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MSM-Middle School Matters is designed for Middle School Educators. We focus on the Middle School educators. Providing news, conversation on relevant topics, and links to other great sites, we want to reach out to other middle school educators. Join in the discussion at MiddleSchoolMatters.com

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MSM-Middle School Matters is designed for Middle School Educators. We focus on the Middle School educators. Providing news, conversation on relevant topics, and links to other great sites, we want to reach out to other middle school educators. Join in the discussion at MiddleSchoolMatters.com

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This is my favorite education podcast

By Gr8t Lakes Teacher - Feb 18 2015
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Great resources for middle level educators.

Social Studies Teacher Ohio

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2 veteran teachers speak authentically about their craft. PLEASE LISTEN!

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59 Ratings
Average Ratings
45
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This is my favorite education podcast

By Gr8t Lakes Teacher - Feb 18 2015
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Great resources for middle level educators.

Social Studies Teacher Ohio

By BWPennyS - Jan 18 2015
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2 veteran teachers speak authentically about their craft. PLEASE LISTEN!

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MSM-Middle School Matters is designed for Middle School Educators. We focus on the Middle School educators. Providing news, conversation on relevant topics, and links to other great sites, we want to reach out to other middle school educators. Join in the discussion at MiddleSchoolMatters.com

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.
AMLE Feature:

Jokes You Can Use:

Q: What do you get when you cross a perm with a rabbit?
A: Curly hare.

1. A day without sunshine is like night.
2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.
3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.
6. He who laughs last; thinks slowest.
7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.
9. Support bacteria. They're the only culture most people have.
10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.
14. OK, so what's the speed of dark?
15. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?
20. Why do psychics have to ask you your name?
21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, 'What the heck happened?'
22. Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.
23. Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
24. Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.
Eileen Award:
Advisory:

Open University 60 second Adventures in Thought
http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/philosophy/60-second-adventures-thought?track=69508b9e11
Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-ICE CUBES, STEM AND 5E
This podcast is based on the article "Should Ice Be Cubed?" written by Richard H. Moyer and Susan A. Everett. The article can be found in the September 2012 issue of Science Scope magazine, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.

All four STEM areas were integrated throughout the 5E lesson as students were engaged, they explored, they developed explanations, they extended their learning and were evaluated. Science was represented through heat transfer, cooling rates, and melting. Technology was integrated through the use of the different types of ice cube trays -- novelty, giant cube, household, and student built. The activity allowed students to become engineers by testing three different ice-cube-tray designs. Finally, the mathematics was used in measuring the surface-area and volume relationships between the ice cubes.

From the Twitterverse:

Resources:

Periodic Chart

Lots of really great information about elements. Don’t miss the navigation bar on the right. Also includes printables.
http://chemreference.com/

Find the Data

Incredible amounts of data.
http://www.findthedata.org/

Events & Happenings:

Sep 08 2012

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MSM 439: Do you recommend…?

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MSM 439: Do you recommend…?
Weekly Review:

Advisory:

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

From the Twitterverse:

Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.
Strategies:

A Simple Practice Yields Big Results in Middle School for Less Than $2
https://www.edutopia.org/article/simple-practice-yields-big-results-middle-school-less-2#annotations:H4ffmNp6EemhzrcLD_d6yg

4 myths about great teaching debunked
https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/4-myths-about-great-teaching-debunked/

Sep 28 2019

57mins

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MSM 394: 8 Strategies (and coffee isn’t one of them)

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MSM 394: 8 Strategies (and coffee isn’t one of them)
Jokes You Can Use:  
Middle School Science Minute  
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

"Outstanding Earth Science Trade Books for 2018." (Part 3)
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/6/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Outstanding_Earth_Science_Tradebooks_2018.html
From the Twitterverse:  
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

10 ways we made our school happier
https://www.eschoolnews.com/2018/06/07/10-ways-we-made-our-school-happier/

After 1,155 Hours Together, a Teacher's End-of-Year Letter to Her Students
https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2018/06/13/a-teachers-end-of-year-letter-to-her-students.html

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions
https://www.teachthought.com/critical-thinking/8-strategies-to-help-students-ask-great-questions/

It’s Okay NOT to Reassess
http://allthingsassessment.info/2018/06/12/limiting-reassessment/
Noticing the Good Stuff: A Suggested Practice
https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/noticing-good-stuff/

Resources:

History Bombs
https://www.historybombs.com/

One Question We Should Always Ask When Implementing Technology into Classrooms
https://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/8303
50 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer Before They Graduate High School

11 Powerful Characteristics of Adaptable Learners

Web Spotlight:

How Can Middle Schools Best Organize to Help Young Adolescents Thrive?
https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/46648/how-can-middle-schools-best-organize-to-help-young-adolescents-thrive

Jun 16 2018

1hr 2mins

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MSM 388: Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Retrieve this for great success!

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MSM 388: Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Retrieve this for great success!

Jokes You Can Use:

Advisory:

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Project-Based Learning
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/4/4_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Project_Based_Learning.html

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

Retrieval Practice Challenge Grids for the classroom
https://lovetoteach87.com/2018/01/12/retrieval-practice-challenge-grids-for-the-classroom/
Retrieval Practice
https://www.retrievalpractice.org/
Anki
https://apps.ankiweb.net/

Resources:
Interaction Online: Creative activities for blended learning

Great Books for Middle School Book Clubs
https://pernillesripp.com/2018/04/19/great-books-for-middle-school-book-clubs/
NASA Wavelength:
http://nasawavelength.org

Open Heritage
https://artsandculture.google.com/project/cyark

Web Spotlight:
http://view.ceros.com/cambridge/world-teacher-survey/p/1

Paid summer breaks and other common myths about teachers
https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/15/us/teacher-pay-myth-misconception/index.html

Why I cringe every time I hear the term Digital Literacy
http://www.hollyclark.org/2018/04/16/why-i-cringe-every-time-i-hear-the-term-digital-literacy/

Random Thoughts . . .

