Middle School Matters
MSM-204 Make Yourself Smarter
Apr 28, 2012
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Jokes You Can Use: Johnny Depp is making another Pirates of the Carribean. It’s “Arrrrgh” Rated . . . RUTH BUZZI ‏ @Ruth_A_Buzzi My cat can hardly wait until his favorite holiday comes around next week: "Cinco de Meowo." #HappyCaturday (w/ thanks to @Liedertafel_pdx!) On Our Mind: Bad Pirate Jokes . . . Eileen Award: Dave Brown Mary Alise Herrera Craig Malkin Advisory: Thou Shall Not Commit Logical Fallacies A logical fallacy is usually what has happened when someone is wrong about something. It's a flaw in reasoning. They're like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don't be fooled! This website and poster have been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head. If you see someone committing a logical fallacy, link them to the relevant fallacy to school them in thinky awesomeness and win the intellectual affections of those who happen across your comment by appearing clever and interesting e.g. yourlogicalfallacyis.com/strawman (rollover/click icons above). http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) The National Science Teachers Association has recently announce its Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12. In this podcast we look at three more of the books which are very appropriate for students in grades 6 - 8. They are: Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time! A Prehistoric Animal's Journey into the 21st Century by Christopher Sloan The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication by Ann Downer From the Twitterverse: News: Can You Make Yourself Smarter? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/magazine/can-you-make-yourself-smarter.html?_r=2&src=me&ref=magazine Resources: CorePlanner CorePlanner: Resource tool for teachers planning their lessons around the Common Core Standards. http://coreplanner.com/ ???? http://www.mylessonplanner.com/ PBS Kids Cyberchase - Dozens of Math Activities http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/04/pbs-kids-cyberchase-dozens-of-math.html 3D Toad http://www.3dtoad.com/ Taylor Mali http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/get-fracas/04-2012/taylor-malis-what-teachers-make-book-winner YouTube Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU Web Spotlight: 33 Animals Who Are Extremely Disappointed In You Not angry, just disappointed http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/animals-who-are-extremely-disappointed-in-you The 5 Worst Things a Teacher Can Say to Students By Dan Brown 5. “I know this may seem pointless but we have to get through it…” 4. “I don’t know what I’m doing.” 3. “The other class did well with this. What’s wrong with you guys?” 2. “You will never be able to (fill in the blank).” 1. “I get paid whether you (fill in the blank) or not.” http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/get-fracas/04-2012/5-worst-things-teacher-can-say-students Test Scores and Housing Costs http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/test-scores-and-housing-costs/ A Child’s Helping Hand on Portions http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/dining/a-child-offers-plan-on-portion-control-for-dieters.html Events & Happenings:
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