MSM 464: Hey Google, be quiet. The Kids are the Issue.


What do you call a Bear with no ears?

  • B

I spent $300 on a Limo with a no driver. 

  • That’s a lot of money and I have nothing to Chauffeur it.

Why did the rancher put his bulls on stilts?

  • He wanted to raise the steaks

My friend is turning 32. I told him not to get too excited. 

  • We’ll only be celebrating for half a minute. 

That same friend really doesn’t trust trees. 

  • They seem kind of shady 

Why spelling is important:

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Environmental Health Literacy

I was recently reading the April/May, 2020 issue of “Science & Children,” a publication published by the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the Editor’s Note column “Environmental Health Literacy,”  written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.

She discusses how empowering students to make decisions about personal health and understand the impact humans have on the environment is critical to preparing literate, well-informed citizens.

Reports from the Front Lines

  •  Middle School Student Reactions:
    • Don’t want to fall behind
    • Frustrated with the kids who aren’t working “same ones that don’t work in school”
    • Respect the teacher and the work that the teacher is doing
    • Don’t want to lose privileges at home
    • It’s the last week of online school, how do I log in?
  • Ending the Year – New Stuff?
  • Fall Plans



written by David Byrne and Brian Eno

David Byrne and the Brooklyn Youth Choir

Saw the wanderin’ eye, inside my heart

Shouts and battle cries, from every part

I can see those tears, every one is true

When the door appears, I’ll go right through, oh

I stand in liquid light, like everyone

I built my life with rhymes, to carry on

And it gives me hope, to see you there

The things I used to know, that one fine

One fine day

In a small dark room, where I will wait

Face to face I find, I contemplate

Even though a man is made of clay

Everything can change that one fine —

One fine day

Then before my eyes, is standing still

I beheld it there, a city on a hill

I complete my tasks, one by one

I remove my masks, when I am done

Then a peace of mind fell over me —

In these troubled times, I still can see

We can use the stars, to guide the way

It is not that far, the one fine —

One fine day

The Twitterverse

Typical EduCelebrity@EduCelebrity

In search of profound tweets from other teachers with ideas I can rip off and present as my own in the future social media postings and publications. Original authors will receive my profoundly pretentious gratitude.

Google for Education@GoogleForEdu

To support the millions of educators, we’re announcing #TeachFromHome — resources to help remote teaching.  

Typical EduCelebrity@EduCelebrity

Antibody Like a Pirate

Quote Tweet

The Modest Teacher@ModestTeacher

Has anyone written a book about “hacking” the coronavirus yet? If not, what a missed opportunity.

DuckDuckGo  @DuckDuckGo

Want to see what  @Twitter  *thinks* they know about you? @sil found this enlightening page listing your so-called interests. Although you can’t stop the data collection completely, you can stop personalization based on it: Settings → Content preferences

Alice Keeler@alicekeeler

Google Forms: Create a Branching LESSON –

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.


Greek Myth Resource:  Greeking Out!

Random Thoughts . . .  

Make a Zeppelin . . . and then eat it!

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