brains  #midleved #isedchat #cpchat
* Richard Byrne ‏@rmbyrne
MapFab is a Fabulous Map Creation Tool
 Distance Education ‏@onlinecourse
How to Transition Your Traditional Classroom to the Web –
* TeacherVision ‏@TeacherVision
Sixth Grade Open House Ideas for Teachers:  #midleved
* Terie Engelbrecht ‏@mrsebiology
Formative Assessment Strategies  #edchat #midleved #elemchat
Image will appear as a link Engaging Educators ‏@engaginged
RT @principaldiff: CCSS in the Middle Grades Classroom  #ccchat #commoncore #mschat
* Monte Tatom ‏@drmmtatom
5 Effective Reading Instruction Strategies For Any Grade  via @zite #fhuedu508
* Erin Klein ‏@KleinErin
Student Introduction to ClassDojo (classroom management tool):  via @youtube cc@ClassDojo

Teacher review of ClassDogo:

* Monte Tatom ‏@drmmtatom
4 Ways We Can Connect With Parents #fhuedu610 #fhuedu642
* Monte Tatom ‏@drmmtatom
Getting to Know Your Students Through Poetry | Edutopia #fhuedu508


Free Electoral Maps

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YouTube Launches “Star Search” for Teachers

Starting today and running through October 1st, YouTube is  looking to identify tenYouTube EDU Gurus.
YouTube has partnered with Khan Academy to run this contest. The ten chosen finalists will receive $1,000 toward for video production equipment, attend a three day workshop with Khan academy staff, and have work featured on YouTube EDU. To enter you have to submit video samples and answer two short essay questions (responses limited to 200 words).


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Vintage Book Posters

Web Spotlight:

David Byrne on How Music and Creativity Work

Among the book’s most fascinating insights is a counterintuitive model for howcreativity works, from a chapter titled “Creation in Reverse” — a kind of reformulation of McLuhan’s famous aphorism “the medium is the message”into a somewhat less pedantic but no less purposeful “the medium shapes the message”:

Banned from school:

1. Pogs

2. Dictionaries

3. A Hat With Toy Soldiers on It

4. Silly Bandz, Slap Bracelets, and Cancer Awareness Bands

5. Air Jordans

6. “Mom” and “Dad”

7. Peanuts

8. Jamie Oliver

9. Vegetables

10. Skinny Jeans


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