Personal Web Site

Apr 21 2018

1hr 13mins

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MSM 418: Ignore My Face

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MSM 418: Ignore My Face
Jokes You Can Use:

Advisory:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe8gslqFUMw&feature=youtu.be

A 5th grader's boredom while visiting her mom's job led to $70,000 for the elderly in need
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/29/health/iyw-5th-grader-nursing-home-mission-trnd/index.html#annotations:TZRjuiVjEemaKmtNZAa8RQ

Middle School Science Minute
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2019/1/26_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Global_Fishing_Watch.html

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

Ways to Encourage Good Behavior, Without Junky Prizes or Sugary Treats
https://www.weareteachers.com/ways-to-encourage-good-behavior/#annotations:HSTRSiMhEemzf1O6g3B4_w

Study claims @ClassDojo encourages an archaic approach to school discipline
https://ukedchat.com/2019/01/23/classdojo-discipline/#annotations:aNcuiiSYEemsqPtgs6Gz_Q

Related: Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School Installs AI Cameras.
Resources:

Tools that are Open
https://weareopen.coop/tools/#annotations:tjxe-iJgEemsOff39CRpOw

Web Spotlight:

Paper Sculpture
https://twitter.com/mashable/status/1090441217689579520

Sound Lab
https://beta.themusiclab.org/
Shanahan on Literacy
https://shanahanonliteracy.com/blog#annotations:62K96CQGEemY98eCJ5DRwQ

Feb 03 2019

59mins

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MSM-248 Visual Notetaking

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MSM 248: Visual Notetaking . . . but this is a Podcast . . .
Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.
Jokes You Can Use:
Eileen Award:
Advisory:
Futuristic Inventions

200 Calories
Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

Middle School Science Minute -- PBL and Fossil Finders

I was recently reading the March, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. An article that caught my attention was:
"Fossil Finders: Engaging All of Your Students Using, Project-Based Learning." It was written by Timothy Conner, Daniel Capps, Barbara Crawford, and Robert Ross.

The article does a nice job of explaining Project -Based Learning (PBL), why they use PBL and how Fossil Finders fits into the curriculum. You can learn more about Fossil Finders by visiting:
http://www.fossilfinders.org
From the Twitterverse:
Resources:
Adobe FormsCentral
One take on Standardized Testing
Do you know a class like this?
Coggle
Unleash your creativity
https://coggle.it/

MindMup
These can be created in a number of places. You can create a public one, an offline version or save one in your Google Drive.
http://www.mindmup.com/#m:new

Free Resources from Larry Ferlazzo

Web Spotlight:
How To Learn Math
http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-to-learn-math.html

Cinema Effects
http://youtu.be/XHa98mDfOR4

Visual Notetaking
http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2013/06/26/visual-notetaking-at-iste-2013/
How to Create Visual
http://youtu.be/qRJG46hUAW8

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School
http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/06/stop-penalizing-boys-for-not-being-able-to-sit-still-at-school/276976/

Half-Baked Ideas . . .
Visual Recording

Jul 13 2013

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MSM 338:  Good Science Reeds . . . er, Reads and other fun things to do with English

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Jokes You Can Use:

What did the teacher say after breaking up a fight by two invisible students.
"Move along, folks. There's nothing to see here!"
Advisory:

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
3D Design Class
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/9/8_Middle_School_Science_Minute-3D_Design_Class.html
From the Twitterverse:

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

World’s Largest Lesson

http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/
Resources:
Fun with English

Chemistry Books to Curl Up with
I have a set of books that Shawn might enjoy reading about Chemistry. I know he said that no one ever curls up with a good Chemistry book, but then again, maybe they do. Here are a few suggestions:

http://wavefunction.fieldofscience.com/2015/04/top-10-popular-chemistry-books-for.html

Web Spotlight:
Edmodo - Connect with your Facebook or Google accounts.
Gradecam - New interface rollout.

20 practical ways to use Google Forms in class, school

http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/09/08/20-practical-ways-to-use-google-forms-in-class-school/
Random Thoughts . . .

Happy National Teachers Day to all of our Chinese Teachers!

Personal Web Site

Sep 10 2016

59mins

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MSM 396: “Fixin’ to”

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MSM 396: “Fixin’ to”

Jokes You Can Use:

Advisory:

How much screen time?
https://www.nbcnews.com/better/amp/ncna877136?__twitter_impression=true

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Hidden Worlds
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/6/10_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Hidden_Worlds.html
From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

Dustbin
http://www.classtools.net/education-games-php/dustbin

Resources:
Slang Map of the USA
https://www.playnj.com/slang-map-usa/map.php

The Science of Saving the Declaration of Independence
https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a22025447/declaration-of-independence-science/#annotations:3rCy_oFYEeiaHu9qlJBXRQ

The True Size
https://thetruesize.com/#?borders=1~!MTY4NjI0MzE.MjM3NTY5MA*MzQzNTU0Mzk(MzEzNjY4OQ~!CONTIGUOUS_US*MTAwMjQwNzU.MjUwMjM1MTc(MTc1)MA~!IN*NTI2NDA1MQ.Nzg2MzQyMQ)MQ~!CN*OTkyMTY5Nw.NzMxNDcwNQ(MjI1)Mg

Sero! By Sero Learning Assessments

GPS The Series - Introductions and Lesson 1 “Working Well”

McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised

Fifty years ago, 5 unmanned lunar orbiters circled the moon, taking extremely high resolution photos of the surface. They were trying to find the perfect landing site for the Apollo missions. They would be good enough to blow up to 40 x 54ft images that the astronauts would walk across looking for the great spot. After their use, the images were locked away from the public until after the bulk of the moon landings
http://www.worldofindie.co.uk/?p=682#annotations:G6UJVHx2EeiAZdfHZKVozQ http://www.moonviews.com/

Frankenbook
https://www.frankenbook.org/

Narcissistic adolescents may perform better at school

https://ukedchat.com/2018/06/27/narcissistic-adolescents-school/#annotations:nTiqinvVEeioh6dm0vHPtw

Web Spotlight:
Ipevo Survey
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSduSI2GWNEDQi4_P8dan7bHiVEuBwitcfJNozQXvC36XIXizg/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

Random Thoughts . . .

Jul 07 2018

1hr 6mins

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MSM 377: Oh, wait, show? Please be patient, your body language says you need some templates, activities and more!

