MSM 449: Like Yeah, What’s It Called? No Gewgaw here.



To Whoever Stole My Copy of Microsoft Office,

I will find you. You have my Word. 




What do you call a mouse that swears?


I started reading a horror novel in braille. 

Something bad is about to happen, I can feel it. 


I got thrown out of the local park. I was lining up squirrels by height. 

Apparently, they didn’t like me critter sizing…



One Outfit – 100 days

Middle School Science Minute  

Middle School Science Minute: Phases of the Moon

I was recently reading the November/December, 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 “Disequilibrium” section. The title of the article, within the section was “The Phases of the Moon,” written by Cole Entress. 

Middle-level students most commonly suggest that the phases of the moon are caused by the Earth’s shadow.  In fact, the Moon is illuminated by the Sun in much the same way as the Earth—that is, one side of it is continuously in the path of the Sun’s rays. 

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

From the Twitterverse:  

The Modest Teacher@ModestTeacher

We have a student whose name is Logan, except it’s spelled, “Login”. …like you “login” to your computer. Parents…enough with trying to be cute with your kids’ names.

Typical EduCelebrity@EduCelebrity

Some teachers buy a box of Girl Scout cookies from a student. Good teachers buy a case of cookies. Great teachers donate enough money to a student’s troop so that cookie sales are unnecessary. Elite teachers’ lessons are so fun and engaging that there’s no need for scouting.

Typical EduCelebrity@EduCelebrity

Don’t be upset if there is a shortage of subs in your building. It just means that they’re not many teachers out there on your level of awesomeness.

Dave Schmittou EdD@daveschmittou

This weekend, spend time building relational capital with those who matter most. Like a car driving through a ditch, build momentum now to help you get to the other side. Spring will be hard. Plan for success now.

Joy Kirr@JoyKirr

Replying to@SteinbrinkLaura

Glad I checked out my “feed” instead of just the hashtags and lists I like to follow… Twitter has gotten so huge; it’s gotten harder to stay connected to PEOPLE.

Will Richardson@willrich45

“There is no cure for curiosity.” —Dorothy Parker Yet, more often than not, we in schools seek a cure. “Right” answers. Limited choices. Narrow curriculum. Grades. If we really want curiosity, we need to give it more space instead of trying to cure it. #justsayin (h/t@hjarche)

Dr. Debbie Silver

Fail Chart:  

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.


Wayne State University series aims to help you refine your language

Michigan Department of Natural Resources has a new Shipwreck App

With about 1,500 shipwrecks in Michigan waters, this new interactive map makes it simple to explore them. It offers information on each wreck including: the level of difficulty for diving to the wreck, whether or not you can canoe or kayak to it’s location, how it sank, and a description of the ship. 

Trey Kennedy – Middle Schoolers Part 4

Parents and teachers will totally get it.  Not sure the kids will. Which makes it funnier.

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