MSM 500: Where The Swear Words Are…This is Instantly Wild…not just once but 500 times and counting


This is show 500! Shawn and Troy continue their thoughts on middle school and what the future of middle school can/should/will be. Dave captures Instantly Wild thoughts. 


I have a friend who wrote an autobiography. He was using some glue and the story got stuck to him. 

  • At least, that’s his story and he’s sticking to it. 

What does Unlockable mean?

  • It cannot be locked?
  • It can be unlocked

The Governor of Texas has made it a crime to eat apple pie with ice cream in order to cut down on obesity. 

  • There are thousands of protestors at a rally carrying signs: “Remember the A La Mode”. 

No matter how much you push the envelope, it’s still stationery. 

I had to subscribe to an NPR show by Terry Gross on my computer.  

  • I had a bunch of windows open but I needed some Fresh Air. 

Did you follow directions last Thursday? 

I used to be afraid of speed bumps. 

  • I’m slowly getting over it.

My friends had a clam dinner without me. 

  • I told them they were shellfish

I just got a job as a Senior Director at Old McDonald’s Farm. 

  • I’m now the CIEIO….

A middle schooler tried to order a snake off the internet. What arrived was a box of feather scarves. 

  • Looks like a Boa cons tricked her. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Instant Wild: A Citizen Science Project

I was recently reading the January/February 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent.  She wrote an article entitled “A Window to the Wild.”

“Instant Wild” is a Citizen Science project that brings you live images from cameras around the world.  Students can tag the animals to help conservation research.  You can visit the “Instant Wild” website at:

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Kids coming back
  • Virtual Academies
    • Constructs
    • Tools
    • Funding
    • Return to What Was?
    • Who does this?
  • Reporting with Moodle


How Masayoshi Matsumoto creates his magic balloon artworks

The YouTube Channel:


Fold paper into a variety of useful shapes: 

  • Bags
  • Elliptical Boxes
  • Polygon Boxes
  • Star Shaped Boxes
  • Box with Lid
  • Pyramid

The Twitterverse

Shawn McGirr @Frideswidel

@TheRoop says that it’s ok to dance alone . . .…

Quote Tweet

Mark Ryan@RunEducator

I’m on a hill dancing alone. Comment if you’ll join the dance.

𝓓𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓢𝓬𝓱𝓶𝓲𝓽𝓽𝓸𝓾 𝓔𝓭.𝓓.   @daveschmittou

Who was the best teacher you ever had and what grade did they teach?

Ryan Hazen @MisterHazen

Here is my latest piece of digital artwork. It’s called “How to upload files to #Moodle using drag and drop : a .gif”  


𝓓𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓢𝓬𝓱𝓶𝓲𝓽𝓽𝓸𝓾 𝓔𝓭.𝓓.   @daveschmittou

Admin- This month, instead of doing walkthroughs, do tag outs. Go to a teacher’s classroom, take over, & send them to walk through the rooms of their peers. They will learn more from them than you. You will learn more from teaching than preaching.  

Jay McTighe @jaymctighe

It’s time for Curriculum Mapping 3.0! Check out my latest blog that makes the case for a needed shift from curriculum as content “coverage” to a more deliberate focus on authentic performance — and what students can DO with their learning.

Karen Bosch @karlyb

Student AR book scene created in @ARMakrApp showing Joseph and his coat of many colors. Thanks @JacobWoolcock for your great tutorial.… #EveryoneCanCreate #AppleEDUchat  

Katie Hurley @katiefhurley

Tip from a middle schooler: sometimes you don’t want the solution. Sometimes you just want the hug. More hugs, please.

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


ISTE on YouTube

Project Gucciberg

An AI project that uses Gucci Mane’s voice to read classic literature.

Web Spotlight:  

Folded Map Project

Tonika Lewis Johnson’s Folded Map™ Project visually connects residents who live at corresponding addresses on the North and South Sides of Chicago.* She investigates what urban segregation looks like and how it impacts Chicago residents. What started as a photographic study quickly evolved into a multimedia exploration with video interviews. The project invites audiences to open a dialogue and question how we are all impacted by social, racial, and institutional conditions that segregate the city. Her goal? For individuals to understand how our urban environment is structured. She wants to challenge everyone to think about how change may be possible and to contribute to a solution.*This is an ongoing project, which will have more interviews, an interactive mapping website and a Chicago West Side study as well.

An Incomplete (yet heavily annotated) List of Things That Don’t Help Me as a Teacher Right Now¹.

The Culture Translator – Axis

The Original Problematic Fave

What it is: The person who ran a popular Tumblr account called “Your Fave is Problematic” in the early 2010s has revealed in an op-ed for the New York Times that she was a high school girl at the time, using the account to sort through grief after her older sister’s death.

Why it’s illuminating: As Liat Kaplan, the Tumblr account’s owner, reflects on her own actions as a harbinger of “cancel culture,” we get a peek behind the curtain at how quickly our culture rewards certain types of accusations, and how social media tends to take a poster’s authentic expertise or authority for granted. Your Fave is Problematic was quoted in multiple media outlets and lauded as having some sort of inside hook into the world of celebrities. In reality, the account was the work of a single seventeen-year old girl who was good at Googling things and who happened to feel very sad, very alone, and very angry at the unfairness of the world. It’s important for our kids (and for us) to understand that the behaviors that certain segments of the internet so energetically embrace can sometimes be a cry for help.

Slang of the Week

fire: used to describe something exciting, incredible, or fun. Sometimes simply indicated by the 🔥 emoji. (Ex: “Have you heard the latest TSwift track? That song is straight fire.”) 

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