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Dec 16 2017

1hr 2mins

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MSM 379: Did I say that Right?

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MSM 379: Did I say that Right?

Jokes You Can Use:  

Middle School Science Minute  
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

Lifelong Kindergarten Part 1
This is the first in a seven part podcast series on the book, "Lifelong Kindergarten," written by Mitchel Resnick.  
Dave

http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/1/11_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Lifelong_Kindergarten_Part_1.html
From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”  

Strategies:
Principal Bucket List
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WJ6On5rb-Nis2170iHhKVun6vI28NQt8/view

Metacognition: How Thinking About Thinking Can Help Kids
https://childmind.org/article/how-metacognition-can-help-kids/amp/

Sketchnoting 101, for those with little artistic talent
http://ditchthattextbook.com/2015/02/17/sketchnoting-101-for-those-with-little-artistic-talent/

Deeper Learning Performance Assessment Resource
http://www.bie.org/blog/deeper_learning_performance_assessment_resource

Resources:

American Literature
https://americanliterature.com/home
Open Culture: 900 Free Audio books
http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks
 
Optimism Stronger than Fear
https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/blog/optimism-stronger-fear

Getting respect for teachers in schools – well, it’s complicated
http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/16658

Making Student Feedback Work
https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/17/11/making-student-feedback-work

Random Thoughts . . .  

Personal Web Site

Jan 13 2018

1hr 6mins

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MSM 408: READI for Reading? Should You Log It?

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MSM 408: READI for Reading? Should You Log It?

Jokes You Can Use:

Eileen Award:
District Email: Anthony Loccricio - IT Coach Extraordinaire!
Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Mary Colson
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/11/6_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Mary_Colson.html
From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

Let’s Talk About Reading Logs Again
https://pernillesripp.com/2018/11/03/lets-talk-about-reading-logs-again/#annotations:snjb2uFwEei4zjvXGqJAxQ

Public Math
https://www.public-math.org/news/
Resources:

Library of Congress Project
https://crowd.loc.gov/

Build a body
http://www.spongelab.com/game_pages/bab.cfm
MyBib
It’s back.
https://www.mybib.com/

World War I Centennial Resources
Centennial Commission: https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/commemorate/event-map-system/ace-smartphone-app.html https://vimeo.com/188363930 https://armistice-day.bbcrewind.co.uk/#/

Nov 10 2018

1hr 1min

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MSM 412: Very Transform your class, Very Read this, or that, or the other thing. It’d be a Very, Very, Very good thing.

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MSM 412: Very Transform your class, Very Read this, or that, or the other thing. It’d be a Very, Very, Very good thing.

Jokes You Can Use:

Eileen Award:
iTunes: Dave Bydlowski

Advisory:

Heartburn

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Bottle Flipping, Part 1
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/12/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Bottle_Flipping_Part_1.html

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:
Transforming the First Ten Minutes of Class
https://medium.com/@heinemann/transforming-the-first-ten-minutes-of-class-ab1f19a18cf9
The Essentials of Visual Learning and Teaching
https://www.middleweb.com/39198/the-essentials-of-visual-learning-and-teaching/#annotations:4mGFFvWQEeiG3O_lat2SQA

Resources:

5 Printable Game Boards to Turn Curriculum Review into Fun
https://www.weareteachers.com/printable-game-boards/#annotations:Swu90vmKEeiHRqtcnQSBnA

Panosian by Chris Anderson

Convert PDF’s

No ads. No registration.
https://easypdf.com/

Web Spotlight:

Christmas Tree Ornament CalculatorWelcome to the Christmas tree calculator, where you will find how to decorate your Christmas tree in the best way. Take a look at the perfect Christmas tree formula prepared by math professors and improved by physicists. Plan in advance how many lights and decorations you'll need!
https://www.omnicalculator.com/other/christmas-tree
Beyond the midterms: Helping students overcome the impact of No Child Left Behind
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2018/11/21/beyond-the-midterms-helping-students-overcome-the-impact-of-no-child-left-behind/#annotations:Z8m3rPWFEeiSSpuAB8SARA

Random Thoughts . . .
Happy Birthday to Troy Patterson and Carol Josel.

Dec 08 2018

1hr 2mins

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MSM-272 POST You gotta fix that

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MSM 272: POST! You gotta fix that. Oh, and get me engaged (not that way).
Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.
Jokes You Can Use:
During training exercises, the Lieutenant driving down a
muddy back road encountered another car stuck in the mud
with a red-faced colonel at the wheel.

"Your jeep stuck, sir?" asked the Lieutenant as he pulled
alongside.

"Nope," replied the Colonel, coming over and handing him
the keys, "Yours is."

Little Johnny was not paying attention in class so the math teacher called on him and said, “Johnny! What are 5, 2, 28 and 40?” Little Johnny quickly replied, “NBC, CBS, HBO, and Cartoon Network!”

Okay, so a Texan rancher comes upon a farmer from Maine. The Texan looks at the Mainer and asks, "Say, how much land you think you got here?" Mainer: 'Bout 10 acres I'd say." Texan (boasting): Well, on my lot, it takes me all day to drive completely around my property!" Mainer: "Yep, I got one of them trucks too."

A man put in 10 puns for a pun contest, hoping that at least one of them would win. But sadly, no pun in ten did.

Wife: “How’d your doctor appointment go?
Husband: “Well, there’s good news and bad news. My blood pressure’s high and
I’m overweight. But, at the doctor’s suggestion, I’m going to take up golf!”
Wife: “And the good news?”

