MSM 491: France is Bacon…Another Lie I Tell Future Me.


I want to go on record that I support farming. 

  • As a matter of fact, you could call me protractor.

Interesting fact of the day: In Sweden, all government-owned ships are required to have a UPC code printed on the hull. 

  • When the ships are returned to port, it helps them Scandinavian.

I read that by law you must turn on your headlights when it’s raining in Sweden. 

  • How am I supposed to know when it is raining in Sweden?

I searched for a lighter on Amazon, all I could find was 401 matches…

Did you hear that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be doing a movie about classical music? He’ll be Bach.

Chris Hemsworth is Australian, and Thor is from space, does that make him an Australien?

We all know about Murphy’s Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong. But have you heard of Cole’s Law? 

  • It’s thinly sliced cabbage.

My friend gave birth in her car on the way to the hospital and her husband named the kid Carson

I begin to read a horror novel in Braille. Something bad is about to happen, I can feel it.

When a woman is giving birth, she is literally kidding.

You know, people say they pick their nose, but I feel like I was just born with mine.

I sold my vacuum cleaner; it was just gathering dust.



“What does ‘school cultural socialization’ look like?” you might ask.

You have to dig a bit into the paper to find it, but here is what they say:

Examples of school cultural socialization practices include assignments that require students to explore their familial histories, connect with their communal histories, and discuss how they can use knowledge in school-based lessons to address current issues in their communities (Dee & Penner, 2017). Subtle types of school cultural socialization include incorporating readings from African American authors and adopting daily classroom meetings where students talk about their lives outside of school (Howard, 2001; Irvine, 1990).

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Count Birds for Science This Winter with Project FeederWatch

I was recently reading the November/December 2020 issue of “Science Scope” a publication for middle school teachers from the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the “Citizen Science” column written by Jill Nugent.  Her article was entitled “Count Birds for Science This Winter with Project FeederWatch.”

You can feed birds from the comfort of your classroom or your home this winter and contribute to real world scientific discovery with Project FeederWatch!  For more information, visit their website at:

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Time to Reload:
    • Curate Content Resources
    • Pull together portfolio items
    • Rest 
    • Read:  
    • Planning

The Twitterverse

  Bob Newhart  @BobNewhart

I can’t see how these things work. But they do. So be safe and wear a mask! Happy Holidays to all!


Steve Stewart-Williams @SteveStuWill

This is hilarious

Cpjones @icpjones

Too much data; too many meetings: stop talking and do something.… via @teacherhead

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” 


Unit of Inquiry Planning Process and Resources (open)


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40 Excellent Short Stories For Middle School

Web Spotlight:  

Alphabetize This

There are plenty of options when alphabetizing, which are listed below. Please note that these explanations are very basic and don’t fully describe all the functionality available in the web app.


This option simply alphabetizes your list (abc order). Use it as a sort tool to alphabetize a packing list, a list of movies, television shows, a business directory, comedies, cute boy names or girl names, a todo list, or a list of countries.

Alphabetize by Last Name

If you give The Alphabetizer a list of names, and you need to alphabetize that list by last name, like for a list of wedding guests, insurance companies, lawyers, etc, please choose this option. It will use a special algorithm to detect the last name in each name and will alphabetize your list accordingly.

Sort Titles

This option will help to alphabetize the titles of movies, films, books, records, music, laws, SEO terms – whatever you like – by ignoring articles (the, a, an, some, many) while sorting your list.

Make Lowercase

Sometimes you want to make all your text lowercase. This option will take all your text and make it lowercase.

Capitalize Titles

This will capitalize the titles of each line without alphabetizing the actual list. Once you’ve capitalized your titles, simply select the Alphabetize option and you put your list in alphabetical order.

Remove Duplicates

This option removes any duplicate lines from your list. This can be useful if you don’t realize you have the same thing written on more than one line and you don’t need it listed twice.

Reverse list

This option will take your list and reverse the order in which each term is listed. Turn your list on its head!

Strip HTML

A quick way of removing any extra HTML from your list. Good for when you have a list of links or text copied from the View Source section of a website or if you’re a coder or programmer that needs to display a web page without styling or links.


A fun list randomizer. Arrange the items of a list in random order. You could use this for a text game or to mix up a list. And don’t worry: if you mess up the order, you can select the Alphabetize option and to quickly put your list back in alphabetical order with the best sorting tool on the interwebs!

Number / Letter / Add Roman Numerals

This option lets you add numbers, letters, roman numerals, or another preface to each item in your list. You can also add a separator which will appear between the number/letter/roman numeral and your line of text. This is helpful for legal text, essay outlines, to enumarate lists, label book chapters, list sporting events, or anywhere you might need to add roman numerals to a list.

Add Custom Text

Save the time of manually adding some custom text to the beginning of each item in your list by using this option to automatically add text to the beginning of each item in your list.

Remove Word From Each Line

This option will let you remove the first word from each line in a list before putting it in abc order.

Ignore List Options

Sometimes you want to ignore a word, or words, at the beginning of a line when you alphabetize. This option will let you ignore the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th word at the beginning of each line. You can also ignore definite articles such as “the” or ignore indefinite articles such as “a, an, some, any” in the list.

Separate Terms With

This option functions best if left on “auto” but if you have problems, you can choose a character, or a custom character, with which to separate the terms that are on your list.

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