MSM 483: Straight to Lazy . . .


Whenever Tom Cruise is driving, his car is always on “Cruise Control”.

What do birds say on Halloween?

  • Trick or Tweet

Geology rocks!

Geography is where it’s at

We all know that Halloween is Dracula’s favorite holiday. But what’s Dracula’s second favorite holiday?

– Fangs-giving

I threw a boomerang at a ghost the other day. 

  • I knew it would come back to haunt me. 

Why did the witch turn someone into a road? 

  • Forgot to use spell check. 

Why did the Cowboy adopt the Dachshund?

  • He wanted to get a long, little doggie

I have a chicken proof lawn. 

  • Yep, it’s impeccable

What is a skeleton’s favorite instrument?

  • Trombone

Back in his day, Samuel Morse was considered to be….

  • A dashing young man

If Watson isn’t the most famous Doctor, then Who is. 

Pre means before.

Post means after.

To use both of them together would be…

  • Preposterous

There is only one thing that scares me about Halloween. 

Shawn says: Which is…


My first time using an elevator was an uplifting experience. 

The second time let me down. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: The New Normal

I was recently reading the September/October 2020 issue of “Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the “Current Science Classroom“ column written by Chris Anderson.  Her article was entitled “The New Normal.”

What can we do, as educators, in the face of the worst pandemic in the last 100 years.? It can seem like an insurmountable problem, but in this podcast we share six things that are within our control that can have a positive impact on our school and community.

AND, A SPECIAL “Happy Birthday” to the one and only, the fantastic, Mr. Dave Bydlowski. 

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Normalcy setting in?
    • Reading
    • Calendar/Planners/Organization
  • Will this be permanent?
  • Schools moving back to virtual

The Twitterverse

Typical EduCelebrity  @EduCelebrity

Is there a cure for the condition that renders students incapable of seeing an assignment posted online until a zero is posted as their grade?  

Phyllis Fagell, LCPC  @Pfagell

This 7th grader’s response to the question: “What do you think is the biggest challenge for middle schoolers right now, during the pandemic?” is Exhibit A of why I love middle schoolers so much.


Middle School Mini-Conference (via Brought to you by your friends @NJAMLE. We celebrate you the Middle School educator and your consistent grit and resilience. Join us for this live virtual event. #becauseyoudeserveit #njed @AMLE

Nick LaFave  @NFLaFave

Happy Halloween! The EdTech Graveyard: a page to remember EdTech tools that have passed away and provide suggested alternatives to help as you mourn your loss. #EdTech #HappyHalloween    #HappyHalloween2020 

Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm!  Todd Bloch will have a topic all ready to go and another great discussion will ensue.  


20 juicy questions to ask students (#5 will REALLY get them talking!)


IDA Treaties Explorer

While treaties between Indigenous peoples and the United States affect virtually every area in the USA, there is as yet no official list of all the treaties. The US National Archives holds 374 of the treaties, where they are known as the Ratified Indian Treaties. Here you can view them for the first time with key historic works that provide context to the agreements made and the histories of our shared lands.

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Random Thoughts . . .  

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