Eileen Award:
iTunes:
Twitter:
Google+:
Facebook:
Email:

Advisory:

Birthday Celebrations Around the World
Warning, could give students some ideas.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWLGvaeDAlU

Positive Messages
https://twitter.com/FHUPrincipal/status/453508594554531840/photo/1

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Place-Based Inquiry
I was recently reading the January, 2014 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I was reading the article, "Using Place-Based Inquiry to Inspire and Motivate Future Scientists," written by Callin Switzer.
In this article, Callin explains the meaning of scientific inquiry and compares and contrasts place-based education and field-based education.
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/2/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Place-Based_Inquiry.html
From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

BookTrack Classroom
Create texts for your students. The texts can include sounds. This could be a reading of the book or background music.
http://cdn.booktrack.com/education-studio/index.html#!/
Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide.aspx?sid=19
Resources:
Why Doesn't America Read Anymore?
NPR had a terrific April fool’s joke.
http://www.npr.org/2014/04/01/297690717/why-doesnt-america-read-anymore

Web Spotlight:
More Than Half of Students 'Engaged' in School, Says Poll
Students who strongly agree that they have at least one teacher who makes them "feel excited about the future" and that their school is "committed to building the strengths of each student" are 30 times more likely than students who strongly disagree with those statements to show other signs of engagement in the classroom—a key predictor of academic success, according to a report released Wednesday by Gallup Education.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/09/28gallup.h33.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1
Random Thoughts . . .
Personal Web Site

Apr 19 2014

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MSM 428: Fake?

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MSM 428: Fake?
Jokes You Can Use:

Advisory:

Facts that Sound Fake but are True
https://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/facts-that-sound-fake-but-are-true

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Brandy Hill

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Resources:

MiTechKids Index
https://awesome-table.com/-LK73yvuGrh3kKQghO-8/view#annotations:61aVeG3ZEemzLesUx3A5QQ

The Teaching of Listening Comprehension
http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/sites/teacheng/files/pub_F044%20ELT-46%20The%20Teaching%20of%20Listening%20Comprehension_v3.pdf

From the “You Need This” Files: Gemini
https://novodealshop.com/products/gemini?utm_source=kickstarter

Web Spotlight:

Venice
https://vimeo.com/21688538#annotations:DzBpfGj_Eema3FOIMCaHOg

Eva Stories
https://www.instagram.com/eva.stories/

Silicon Valley Came to Kansas Schools. That Started a Rebellion.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/21/technology/silicon-valley-kansas-schools.html#annotations:0SHYvmj-EemrnMMm6SB-qw

Girl Born Without Hands Won National Handwriting Competition Because Nothing Can Stop Her
http://time.com/5577252/girl-without-hands-wins-handwriting-contest/#annotations:rMoqaGnOEemhhxNAxkouVQ

May 04 2019

57mins

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MSM 387: Put On Your Chair Slippers and Ctrl-Tab Your Ears For The Show!

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Jokes You Can Use:  

Advisory:

Middle School Science Minute  
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

Density of Pop
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/3/23_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Density_of_Pop.html

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

Why dance is just as important as math in school
https://ideas.ted.com/why-dance-is-just-as-important-as-math-in-school/ https://chairslippers.com/  

Resources:

NASA SCAN
https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/scan/communications/outreach/students/txt_kidszone.html

Google Go Phone

101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook: Updated Version
http://ditchthattextbook.com/2018/03/28/free-updated-ebook-101-practical-ways-to-ditch-that-textbook-2-0/

Web Spotlight:

Google Tips

Random Thoughts . . .  

Personal Web Site

Mar 31 2018

1hr 7mins

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MSM 378:The Show About . . . But I Digress . . .

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Jokes You Can Use:

Advisory:

Riddles:
https://riddles.fyi/

Logic Puzzles
http://boredomtherapy.com/logic-puzzles/

No time for leftovers: The astonishing scale of food waste in the UK and around the world
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/02/no-time-leftovers-astonishing-scale-food-waste-uk-around-world/
Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Did You Feel It?
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/12/21_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Did_You_Feel_It.html

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies
https://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/28-student-centered-instructional-strategies/

ONE WORD COLLABORATIVE SLIDES ACTIVITY FOR STUDENTS
https://meredithakers.com/2018/01/02/one-word-collaborative-slides-activity-for-students/

Exercising at own pace boosts a child’s ability to learn
https://ukedchat.com/2017/12/19/exercising-ability-learn/

Resources:

Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-02-23-kids-don-t-fail-schools-fail-kids-sir-ken-robinson-on-the-learning-revolution
Maybe There IS Some Value in Graphic Novels?
http://blog.williamferriter.com/2017/12/16/maybe-there-is-some-value-in-graphic-novels/

Manga:
https://www.goodreads.com/genres/manga
K-Pop:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzJvBgsFjvQ
Web Spotlight:

When Will We Get Serious about Teacher Stress?
http://ideasandthoughts.org/2017/12/06/when-will-we-get-serious-about-teacher-stress/

NASA will take images of its quiet supersonic jet's shockwaves
https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/19/nasa-shockwave-images-quiet-supersonic-jet/

To The Students I Failed
https://byrslf.co/to-the-students-i-failed-e745b6b81401

Random Thoughts . . .

Personal Web Site

Jan 06 2018

1hr 9mins

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MSM 402: Parents, Puzzles, and Pods (VoicePods that is)

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Jokes You Can Use:

Advisory:

Puzzles
https://twentytwowords.com/iq-top-brain-twisting-puzzles/

12 Characters that didn’t make the cut
http://mentalfloss.com/article/31904/12-letters-didnt-make-alphabet

Harvard followed 800 people over the course of multiple decades and found 6 things that make people live longer, happier lives
https://www.businessinsider.com/things-that-make-people-live-longer-happier-lives-2018-8

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Parent-Teacher Relationships
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/9/5_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Parent-Teacher_Relationships.html

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Resources:

VoicePod
https://www.voicepods.com/

BookMark It
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bookmark-it/adhfhfpebeloakommdgicanmhfbeifnb/related

New Teacher Resources for a New School Year from the Library of Congress
https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2018/09/new-teacher-resources-for-a-new-school-year-from-the-library-of-congress/

Web Spotlight:

Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences (2018)
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/research/social-media-social-life-2018 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/research/2018_cs_socialmediasociallife_fullreport-final-release_2_lowres.pdf

Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents & We Are Not Here for It

https://www.weareteachers.com/lawnmower-parents/

Sep 15 2018

1hr 4mins

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MSM 410: So, I’m the grownup? We’re in trouble.

