MSM 473: Speak the Words – I clap, do Wooclap!


A customer dropped a steak while in the grocery store. I said “whoops, now it’s ground beef”. They didn’t laugh. 

Shawn: *yawns*

Sean: *yeans*

I’m going to set up a race where reaching Finland is the goal. That way, it’s literally a race to the Finnish line. 

What’s the definition of a will?

  • Come on, it’s a dead giveaway

Did you hear about the police department where someone is stealing the wheels off of the police cars?

  • Police are working tirelessly to catch the thief

The letters that you receive are obviously mail. 

  • But are the bills that you receive Fee Mail?

I may never get over my habit of referencing the Beach Boys, but wouldn’t it be nice?

Why do ants never get sick?

  • Because they have little Anty Bodies

Did you know you can hear the Blood in your veins?

  • You just need to listen varicosely

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Back to Mars

I was recently reading the July/August 2020 issue of “Science Scope” a publication, for middle school teachers, of the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the Scope on the Skies column written by Bob Riddle.  The title of the article was “Back to Mars.”

July 2020 provided an opening window for missions to Mars.  During this window, which occurs every 26 months, a trip to Mars can be completed with 7 – 9 months.  The first launch of the month was by the United Arab Emirates Mars Mission on July 19.  The second launch of the month was by the China National Space Administration on July 23.  The third launch of the month was the NASA and Space X on July 30.  All launches were successful.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Prepped and Ready to Go?
    • H5P – Speak the Text and Speak the Text Set  
  • Meet the Teacher
  • SEL
  • Video Conferencing
  • Quick Tech Tips vs Online Learning Skills


The Twitterverse

Typical EduCelebrity @EduCelebrity

A good PBL teacher would have led a student project that would produce by now an effective vaccine against Covid.  

EL Magazine @ELmagazine

Which of these 7 habits of highly “affective” teachers will you commit to practicing this school year? @rickwormeli2 #satchat #edchat

Nick Covington @CovingtonAHS

Teacher PD should model the pedagogy we expect to see in the classroom. That’s not a pandemic thing, that’s an always thing. 

M. Guhlin learns @mglearn

RT: You’ve heard of audio books, but what about video books? mglearn #ela #remotelearning #distancelearning #txedtuesday — TCEA (TCEA) August 13, 2020

Steven Weber @curriculumblog

3 Simple Truths 1. Students want to feel connected #wholechild 2. Students enjoy engagement #Schlechty 3. Students want to ask questions #WhoOwnsTheLearning

College of Education @MSUCollegeofEd

ICYMI: MSU is offering free support programs to help school districts prepare for online instruction this fall.

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.


Class App

Create a Google Slide Presentation (or web site) with links to things that an “App” would provide.

Video Conferencing

teachers hosting video conferencing sessions will want to consider whether whole group, small group, or individual sessions make the most sense given the purpose of that session.


Illustrative Math (6-8) Curriculum

Use GeoGebra Classroom to fully engage your students within this middle school curriculum. Monitor all student progress in real-time without the hassle of screen sharing!

Web Spotlight:  

Teaching U.S. History in a Fractured America


The tours created by digitizing an existing place with different techniques are called virtual tours. It allows you to explore places from your computer, mobile phone or other devices at any time without actually going to that place.

Random Thoughts . . .  

Personal Web Site  

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