MSM 553: Much of Life Blocks Much Of Life is Sorting Blocks


Shawn and Troy talk about summer, reflecting on the past year, tech changes, and more. Dave isn’t working on the Railroad, but has Engineered us some knowledge. 


I rode the elevator to the eleventh floor and as I got out, the operator said, “Have a good day, son.” I replied, “Don’t call me son! You’re not my dad!” He scratched his head and said…

  • “No, but I brought you up, didn’t I?!”

Why did the Mummy’s bakery fail?

  • He gave everyone the crepes.

What’s the difference between a literalist and a kleptomaniac?

  • A literalist takes things literally. A kleptomaniac takes things, literally.

I went to a farmer’s retirement.

  • The funeral was beautiful.

I got security cameras fitted outside my house.

  • Just to convince people that I have stuff worth stealing.

I want to open a Jamaican/Irish/Spanish small plate breakfast restaurant

And call it “Tapas the Mornin’ to Ja.”

Where does fruit like to vacation?

  • In Pear-is

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Railway Engineer

I was recently reading the May/June 2022 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

In this issue, I read the “Career of the Month” column, written by Luba Vangelova.  She wrote an article entitled, “Railway Engineer.”

Railway engineers design and maintain rail systems used by trains of various types, ranging from long-distance cargo trains to metropolitan light-rail and subway trains.  Cassie Gouger is senior director of design within Union Pacific Railroad’s engineering department, in Omaha, Nebraska.  She shares her career highlights, career path, and her advice for students.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Summer Time
  • Kicking off Year 15
  • Michigan’s Education Budget
    • Special Ed
    • Teacher Retention
    • Security
    • Foundation Allowance
  • PD 

Eileen Award

  • Twitter:  David Knox – Hope the new position is going well!  

The Twitterverse

Typical EduCelebrity   @EduCelebrity

Administrators tend to use the teacher who has been in the profession for about 4-6 years as the poster child assistant to push their newest initiative. They’ve been there long enough to know the ropes but are still naive enough to think that they’re doing something important.

Archana  @aakhramka

Replying to  @cretiredroy  

UͶprofessional Development Podcast  @unprocast

I’m about to get to the best part of the lesson PA SYSTEM: PLEASE PARDON THIS INTERUPTION

𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐝 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐧 @DrBradJohnson

Why would someone want to work under my leadership? That is a question I often asked myself. I hope current administrators do too.

Ryan Sheehy  @sheehyrw

Congratulations to everyone in education that started their new position today! Leadership is not easy but can be so powerful! #BeTheOne #HREdu

Ditch That Textbook  @DitchThatTxtbk

The Magic Automatic Lesson Planner with Google Forms

Marvin Olasky  @MarvinOlasky

33 Problems With Media in One Chart  @ZengerHouse  via@VisualCap

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


When is a number not a number?

Classroom Conversations / Curating “Hot-Button” Conversations

By: Matthew R. Kay

This conversation’s success was not due to special personal ability with facilitation, but to my dedication to this three-step process. First, find a good primary source. Second, make sure you pick the right time to incorporate it. Third, push students toward inquiry through prompting.


10 Quotes Famous People Never Actually Said

You’ve seen it before: that photograph of Gandhi, Marilyn Monroe, or Abraham Lincoln juxtaposed with a pithy saying that seems just like something they’d have come up with. Well, in many cases, those phrases are just a little too good to be true. Read on for 10 cases where the famous saying and its supposed author don’t match up.

Coloring Page Generator

Does what it says. Upload a picture and it turns it into a coloring page. Neat slider feature that reveals the original and the coloring page.


Now part of WordPress (previously run by Creative Commons). Images and Audio that is Creative Commons or Public Domain. Great spot to start your search, and your students too.

Web Spotlight:

5 teacher organization systems that save me time and restored my sanity

Systems that made sense in my apartment for one did not translate well to a space for multiple groups of 28 students each day.

American Battlefield Trust – Live at Gettysburg

Random Thoughts . . .  

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