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Jokes You Can Use:

Advisory:

Teen ate lunch alone for years, then the student council stepped in
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/teen-ate-lunch-alone-for-years-then-the-student-council-stepped-in/

6th Grader Leaves Detailed Note For Man After His Car Gets Hit
https://twentytwowords.com/6th-grader-leaves-detailed-note-man-car-gets-hit/

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Forces and Motion
http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/11/22_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Forces_and_Motion.html

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

iReporter
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-8760dd58-84f9-4c98-ade2-590562670096

INTRIGUING STRATEGY IN ASSESSING MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS – GIVING CREDIT FOR EXPLAINING WHICH OPTIONS ARE WRONG
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2018/11/17/intriguing-strategy-in-assessing-multiple-choice-tests-giving-credit-for-explaining-which-options-are-wrong/#annotations:HvKMJOp9Eeigk_9N3R05Pw

Always feel rushed in class? How to let go of the GOOD to make time for the GREAT
https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/time-management-in-classroom-teaching/

The Secret to Student Success? Teach Them How to Learn.
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-10-31-the-secret-to-student-success-teach-them-how-to-learn

Resources:

The One Thing Teachers Want That No One is Talking About
http://ideasandthoughts.org/2018/11/17/the-one-thing-teachers-want-that-no-one-is-talking-about/
4 Skills and Traits Great Schools Teach That Will Always be Essential
https://connectedprincipals.com/archives/18494

Web Spotlight:
Teachers Are the #3 Influencer
https://www.tes.com/news/teachers-are-third-biggest-influence-peoples-lives?fbclid=IwAR0WhPjgJ53rXv6V4-PRp3FNIx4buCIMkzr7jKN3R_f65cFT7U308aR9bX4

The Seven Most Powerful Words In Education
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/11/what-can-i-do-to-help-you-these-words.html

Nov 24 2018

58mins

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MSM 431: Be Careful Where You Step, This Show Has Holes.

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Jokes You Can Use:

Eileen Award:

Twitter:
John Meehan‏ @MeehanEDU
Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Middle School Science Minute: Covey Denton

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”
Resources:

Comic Master
http://comicmaster.org.uk/comicmaker/js/main.html
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1938
https://www.loc.gov/collections/slave-narratives-from-the-federal-writers-project-1936-to-1938/about-this-collection/

Web Spotlight:

Memorization
https://connectedprincipals.com/archives/23396

Jun 08 2019

59mins

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MSM 436: Welcome Back, Don’t Let Us Ruin Your First Day!

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Jokes You Can Use:

Thirteen Presenters Who Ruin the First Day
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-thirteen-presenters-who-will-ruin.html

Advisory:
Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Tood Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.
Strategies:
Edutopia - The Case Against Allowing Retakes
https://www.edutopia.org/article/case-not-allowing-test-retakes?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow&fbclid=IwAR1L8-1fMqe4uW7FzIt114NH56jLHkzPvycFEAZf6rlNZUZSj2C3gMoOnMA
Resources:
Horrible Histories - BBC
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw9mXdTejPuOhE7eHSWLIKA
Random Thoughts . . .
Pinky & The Brain: Postmodern Jukebox
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqMs9WsJg2k&fbclid=IwAR0iooMazknV3ShB9L6PJIHnzJX3QQTq8Jnyb4e86_upwJNpgzqL75CDQGY

Aug 24 2019

1hr 4mins

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MSM 445: But I was the Valedictorian, how can I fail Pinterest?

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Jokes

Advisory:

Pinterest Fails
https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uuuploads/pinterest-craft-fails/pinterest-craft-fails-15.jpg https://www.boredpanda.com/funny-pinterest-fails/

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

From the Twitterverse:
Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.
Strategies:

7 Things People Think or Say that Reinforce Mediocrity
http://www.davidgeurin.com/2019/12/7-things-people-think-or-say-that.html

Resources:

How to Recognize a Toxic School Culture Before You Get the Job
https://www.weareteachers.com/toxic-school-culture/#annotations:CcrFahEYEeqN-CuqaBy5bQ

Cook Something Up In Social Studies
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/11/16/779930201/eat-like-the-ancient-babylonians-researchers-cook-up-nearly-4-000-year-old-recip?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social
Web Spotlight:
Congratulations Nick Peruski Miliken Award Winner!
https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/science-says-most-successful-kids-have-parents-who-do-these-5-things_4.html

Wondering What Happened to Your Class Valedictorian? Not Much, Research Shows
https://money.com/money/4779223/valedictorian-success-research-barking-up-wrong/#annotations:uI2t6gigEeqGNXfAgwgVjg

Dec 07 2019

52mins

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MSM 444: Bold Humility - We need some Thanksgiving songs.

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Jokes You Can Use:

Advisory:

Who Did You Help Today?
https://daily-ink.davidtruss.com/asking-your-kids-the-right-questions/

Mentors
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2019/11/16/a-look-back-being-a-mentor-at-our-school-may-have-resulted-in-improved-grades-for-the-mentors/

Sensory Path
https://thesensorypath.com/#annotations:fIaFZgbiEeqDbx_oynuD-g

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

Middle School Science Minute: Serendipitous Science Part 2

From the Twitterverse:
Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.

Resources:

Overlap Maps
http://overlapmaps.com/#annotations:rF72KAMZEeqsCgMaesn_Kg

LOC - Maps
https://www.loc.gov/maps/

Trace
https://www.stickermule.com/trace#annotations:PDFykgYZEeqEjh86iyF7QQ

Web Spotlight:
ISTE Acquires EdSurge News
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-11-06-iste-to-acquire-edsurge-in-move-to-nonprofit

Leaders Don’t Hide Behind Data
https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/leaders-dont-hide-behind-data/#annotations:CRJ7TgfrEeqf7QMKj-CPAw

Nov 16 2019

55mins

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MSM 443: Ooooooooommmmmm! I think I’ll Record This...Or Maybe Just Tweet It

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Jokes You Can Use:

Advisory:

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

Middle School Science Minute: Serendipitous Science Part 1

From the Twitterverse:

Strategies:
Record Your Directions
https://catlintucker.com/2019/11/record-video-directions-and-maximize-your-minutes/

Presentation Recording
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/larry-ferlazzo/larry-ferlazzo-using-a-three-two-one-speaking-activity

Resources:

