MSM 438: Moderately famous and in charge of stuff.


Story Songs

Enjoyed the podcast as always this week.  Especially enjoyed the music link. I also liked the comment about how kids seldom hear stories in their songs.  This may be one of the advantages of ballads. I was talking to one of our ELA consultants and she was saying how Taylor Swift is one of today’s artists that uses songs to tell stories. But I had an interesting comment from my grandson the other day.  He was listening to Abiyoyo:

a song by Pete Seeger that often comes up when we are in the car.  But the other day, he said it was his favorite “story song.” We talked a bit about it and it aligned with what you were talking about – songs that tell a story and there are not a lot of songs that do that.  I am glad I keep playing that song.

Mindful Internet

Share with students. What do they think? Is this worthwhile? How do they monitor their own use of “wasteful” sites?

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Moving Toward 3-D Learning

I was recently reading the August, 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 the section “From the Editor’s Desk” written by Patty McGinnis. She wrote an article entitled, “Moving Toward 3-D Instruction.” She cites some valuable resources that will help with this movement:

Quality examples of science lessons and units:

NSTA classroom resources:

EQuIP Rubric:

NGSS Lesson Screener:

From the Twitterverse:  

Eric Curts@ericcurts

20 Instant Google Searches your Students Need to Know #edtech

Amanda Dykes@amandacdykes

OK class, what did we learn today? If you pout about rules, get in fight w/your boss, & air the drama on Insta, you get $15M + $9M signing bonus on a better team.   (Antonio Brown Reference)  

I’m pretty sure those were not any of the “I can…” statements on the board.

Paul Murphy@VirtualMurph

Teachers: trusted with other people’s children and the future of our democracy. Not trusted with the color copier.

Typical EduCelebrity@EduCelebrity

We must work hard to teach students with special learning needs. But we must work harder to teach students with special learning wants.

Happy #NationalLiteracyDay! Our friend @Pfagell, author of #MiddleSchoolMatters, told us 5 truths about middle schoolers.  Read them here>>  

Alice Keeler@alicekeeler

Stop wasting your time. If students don’t learn from your comments what’s the point? If you leave feedback, make it actionable and don’t release their score until they respond.

June Cheng 程君 @JuneCheng_World

“Glory to Hong Kong,” the unofficial anthem of Hong Kong, was created/shared on YouTube less than two weeks ago and now people are gathering in malls to sing it together. Incredible.

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This evening’s #GloryToHK thread. First off #CausewayBay Times Square

Orchestral Version:   

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.


Play-Doh/Activity Dough Beginning of the Year Thingy

Perspective (First Day in class in China):  


Place Value

Web Spotlight:

No Copyright Video Backgrounds – YouTube 

Trebek Affirmation

A Rare Universal Pattern in Human Languages

Some languages are spoken more quickly than others, but the rate of information they get across is the same.

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