MSM 221: It’s What You Need To Hear . . .

Jokes You Can Use:

A vertically challenged psychic was arrested one day. He escaped from jail and the newspaper headline read, “SMALL MEDIUM AT-LARGE.”

Hoss rode into town to buy a bull. Unfortunately, when he bought it, he was left with one dollar. Hoss needed to tell his wife to come with the truck and get the bull, but telegrams cost one dollar per word. Hoss said to the telegram man,”OK. I have my one word-‘comfortable’.” Why do you want to tell her that?” asked the telegram man. “Oh, she’s not the best reader,” Hoss said. “She’ll read it really slowly”.

Did you hear about the accountant with insomnia? He decided to try counting sheep, but he made a mistake and was up all night trying to find it!

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Rationalization & Dishonesty

Dan Ariely does an RSA animate speech. Warning there are swear words (hell is used twice). There is also a discussion about confession.!

Belgian Coal Miners

* Note there are lots of images at the base site. They have a warning about needing to be over 14. Interesting, I was given a warning about several pictures for which absolutely no warning was needed.

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

This podcast is based on an article from the September, 2012 issue of Science Scope.  A magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.  The article was entitled “Successful Co-Teaching in the Science Classroom.”  The article was written by Leslie Forbes and Stacy Billet

Co-teaching has become a popular concept in the field of education, especially as related to special education.  There are five main types of co-teaching:  lead and support; station teaching; parallel teaching; alternative teaching; and team teaching.  Although the research on co-teaching is limited, it is growing and what is available is generally positive.

From the Twitterverse:

* John Robinson ‏@21stprincipal
When teachers are forced to practice in a carefully prescribed way, don’t expect innovation. #satchat
* Jerry Blumengarten ‏@cybraryman1
FAIL= First Attempt in Learning … #satchat
* Diane Ravitch ‏@DianeRavitch
The Big Tradeoff: Common Core and the Budget  via @wordpressdotcom
* Danita Russell ‏@DanitaR
Freebie! Math menus for differentiating in MS math #slms @myen …
* Terie Engelbrecht ‏@mrsebiology
RT @TeacherCast: Make a Mini Documentary with WeVideo by @mseideman  #edtech #blog #edstuff #tcdn
* Joyce Seitzinger ‏@catspyjamasnz
How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators  via @zite <- we should have #yam chats @colwar
* Monte Tatom ‏@drmmtatom
How To Properly Integrate Classroom Technology #fhuedu320 #eLearning #fhuedu642 ~ for @MSMatters followers
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Think You Can Pass Harvard’s 1869 Entrance Exam? #fhuedu508 #fhuedu320 #fhuedu642
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11 Reasons Teachers Should Make Their Own Videos #fhuedu320 #eLearning #edtech #fhucid ~ for @MSMatters followers
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Over 50,000 Middle School Activities, Lesson Plans, & Handouts via @coolcatteacher @rickylynne76 #edchat #midleved
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My next MiddleMan2012 post is out. It appears I’ve struck a nerve. Interesting DM’a #edchat #midleved #iowa1to1
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Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do

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Mysteries of Vernacular


Historical Thinking Matters

Welcome to Historical Thinking Matters, a website focused on key topics in U.S. history, that is designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives. Read how to use this site.

How to tell students they are wrong

As a teacher, I have a few ways to say “that’s wrong” without actually saying it. The point isn’t to sanitize the class or soften the critique. For students, they often see the word “wrong” as a gateway to devaluing their own potential, as if their wrong answer determines their competency in the subject. We have to find ways for students to own and play on their mistakes without feeling like they’ll never get it.


Web Spotlight:

How Americans Spend Their Money

After two years of falling incomes and penny-pinching, Americans opened their wallets in 2011, ramping up spending on everything from restaurants and clothing to health care. The average level of spending in 2011—$49,705—was the highest since 2008. Below, a breakdown of spending by category and how spending in each category has changed since 2000.

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