Justice Map: Visualize Race and Income Data
http://www.justicemap.org/

KidCitizen
https://www.kidcitizen.net/episodes-blog

Student-Driven Differentiation
https://www.middleweb.com/41496/eight-steps-to-student-driven-differentiation/

Web Spotlight:

Righting A Wrong: Japanese Americans And World War II Poster Exhibition
https://www.sites.si.edu/s/topic/0TO1Q000000MC9SWAW/righting-a-wrong-japanese-americans-and-world-war-ii-poster-exhibition

Why I’ve Stopped Using Teachers Pay Teachers
https://www.middleweb.com/41448/why-ive-stopped-using-teachers-pay-teachers/#annotations:ucQ9TPt_EemoY18s3n0ODw

Nov 09 2019

56mins

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MSM 442: Clown on a Unicycle

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Jokes

Advisory:

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Crowd The Tap
https://crowdthetap.org

From the Twitterverse:
Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.
Strategies:

Free, Online Conference
https://www.freetech4teachers.com/2019/10/a-new-free-online-conference-for.html

Digital Escape Room
http://ditchthattextbook.com/2019/10/21/how-to-create-a-digital-escape-room-for-your-class-or-pd/

Resources:
Math Resources
https://robertkaplinsky.com/

Voraciously Made in America:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/voraciously/what-are-american-foods/#annotations:6i6ToPKxEem_AvPyClPkVw

NPR Student Podcast Challenge
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/22/771843477/the-npr-student-podcast-challenge-is-back

Earth History
http://dinosaurpictures.org/ancient-earth#240

National History Day
https://www.nhd.org/ https://www.nhd.org/sacrifice-for-freedom-pacific
Web Spotlight:

OliCav
https://www.olicav.com/#/posters/

Nov 02 2019

59mins

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MSM 441: Quick Setting Assesscements.

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Advisory:
Social Media Survival Kit
http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol15/num03/the-social-media-survival-kit-every-student-needs.aspx

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Gifted and Advanced Learners

From the Twitterverse:
Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.

Resources:
2020 Census (Statistics in Schools)
https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/2020-resources.html

Web Spotlight:

Laziness Does Not Exist
https://humanparts.medium.com/laziness-does-not-exist-3af27e312d01#annotations:u62UeOqpEemiwE-UdrRXaw

Jokes of the Day

Oct 12 2019

1hr 1min

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MSM 440: Retake a Mystery Photo Contest and Other Stuff . . .

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Advisory:
Mystery Photo Contest
https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2019/09/who-am-i-new-mystery-photo-contest/
Bluff The Listener
https://www.npr.org/2019/09/28/765337636/bluff-the-listener

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Test Retakes

From the Twitterverse:
Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.
Strategies:
Spaced Practice
https://theeffortfuleducator.com/2019/10/05/ah-ha/
Resources:

SnackVid
https://www.snackvids.com/#annotations:SmRCqOICEemvfVNz4sxHyw

SMS Generator
https://www.classtools.net/SMS/

Oct 05 2019

45mins

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MSM 439: Do you recommend…?

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Weekly Review:

Advisory:

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

From the Twitterverse:

Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.
Strategies:

A Simple Practice Yields Big Results in Middle School for Less Than $2
https://www.edutopia.org/article/simple-practice-yields-big-results-middle-school-less-2#annotations:H4ffmNp6EemhzrcLD_d6yg

4 myths about great teaching debunked
https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/4-myths-about-great-teaching-debunked/

Sep 28 2019

57mins

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MSM 438: Moderately famous and in charge of stuff.

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Advisory:

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Moving Toward 3-D Learning

From the Twitterverse:
Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.

Strategies:
Play-Doh/Activity Dough Beginning of the Year Thingy
Perspective (First Day in class in China):

Resources:

Place Value
https://thelearnersway.net/ideas/2019/9/8/trulyunderstandingplacevalue#annotations%3AXtWO1NPMEemS0HezWc1kqg=

Web Spotlight:
No Copyright Video Backgrounds - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGmxyVGSCDKvmLInHxJ9VdiwEb82Lxd2E&app=desktop

Trebek Affirmation
http://trebek-affirmations.com/

A Rare Universal Pattern in Human Languages
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/09/people-speak-faster-less-efficient-languages/597391/

Sep 14 2019

59mins

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MSM 437: Green Screen my face. . .

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Jokes You Can Use:

Eileen Award:
WeChat: Hannah and Helen

Advisory:

Every Noise at Once
http://everynoise.com

Paper Airplanes
https://www.thepaperairplaneguy.com/

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Chris Geerer

From the Twitterverse:

Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.

Strategies:
Retake Thoughts
Resources:
1619 Project
https://pulitzercenter.org/builder/lesson/reading-guide-quotes-key-terms-and-questions-26504#annotations:iP97BMKzEemZ87sJCchUWw

Foundation for Teaching Economics Simulation: https://www.fte.org/teachers/teacher-resources/lesson-plans/efiahlessons/indentured-servitude-activity/

Bad News (& Bad News Junior)
http://getbadnews.com/droggame_book/junior/#intro (intended for children age 8-11)
https://getbadnews.com/#intro (

Mentor Texts from NY Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/learning/introducing-nyt-mentor-texts.html#annotations:HNqattDiEem-yvdtM4d1xA
Web Spotlight:

Here’s What Students Think of our “Powered Off and Away” Policy.
http://blog.williamferriter.com/2019/08/17/heres-what-students-think-of-our-powered-off-and-away-policy/
Op-Ed: My high school students don’t read anymore. I think I know why

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-08-22/death-of-reading-high-school-cellphone#annotations:mJly1MeXEemMn2v_luwv2g
3700 MOOC’s
http://www.openculture.com/free_certificate_courses http://www.openculture.com/2019/09/3700-moocs-massive-open-online-courses-getting-started-in-september-enroll-today.html

Papercraft-inspired math turns any sheet into any shape
https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/25/harvard-kirigami-math-transforms-sheets/
Random Thoughts . . .

Sep 08 2019

1hr 2mins

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MSM 436: Welcome Back, Don’t Let Us Ruin Your First Day!

