MSM 554: The Correct Way to Spell GHOUGHPHTHEIGHTTEEAU


Shawn and Troy talk about summer, starting the school year and more. Dave has the formal, informal science connection. 


What do you call a nun who has made it to heaven?

  • Nun of the above

Which color loves to go boating?

  • OARange

Which color is the loudest?

  • Yellow

What happens when you rearrange two letters in nuclear?

  • It’s unclear

If you are ever attacked by a bunch of clowns, 

  • Go for the juggler

If you are ever chased by a bunch of taxidermists,

  • Do not play dead

Did you know the toothbrush was invented at Ohio State University?

  • Had it been invented anywhere else, it would be called a teethbrush

What’s it called when buy cashews and almonds and then resell them at a profit? 

  • It’s flipping nuts

They told me it was foolish to fill the room with nitrous oxide… Well, who’s laughing now.

Here’s a bit of current humor: 

I just noticed two large bumps on my car battery. 

  • One tested negative, one positive
  • I hope it’s not terminal

The adjective for metal is metallic, but not so for iron. Which is ironic. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Bridging the Informal-Formal Science Education Divide

I was recently reading the June 23, 2022 issue of “NSTA Weekly” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

In this issue, I read the NSTA Blog feature “With, Not For: Why the Distinction Matters” written by Beth Murphy.  

It is important to foster collaboration between organizations and schools, providing professional learning experiences for educators, and implementing program evaluation that supports practitioners to do their best work.  Collaboration provides the opportunity to bridge the informal-formal science education divide.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Moodle Upgrade
  • Start of the Year PD
  • Starting School
  • New people, new positions, open positions

The Twitterverse


Looking for ways to combine #writing and #social studies? You’ll definitely want to use the BIG LIST of Social Studies journal prompts. via Thrive in Grade Five #sschat #elemchat #edutwitter #ela

Nikki Wilkinson  @Wilkinson_STEM

Do you implicitly teach your students how to use the features found in #googleslides? Here is a fun Scavenger Hunt for students to explore and learn how to use #slides. #backtoschool #edutwitter

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

A reminder, should you need it, of ‘mubble-fubbles’ (16th century): vague, Sunday-eveningish blues and a slight sense of doom.  Feckful (16th century): powerful, efficient, and vigorous.  Word of the day is ‘mafting’ (18th century): overpowered by stifling heat and an oppressive lack of air.  A reminder, should you be in need of a smile, that eggs were once called ‘cacklefarts’, penguins were known as ‘arse-feet’, umbrellas as ‘bumbershoots’, and sausages as ‘bags of mystery’ because you never quite know what’s in them.

Gina Brown (M.Ed.)  @GinaInTech  

@DitchThatTxtbk has 20 Back To School Templates to share! Check them out! Two clicks and you have a ready-to-go template to use! Not to mention ALL the other resources @jmattmiller has to offer! THANK YOU!  @GCISDigital  @GCISD [|

Vic Nixon, Ed.D. @VNixon1988

This may save my fellow educators some money! Pass it on!

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


Back to School – Level 8 of Jumanji?


Webinar:  It’s Time for a School Reset  Presenter: Jack Berckemeyer

What a year school year we had last year. Teacher tired is real, our students have forgotten the rigor of school and in some cases our schools need a reset to start the school year off. Jack will be sharing practical ideas on how to create a team and school wide reset process. We need to be able to provide consistencies for students and regain our hallways, classrooms and schools. All must mean all as we enter a new school year.{BC9910E2-7717-ED11-8124-000D3A0DE1A1}  

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Eastern Standard Time

AXIS – The Culture Translator

The Most Hated Man On The Internet

What it is: A documentary on the rise and fall of Hunter Moore, the “revenge porn king” of the early 2010s, is one of the most watched things on Netflix this week.  

Why it’s attracting so much attention: In 2022, most young people understand that any digital photograph, no matter how private its contents, could end up someplace public.   

“Search It Up”

What it is: Google’s market research reveals that 40 percent of young people use TikTok or Instagram as their search engine, rather than turning to Google itself.  

“Not Gonna Lie”

What it is: The “Not Gonna Lie” app invites anonymous comments from anyone with access to a shared link on social media.  

Why some teens are loving it: “Not Gonna Lie” might as well have been invented for teens spending a lazy summer afternoon at home in the air conditioning.  NGL is supposed to be a safe space where cyberbullying can’t happen; the developers claim that they use advanced AI to filter out insults, suggestive emoji, and bullying statements. But NBC News tested the app and found that the acronym “KYS” (which means “kill yourself”) still made it through its filter, and the app’s own website says that their Community Guidelines are “coming soon.”  


Now free for teachers and students. Video editing and Meme generator.

33 Problems with Media  

Numberless Word Problems

Web Spotlight:  

Make The First Day Count – Video Motivation

The Language Nerds – 17 Ways . . .

Mobile Phone Ban

15 things

I Voted Sticker Contest

Commissioners Ashley Dittus and John Quigley are pleased to announce the finalists for our 2nd Annual Ulster Votes I Voted Sticker Contest. During the month of July, you have an opportunity to select your favorite “I voted” logo. The winning design will be distributed to voters who participate in the November 8, 2022 General Election across the county. We want to thank all of the students who contributed to this project – there were many amazing and unique designs! We are grateful to everyone that helped shape this project.

Longest One Word Sentence

“Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.”

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