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Jokes You Can Use:

Thirteen Presenters Who Ruin the First Day
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-thirteen-presenters-who-will-ruin.html

Advisory:
Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Tood Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.
Strategies:
Edutopia - The Case Against Allowing Retakes
https://www.edutopia.org/article/case-not-allowing-test-retakes?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow&fbclid=IwAR1L8-1fMqe4uW7FzIt114NH56jLHkzPvycFEAZf6rlNZUZSj2C3gMoOnMA
Resources:
Horrible Histories - BBC
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw9mXdTejPuOhE7eHSWLIKA
Random Thoughts . . .
Pinky & The Brain: Postmodern Jukebox
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqMs9WsJg2k&fbclid=IwAR0iooMazknV3ShB9L6PJIHnzJX3QQTq8Jnyb4e86_upwJNpgzqL75CDQGY

Aug 24 2019

1hr 4mins

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MSM 435: We’re back, but first...

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Jokes You Can Use:

Advisory:

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Computational Thinking

From the Twitterverse:
Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.
Strategies:

Making Number Talks Matter Even More
https://www.middleweb.com/40885/making-number-talks-matter-even-more/

Let Students Read! Why Quantity Really Counts
https://www.middleweb.com/40836/let-students-read-why-quantity-really-counts/

Should We Give Attendance Awards?
https://www.edutopia.org/article/extrinsic-motivation-it-might-be-even-worse-you-thought

Resources:

Build Empathy and Understanding by Pairing Comics With Novels
https://www.edutopia.org/article/build-empathy-and-understanding-pairing-comics-novels#annotations:JIwwfrePEemt-H9iRxr1SA

The Illusion of Life | Principle of Animation | 12 Basic Principle of Animation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiGY0qiy8fY#annotations:a8bBtrePEemovg8RRR239Q

Web Spotlight:

Treat Your Teacher
https://sunbasket.com/try/treat-your-teacher/
Easing Fears About Shift to Middle School Can Pay Off in Behavior, Grades
https://psychcentral.com/news/2019/08/01/easing-fears-about-shift-to-middle-school-can-pay-off-in-behavior-grades/149074.html

OER Commons
https://www.oercommons.org

Random Thoughts . . .

Books that we are reading

Aug 18 2019

1hr 1min

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MSM 434: Toddler Tips. I’ll subscribe you to that ...

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Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

Coteaching

I was recently reading the July, 2019 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.

In this issue, I read an article entitled, "Assess Your Coteaching Chemistry Through Experience," written by Kaitlyn McGlynn and Janey Kelly. The authors share 4 methods of coteaching. They include:
1. One Teach, One Assist
2. Parallel Teaching
3. Station Teaching
4. Team Teaching

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

Student Graphic Novels
https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/student-graphic-novels/

Resources:

Common English Idioms
https://basicenglishspeaking.com/102-common-english-idioms/

Open Up Resources
OER. Math and ELA.
https://openupresources.org/

Open Middle
https://www.openmiddle.com/

FluentKey
https://fluentkey.com/

Mountain Moot
http://www.mountainmoot.com/

Web Spotlight:

Walter Wick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz8luEznxbM

Jul 27 2019

57mins

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MSM 433: Get Your AR/VR Goggles on for this Moot!

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Internet Live Stats
https://www.internetlivestats.com/

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Agriculture Literacy

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

Teach the Techniques of Media Manipulators
https://www.middleweb.com/40615/media-literacy-teaching-about-media-manipulators/

Resources:

Mountain Moot
http://www.mountainmoot.com/
Glossary Lollapolooza
https://sched.co/Pa5I

Web Spotlight:
Common Sense Media
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Mary Holden: What Happened When a Veteran High School Teacher Switched to Middle School Teaching
https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/08/mary-holden-what-happened-when-a-veteran-high-school-teacher-switched-to-middle-school-teaching/#annotations:--Rxipp1EemHD_MB1ux4PQ

Random Thoughts . . .
America the Beautiful
https://worldandeverything.org/2019/07/america-the-beautiful/

Jul 06 2019

1hr 2mins

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MSM 432: #ISTE2019, Go Synth These Jokes

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Missing Maps
https://www.missingmaps.org/#annotations:tAuSJo47EemjwHtX8YTYPA

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Apollo 11 -- 50th Anniversary

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

ISTE Thoughts
Resources:

Privacy Grade
http://privacygrade.org/home#annotations:XTkEApaMEemvJA-YuO44Og

Web Spotlight:
Synth
https://gosynth.com/m/education/

Why Tech Isn't Transforming Teaching: 10 Key Stories From Education Week
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2019/06/why_tech_isnt_transforming_teaching_10_stories.html#annotations:sE63oJmcEemS3A_SHx4Ysw

How to Teach Critical Thinking
Daniel T. Willingham

chrome-extension://bjfhmglciegochdpefhhlphglcehbmek/content/web/viewer.html?file=https%3A%2F%2Feducation.nsw.gov.au%2Four-priorities%2Finnovate-for-the-future%2Feducation-for-a-changing-world%2Fmedia%2Fdocuments%2Fexar%2FHow-to-teach-critical-thinking-Willingham.pdf#annotations:KfTerJkYEemWUe_OEbx3xA
Random Thoughts . . .

Jun 29 2019

55mins

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MSM 431: Be Careful Where You Step, This Show Has Holes.

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Eileen Award:

Twitter:
John Meehan‏ @MeehanEDU
Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Middle School Science Minute: Covey Denton

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”
Resources:

Comic Master
http://comicmaster.org.uk/comicmaker/js/main.html
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1938
https://www.loc.gov/collections/slave-narratives-from-the-federal-writers-project-1936-to-1938/about-this-collection/

Web Spotlight:

Memorization
https://connectedprincipals.com/archives/23396

Jun 08 2019

59mins

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MSM 430: Nothing on Twitter I want to put in the show, but watch me do this anyway… We’re Not Quite Finnish’d.

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Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Using Critical Thinking to Counter Misinformation

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

Interleaving
https://www.retrievalpractice.org/interleaving

Resources:

Nonoseconds

MapMaker Interactive
https://mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org/#/

Word Wanderer
http://wordwanderer.org/#annotations:Al6RlnvAEemyWav_V0y7Mg

Vocabulary Word Options
https://cascadingbytes.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/main-qimg-b4bf1406649dcff04c80de713977f00a.jpg#annotations:gPShFnsDEemhdjeNv5TzBA https://verbaliststravel.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/the-language-and-vocabulary-wheel-for-feelings-verbalists.jpg#annotations:cJJ7wnsDEem8cXctTHGKnQ

Web Spotlight:

Teenagers Are Skeptical of Praise for Good Effort, Study Finds
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/04/11/teenagers-are-skeptical-of-praise-for-good.html#annotations:3BYcKIFmEemSAUeHsYyAEQ

Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/05/europe/finland-fake-news-intl/

Jun 01 2019

58mins

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MSM 429: A Podcast in a Nanosecond, Sorta

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Conversational Skills
10 basic rules for having a great conversation.
*warning includes the word “crap”.
https://www.ted.com/talks/celeste_headlee_10_ways_to_have_a_better_conversation
Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
The Necessity of Teaching Evolution

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

How Schools Can Spend Time More Wisely: 4 Big Tips From Daniel Pink
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/05/13/how-schools-can-spend-time-more-wisely.html#annotations:cIvKTHaBEemT-O9WSjL0pg

Resources:

Fighting Apartheid with Posters
https://postersforfreedom.ca/#annotations:RrpRGHGOEemZqf9ZL5TFWQ

THE REAL PURPOSE OF INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING AND WHY IT MATTERS
https://www.wabisabilearning.com/blog/inquiry-based-learning-purpose#annotations:6AbR5nAbEem_4mNu2nbwdQ

Creative Commons Search
https://search.creativecommons.org/
Web Spotlight:

A Nanosecond
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEpsKnWZrJ8

May 18 2019

1hr

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MSM 428: Fake?

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Facts that Sound Fake but are True
https://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/facts-that-sound-fake-but-are-true

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
Brandy Hill

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Resources:

MiTechKids Index
https://awesome-table.com/-LK73yvuGrh3kKQghO-8/view#annotations:61aVeG3ZEemzLesUx3A5QQ

The Teaching of Listening Comprehension
http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/sites/teacheng/files/pub_F044%20ELT-46%20The%20Teaching%20of%20Listening%20Comprehension_v3.pdf

From the “You Need This” Files: Gemini
https://novodealshop.com/products/gemini?utm_source=kickstarter

Web Spotlight:

Venice
https://vimeo.com/21688538#annotations:DzBpfGj_Eema3FOIMCaHOg

Eva Stories
https://www.instagram.com/eva.stories/

Silicon Valley Came to Kansas Schools. That Started a Rebellion.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/21/technology/silicon-valley-kansas-schools.html#annotations:0SHYvmj-EemrnMMm6SB-qw

Girl Born Without Hands Won National Handwriting Competition Because Nothing Can Stop Her
http://time.com/5577252/girl-without-hands-wins-handwriting-contest/#annotations:rMoqaGnOEemhhxNAxkouVQ

May 04 2019

57mins

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MSM 427: Brain Gym, A microchip for Shawn, Harder than a name with no vowels

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Smart Home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwPtcqcqz00#annotations:qz3WxmOKEem0aZewj9dYsQ

Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

Benchmark Assessments: Weighing the Pig More Often?
https://robertslavinsblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/benchmark-assessments-weighing-the-pig-more-often/#annotations:iKBZYmN8Eemog09BerCbWQ
Brain Breaks and Focused Strategies - Edutopia
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/brain-breaks-focused-attention-practices-lori-desautels
For information on the British view of “Brain Gym” see:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/apr/07/education
The Daily Mail quotes Education Secretary Ed Balls on “Brain Gym”: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1237042/Brain-gym-pupils-pointless-admits-Balls.html

Resources:

Evidence for ESSA
https://www.evidenceforessa.org/#annotations:oM5xOmN9EemkzoOlpFbHZw

Principles of Instruction
http://www.ibe.unesco.org/en/document/principles-instruction-educational-practices-21#annotations:IPgQ4mN9Eem71ut24oSETw

Creative Law Center - Open Access
https://creativelawcenter.com/museums-open-access-images/

Open GLAM
Welcome to OpenGLAM Open Collections. We have brought together collections from around the world that provide digital scans or photos that can be freely used without any restrictions. This is an ever expanding list so if you know of collections that are not listed here please add them through our contribute an item page and we will get them online!
https://openglam.org/open-collections/

Open Access at the Cleveland Museum of Art
http://www.clevelandart.org/open-access

Web Spotlight:

Cheery Thoughts
https://www.middleweb.com/40050/why-i-keep-a-supply-of-cheery-thoughts-nearby/
Random Thoughts . . .

Apr 27 2019

1hr 5mins

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MSM 426: Scheduling, Science, Self-Selected PD.

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Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com)
OUTSTANDING STEM TRADE BOOKS 2019 - PART ONE

From the Twitterverse:
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”

Strategies:

Is Your School Schedule Flexible? AMLE and Elliot Merenbloom
http://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/1018/Is-Your-School-Schedule-Flexible.aspx
Resources:

GREAT – & I MEAN GREAT! – COLLECTION OF SCIENCE EXPERIMENT YOUTUBE CHANNELS
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2019/04/01/great-i-mean-great-collection-of-science-experiment-youtube-channels/#annotations:wHRUJllcEem6jpNBwYqn3w

TEACHING OUR KIDS ABOUT THE NECESSARY WORK TO HAVE AN OPINION
http://ajjuliani.com/teaching-our-kids-the-necessary-work-to-have-an-opinion/#annotations:uZhXkloBEemSYDdmz1NuLg
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pomological Watercolor Collection
https://usdawatercolors.nal.usda.gov/pom/home.xhtml#annotations:yIc1xFu_Eemvhns7HcPOOg
Museum of Endangered Sounds
http://savethesounds.info/

Web Spotlight:
https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/school-norms/#annotations:KaTgVGBwEem8nHsjmdxGQA

Crowd
Be a virtual volunteer!
https://crowd.loc.gov/

Apr 20 2019

1hr 7mins

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